The chronograph is, doubtless, probably the most well-liked problems. A posh, purposeful piece of engineering, it’s a must-have for watch aficionados… and the class has given rise to a number of the most iconic watches (assume Moonwatch or Paul Newman right here). Among the many quite a few new fashions introduced at Baselworld 2019, some actually stood out. Right here’s a have a look at 5 of our favorite chronographs of the truthful.
Be aware: this choice relies on a consensus among the many MONOCHROME staff. It displays our preferences among the many chronographs unveiled at Baselworld 2019. If you wish to add some watches to this choice, be at liberty to share them within the remark part on the finish of this text.
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze
Whereas Bell & Ross is famend for its square-shaped watches, the model additionally has some extra collections up its sleeve. One in every of them is the cool-looking Classic, a extra classical spherical watch, nonetheless with navy/instrument inspiration however extra informal. At Baselworld 2019, the model unveiled what actually is probably the most fascinating model of the BR V2-94, in a bronze case with black dial. The alloy used right here is secure and yellowish, creating nice distinction with the golden reversed-panda dial… And sure, it actually has that “John Participant Particular” look that was discovered on some unique Daytonas. Mechanically easy however visually actually cool.
Fast details: 41mm bronze case – water resistant to 100m – computerized calibre BR-CAL.301 with hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date- leather-based strap on folding buckle – CHF 5,300 – restricted version of 999 items. For extra data, go to www.bellross.com
Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Version
Breitling celebrates its most iconic chronograph with a very devoted re-edition of the coveted Navitimer, the reference 806 with beaded bezel, in a restricted version of 1959 items. At 41mm, the metal case has the identical dimensions as the unique and a domed acrylic crystal. If this reissue is visually an identical to the unique, it’s powered by a contemporary, high-grade motion: the in-house hand-wound calibre B09 with column wheel and vertical clutch. Its precision is licensed by the COSC. Classic appears and modern mechanics for a profitable re-edition.
Fast details: 41mm x 12.86mm metal case – water resistant to 30m – hand-wound calibre Breitling B09 with hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph – leather-based strap on pin buckle – CHF 7,900 – restricted version of 1,959 items. For extra data, go to www.breitling.com
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automated
Bvlgari made the headlines once more with its fifth record-breaking skinny watch, this time with the slimmest chronograph ever made. The slender Octo Finissimo Chronograph is simply 6.90mm, which is well the scale of a chronograph motion alone. Inside is an computerized calibre with column wheel, horizontal clutch and peripheral rotor. However the raison d’être of the Octo Finissimo shouldn’t be solely to interrupt one document after the opposite… Its sharp case and monochromatic look exude a novel character. Bvlgari introduced the ultra-thin watch into the 21st century with a contemporary and daring design.
Fast details: 42mm x 6.90mm titanium case – water resistant to 30m – computerized calibre BVL 318 with hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and GMT- titanium bracelet on folding clasp – CHF 16,500. For extra data, go to www.bulgari.com
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5172G
It’s all the time a particular occasion when a brand new Patek Philippe Chronograph is launched… The newest mannequin within the model’s venerable lineage of hand-wound chronographs is actually compelling. Changing the reference 5170, the brand new 5172 is introduced in white gold (at the very least for now) and stands out with its 41mm case that includes a sapphire field crystal, triple-stepped lugs and guilloché pump-style pushers. The blue dial with tachymeter scale is paired with syringe-style arms and an identical leather-based strap for an off-the-cuff, barely classic look. Inside is the well-known hand-wound calibre CH 29-535 with column wheel, horizontal clutch and instantaneous leaping minutes – and its standard very good ornament.
Fast details: 41mm white gold case – water resistant to 30m – hand-wound calibre CH 29-535 with hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with instantaneous minutes- calfskin leather-based strap with folding clasp – CHF 65,000. For extra data, go to www.patek.com
Zenith El Primero A386 Revival Gold Editions
Probably the most iconic chronograph actions simply turned 50. To have fun this anniversary, Zenith first launched a set of three watches that included a devoted remake of the 1969 reference A386, however in a restricted version of simply 50 models. At Baselworld 2019, Zenith introduced three new restricted editions of the A386 revival in three totally different gold circumstances (50 items in white, yellow and pink gold). This 1:1 re-edition of the A386 retains the 38mm diameter of the unique, an identically formed case and stands out with signature tri-colour sub-dials/counters. Sadly, no metal mannequin is to be anticipated for the second, however these three variations actually are fascinating.
Fast details: 38mm white, yellow or pink gold case – water resistant to 100m – computerized calibre El Primero 400 with hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date- alligator leather-based strap and gold pin buckle – CHF 19,900 – three restricted version of 50 items. For extra data, go to www.zenith-watches.com