Modularity has become something major in the watch business, with increasingly accepting the idea of customisation (at any rate for some very good quality brands) and interchangeable strap/arm band framework – think Vacheron Constantin , Maurice Lacroix or Cartier . However, eventually, you have a similar watch on an alternate strap. Positively a decent initial step and a smart thought, however some idea they could go a few stages further in this field of modularity. Meet Fugue Watch and the Chronostase, an available microbrand that permits you to change the strap AND the case of your watch in under a minute.
A particular way to deal with modularity
In today’s setting, modularity and the capacity to tweak your things have become in excess of a pattern. For quite a long time, the vehicle business permitted requesting your vehicle with a completely customized arrangement. Be that as it may, the watchmaking business is consistently somewhat delayed to accept patterns. It is as of late that we’ve seen standard brands offer simple change frameworks on their watches so the customers could trade a strap for a wristband themselves, without the need to go to their nearby watch retailer.
While the interchangeable wristband/strap frameworks are gradually crawling into extravagance brands’ collections, modularity as a rule stops here. Eventually, you actually have a similar watch, with a similar case and a similar dial however on an alternate strap. Decent, yet just a little first step.
When making Fugue Watch, Leopoldo Celi considered having a watch that could in a real sense offer a few countenances. A French watch brand established in 2017, named concerning the slippery idea of time – the word fugue signifies ‘escape’ in French – the thought was to make watches with interchangeable straps as well as an approach to switch cases.
This lead to the production of another model for encasing the development and the dial. Everything begins with a focal module that comprises the dial, the hands, the development, the sapphire gem and the caseback. Round, basic and not actually wonderful outwardly, yet that’s not the point. The thought was to dress that compartment with carrures (or outside cases), which could be exchanged in a simple way, without utilizing tools.
The focal module is prepared with ball bearing locks to safely hold the case set up around the holder. At that point, it’s only a couple steps to radically change the essence of the watch. It all beginnings with an effectively removable circle strap which slides under the case. When taken out, you approach the watch head and by pushing on top of the glass precious stone with your thumbs, the case isolates into two sections – the focal holder and the carrure.
Once you have done that, require a subsequent outside case, cut it onto the focal module, circle the strap once again into the right spot and presto! You have another watch.
For the second Fugue just offers one plan for the carrure, which is accessible in 3 unique tones: steel, dark PVD and gold-plated. Notwithstanding, we can undoubtedly envision the brand presenting new cases later on with various shapes to adjust to a current focal compartment – and along these lines offer an energetic case, an exquisite case or one with a pivoting bezel for example.
How does that interpret in genuine life?
Because pictures are superior to words, here is actually how to change the strap and case on the Fugue Chronostase:
In all trustworthiness, the video is even somewhat delayed in exchanging cases… But you get the thought. Our hands-on experience affirmed that not exclusively is the gadget simple to utilize yet in addition composed and got. Once set up, the carrure is solidly connected to the focal case.
The Fugue Chronostase
Modularity separated, the Fugue Chronostase is a pleasantly planned and made watch. Its shape is fairly unique from the outset, because of the interchangeable case and strap frameworks, however it feels new, unique and not excessively done. It remains, once on the wrist, compact and cautious enough. It has a trace of 1960s motivation, nonetheless, in a general contemporary package.
The case estimates 40mm in breadth yet feels more modest – in any event in width. Because of coordinated hauls and rather strong sides, the case has some presence – affirmed by the 47mm carry to-drag measurement – yet wears well on most men’s wrist. The outer cases are accessible in 3 tones: dark, steel or gold, reasonable for most conditions. You can go exemplary with steel, dressy with gold or toolish with dark. The completing is perfect and exact, with cleaned sides and brushed top surfaces.
The dial likewise follows a similar thought with a general exemplary plan, improved with pleasant subtleties. Four tones – silver, white, blue and dark – are accessible. Three of them highlight a roundabout brushed plate that offers decent reflections. Just the white adaptation has a matte dial. The format depends on a modernized area style plan with an applied ring, numerals and records – all pleasantly done. The hands are covered with Super-LumiNova. Every one of them highlight colors emphasizes, similar to a yellow track and seconds hand on our model.
Powering the watch is a solid Swiss programmed Sellita SW 200 development, a clone of ETA. This attempted and-tried type gives hours, minutes, seconds and a date window situated at 6 o’clock. It is taken cover behind a strong steel caseback.
Price and Availability
The Fugue Chronostase is accessible at a cost of EUR 1,270. Surely not the most reasonable of watches from a microbrand, – however at that cost you’ll get a very much made watch with a Swiss Made Sellita development, a focal compartment (with dial and development), two carrures (outside cases) and two straps (one perlon and one calfskin). Additional cases and straps can be requested later for separately EUR 150 (cases), EUR 40 (perlon straps) and EUR 70 (cowhide straps).
The Fugue Chronostase is accessible through the brand’s site here .