In the heart of Switzerland, inside the Atelier Lucerne, just minutes away from the lake, Chronoswiss reimagines the horological tradition with avant-garde design principles. Our brand ethos, "Modern Mechanical” signifies a commitment to uncompromised craftsmanship and innovative horology. The Delphis Oracle, our 40th-anniversary masterpiece, stands as a testament to this mindset. With its unique design and intricate detailing, the Delphis Oracle is the embodiment of our core in-house competencies: hand guilloche and fire enameling.
Hand Guilloche: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Originating in the 16th century, the art of guilloche involves intricate, repetitive patterns engraved onto materials, typically metals. The guilloche on the Delphis Oracle's dial is created using century-old machines, requiring skilled hands and highest attention to detail.
In the case of the Delphis Oracle, the guilloche reaches a whole new level of complexity with the creation of an 18-carat curved gold crescent. This crescent, handcrafted by skilled goldsmiths, adds a three-dimensional element to the guilloche - a feat that only a handful of watchmakers can master.
Fire Enameling: Age-Old Technique for Modern Aesthetics
With roots in ancient Egypt, fire enameling is a technique that involves fusing powdered glass onto metal to create a vitreous, often colorful, coating. Fire enameling is a delicate process that demands the utmost precision and skill.
The Delphis Oracle showcases our mastery over this age-old craft with a breathtaking enameling work. The curved golden crescent on the dial is adorned with seven layers of translucent blue enamel, beautifully highlighting the underlying guilloche pattern. Polishing the enamel surface further enhances the vibrant hue and the shimmering play of light on the dial.
Delphis Oracle: A Harmonious Marriage of Techniques
Limited to 50 pieces worldwide, the Delphis Oracle represents an extraordinary fusion of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. The unique combination of hand guilloche and fire enameling demonstrates our commitment to maintaining age-old horological traditions while embracing modern design aesthetics.
At the heart of the watch lies our new manufacture movement, powering the digital jumping hour, retrograde minute, and independent small second display. The ruthenium-plated movement, with its distinctive Geneva cut, offers a captivating glimpse into the mechanical prowess that goes into each Chronoswiss timepiece.
Crafted in Lucerne is a philosophy that determines every stage of our watchmaking process. From the initial design sketches to the finishing touches, our timepieces encapsulate a commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and unparalleled quality. The Delphis Oracle, with its vibrant blend of hand guilloche and fire enameling, is a tribute to the exceptional artistry that goes into each Chronoswiss timepiece.