Timeless Design Classics of Rolex, Tag Heuer, Breitling & Co.
These chronographs have written history, and their design has proved to be something very special over time: as timeless, character-packed and strong. Whoever wears one of these timepieces proves style and connoisseurship.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #1: Breitling Navitimer
When Breitling presented the Navitimer 1952 as an instrument for pilots, there was a great deal of technical progress: the first jet-driven aircraft took their scheduled traffic. The Breitling Navitimer then managed the feat of integrating a navigation rechenschieber into a wristwatch via Localtimezone. This allowed the pilot to calculate fuel consumption, drift angle and speed over ground in the air. Normally the pilots used a larger, but otherwise similar, computer disk, which they took on board. In a watch you always had this navigation computer, which made the handling considerably easier for you. No wonder that the AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, was able to chose Breitling Navitimer to their official watch and even to wear the logo of the Pilots ‘ Association. Today, the 43-millimeter stainless steel housing of the Navitimer 01 is even ticking a manufacture caliber with wheel, the automatic caliber B01. The chronograph costs 7,150 euros.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #2: Rolex Daytona
The famous chronograph Daytona received its name 1963 when Rolex sponsored a race at the Daytona Circuit in Florida. For many years Rolex has been title sponsor of the “Rolex 24 at Daytona”, the 24-hour race of Daytona. As of 1988, interestingly ticked a modified El-Primero-movement from Zenith in the Daytona, which was replaced 2000 by the manufacture caliber 4130 with automatic lift. Characteristic of the Rolex Daytona are the dropped rings of the dials, the perfect symmetry of the dial without date and the scale on the wide bezel, which has been made of ceramics since 2016. The stainless steel version of the 40-millimeter clock costs 11,300 euro.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #3: Tag Heuer Carrera
The TAG Heuer Carrera, created from racing enthusiasm 1963, has become a classic in its over 50 years of history. Jack Heuer, then technical director and later managing director of Heuer, had designed a simple dial and used the clamping ring, which pushes the Plexiglas from the inside to the housing, as a design element: He made tick marks for the chronograph print on it . This created a discreet watch that was easy to read. The motorsport enthusiast Jack Heuer named her after an adventurous race: The Carrera Panda led more than 3000 kilometers across Mexico in the early 1950s. Today there are different versions, among others with the exclusive Chronographenkaliber 1887 with wheel and automatic lift. The body of the chronograph is made of stainless steel and ceramics. Its diameter is 43 millimeters. Price: 4,500 euro.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #4: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
The 1957 of Omega presented the Speedmaster was 1969 during the first lunar landing and has significantly influenced the image of a chronograph. The original version with the hand-winding caliber 1861 is still officially approved for NASA space missions. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch comes with a 42-millimeter stainless steel housing and is for 4,300 euros.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #5: A. Long & Sons Datograph
The Datograph is one of the most beautiful watches ever. The Saxon manufactory A. Long & Sons managed a well-balanced dial with a large-date top and two downward-for seconds and stop minutes. No less attractive: the elaborately decorated hand-wound 951.1 in traditional construction. The chronograph is illustrated with 41 millimeters of pink gold. It costs 69,300 euros.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #6: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
When Audemars Piguet 1972 presented the Royal Oak, it was ahead of its time: the stainless was more expensive than gold models and anticipated the luxury sports watches of our days. 1993 followed the flat watch of the striking chronograph Royal Oak offshore. With the lavish housing and the brawny design, the model quickly won many fans, including Hollywood stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger. With extreme special editions such as the 57 mm-large T3 on the occasion of the third Terminator film, Audemars Piguet made a stir. Here the 42-millimeter version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore made of stainless steel and ceramics. Inside the chronograph, the Automatikaliber 3126/3840. Cost: 25,400 euro.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #7: Zenith El Primero
Zenith managed to win the race for the first movement with an automatic lift: In January 1969 the brand presented the aptly named El Primero (Spanish: the first) caliber. In addition, with fast 36,000 half vibrations it was able to stop at the tenth of a second exactly. The eponymous chronograph Zenith El Primero has developed into a design classic with the discreetly colored totalizers. The legendary work with its well-visible wheels has remained the same except for some modernization. The illustrated 42 millimeters high Zenith El Primero owns the automatic caliber El Primero 400 B. Your price is 7,900 euro.
Best chronograph in the watchmaking #8: Hublot Big Bang
Hublot was not exactly humble when the name of his 2005 featured Big Bang, because the Big Bang was the beginning of our world. But the model has actually changed the watchmaking: The tradition-based Mechanikuhren define themselves through embellishments and complications. The Hublot Big Bang, on the other hand, embodies a new form of luxury: not backward-looking, but striving for the future–through a complex, innovative design, the use of high-tech materials and unusual material combinations. In 2010, Hublot introduced its own movement for the Big Bang Unico, the automatic caliber hub 1240. The 45 mm large Hublot Big bang in Titan costs 19,160 euros.
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