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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!).
Panerai Luminor Chrono
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.
Bell & Ross BR V3-94 R.S.20
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.
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.
Breitling Super Chronomat
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 Porsche Edition
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.
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