The Chronoswiss Styloscope Rediscovered, Literally!

Pelikan Chronoswiss Styloscope

Treasure can be lost, perhaps tucked away for a later occasion, then forgotten with the passing of time. Sometimes, like the periodical cicadas that emerge from under the ground only once every 17 years, that treasure is rediscovered. Chronoswiss is a mechanical watch manufacturer based out of Lucerne, Switzerland and founded by Gerd-Rüdiger Lang in 1983. In order to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary, Mr. Lang, a big fan of the M800, commissioned Pelikan to create limited edition pen known as the Styloscope which was released in 2002.  Built off of the M800 chassis, the Styloscope was a numbered, limited edition of 999 pieces which I previously described in detail here. These were sold by Chronoswiss and could not be obtained through Pelikan. Now long out of production, finding one on the secondary market can be a challenge for those who lack patience or means as these models have appreciated nicely over the past few decades. The Chronoswiss company turns 40 next year and the Styloscope has now achieved its own milestone, turning 20 years old this year. While mildly interesting news in its own right, what really punctuates that birthday is the fact that 88 unnumbered Chronoswiss Styloscope pens were just recently found by Chronoswiss’ COO, Beat Weinmann, in the company’s basement. Talk about a serendipitous discovery. After much consideration regarding their fate, Style of Zug, a self-described Swiss concept store with a focus on fine writing instruments, has been tapped as the sole distributor for these newfound beauties which are being released into the wild. Read on to find out all of the details including how you might own your own Styloscope.

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The Chronoswiss Styloscope by Pelikan

Pelikan Chronoswiss StyloscopeChronoswiss, founded by Gerd-Rüdiger Lang in 1983, is a mechanical watch manufacturer currently based out of Lucerne.  Mr. Lang spent several years leaning his trade as an apprentice before finding employment with Heuer (now TAG-Heuer) where he would work with chronographs for approximately 15 years.  Quartz movements came to dominate in the 1980s prompting Mr. Lang to seek opportunity elsewhere.  After his departure, he attended school in Würzburg and graduated as a “Master Watchmaker.”  Shortly thereafter, he founded his own company which specialized in mechanical watches during a time when quartz was all the rage.  It wasn’t until 1987 that the “Régulateur,” a hand-wound wristwatch, was born.   It was touted as the first serially manufactured wristwatch with a regulator-type dial.  It is the characteristics of this watch that would go on to define the company’s iconic style.  Those features include a screwed and channeled bezel, an onion-shaped crown, and screwed strap lugs.  While not as historically rich as many of the traditional brands, the Régulateur would help cement Chronoswiss’s place in horology.

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