Best in 2018: Chronographs

Best in 2018: Chronographs

We start today, and for the following three Sundays and the most recent day of the year, a series of articles with a selection of the absolute best timepieces introduced in 2018 in various categories, including Chronographs, Sport Watches, Dress Watches, Ladies Watches and Complications.

For the Chronographs class, we list beneath our selections with links to the full articles. Chosen watches are listed alphabetically, not in request of preference.

A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split

The A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split is the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph on the planet that permits multi-hour comparative time estimations. On account of additional rattrapante hands on the minute and hour totalizers, the Triple Split makes it possible to stop lap and reference times of occasions that keep going up to twelve hours. In the passive mode, the respective hand pairs are superposed. When the estimation is begun, they all begin to run simultaneously until the rattrapante pusher is pressed to freeze intermediate times. The three blued-steel hands stop to display lap times while the seconds hand just as the minute-and hour-counter hands continue to run and gauge the absolute time. The dim dial in solid silver is shading coordinated with the 43.2 mm white-gold case. Beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, the hand-wound production caliber L132.1 offers a 55-hour power save. Read the full article.

Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527

In line with the design code of Breguet’s new line, the Marine Chronographe 5527 highlights a recognizable case with distinctive arm band drag, fluting on the caseband and wave stylistic theme surrounding the crown, embellished with an enormous “B”. The 42.3 mm cases guarantees water resistance to 100 meters/330 feet. The focal chronograph hand, enriched by a “B” in a reinterpreted version of the corresponding maritime signal banner, is complemented by two registers, at 3 o’clock for the minutes and at 6 o’clock for the hours. The more modest sub-dial at 9 o’clock is utilized for the running seconds. The Marine 5527 is available in three variations: white gold case with guilloché blue dial, rose gold with guilloché silvered gold dial, and titanium with a rich record dark tone with sunburst finish. The 4 Hz (28,800 vph) self-winding development, Caliber 582QA, and its rotor with oscillating weight in dark PVD-covered gold are visible through the sapphire precious stone case back. Read the full article.

F.P.Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante

F.P.Journe expanded its lineSport collection with the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante, available in 3 versions: platinum, red gold or titanium grade 5. The 44 mm x 12 mm case encases the new monopoussoir split second chronograph development made in 18K rose gold for the platinum and the red gold versions and in aluminum composite for the titanium version. The tachymetric bezel inlaid with ceramic upgrades the sporty character of the model. Beating at a recurrence of 3 Hz (21,600 vph), the hand-wound F.P.Journe Caliber 1518 highlights a power hold of 80 hours. Each model version comes with a dial of a different tone: for the red gold model, a ruthenium-shaded silver guilloché dial with applied numerals in matte red gold, for the platinum model, a blue mauve-hued silver guilloché dial with applied numerals in matte white gold and for the sportier titanium model, the dial is created from an anthracite-hued aluminum compound with applied numerals and hands treated with Super-LumiNova. Read the full article.

Habring2 Doppel Felix Split Seconds Chronograph

Characterized by minimalist case and dial, the Habring2 Doppel Felix split-seconds chronograph is powered by a development entirely developed in Austria. The 42 mm case is made from 316L stainless steel with brushed and polished finish and it is water resistant to 50 meters/165 feet.  Protected by a domed AR-covered sapphire precious stone, the dial is available in satin silver or anthracite with rose gold plated hands and hour markers. The in-house split-seconds chronograph development is produced in two variations: A11R  and A11RD (with pointer date).  Read the full article.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire

The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902) comes in a decreased case diameter of only 41 mm which houses a development from the 69000 caliber family, introduced in 2016 and perhaps the main developments in IWC-fabricated developments in IWC’s new history. This is the first time that IWC integrates an individual from this caliber family into its Pilot’s Watches. Characterized by a classic section wheel design, the 69380 chronograph development displays chronograph hours and minutes on two subdials at 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock while also featuring a date and day display. Beating at a recurrence of 4 Hz, it ensures a power save of 46 hours. The development is protected by a delicate iron argument for protection against magnetic fields. The bronze case, the olive green dial and the earthy colored calf cowhide strap give this chronograph its unique character.  Read the full article.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

