The mysterious dial of the Wyler Genève Code-R Night Racerchronograph has a discreet new look that softens the ever-present burden of time on our daily lives. The velours texture of matt black combines perfectly with the brushed titanium case in a watch brimming with understatement.
Inspired by the first-ever night-time motor racing grand prix on 28thSeptember last year in Singapore (one of Wyler Genève's biggest markets), the Night Racer chronograph has a unique shock-absorbing case made of a lightweight but highly resistant carbon-fibre resin frame. This holds in place a titanium container inside which the movement is sealed. The two titanium plates of the case are fixed to this assembly in a sandwich-like construction by four sprung-mounted titanium screws, leaving the entire watch movement and dial suspended within the case and thus able to absorb shocks. The screws are DLC-coated in black to match the polished black applied numerals of the dial and single them out as functional – rather than purely aesthetic – elements. Fans of motorsport will appreciate the attention to detail of the design, with chronograph pushers in the style of a car’s foot pedals and the grooved rubber-coated crown that resembles a racing tyre.
By day, the dark, tone-on-tone dial of the Wyler Genève Night Racerchronograph barely hints at its precision mechanical function. Its muted aspect instead further emphasises the distinctive Wyler Genève case. By night, however, the black SuperLuminova on the hands and minute track numerals fires up to reveal the passing hours and minutes against a background that blends into the darkness, focussing the night racer’s mind on the only element that matters – the time.
The Wyler Genève Night Racer chronograph is driven by one of the most reliable Swiss automatic chronograph movements and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The personalised oscillating mass that generates power for the watch by capturing the movements of its wearer offers further parallels with motorsport: its design in drilled blackened heavy metal resembles that of the latest ventilated ceramic disc brakes. The chronograph movement and its oscillating mass are both visible behind a transparent sapphire crystal window in the case back. The Night Racer chronograph is fitted as standard with a black rubber bracelet with pushbutton-operated foldover clasp in steel and titanium. As with all Wyler Genève models, it comes with a 2-year warranty.