Easily one of the most visually stimulating watches on the market, the chronograph is a useful timepiece that offers fraction-of-a-second timing to sports enthusiasts. There is a wealth of different types of chronographs on the market—such as single-pusher chronographs, multi-pushers, and dual- or triple-subdial indication chronographs—built for weekend casual or sporty appeal, for business, or for the boardroom.
Swiss watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec invented chronographs in 1821. The first one, used to measure times in a horse race, was a clock with a hand constructed of a small engraving pen; it actually recorded, on the dial, the start and finish times of the race by leaving a small dot of ink at each end. Rieussec was awarded a patent the following year. Since this initial unveiling, the progression of chronographs moved swiftly, so that by the first decade of the 20th century, watchmakers had perfected the mechanism to incredible degrees. Today, chronographs can often be combined with other functions as well, including pulsimeters, tachymeters, and more.
Casual wear is effortless with chronographs that have chic sports appeal
and high-tech functions that make you feel like a million bucks. Whether it’s steel case and bracelet, a gold PVD look, or the vintage appeal of brown
leather straps, weekend-luxe watches can easily take over the week. For
example, the Baume & Mercier Capeland chronograph ($4,350) features a
44mm stainless steel case and bracelet, and houses a La Joux-Perret 8147-2
automatic movement with decorated oscillating weight—and it’s water
resistant to 50 meters. Mayors, Dadeland Mall, 7535 SW 88th St., South Miami,
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto
Chrono watch ($1,725) is crafted in steel with a silver-colored dial and gold
PVD accents. Its brown leather strap brings casual, sporty appeal. Goldtime,
531 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8897.
Movado Datron ($2,995) is crafted in a 40mm stainless case and bracelet,
and houses a Swiss automatic chronograph movement. Montica Jewelry, 75
Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-446-2957.
this Steel Evolution Heritage Edition ($925) is a 45mm chronograph in a
stonewashed pink-gold PVD case. It is sold with a brown leather strap and an
extra strap in chocolate silicone. The series is limited to 1,515 pieces. one five
is engraved on the dial to commemorate TechnoMarine’s 15th anniversary.
Levinson Jewelers, 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880
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