The workaday wonders of the watch world, chronographs offer a marriage of classic “always right” styling with features that allow precision timing for any occasion. With a wealth of different types of chronographs on the market—including single-pusher chronographs, multi-pushers, dual-or-triple-subdial indication models, among others—these timepieces function accurately to the nearest fraction of a second to precisely time events from start to finish.
An added plus is that the multiple subdials gracing their faces create a visually appealing aesthetic. Once considered to be bold, sporty timepieces, today’s chronographs feature decidedly less athletic oomph, as many brands have opted to enhance the elegance factor on the wrist with retro styling and clean appeal—making the classic chronograph perfect for everything from a business lunch to casual weekend strolling.
This vintage-inspired Jazzmaster Cushion Auto Chrono ($1,745) from Hamilton is crafted in 44mm steel with a sapphire crystal. It is water-resistant to 100 meters.
From David Yurman, this Classic Chronograph ($4,600) houses a Swiss self-winding automatic movement in a 43.5mm steel case with integrated signature cable. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the watch features a sapphire caseback for viewing the movement.
Crafted in a 44mm steel case with sapphire crystal, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph ($2,995) houses an automatic movement with 46 hours of power reserve and an hours, minutes, seconds chronograph counter.
This TAG Heuer Carrera 300 SLR Limited Edition Chronograph with custom caseback ($5,600) houses the TAG Heuer in-house-made 1887 automatic movement, beating at 4HZ with 50 hours of power reserve.