Choosing the newest addition to your watch collection can be difficult. Suddenly you glance at your ever-growing crop of luxury watches and struggle to recognise what the missing piece to the jigsaw is. You have large faces, square dials, stainless steel bracelets, rubber banded sports watches, divers watches, pilots watches, traditional quartz watches and have even dipped your toes into investing in a special edition along the way. Yet you feel that to complete your collection of both classic mechanicals and those that have followed the regular cycles of fashionable trends, you need something highly functional which reflects the unique craftsmanship of the brand that you are buying into. A luxury chronograph allows the owner to play about with a number of clever gadgets whilst also appreciating the brand’s use of high grade materials, married with their innovative design criteria and recognisable image. We have provided a selection of our most favourite chronograph watches to make choosing your preferred timepiece that little bit easier.
For those who are seeking a watch with strong sporty influences, the newest TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch communicates world class racing with resilience and high performance. The TAG Heuer watch from the prestigious Formula 1 collection is an outstanding blend of hard wearing, high-grade materials matched with an unmistakable sporty aesthetic that uses contemporary designs laced with a luxurious finish. Take a look at the materials used for its stealthy structure also! Fitted with a black titanium carbide bezel to protect against erosion, scratches and denting, the matching fine brushed screw-in case embraces three chronograph sub dials, a one tenth of a second, a minute chronograph and a running second counter. The counter hands of this TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch have been polished and tipped with a red hue for maximum legibility as well as having received luminescent treatment for use in dark environments.
When Eterna birthed the first of the KonTiki generation to demonstrate a boundary-pushing and daring expedition across the Pacific Ocean performed by Thor Heyerdahl and his crew in 1947, new benchmarks were set for precision. The very first releases were capable of 200 metres water resistance and were equipped with easy-grab rotating bezels to supply professional divers with life saving devices, capable of accuracy and efficiency in poor lighting, chilling temperatures and high pressures. Now this latest edition to the Eterna KonTiki collection offers a GMT function as well as three striking chronograph sub-dials which rest at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock locations. Dressed against a royal blue guilloche effect dial, the silver snail borders of Eterna’s chronograph dials emanate from behind the contemporary chiselled hour indices and striking red hued peripheral border. The beating heart of the Eterna Royal KonTiki GMT is the first of 88 possible variants of the brand’s new Calibre 39 movement.
For a more elegant, classical timepiece, Junghans have proudly unveiled their Meister Chronoscope. The delicate anglings and hand-executed finishes on the chronograph dials which have been carefully recessed into the deep blue sheen of the face, share features with the Junghans’ signature dial based on inspirational artist and Bauhaust student Max Bills. The chronograph minutes are at the top, the hours at the bottom and small seconds at 9 o’clock, all sitting underneath a convex mineral crystal glass made of SICRALAN coated hard plexiglass. Junghans have been presenting stopwatches with the ability to measure the performances of machines or average speeds in addition to just purely measuring time alone since the 1930’s however, the Meister Chronoscope which houses balance bridges, winding wheels and screwed gold chatons as part of its automatic J880.1 calibre, all work beautifully together in demonstrating the importance that we now attach to such highly skilled watchmaking.
If it is undeniable robustness, supreme materials and a powerful masculine chronograph that you are looking for, the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme timepieces are definitely one to consider. The new additions are bold and aspire to uniformity. With pronounced shape and confident profiles, the ML112 powered tools are saturated in vibrant energy. The rotating bezel positioned on the inside of the Maurice Lacroix watch case works as a shock absorber, providing the perfect contrast against the black sandblasted background to the diamond cut counters and luminescent coated hands, fetching a sharp injection of colour out from the 12 to 3 o’clock quarter segment of the dial. The exclusive to Maurice Lacroix POWERLIGHT® alloy consists of five elements that protect the skeleton structure of the watch whilst remaining a lightweight convention on the wrist. Zirconium, aluminium, magnesium, ceramic and titanium create the perfect recipe for sandblasting onto the case to shield the all important underlying organs, whilst the push buttons and crown are made of pure titanium. The components of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme collection also undergo a chemical treatment called anodization which involves inserting colour pigments into the pores of the case material. The model is 43mm in diameter and available in a spring green or a yam orange.
If wanting to team professional sophistication with a sporty twist, the Rado Hyperchrome Match Point Limited Edition is the way to go. The new masterpiece predominantly allows the tennis theme to run throughout the clever design, presenting the chronograph counters at 00, 15, 30 and 40 minutes to reflect the scoring points of the game, whilst the chronograph hour counter embraces a net-like pattern to reference the sporty look. Avoiding flashiness, the Rado timepiece scores points on innovation and practicality. Rado’s choice to shroud the watch in a high tech ceramic, ensures maximum durability and protection from external factors whilst its smooth metallic appearance retains dignity via an upscale look. The Rado Hyperchrome Match Point watch is designed to be lightweight yet boldly pronounced, allowing its aesthetic to keep current with the trend to “go bigger”, an ever-popular theme that we have seen evolve within the last decade or so. White Super LumiNova inserts on the dial effectively recall the boundary lines of the court, another nod to the globally popular sport. The Rado Hyperchrome Match Point model is powered by the ETA 2894-2 12, and is limited to 999 pieces.
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