April 10, 2019
Its ability to measure very short intervals makes the chronograph one of the most popular genres of mechanical watch. Scarcely any other kind of timepiece offers as many different models to choose from. Their appeal is further heightened by various additional chronographic refinements, such as, rattrapante or flyback. With innovative new materials, classic traditional metals and diverse design trends, this type of watch offers diversity in all its facets and caters to every taste. Here’s a selection of some refined chronographs that debuted at Baselworld 2019.
Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 5172G
The Geneva-based manufacture has added Calibre CH 29-535 PS, a new a white gold model with a blue dial and Arabic hour numerals, to its line of hand-wound manufacture chronographs. The chronograph’s buttons have a special hat-like shape and are guilloche embellished on top. Bar-shaped hour- and minute-hands taper to points and are coated with luminous material. The hands contrast boldly against the dial, as do the applied white gold numerals.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition
An emphatically contemporary timekeeping dynamo with fine allusions to past, the Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition premieres in a 44-mm stainless steel case that remains watertight to 100 meters. An automatic movement with chronometer certificate and two-day power reserve animates this racecar driver’s watch, which is also equipped with a tachymeter scale for calculating average speeds.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph Automatic
The saga of the Octo Finissimo reaches a new peak with a fifth world record. Bulgari has unveiled the slimmest mechanical chronograph ever built in the history of watchmaking. But that’s not all. The low-rise case contains Calibre BVL 318, which is a mere 3.3 mm tall, yet offers a GMT function and amasses a 55-hour power reserve. The 42-millimeter-diameter case surrounds a sand-blasted titanium dial and has a transparent back. With a height of just 6.9 millimeters, the case is likewise ultra-slim.
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Ceramic
Art meets artistry in the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Ceramic. Created in collaboration with the artist Richard Orlinski, it has a 45-mm case of dark red ceramic containing self-winding Calibre HUB1155, which shows the date on a skeletonised ring that goes well with the transparency of the sapphire crystal dial and its applied calibrated ring. This newcomer is released in a limited edition of 200 watches.
Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual
The latest addition to the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage collection revisits a chronograph model introduced in 1956. The new Heritage BiCompax Annual has adopted the elegant shape of its predecessor, but in a modern 41-mm stainless steel case. It is available in two versions, each limited to 888 pieces. Modern and pure, the stainless-steel variant boasts a silver dial with black counters. The bicolour model features a rose-and-champagne dial with the bezel, push buttons, and crown crafted from rose gold. Both watches are powered by automatic calibre CFB 1972, which offers an annual calendar that displays a large date above the centre and the month between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The flagship of the new pilot’s watch collection features a military green dial. Two stepped counters stand out from the background thanks to their silver colour. They and a subdial for the seconds enable connoisseurs to deduce that the time is kept beneath them by Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01, which offers a 70-hour power reserve and has earned a COSC certificate. The 43-mm-diameter case remains watertight to 100 metres and is equipped with a bidirectionally rotatable bezel with a red arrowhead marker.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Carbon
Zenith breaks new ground with a futuristic iteration of the chronograph wristwatch. The carbon case of the Defy El Primero 21 handsomely stages a version of the legendary El Primero movement that can measure elapsed intervals to the nearest 100th of a second, in a skeletonised model that also boasts an unprecedented deep black finish. Together with the dial’s elements, which are likewise black, the composition creates a resolutely contemporary design. The central 100th-of-a-second counter, as well as the elapsed seconds and elapsed minutes counters, have blackened hands with bright red tips that visually emphasise the unsurpassed high-performance chronograph function. Creating a captivating visual effect, alternating layers of randomly arranged carbon fibres make each case unique.
Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G chronograph
The daringly hybrid Black Bay Chrono S&G chronograph combines the brand’s aquatic heritage, represented by the Black Bay family, with the queen of the racetrack, the chronograph, for a precious sporty-chic result with an undeniable touch of nostalgia. Remaining faithful to the Black Bay aesthetic, the debutante makes the famous “snowflake” hands – a signature of Tudor divers’ watches since 1969 – its own in a gold version refined for optimum readability against the domed matt-black dial. Its counters are hollowed, and their champagne-colour creates optimum contrast. The main Black Bay characteristics are retained in a slim 41-mm steel case equipped with yellow-gold pushers. With a 70-hour power reserve, a silicon balance spring and a C.O.S.C. certificate, the manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813 that drives the Black Bay Chrono S&G model is a high-performance movement.
Porsche Design 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition
Porsche Design’s 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition pays tribute to the legendary 911 sports car and to its new generation. Exactly 911 of these wristwatches will be built, each with a 42 mm titanium case. ETA’s classic self-winding Valjoux 7750 chronograph calibre keeps time underneath the tinted sapphire crystal in the back of the case.
Grand Seiko Limited Edition “20 Years Spring Drive” Calibre 9R96 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT SBGC231
Grand Seiko celebrates the 20th anniversary of Spring Drive technology by adding a new design to its sports collection. Grand Seiko’s inspiration is the strength and power of the lion, which has been Grand Seiko’s trademark since 1960. The 44.5-mm case is made of high intensity titanium, protected against magnetic fields, and watertight to a depth of 200 metres. Inside it ticks Calibre 9R96 with GMT indicator, 72-hour power reserve and a rate deviation of ±0.5 second per day.
Sinn Spezialuhren Arktis II
Sinn celebrates the 20th birthday of the Arktis I by introducing the 206 Arktis II. The new watch’s 43-mm stainless steel case is two mm larger than its predecessor’s case. Like its forebear, the Arktis II encases legendary chronograph Calibre 7750 with day/date display. It convinces connoisseurs with Sinn’s typical technologies, e.g. AR-dehumidifying technique, temperature resistance and impossible-to-lose rotatable bezel. The case is watertight to 300 metres and protected against magnetism.
Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia Sport 1
The Teutonia Sport 1 combines elegance, sportiness and precision. This Bicompax chronograph’s dial is decorated with Clous de Paris guilloché and contrasts boldly with the blue hands for perfect legibility. The flange bears a tachymeter scale for calculating average speeds. This watch ticks to the rhythm of self-winding Calibre MU 9414: like the movements in all of this year’s new models, this calibre is also equipped with a special blue anodised anniversary rotor.