by Christopher Scapelliti
Captain James Cook demonstrated the usefulness of the chronometer for determining position at sea during his second voyage of the southern Pacific, from 1772 to 1775. Employing the Larcum Kendall K1 chronometer, Cook accurately calculated his longitudinal position, allowing him to make charts of the southern Pacific so accurate that copies of them remained in use well into the middle of the last century, when more advanced and accurate methods of measurement were available.
It’s in the spirit of Cook’s achievements—and those of the Larcum Kendall—that Chronoswiss has fashioned its new Pacific model line, which makes its debut at Baselworld 2011. Chronoswiss launched the original Pacific line in the early Nineties. Like that family, this new and more classically inspired interpretation is being presented as a trio: the Pacific and Grand Pacific models are three-handed watches in 40mm and 43mm sizes, respectively, while the Pacific Chronograph is a stopwatch for the wrist in 43mm size with luminescent green-colored accents. Some of the Pacific’s utilitarian features include higher water resistance (10ATM/100M) and an integrated date window.
All three models have stainless-steel cases with black or silver dials and come with a leather band or stainless-steel deployant bracelet with solid strap lugs and pink buckle or folding clasp. Prices start at around $3,800.