Fueled by Purpose, Steeped in Style
Chronographs prove consistently that they are the jewels of men’s watch complications. The attraction is innate: chronographs categorically represent racing sport, speed and competing against the clock. The ability to successfully style a chronograph watch for the contemporary gent, however, is no easy feat. One collection of watches that does strike the fine balance between elegance and sport with both polish and aplomb is the Versace V-Ray.
The V-Ray leads with an ample 44 mm stainless steel case available in four distinct versions (polished steel, two in rose gold IP and one in gray IP). A prominent aspect of the case is the two-tier lug construction, with the inner tier overlaying the bezel. This case-and-bezel integration adds a subtle but effective visual nuance, much like the way a claw setting is used to emphasize a gem. The bezel, which features a tachymeter scale, is made of stainless steel with versions in black, gray or rose gold IP.
Polished piston-style pushers are another reference to motor racing. The pusher heads are colored to match the chosen accent color of the particular watch, as is the stripe that appears through the center of the crown, which features wide fluting and the Versace Medusa head symbol. The chronograph seconds hand and ring atop the rehaut are also colored to match – a visual effect that neatly ties the case and dial together.
The sophisticated look of the V-Ray case is surpassed only by the cohesive and composed appearance of the dial. The triple-register layout has sub-dials positioned as follows: a perpetual seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock, a 10-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 ‘clock. The sub-dials are on a background of silver or black (depending on the model) with complementary or contrasting colored indexes. Luminous hands, a date aperture at 4 o’clock and the Versace wordmark round out the elements of the inner dial.
The outer portion of the dial is classic Versace: superbly arranged, with a Greek key pattern in a track around the chapter ring that is fluent in appearance. Applied luminous hour markers divide the track. The aforementioned rehaut is angled gently outward to display the seconds/minutes indexes.
A sporty, padded black leather strap featuring stitching to match the accent color (in red, yellow or blue) complements the other black elements of the watch. The exception is the blue-dial model, which has a rose gold case and employs a blue strap with blue stitching. Every strap employs a fold-over clasp.
At the heart of this chronograph is a precision Ronda 5040D quartz movement with a lengthy 54-month-average battery life. A solid caseback affixed by four screws assists in netting the watch 165 feet of water resistance.
Chronographs urge us to be better and faster. The V-Ray by Versace proves that such energy-fueled motives need not come at the sacrifice of good taste. By combining both of these parts of a man’s personality, V-Ray watches let you explore your high-performance self in style – contact an authorized Versace dealer and choose your favorite V-Ray today.
Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches
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