Nothing says style and elegance like the right signature timepiece.
Over the years, the chronograph watch has been such a piece. Timeless and classic, they are a great look and complement numerous styles.
But what exactly is a chronograph? What does a chronograph watch do? Let us take you on a journey.
And if you’re wondering if it’s about time you got yourself a chronograph watch, here are our top ten reasons why you should!
1. Awesome Functionality
The answer to the question ‘What is a chronograph watch?’ is basically – a watch with a built-in stopwatch.
But when you look under the surface (and by the way, it’s probably best that you don’t) there is a delicate and complex piece of engineering. In fact, it’s their complexity and precision that makes them more expensive and sought after.
The chronograph watch is equipped with “sub-dials” and buttons on the side. If there are three smaller faces, these usually allow you to time hours, minutes and seconds. This gives you the ability to time anything from fractions of a second to 12 hours.
These functions are useful in a number of professional setting where timing is involved. One of the most famous examples was during the Apollo 11 moon landings. The precision Omega chronograph timepieces worn by the astronauts were used to help them in the calculations needed on that epic journey.
2. Unisex Statement Piece
Although stereotypes may have at one time dictated that the chronograph watch was more of a man’s piece, times have changed.
There are stylish women’s chronograph watches that use tones such as rose gold available. But many women are also choosing to wear styles traditionally designed for men.
That’s because of an appreciation of the qualities that chronograph watches embody. It shows an understanding of the value of precision craftsmanship.
3. Oozes Sophistication
Chronograph watches have a long-standing association with cool and sophistication.
They have been sported by many famous figures in such glamorous arenas as Formula 1 motor racing and high finance.
The most expensive wristwatch ever sold?
You guessed it, that would be a chronograph. Owned by none other than the king of cool Paul Newman, it sold for a staggering $17,752,500 at auction in 2017. It’s not surprising the iconic Rolex was associated with someone who embodied effortless sophistication.
A chronograph watch is not only a technological marvel but a great way to easily add style and finesse to your wardrobe.
4. Highly Collectable
Chronograph watches are investment pieces. But it’s good to remember that they are highly popular with collectors and auction houses alike.
That’s because they are precision pieces of engineering that look amazing.
They exude a timeless quality that makes them a great choice if you’re starting a watch collection. They really never go out of style and if you invest in the right piece, you’ll be able to capitalize on it in years to come.
5. Perfect for Travel
When you’re packing for traveling, you choose your most reliable and durable clothing, luggage and accessories to take with you. You need a kit that is strong and won’t let you down.
Rather than always relying on tech that has to be plugged in or charged, make sure you take a chronograph watch with you.
It’ll be there for you as you change time zones and never let you down. Plus, it has the advantage of adding instant class to your attire at any given time.
6. Ideal for Sports
Love to run, cycle or swim?
Always looking to beat your personal best?
In such situations, a smartwatch or phone just doesn’t cut it. There’s nothing to beat the precision, immediacy and sheer portability of a chronograph.
You can time your laps and sprints to within a fraction of a second. Look out for variants that are water and shock resistant. This makes them perfect for use whether your body provides the moisture or you’re diving into the ocean blue.
7. Cool Additional Features
Not all chronograph watches are created equal.
Depending on the level of functionality you’re looking for, and the applications you need them for, there are various options available.
One great option is the split-second chronograph.
This allows you to record the times of different competitors in races. The button can be pressed to record one finish time, while the second hand continues timing.
Another potentially useful function that some chronograph watches offer is the tachymeter function. This is a feature seen on TAG Heuer watches and allows you to measure speed over a fixed distance.
8. Hard to Fake
This might sound like a strange plus point but come with us a minute.
Wherever there are luxury items to be found, there are an abundance of fakes waiting to rob you of your hard earned cash. While the same is true of chronographs, they are much harder to fake well.
A chronograph watch is a precision piece. That means a genuine one is highly precise and will stand up to intense scrutiny. If you’re ever in doubt, give the watch a keen once over.
You’ll likely be able to spot that something is just not quite right. The functions may not run quite as you’d expect and the lettering may not be quite as you’d expect.
These are warning signs! Run for the hills and don’t look back.
The Bottom Line: Why You Need a Chronograph Watch
There is something special and unique about a chronograph watch.
As we’ve seen, it blends style and functionality. It’s elegant, yet multipurpose.
If you’re in a job or have a hobby you’re passionate about that requires timing, and precision timing at that, then you’ll never regret investing in a chronograph watch. You can rely on it to get the job done.
And if you’re not, well, no-one would blame you for adding a chronograph to your wardrobe for the sheer style and elegance of it. Perfect for both men and women, everyone looks good in a chronograph.
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