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HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 2:43pm
by koimaster
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Movement:

Exclusive C608 self-winding chronograph movement,
51 jewels, 28’800 vib/h
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif and blue screws
44-hour power reserve
Functions:
Chronograph functions central
Day and night / 24 hours
Small second

Case:
High grade steel (CHY-1) , or Black DLC steel, white Superluminova (CHY-2) or
Black DLC steel, orange Superluminova (CHY-5) or
18K red gold bezel and black DLC steel (CHY-3)
Constructed of over 103 parts

Dimensions:
44.6 mm/ 49.6 mm including lateral protectors
Special pushers for chronograph correction
Exclusive crown-activated rotating bezel
Proprietary adaptable lugs mechanism
4.0 mm glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back
Water resistant to 500 meters

Dial:

White, grey or black with superluminova applique markers.
60 seconds counter at center
60 minutes counter at center
Day and night / 24hours indicator at 9


I really wanted to like this watch but in the end I was disappointed. This is a heavy watch, almost too heavy for normal use. I found the case too large and if you are going to have a date wheel, I would like to be able to see it. The date is far too small and useless in the opinion of this reviewer.

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The familiar Clerc bezel is present even though Swiss Legend has been borrowing it for their scubador watch. I have always been a fan of this design as it sets the watch apart from the rest of the watch world. It is also practical when grabbing the bezel to rotate it. At least it has been that way in the past. This new Clerc has a interesting bezel release on the upper left hand side of the dial. You must unscrew this before you can turn the bezel. That might be a nice fashion feature but it is impractical for anyone trying to use this feature. I want a bezel that turns easily without having to unlock it.

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The Hornback Alligator strap is comfortable and the deployment clasp easy to use.

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The pushers were also a bit hard to work around which was a disappointment to me. It strikes me that this watch is a design exercise gone wrong. I really wanted to like this watch when I first received it but as I wore it every day for a week, I felt like I had oversized weight on my wrist and something that reminded me too much of the subaqua noma sold by that marketing company in Florida.

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The dial was interesting but in my opinion not very practical. I for one prefer the dial from the Clerc CXX250 from a few years ago.

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For the amount of money this sells for, I would not recommend it. I would purchase this and similar Clerc watches on the secondary pre-owned market.
Perhaps not the review some are looking for but just my opinion.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 2:53pm
by jason_recliner
As soon as anybody tries to improve a watch case by incorporating more parts alarm bells start to ring.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 3:36pm
by Horse Feathers
jason_recliner wrote:As soon as anybody tries to improve a watch case by incorporating more parts alarm bells start to ring.


Assuming you are not Invicta and an alarm complication was not a part of the design.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 3:50pm
by Racer-X
Far too much going on there for me. Looks over-designed.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 3:56pm
by foghorn
It does look a little big and beefy , but I'd tap it.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 4:08pm
by Horse Feathers
The most important lesson I learned from Clercs is "Sometimes you gotta let those hard-to-reach chips go"

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 4:25pm
by gerdson
It seems a feature to lock down the diver ring in a specific position can be a life saver for a scuba diver. I do actually like to look at it. But it is sure too damn big and heavy.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 9:03pm
by biglove
Seems like a fair review.

Appears too chunky and too many edges for my tastes. Just too damned busy! And I do not like the hour hand at all.

Wouldn't wear this one even if it was a gift, even if I were into chronos.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 9:15pm
by Horse Feathers
Noticed Jerome Pineau (jeromepineau) was online the last time I opened this thread. Seems odd that he didn't comment.

Will cue this up for Conjurer.

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Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 11:17pm
by conjurer
A fair review, Alain; this is the risk that manufacturers must face if they supply review samples here. If the watch isn't comfortable, it's not going to get worn, no matter how good it is in all other respects. I've not been a big fan of Clerc, although I can certainly see the quality.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 11:18pm
by conjurer
Horse Feathers wrote:Noticed Jerome Pineau (jeromepineau) was online the last time I opened this thread. Seems odd that he didn't comment.

Will cue this up for Conjurer.

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:D

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 15th 2015, 11:58pm
by gerdson
conjurer wrote:A fair review, Alain; this is the risk that manufacturers must face if they supply review samples here. If the watch isn't comfortable, it's not going to get worn, no matter how good it is in all other respects. I've not been a big fan of Clerc, although I can certainly see the quality.


To be fair, there is a huge share in the high-end market comprised by similar high-tech stuff that is practically unwearable or at least unreadable. I have no clue about the price tag here, but if You look at some of the stuff, it IS meant to be more of a design study and an experiment of what one can do. I see such watches more like I would look at a chopper (I mean as in motorcycle) - a fascinating product, that has absolutely no practical value (and something for which I'd never spend a single dime. But that's just me.).

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 4:09am
by jeromepineau
Hi Alain,

I'm sorry the Hydroscaph didn't meet with all of your expectations, but want to thank you for taking the time to review and share your opinion with the community.
Very best,
J.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 4:10am
by jeromepineau
conjurer wrote:
Horse Feathers wrote:Noticed Jerome Pineau (jeromepineau) was online the last time I opened this thread. Seems odd that he didn't comment.

Will cue this up for Conjurer.

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:D

In the throes of final preparations for Baselworld, sometimes things happen a little slower than usual ;)

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 5:28am
by biglove
jeromepineau wrote:Hi Alain,

I'm sorry the Hydroscaph didn't meet with all of your expectations, but want to thank you for taking the time to review and share your opinion with the community.
Very best,
J.


It says a great deal about your confidence in your products that you are courteous in the face of honest reviews!

Not everyone will like every product, no matter how well made, how reasonably or exorbitantly priced or how classic or radical the styling.

Truly a credit to your brand that you recognize this and are gracious.

Best of luck at Basel! Hope things go very well for your company.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 5:39am
by jeromepineau
Thank you much for your kind words and good Baselworld wishes! :)

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 7:10am
by TemerityB
I thought the watch kept a lot of the familiar Clerc design elements, but just kept going. It's like one of those older CXX Scuba models on steroids.

Still I brand that's been out of my reach thus but one I do admire.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 7:20am
by bedlam
I'm a fan of the bezel lock on this. The dial is busy though.

Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 8:55am
by conjurer
jeromepineau wrote:Hi Alain,

I'm sorry the Hydroscaph didn't meet with all of your expectations, but want to thank you for taking the time to review and share your opinion with the community.
Very best,
J.


A very gracious response, M. Pineau. Many dealers and manufacturers should read this and take note of the fact that this is how a true gentleman behaves.

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Re: HYDROSCAPH LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH REVIEW

PostPosted: March 16th 2015, 12:15pm
by boscoe
Like many watch makers, Clerc seems to be trying too hard. The designs have gone funky - and into the TV watch world concept that thicker, deeper, bigger is better. The dial on this piece is a nightmare.
Clerc has produced singular, exceptional watches in its history. But since the intro of the original Hydro models, I feel the brand has lost its way - concentrating on making a splash (if you will - LOL) instead of tasteful, functional watches.
So your review, Koi, is not surprising.
And thanks to Clerc for letting one of our own examine the watch. Takes bravery to do it here, since there is no bull and just straight talk.