It’s the time of the year again, when the entire of Singapore is in a flurry over one of the highlights of our country, the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. This year promises to be an exceptional one, partly because of the closeness of the race – Red Bull Racing is leading at over 100 points ahead of Ferrari, but a catchup is still possible if Ferrari does well on all remaining six races. Second and third placings are tight, however, Mercedes just a few points shy of the Italian marque. Then there’s also the entertainment, with The Killers and Rihanna headlining both nights. Now that the 1 World Music Festival has been called off, it seems more emphasis is being placed on the Singapore F1 GP.

Swiss watchmaker Chronoswiss, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is joining in the festivities with a special edition of the Timemaster watch. The Timemaster Opus Grand Prix Limited Edition chronograph (Chronoswiss founder Gerd Lang is famous for his chronograph designs) will be launched here in a limited edition of 35 pieces only, for fans of the race as well as the Swiss watchmaker.

The timepiece has a skeletonised movement, housed in a DLC-coated stainless steel case in anthracite. On the bezel, the minute indicators are engraved in an oversized format, with Chronoswiss’ classic crown and two large pushers for the chronograph. On the dial, counters in red indicate the 30-minute totaliser at 12 o’clock, small seconds at nine, and the date and 12-hour totaliser at three and six respectively. Hands coated in SuperLuminova clearly indicate the time even in the dark, and the dial is translucent, to enable one to peer into the movement. The limited edition number is also engraved on the dial, an unusual experience.

The C.741 calibre that animates the watch runs at 4 Hz, with a power reserve of 46 hours. The Timemaster Opus Grand Prix Limited Edition will be available at Cortina Watch boutiques.

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