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Chronorally X-Treme Pilot

When the going gets tough – the tough get going. And nothing in world motorsport is tougher than rallycross, where man and machine must work as one, against the clock, against their rivals and against the elements. Only the best, and most focused, drivers will triumph. That unconquerable spirit also inspires Edox as timing partner of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Chronorally X-Treme Pilot

The best drivers expect only the best from their equipment and the new limited edition Edox Chronorally X-Treme Pilot (555 pieces worldwide) is the perfect timekeeping accessory in a sport where split-second timing is critical to success. Like the rallycross cars themselves, the Chronorally is a beautiful ‘machine’. It’s big and bold with a 48mm titanium case and packed with an array of chronograph functions, all controlled by a Calibre 38s movement. The iconic, oversized pushers at two o’clock and four o’clock allow the wearer – even with driving gloves – to measure lap times with exquisite precision. The green-and-yellow dial, evoking the dashboard controls of a rally car, allows functions such as tachymeter, the 1/10 chronograph, retrograde day and big date window to stand out with maximum visibility. Coating the hands and indices with Superluminova ensures the Chronorally X-Treme Pilot goes the extra mile for readability, whatever the conditions.

Chronorally X-Treme Pilot

Weighing just 130 grams, water-resistant to 100m and with a robust sapphire crystal to protect that striking dial, the Chronorally X-Treme Pilot continues Edox’s long association with the very best in motorsport, be it on asphalt, dirt, sand or the snow. The yellow-stitched leather strap and car-wheel case back add the perfect finishing touches to a timepiece that seamlessly blends form and functionality infused with the DNA of motorsport.

Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition

The Edox SkyDiver Military Story

A mysterious drawing found in the archives of Swiss watchmaker Edox has rekindled a decades-old mystery. The sketch of a long-lost timepiece, the SkyDiver, had a scrawled note reading: “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” But nothing more.

Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze

A long-retired Edox watchmaker shed light on the story. The edox SkyDiver, he said, was rumoured to be a secret project for a mysterious, wealthy Swiss colonel. The anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. The Edox watches had to be dependable and rugged – just like his troops. He chose Edox because of the brand’s exceptional water-resistant watches, able to handle any situation the paratroopers might face – on land, air or sea. The colonel insisted on total secrecy.

Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze

Now Edox is releasing a new limited-edition Edox SkyDiver Military, in homage to its 135-year history and for aficionados of fine military timepieces. Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a new scratch resistant ceramic diver’s bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back.

Presented in a stunning bronze case, an alloy that evokes strong links with the military world and which Edox has featured on its Delfin dive watch. Over time the bronze case protected by an anti-fingerprint nano-coating will develop its own unique patina, reinforcing that vintage military look.

Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze

The bronze case is beautifully offset by a black gradient dial and black leather strap. An additional brown leather strap is also included in a special leather pouch both equipped with a quick release system.

The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal and the Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes will guarantee scratch resistance and readability in the most extreme conditions. Like its mysterious 1970s predecessor, the new SkyDiver Military is a strictly limited edition to 555 pieces.

Skydiver

A mysterious drawing found in the archives of Swiss watchmaker Edox has rekindled a decades-old mystery. The sketch of a long-lost timepiece, the SkyDiver, had a scrawled note reading: “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” But nothing more.

A long-retired Edox watchmaker shed light on the story. The SkyDiver, he said, was rumoured to be a secret project for a mysterious, wealthy Swiss colonel. The anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. The watch had to be dependable and rugged – just like his troops. He chose Edox because of the brand’s exceptional water-resistant watches, able to handle any situation the paratroopers might face – on land, air or sea. The colonel insisted on total secrecy.

SkyDiver Military Original 1973

Re-Edition of the legendary SkyDiver

Now Edox is releasing a new SkyDiver, in homage to its 135-year history and for aficionados of fine vintage timepieces. Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers’ bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back. The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal and the Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes will guarantee scratch resistance and readability in the most extreme conditions.

Inspired by the 1973 model, the new Edox SkyDiver collection was engineered for paratroopers and the extreme conditions they might face.

Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers’ bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back. The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal and the Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes will guarantee scratch resistance and readability in the most extreme conditions.

Christian Hotz

We are extending our intrepid journey during this year’s Baselworld 2019 fair by paying a well-deserved visit to the Edox booth. We were warmly received by Christian Hotz, International Marketing & Sales Director for Edox Swiss Watches to discover this year’s novelties.

The Interview

Mr. Hotz kindly talked to us about this year’s important celebration for the Edox watch brand and also discuss their brand new release the new “SKYDIVER MILITARY”. With such a wealth of history and watchmaking expertise, 2019 is an important year for the Edox brand, as the company proudly celebrates its 135th anniversary.

History of the brand

Founded in 1884 by Christian Ruefli-Flury, Edox has a fascinating history; the watch brand has been able to capture for over a century the world’s imagination by consistently producing cutting edge and high-quality timepieces. From the world’s first combined display in a world timer to a world-record holder for an ultra-flat movement featuring a calendar display, not forgetting their Chronograph pusher that can be operated underwater and the world’s first chronograph featuring a gullwing design. A long list of watchmaking achievements for this one of a kind watchmaker from “Les Genevez, Switzerland”.

135th Anniversary

Today Edox has become a household name globally, capable of keeping an eye open on their rich heritage and looking proudly to the future. The Edox brand is well known for capturing collectors and aficionados imaginations alike and the following quote set’s the tone of these watchmaking masters. “Edox. A company shaped over time. A company shaping time.”

Baselworld 2019

Back in Baselworld 2019 with this year’s novelties and following the 135th anniversary of the brand, the research & development team had decided to dig deep into their historical archives; they discovered sketches of a long-lost timepiece, “the SkyDiver.” An interesting message written on the accompanying scroll said “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” To make more sense and gain more insights into this mysterious watch they called in an old retired Edox watchmaker to shed more light on this secret project.

The New SkyDiver 2019

Rumours had been circulating that a wealthy Swiss Colonel commissioned the limited production of the SkyDiver timepiece, this mysterious senior officer needed a one of a kind wristwatch to be developed for his elite mountain paratroopers. He knew that he could count on the reputation and expertise of Edox to produce state of the art water-resistant watch that could still be reliable even in the toughest of conditions.

Edox, SkyDiver MilitaryThe new SkyDiver 2019, pays homage to Edox’s 135-year history and truly reflects Edox’s savoire-fair in this beautiful military timepiece.

Edox, SkyDiver MilitaryThe brand new SkyDiver 2019 timepiece is powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80. The 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers’ bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back. The two-millimetre thick sapphire crystal and Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes guarantee’s a scratch resistance and readability in the most stringent conditions. Reminiscing of its 1970s predecessor, the 2019 SkyDiver is a strictly limited edition to 555 pieces.

Edox, SkyDiver MilitaryThe new 2019 SkyDiver comes with a luxurious leather pouch, which includes an additional interchangeable vintage leather strap. Offering collectors of vintage military memorabilia a chance to stand out and maybe experience some of the secretive Swiss colonel’s vision.

Edox, SkyDiver MilitaryInterview of “Christian Hotz” by “Pascal Grenacher”

This article was written by “Alberic Virchaux”