THESE FINE CHRONOGRAPHS ARE HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE AND UNDENIABLY EASY ON THE EYES.
Bulgari’s Lucea line; chronographs to invest in.
Time waits for no man, and before you know it, your counter has reached zero or the little moments have passed unnoticed and forgotten. That may be a more romantic way of looking at the chronograph complication, an instrument that measures the nuances of time with a separate sweep seconds hand, which is usually accompanied by minute and hour sub-dials. In the simplest terms, it is a timepiece with stopwatch capabilities. Thoroughly utilitarian, the chronograph was crafted to measure flight times, record laps of horse races, as a countdown, to figure out elapsed time, and more—not that you need an excuse to own a beautiful, well-made wristwatch. Here, some of the most valuable chronographs in the market right now.
iWC DA VinCi pErpETuAl CAlEnDAr CHronoGrApH pushing the boundaries of watchmaking, iWC combines a chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase in one watch. That’s a lot of stuff, four sub-dials in a 43-mm case to be exact. And yet, this looks harmonious and elegant. iWC has opted to highlight the moon phase, rendering it in a dazzling blue, which sets it apart from the rest. Also, the chronograph dial combines both hour and minute counters, leaving more room for the perpetual calendar. Greenbelt 5, 728.0094. T&C AuDEmArS piGuET royAl oAk The royal oak Chronograph celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a seven-model series that celebrates the rebellious design of the original royal oak. These are most captivating with their two-tone dials, pumped-up chronograph counters, wider hour markers, and brighter glow (in darkness). What to get? For something audacious, a pink gold case with a blue alligator strap. For something subdued, a steel case with a black Grande Tapisserie dial. Greenbelt 5, 728.0094.