With two subdials, usually at 3 and 9 o’clock, the bicompax chronographs have made it easier to read chronograph watches, with a cleaner, simpler dial display. Quite popular for their retro aesthetic - early chronographs featured two registers - below are some recent bicompax chronographs that we love.
Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono Alinghi Red Bull Racing
Inspired by sailing, Tudor launched two brand new Pelagos FXD models to celebrate its partnership with Alinghi Red Bull Racing, including a chronograph with a bicompax layout. The 43-millimetre case is made of carbon, titanium and stainless steel. The bezel, which can be rotated in both directions, has 120 notches and is graduated from 60 to 0. The bicompax totalizers display the small seconds at nine o'clock and count 45 chronograph minutes at three o'clock. The date is displayed at six o'clock.
The so-called "Snowflake" hands are lavishly filled with Superluminova, as are the index appliques and graduations. The watch is powered by the automatic chronograph manufacture caliber MT5813 with column wheel gearshift and vertical clutch. It is also equipped with a silicon hairspring, is COSC chronometer-certified and offers 70 hours of power reserve. As a reference M25807KN-0001, the model costs approx. ₹4,47,000.
Breitling Top Time B01 Triumph
This year, Breitling has again released a chronograph with the British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph, which again comes up with an ice-blue "Zorro" dial. The colour is coordinated not only with the Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951, but also with the Breitling Top Time Ref. 815 from the 1970s. The tachymeter scale and the rounded square sub-dials of the Breitling Top Time B01 Triumph stand out in high-contrast black and are intended to be reminiscent of old dashboard displays.
The 41 mm stainless steel watch is COSC-certified and water-resistant to 100, the Breitling manufacture caliber 01 reliably ensures speed and a power reserve of 70 hours.
Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph
The 42mm stainless steel chronograph (Ref. 130960) is a part of the brand’s Star Legacy Grey Capsule collection featuring a centrally placed grey glacial patterned dial. The timepiece features small seconds at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. There are leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and the seconds hand features the Montblanc emblem as the counterbalance. A railway minute tracker circumferences the dial, and the hands and Arabic numerals are coated with rose gold and are inspired by the Minerva pocket watches. The watch is powered by MB 25.13 movement, offers water resistance up to 50 metres, and comes with an interchangeable Sfumato grey calf leather strap with alligator print and stainless steel triple-folding clasp.
Breguet Type 20 Chronographe 2057
Inspired by the design of the Breguet 1100 from the 1950s, the new Breguet Type 20 Chronographe 2057 comes as a 42-millimetre stainless steel watch. The black dial has been updated, and the Arabic numerals and the triangle on the bezel at 12 o'clock are luminescent and have a mint green tint, as are the hands. The 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock is larger than the 60-second counter at 9 o'clock. A date window sits between 4 and 5 o'clock.
At the heart of the reference 2057ST/92/3WU beats the caliber 7281, a brand new automatic manufacture movement with a flyback function and a 60-hour power reserve. The watch costs approx. ₹17,06,084.
Longines Spirit Flyback
The 42mm stainless steel case of the timepiece is surrounded by a bidirectional ceramic bezel. The dark blue dial with sunray decoration of the Longines Spirit Flyback Chronograph forms an elegant contrast to the bronze-coloured contoured Arabic numerals and hands. The reference L3.818.104.22.168 is based on the style of the historic models, the automatic caliber L791 (ETA A08.L11), which impresses with a power reserve of up to 68 hours, and shows a modern orientation. A 30-minute counter at three o'clock and a small seconds counter at six o'clock complement the harmonious design. The watch comes on a blue textile strap. Priced at approx. ₹4,28,000.
Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5172G Chronograph with a salmon-coloured dial features the classic bicompax division with a minute stop at three o'clock and a small seconds at 9 o'clock. For this purpose, the manufactory combines a 41-millimetre case made of white gold with three-tiered lugs. The hand-wound CH 29-535 PS in-house caliber ticks inside the watch with a power reserve of 65 hours. Priced at approx. ₹73,48,000.
Zenith Pilot Big Date Flyback
The Zenith Pilot Big Date Flyback Chronograph impresses with a strong look in black and stainless steel, but also sets subtle colourful accents. With a diameter of 42.5 millimetres, the case of the pilot's chronograph is complemented with square pushers and a large crown. The Arabic luminous numerals in white, the totalisers and the large date at 6 o'clock stand out prominently on the wavy black dial. The stop hand is red, and the 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock is accentuated with a coloured border. For driving the Pilot Big Date Flybackthe legendary high-frequency caliber El Primero 3652 with flyback function. The sporty look of this pilot's chronograph is complemented by a black rubber strap with a Cordura effect. The reference 03.4000.3652/21.I001 is available for approx. ₹11,09,000.
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