We’ve never covered a Wenger watch before, but with the introduction of the AeroGraph Countdown Chrono at Basel this year, with it’s interesting combination of style and functionality, we figured it was finally time.
At first glance, the Aerograph Countdown Chronograph seems like a pretty standard watch: quartz movement, stainless steel case, 3-dial chronograph, and a date visible at the 4 o’clock position. However, take a closer look at the bezel, and you’ll see that the numbers count down instead of up! We’ve only seen this on a very unusual Seiko dive watch, the Kobold Phantom, and the Sinn 103 UTC.
Most bezels count up. In other words, you rotate the bezel until the 0 is aligned with the minute hand, and as the minute hand moves, it counts up to a maximum of 59 minutes. With a countdown bezel, on the other hand, you rotate the bezel to a start time, and then when the minute hand hits zero, time is up. Simple, useful, quick, and honestly, probably more useful than a traditional bezel since you don’t have to remember the target time once the bezel is set.
Wenger is marketing the AeroGraph Countdown Chrono to pilots, but it’s equally handy for (light) diving, cooking, parking meters, or simply “call me back in 25 minutes”.
Here are the specifications:
- 316L stainless steel case.
- Quartz movement.
- Three-dial (60sec/30min/12hr) analog chronograph.
- Date at the 4 o’clock position.
- Waterproof to 100m (330ft).
- Four versions:
- Brown dial with a leather strap.
- Black dial with a bracelet.
- Black dial with a leather strap.
- PVD-coated black with a black and orange strap.
- “‘Scratch-proof” crystal (almost certainly mineral glass).
- Unusual count-down bezel (our favorite feature).
- SuperLuminova-coated markers and hands (should be very readable at night).
- List price of 450 – 530 Swiss francs (about the same in dollars right now).
For a change, I actually really like the brown-dial version, but I suspect the PVD-black version (which we couldn’t find a picture of) would be gorgeous. The price isn’t bad, either. We promise to keep more of an eye on Wenger in the future.
By Paul Hubbard