Dedicated to the Apollo 8 space mission, the first to orbit around the moon, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 highlights an enlivened version of Omega’s acclaimed Moonwatch development which is visible from the two sides on account of a skeletonized dial. The dial-side is a light shade to represent our view of the moon’s surface from Earth, while the rear of the watch dives into the clouded side that lone space travelers will see. A laser ablation technique producing a realistic imagery of the lunar surface was utilized to design the bridges and main plate of the darkened movement.The 44.25 mm x 13.80 mm case is entirely made of dark zirconium oxide ceramic. The chronograph hands are varnished yellow, while the tachymeter scale and crown are filled with Super-LumiNova. The dark and yellow topic stretches out to the calfskin strap. The darkened and enlivened version of the Caliber 1861 – called 1869 as a tribute to the first moon landing – beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour with a power save of 48 hours.  Read the full article.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P Salmon Dial

At Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe introduced, interestingly, a platinum version of its Reference 5270 that was first dispatched in 2011 in white gold and followed by a rose gold version in 2015. The new Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P-001 stands apart for its brilliant opaline dial — or “salmon” dial for some, Patek Philippe fans — with applied darkened gold numerals which give an advanced twist to this classic timepiece. The dial has the typical format of Patek Philippe chronographs with perpetual schedule. Because of the sapphire-precious stone case back, it is possible to admire the caliber CH 29-535 PS Q development, the absolute first chronograph with a perpetual schedule developed completely in the manufacture’s workshops. Beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vph), this hand-wound development stands apart with its classic architecture (horizontal grip, section wheel, manual winding), the six patented chronograph innovations, just as its very smooth schedule mechanism. The power hold is 55 to 65 hours with the chronograph disengaged.  Read the full article.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A-001

The Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A-001 is Patek Philippe’s absolute first chronograph in the Aquanaut collection, a complication which is in line with the sporty and dynamic character of the timepiece. The watch is equipped with Caliber CH 28-520 C/528, a self-winding flyback chronograph development featuring a classic section wheel just as an advanced vertical disk grip that prevents a bounce back of the hand in either direction when the chronograph is begun. Since this grasp is virtually without friction, the chronograph hand can also be utilized as a continuously running seconds hand. The power hold is 45 to 55 hours. The appearance of the watch is exceptionally appealing and the chronograph function was effectively integrated in the typical design of the Aquanaut with the hour long counter echoing the typical forms of the slightly adjusted octagonal bezel. Patek Philippe delivers this watch with two composite straps. The dark strap is standard issue. The orange one emphasizes the strong shading highlights on the dial.  Read the full article.

Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph

The consequence of the collaboration with McLaren Automotive, the Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph brings to mind the lines of a supercar. Its rectangular case is made of Carbon TPT interlaced with Orange Quartz TPT, resulting in a very resistant and light-weight case while paying tribute to a shading that is inseparable from McLaren. The Carbon TPT upgrades the mechanical performance of the RM 11-03 offering resistance to cruel environments. The titanium pushers fitted to the Carbon TPT case reverberation the design of the headlights of the McLaren 720S. Titanium inserts, similar in shape to the iconic McLaren F1’s air-intake snorkel and bearing the McLaren logo, enhance the bezel. The evaluation 5 titanium crown is shaped like a McLaren lightweight wheel. The RM 11-03 is powered by the 4 Hz (28,800 vph) automatic RMAC3 caliber with a flyback chronograph whose instant return of the counter to zero makes it possible to quickly restart the stopwatch function.  Read the full article.

TAG Heuer Carrera “Tête de Vipère” Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer

With the Carrera “Tête de Vipère” Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer, TAG Heuer commended a long time since the introduction of the Heuer Carrera in 1963. A limited edition of 155 pieces, this is the first TAG Heuer chronograph to bear the prestigious “Tête de Vipère” stamp of greatness. In request to obtain such certification, each completely amassed watch — not simply the development — goes through a protocol involving 16 days of testing, in five different positions at three different temperatures. Characterized by the contemporary design of the 45 mm midnight blue ceramic case, complemented by ceramic bezel and hauls, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer highlights two of traditional watchmaking’s most renowned complications: a tourbillon and a chronograph. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering a power hold more than 65 hours, the automatic HEUER-02T caliber has beautiful finishes that can be admired through the transparent case back.  Read the full article.