For more than 200 years, chronographs have proved their usefulness in timing functions, making it the most popular and most common genre of tool watches in the world of horology. With nearly every brand boasting a chronograph in its arsenal, we have made a list of seven such chronograph watches that recently drew praise for their aesthetics and mechanics.
Parmigiani Tonda PF Sport Chronograph (Ref. pfc931-1020001-400182)
Part of Parmigiani’s currently most popular line, the 42mm sporty timepiece is crafted with stainless-steel and features a knurled bezel with 160 incisions - on a regular Tonda PF, the bezel comprises 225 incisions - making it more detailed and striking. The silvered Clou triangulaire guilloché dial incorporates black chronograph counters, delta-shaped hands, and baton hour markers coated with black Super-Luminova. Also, there is a date window popping between 4 and 5 o’clock. The Tonda PF Sport Chronograph is equipped with a COSC-certified automatic manufacture movement Calibre PF070/6710, which beats at the frequency of 36,000 vph, and boasts 65 hours of power reserve. The timepiece is finished with a black textile strap with stainless steel folding clasp and is water resistant up to 100 metres.
Price: INR 24,74,000 (approx.)
Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 Mosquito Night Fighter
Breitling celebrates the completion of 70 years of its ‘Classic AVI’ line with the launch of three new releases, inspired by the original Ref 765 AVI. Among them is a Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 Mosquito Night Fighter Ref. SB04451A1B1X1, which hooked us the most. The timepiece takes its inspiration from the Night Fighter 2, an all-black two-seater aircraft, and hence, it is incorporated with a black ceramic case, black leather strap, and black dial with anthracite hour, minutes, and seconds chronograph located at 6, 3, and 9 o’clock. Additionally, the watch features a bidirectional knurled bezel and a dial with Arabic hour markers and a date window within an hour subdial, along with a GMT functionality. The COSC-certified timepiece is powered by Breitling’s popular self winding Caliber B04, boasting about 70 hours of power reserve. Finishing the watch is a black military calfskin leather strap with titanium folding clasp.
Price: INR 10,05,000 (approx.)
Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph 43mm
Celebrating the Royal Oak Offshore collection’s 30th anniversary, Audemars Piguet revealed two new iterations in the line. The one that caught our attention is the Ref. 26420CE.OO.A043VE.01, a 43mm timepiece housed in black ceramic with a blue ceramic bezel and titanium push pieces and links. The smoked blue dial features a black inner bezel, a Méga Tapisserie pattern, and black flyback hours, minutes, and seconds chronograph counters at 3, 9, and 6 o’clock. There is also a date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock, and white gold hands and indexes coated with luminescent coating. The self-winding calibre 4401 powers the timepiece and boasts a 40-hour power reserve. The strap is blue calfskin with titanium pin buckle, and the watch comes with an interchangeable black rubber strap. The timepiece is water resistant up to 100 metres.
Price: Upon request
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Honouring the 24 hours of Le Mans race centenary, Rolex unveiled the anniversary special edition of its relentlessly popular chrono, the Cosmograph Daytona (Ref.126529LN). The watch features a tachymeter that shows the number 100 in red ceramic on its Cerachrom black bezel. The 40mm timepiece is crafted in 18K white gold, features a bright black dial with intense white chronograph inspired by the traditional Rolex dial. Also, the dial incorporates hands and hour markers coated with blue luminescence. Beating inside is an automatic Calibre 4132, offering 72 hours of power reserve. The brand’s popular Oyster bracelet completes the watch.
Price: Upon request
Zenith Defy 21 Chroma II
The Defy 21 Chroma was first released at LVMH Watch Week 2022, and recently Zenith added to the line with the Defy 21 Chroma II in black and matte white ceramic. The 44mm timepieces feature different colour palettes - the black one (Ref. 49.9013.9004/21.R952) is combined with primary colours, whereas the white one (Ref. 49.9014.9004/01.R953) has bright shades of blue and pink. The watches also extend the colours to the rubber grip on the crown, and the stitching on the strap. The skeleton dial of the models are incorporated with matching raised chronograph counters located at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and the facetted hour markers coated with rainbow varnish. Powering the timepieces is the automatic El Primero 9004 movement, which is painted in the same gradient as dial, boasting high frequency of 1/100th of a second chronograph, with two individual gear trains that beat at 5Hz for timekeeping and at 50Hz for chronograph function. Offering a power reserve of about 50 hours and water-resistance of up to 100 metres, the watches are limited editions of 500 each.
Price: INR 12,96,000 (approx.)
Montblanc 1858 The Unveiled Timekeeper Minerva Limited Edition
A limited edition of only 28 pieces, the Montblanc 1858 The Unveiled Timekeeper Minerva Limited Edition (Ref. MB130988) is a different take on the chronograph, where the complication activates via a unidirectional fluted bezel. The first click will start the chronograph, second click will stop it, and a third click will reset it. This 42.5mm timepiece is crafted in 18K lime gold and fitted with a dark green dial that shows a tachymeter scale on its rehaut, white minute tracker, Arabic hour markers, chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock, and Minerva arrow as the counter-weight on the chrono seconds. The hand finished manual winding Calibre MB M13.21 powers the timepiece and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. And a green interchangeable alligator leather strap flanks the case.
Price: INR 44,88,000 (approx.)
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Glassbox
On the occasion of Carrera’s 60th anniversary, TAG Heuer launched several new models, one of which is a Carrera Chronograph Glassbox launched in a black version (Ref. CBS2210.FC6534) with a ‘reverse panda dial’, and a perforated leather matching strap and a blue dial version (Ref. CBS2212.FC6535). The 39mm timepieces are crafted with fine-brushed or polished steel, and feature a circular brushed blue or black dial, which displays hours, minutes, and seconds chronograph counters at 9, 3, and 6 o’clock respectively, and a date window incorporated within a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, while the black version features a date window at 12 o’clock. Beating inside the timepieces is an in-house automatic Calibre TH20-00, boasting about 28800 (4Hz) and offering 80 hours of power reserve. The blue version is finished with a matching leather strap with folding clasp and steel push-buttons.
Price: INR 5,88,000 (approx.)
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