Keep­ing things on track

Business Traveller - - WATCHES -

The chrono­graph re­mains the sin­gle most pop­u­lar com­pli­ca­tion on a watch. Here are four for all tastes

Patek Philippe 5960/1A

To bor­row a phrase from a friend – ad­mir­ers of Patek Philippe would hap­pily sell their grannies in or­der to own one of these watches. It com­bines two prac­ti­cal func­tions – a chrono­graph, in the nested sub-di­als at six o’clock, and an an­nual cal­en­dar (need­ing ad­just­ment just once a year, at the end of Fe­bru­ary), and it does so with­out seem­ing overly clut­tered.

This year sees it gain a dev­il­ish black dial and bright red sec­onds hands that lend it a hith­erto ab­sent sporti­ness. The move­ment was Patek’s first au­to­matic chrono­graph cal­i­bre made in-house, and the ap­proach it takes to record­ing elapsed time is still not mim­icked with any suc­cess else­where. The outer ring at six o’clock counts the min­utes, and the two in­ner rings, with the red hand, count elapsed sec­onds be­tween them (each ring ac­count­ing for 30 sec­onds). Should you be lucky enough to live with one, it rapidly be­comes sec­ond na­ture. £37,040;

Frédérique Con­stant Man­u­fac­ture Fly­back Chrono­graph

If a luxury watch can ever rep­re­sent value for money, this is it. Fly­back chrono­graphs (al­low­ing for in­stant restart­ing of the mech­a­nism) typ­i­cally cost mul­ti­ples of the Frédérique Con­stant’s price, and rarely look as good. £3,750; fred­erique­con­

Mont­blanc 1858 bronze

Mont­blanc’s her­itage-in­spired chrono­graph now comes in oh-sotrendy bronze, with a washed-out dial in suit­ably retro tones to match. Flip it over to see one of the world’s best-look­ing move­ments, too. £23,600; mont­

Omega Speed­mas­ter Rac­ing

It’s not a purist’s Speed­mas­ter – that would be the Moon­watch – but the new Speed­mas­ter Rac­ing is a colour­ful, sporty al­ter­na­tive with all the lat­est me­chan­i­cal move­ment tech­nol­ogy in­side it. £6,240;

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