7 classy dress chronographs that add an edge to your look
Tracking elapsed times, chronographs are a common feature of sporty, rugged watches. But, as these dress chronographs, the dynamic complication can also add a jaunty edge to the most formal timepieces.
Lynette Koh; Illustrations by Denise Rei Low
REMAKING A CLASSIC
The Breguet Classique Chronographe 5287 features several updates on traditional touches. The brand’s signature dial decoration – mixed engine-turned patterns, including hobnail and barleycorn motifs – forms a classic juxtaposition against a sizeable and decidedly non-traditional 42.5mm rose gold case. Inside, the manually wound Breguet Calibre 533.3, which features a column-wheel chronograph, is based on a classic Lemania movement dating back to the 1940s.
COAST TO COAST
The elegant style of the laidback Italian seaside town of Portofi no serves as the inspiration for IWC’s Portofi no collection of watches. With the Portofi no Chronograph, the understated sophistication that distinguishes the series gets a dynamic update with a stopwatch function – snazzy, even if you mainly use it to time how long it takes for that next cocktail to arrive. The model on this page is housed in a 42mm steel case.
DISPLAY OF ORIGINALITY
In 2002, Glashutte Original presented the Panoretrograph, a chronograph watch with distinctive characteristics: an off -centre dial layout and an unusual 30-minute chronograph counter. Today, this early model has given rise to the Panograph, which has a larger 40mm case and refi ned details such as a sleeker bezel. Shown here in red gold, the watch is powered by the manually wound Calibre 61-03.
SEE THE LIGHT
At first sight, the Rado Diamaster Automatic Chronograph looks like a handsome vintage-inspired timepiece – charming, if not particularly unusual. But there is nothing typical about the case material from which it is crafted. While it resembles steel, plasma high-tech ceramic is much lighter, scratch-resistant and comfortable to wear. So, even though it measures a pretty substantial 45mm, it’s not going to weigh its wearer down.
KEEP ON TICKING
The pulsometer is one of those busy chronograph scales that few people use, but we still think it’s a charming addition that gives watches a bit of history. In the case of Blancpain’s Chronographe Pulsometre, this scale enables the user to figure out another person’s number of heartbeats per minute by starting the chronograph and stopping it after counting off 30 heartbeats. Housed in a 43.6mm red gold case, this flyback chronograph watch is powered by a high-frequency automatic movement.
THE NEW STANDARD
With its Roman numerals, blued-steel Breguet hands and sapphire-set pink gold crown, the Rotonde de Cartier Chronograph watch has a design that is both easily recognisable and reassuringly timeless. Its chronograph feature, courtesy of an in-house automatic movement, helps to give this 40mm pink gold classic a modern edge.
IN THE NEW BLACK
More typically associated with automatons, mineral dials and grand feu enamelling, Jaquet Droz shows that it can also do sporty elegance with the 43mm Chrono Grande Date Black. Sleek dark hands, a black opaline dial and a black PVD-finished steel case share an inky palette that’s complemented by contrasting white hour and minute markers.