Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / AUGUST DEPARTMENTS - By Clif­ford Olan­day

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.

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