A few days before OTC decamped to the island of Nantucket, bastion of East Coast laid back preppy, we were thrilled to receive John Varvatos’ newest collaboration with Swiss watch maker Ernst Benz. Into the carry-on and off we went for a week on a famous, tiny island in the Atlantic ocean.
The Ernst Benz by John Varvatos Limited Edition ChronoScope is big, showy, and to us, the definition of rock gone classic. At $6,800.00, it’s also a serious investment for a serious watch. OTC has long been a fan of John Varvatos because his signature style takes traditional ideas and adds a bit rebel rock-n-roll while still maintaining luxury quality standards.
The large vintage-style ChronoScope is an updated and super-sized homage to retro watches. Its stainless steel case, bezel and pushers are brushed for an slightly aged look and feel. However, inside rests an expertly made Swiss movement from Ernst Benz. The issue was limited to 250 signed and numbered pieces and each is presented in a specially designed leather case designed by Mr. Varvatos himself.
The 47 mm brushed stainless steel case houses an automatic Valjoux 7750 Incabloc movement with Glucydur Balance and Nivarox Alloy Hairspring. Primary watch functions include hours, minutes, seconds, and date. The squared pushers control hour, minute, and second chronographic functions. Large though it is, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist.
The large knurled crown is double O-ring sealed. Its domed sapphire crystal has anti-reflective treatment. The exhibition back is also sapphire.
The ChronoScope is water resistant to five atmospheres (50m/165ft). However, since the available straps are handmade alligator or calfskin, we do not advise getting it anywhere near water!
That said, we had a lot of fun showing off this beautiful timepiece across the island and placing it in the context of of our East Coast preppy aesthetic.