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Chronographs: A Must for Serious Watch Collections

(Courtesy of the manufacturers)

(Courtesy of the manufacturers)

In the horological world, chronographs are often associated with racing. Originally engineered to track lap times, the stopwatch function has proven to be very practical for anyone keeping track of elapsed time (such as parking meters!).

Sly’s Choice

(Courtesy of Panerai)
(Courtesy of Panerai)

Panerai Luminor Chrono

From $9,200

Worn by the Italian Royal Navy since 1916, Panerai gained prominence when actor Sylvester Stallone began wearing it on and off-screen. The Luminor Chrono features a crown guard on the 44 mm case, accented by a bright-white dial with oversized 12 and 6 o’clock marks. A black alligator leather strap adds a sophisticated touch.

Classic Style

Bell & Ross
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Bell & Ross BR V3-94 R.S.20

From $4,400

Inspired by Formula 1 race cars, the design features a uni-directional 60-minute timer bezel while the black dial pops via yellow tachymeter scale, minute, and second hands. A black-and-yellow carbon fiber calfskin strap is standard; a stainless-steel bracelet is also available.

Otherworldly Accuracy

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
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Rolex Daytona

From $13,150

Rolex’s Daytona may be the ultimate chronograph; all are collectible, with Paul Newman’s recently selling for $17.8 million. The iconic design coupled with precise accuracy makes them highly sought after in stainless steel or gold. Those seeking the unusual will gravitate to the newest Daytona featuring a dial crafted from a meteorite.

Supercharged Elegance

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Breitling Super Chronomat

From $8,500

The Super Chronomat was originally created for pilots, but it keeps those on the ground on time for appointments, too. Setting a tone of sophisticated adventure, it goes from the cockpit to the opera. Three stainless straps are available, including one with a UTC module monitoring a second time zone.

A Porsche for Your Wrist

Tag Heuer
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Tag Heuer Porsche Edition

From $5,850

Tag Heuer collaborated with Porsche to create this high-intensity chronograph. Ready to time a board meeting or lap times, the dial features a unique black asphalt texture. A transparent case back reveals an oscillating mass inspired by a Porsche steering wheel.

Bill Lindsey


Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.

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