Chronograph watches are essentially just watches with additional features, but a great chronograph watch can become an entire horological experience. A chronograph watch has additional features other than basic time and date functions, giving the wearer far more functionality than they would get from a standard watch. A huge number of complications can be built into chronograph watches, so they sometimes come with a higher price tag to account for the expert craftmanship that is required to build them. Chronograph watches are great for established collectors and those who are searching for their first timepieces. If you are interested in adding a chronograph watch to your collection, keep reading for our top 10 chronograph recommendations 2021.
Our Top 10 Chronograph Recommendations 2021
Lacoste have created this model with the current mixed metal trend in mind. A mixed metal watch allows the wearer to style it alongside jewellery in a variety of shades to create a modern, cohesive look. This model features a black dial with three sub dials. The dial exhibits rose gold baton indices and rose gold hour, minute and second hands which perfectly complement the rose gold detailing on the sub dials. A black bezel surrounds the dial and mineral glass protects it. A stainless steel case houses a precise and reliable quartz movement. This watch is water resistant up to 50 metres (5 bar), so it is suited to everyday wear. The watch is finished with a two-tone stainless steel and rose gold bracelet that fastens with a deployment clasp.
This bold model from Maurice Lacroix will certainly be eye-catching on the wrist. The Aikon watches were designed to exude luxury and have since become iconic in the watch industry. The red dial of this model features three blue sub dials and silver baton indices with a date aperture at 6 o’clock. This chronograph model has a 1/10 second counter and a 30 minute counter. The silver hands are treated with a luminous substance to ensure that the dial can be read in the dark. The stainless steel case measures 44mm in width and houses a Swiss quartz movement. The watch is water resistant up to 100 metres (10 bar), so it will be resilient to some swimming activities. A blue and red rubber strap secures the watch on the wrist.
Sinn are a German brand that strive to have the most high quality and precisely engineered watches in the brand’s portfolio. This chronograph model has a classic pilot’s watch look, which is a very popular design choice for chronograph models. The black dial exhibits three sub dials with a weekday and date aperture in the 3 o’clock position. This watch is powered by an automatic movement that uses 25 bearing jewels and 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour to power the watch. A stainless steel case frames the dial and mineral glass protects it. The watch is fitted with several Sinn Technologies that allow it to be water resistant up to 10 bar and anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309. This model is finished with a stainless steel two-link, bead-blasted bracelet that fastens with a deployment clasp.
For those who are searching for a chronograph model with a twist, this model from Briston would make a great addition. Briston watches all have a distinctive square case shape that sets them apart from other brands. The green dial of this model features two black sub dials and a date aperture in the 6 o’clock position. The baton indices are in a shade of silver to match the silver hour, minute and second hands. A black tachymeter inner bezel surrounds the dial and mineral crystal protects it. The square acetate tortoiseshell case houses a quartz Miyota OS21 movement. This watch is water resistant up to 100 metres, meaning that it can be worn for some water-based activities. The watch is finished with a green NATO style nylon strap for a colour coordinated look.
This chronograph watch is a classic dress watch style, providing a timeless and elegant look to whatever outfit it is paired with. The brand believe in making luxury watches accessible to more people and achieve this by creating high quality watches at a more affordable price point. This model features a white dial with a guilloche pattern at the centre. The dial exhibits three sub dials, a date aperture and black Roman numeral indices. The black Breguet hands add a touch of vintage flair to the design of this timepiece. The watch is water resistant to 5 bar and powered by a quartz movement of the calibre FC-292. This model is finished with a black leather strap to complete the traditional dress watch appearance.
This model is a modern reworking of a 1968 signature Hamilton watch. The vintage design offers a sporty but classic look giving the wearer a huge amount of versatility. This model features a black dial with two white sub dials. The contrasting colours ensure that the chronograph features stand out and are easy to read. A stainless steel case frames the dial. It measures 40mm in diameter and houses a Hamilton H-51 mechanical chronograph movement. This movement gives the watch a power reserve of up to 60 hours. This watch is secured to the wrist using a stainless steel mesh bracelet that fastens with a folding clasp.
For those who love to stand out, this entirely gold model from Movado would make a great statement timepiece. The gold dial features three gold sub dials with gold hour, minute and second hands. A yellow gold ion-plated stainless steel case frames the dial. The case features a crown and two pushers that the wearer can use to operate the chronograph functions. This watch is splash resistant and powered by a quartz movement. A gold PVD plated stainless steel bracelet secures the watch on the wrist. This is a perfect chronograph watch for those who do not want to sacrifice function for bold, statement style.
Swatch are famous for their affordable and functional watches that are available in a huge range of colours and styles. This chronograph watch has a blue dial that features blue baton indices and three sub dials. The dial exhibits grey hour, minute and second hands that each have luminous elements to ensure that they can be seen in the dark. A stainless steel tachymeter bezel surrounds the dial, giving this watch even more functionality. A 43mm case frames the dial and it houses a quartz movement. This model is splash resistant and should not be exposed to water. The watch is finished with a blue rubber strap that fastens with a pin buckle.
The Max Bill collection from Junghans is well known amongst watch enthusiasts for the simple design and clean dials of each of the watches. This watch features a white dial with two sub dials. One sub dial is positioned below 12 o’clock, and the other is positioned above 6 o’clock. A date aperture is placed in the 3 o’clock position to ensure for optimal timekeeping. The stainless steel case houses an automatic J880.2 movement that has a power reserve of up to 48 hours. The watch comes equipped with a stop function and the hands and indices are treated with an environmentally friendly luminous substance. The watch is finished with a black soft leather strap that fastens with a stainless steel buckle.
This Michel Herbelin model exhibits perhaps the most fascinating of all watch complications. The moonphase complication has fascinated watch enthusiasts for centuries and remains a popular feature in watch making today. This chronograph model features a blue dial with two sub dials across the centre and a moonphase display above 6 o’clock. The minimal baton and Arabic indices have been designed to not distract from the sub dials at the centre. Sapphire glass protects the dial and a stainless steel case frames it. The watch is powered by a quartz movement and is splash resistant. This watch is secured to the wrist with a blue leather strap that fastens with a pin buckle.
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