A precision chronograph is another essential timepiece a serious watch collector should consider having in their watch collection. A chronograph features independent display and stop-watch functions on the dial, the latter usually represented on an individual sub-dial window.
Preeminent Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer and Breitling both have ties to the origins of chronograph timepieces. Edouard Heuer introduced the first independent stop-watch function on a pocket watch in 1882. In 1914, Heuer, whose brand would later be known as TAG Heuer introduced the first wristwatch chronograph, while two years later Heuer debuted the very first stopwatch accurate to 1/1000 of a second named the Micrograph.
In 1934, Breitling created the second independent reset push-piece on a chronograph, a landmark in horological history. The brand is renowned for designing the first chronograph push-piece and perfected the system of stop/start functions on chronographs, as well as having developed the first resetting mechanism on its chronographs.
It would only be suitable to possess either a TAG Heuer or Breitling chronograph in your collection. Both the TAG Heuer Aquaracer and Breitling Chronomat 41 automatic chronographs are excellent choices. Virile and masculine, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer timepiece features the 45mm diameter case in premium grade stainless steel case with a satiny brushed finish. The signature triple-link bracelet in a brushed and polished stainless steel has a fold-over locking clasp for added security.
The unidirectional rotating bezel with raised notched detail and engraved markers surrounds the patterned silvery-white dial three sub-dials, luminous skeleton hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and a Calibre 45 Swiss automatic movement inside.
The Breitling Chronomat 41 chronograph offers an urbane profile for today’s man. The impressive 41mm diameter case in premium-grade stainless steel is accented with an 18K rose gold crown and matching push-pieces. The crocodile-textured black leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail adds to the striking good looks.
The 18K rose gold unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the black dial with a tachymeter outer dial, three rose gold colored sub-dials, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include a date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, precise Swiss-made automatic movement along with official Chronometer certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).
Both TAG Heuer and Breitling chronographs have screw-down crowns and case backs for water-resistance to 300 meters.
On a more elevated level, the IWC Spitfire Automatic Chronograph offers a highly distinguished profile in 18K rose gold. The perfectly round case in 18K rose gold has a satiny-smooth, brushed finish. The handsome black alligator strap with a matching 18K rose gold tang buckle adds to the highly refined, debonair lines.
The stationary bezel encircles the gunmetal colored sunray dial with a small-second and 60-minute subdials, luminous hands, raised and outlined Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, water-resistance to 60 meters and precision Swiss-made automatic movement inside. IWC men’s watch is 43mm in diameter and 15mm thick.
The Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Regatta offers a more sleek and sporty chronograph style. This impressive Swiss-made automatic chronograph features the generously sized case in brushed titanium that is incredibly lightweight, yet super-durable. The bright red rubber strap with decorative fluted detail has a push-button deployment clasp for added security and convenience. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside.
The signature twelve-sided, dodecagonal bezel in black titanium surrounds the black dial with a 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials, a 10-minute timer window at the 3 o’clock hour, luminous skeleton hands and hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial an on the screw-down case back. Corum chronograph is 45mm in diameter, 16mm thick and is water-resistant to 300 meters.
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