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Four very different chronographs

Made to calculate short timelapses – or longer ones by the way –, chronographs are popular among many collectors. Here are four ones, a little bit out of the ordinary.

By Vincent Daveau

A collector worthy of the name has at least one chronograph in his collection. By the way, among the iconic pieces of the watchmaking history are many chronographs: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Omega Speedmaster, Zenith El Primero… 
Will the four ones that have been selected by Frank Sans C for his second Episode on the chronographs have the same destiny? Future will tell us…

Reservoir – Sonomaster Chronographe 

French in its approach to comprehend and forward the temporal information, the new Reservoir Sonomaster Chronographe is inspired for its dial and mode of display by the hi-fi recording level gauge instruments from the seventies.

A very well-made vintage look.

The two counterclockwise hands of the opened fan-shaped counters in the black dial of this 43mm-diameter piece display the seconds for the left hand and the date for the right hand. The chronographic informations are legible at the tip of the big second hand. 

Two reverse hands that give the impression to have recording level gauges on the wrist!

They are at the tip of the small second hand put in its counter at 12 o’clock for the past minutes, and for the hours in the counter put at 6 o’clock. Effective and above all graphically very strong, this instrument water-resistant to 50 meters is powered by the self-winding mechanical calibre RSV-Bi120 chronograph. 

The nobility of a chronograph with column wheel calibre.

Visible through the transparent case back, we can see its wide oscillating weight decorated with the red brand logo and its blue coated column wheel as is the structural screws and bolts. This product that is going to be talked about and available in two dial finishes (black and beige or black and silvered), is worn on a leather strap with saddle stitch and spring bars that ease the disassembly.

Price: €5,750

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Michel Herbelin – Newport Heritage Chronograph

Faithful to the Newport Heritage line, this new chronograph uses the watchmaking codes that are characteristic of those in use during the seventies. 

The characteristic Newport’s cushion case.

Its 42mm-diameter steel case is so-called “cushion-shaped”. Original, because rather fewly made in watchmaking, this piece that proudly wears the indication made in France in the lower part of its silvered and blue dial shows the tone. Its objective: to attract the enthusiasts’ lookings for a watchmaking piece with a design both sober and powerful. Alternating between polished and brushed surfaces, the piece is eye-catching. Powered by a high-flying quartz calibre, this chronograph offers to those who will make it their, to have time with accuracy, but also to be able to measure short time events with a reading accuracy at 1/10th second. 

The loops of strap sign the elegance of the Herbelin Heritage watch.

Most certainly Neo-Vintage, this timepiece decorated with a bezel inspired by a porthole and to wear on a strap made from a fabric that uses the rigging pattern will make the sailing enthusiasts happy and the enthusiasts of a meticulous and French watchmaking attached to durability and transmission values.

Price: €749

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition 

The generation of enthusiasts targeted for this instrument was most likely not born when Ayrton Senna became the youngest racing driver to win three Formula 1 world championship titles.

A chronograph paying tribute to one of the greatest F1 driver: Ayrton Senna.

At the time, this genius racing driver was the ambassador of the brand, and he personified the values of surpassing oneself dear to the legendary S/EL watchmaking line, the contraction of the words Sport and Elegance. We can see a part of this line’s signature in the « S » drawing of the links of the steel bracelet of this Formula 1 Senna Special Edition. 

On the case back is an engraving of the driver’s helmet.

True model piece regarding inspiration and effectiveness, this 44mm-diameter instrument takes the name and reputation of Ayrton Senna to convey a strong message through timing sporting feats, and in particular the one of the Formula 1 in which TAG Heuer has been the Official Chronometer for a long time. Thus, we can see the name of the driver engraved on the bezel decorated with a tachymeter scale and a representation of him driving with his helmet on the steel case back. Impossible in these conditions to enjoy the view of the movement and to look at the finishes kept for the calibre 16.

The the driver’s “S” logo is on the bezel and in the counter at 6 o’clock.

We shall only note that this chronograph water-resistant to 200m allows the dial to display the time and date in aperture at 3 o’clock.

But also, useful informations like the continuous seconds at 9 o’clock and passed time in minutes and hours in the counters put at 12 and 6 o’clock in case of long-time timing.

Price: €3,350

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Carl F. Bucherer – Manero Flyback Signature 

The Manero Flyback Signature chronograph of Carl F. Bucherer is a contemporary instrument combining technical refinement, elegant and sports design.

A pair to write on the time going by.

Its 43mm-diameter steel case with a sober and varied design with a subtle vintage look; a completely current size likely to fit all the wrists thanks to long curved horns. Its very sober silvered dial has arrows hour markers with rainbow colours and its two anthracite counters contribute, by their judicious sizing, to make the piece timeless.  

We can see the rainbow hour markers on the body pen and its lid.

The legible date in the aperture at 6 o’clock does not disorganise this beautiful organisation and is discreet from the moment that we are not looking for it. The whole, water-resistant to 30m, is well balanced and is worn on an astonishing NATO fabric strap in recycled PET. Edited to 188 pieces, this chronograph is powered by the self-winding mechanical calibre CFB 1970. Visible through the transparent case back, it features a 42-hour power reserve and has the always very liked “flyback” function; in other words, a mechanism that allows, once the pushbutton pressed at 4 o’clock to stop the first in progress timing, to make the chronograph second hand reset to zero and to make it restart a measurement once the pushbutton is released. 

A travel case completes the array of the writer-collector.

The watch is delivered in a beautiful wooden case with a travel clutch that contains a second bracelet but also a very beautiful Stylo Caran d’Ache, a pen manufacture which headquarters are in the canton of Geneva.

Price: €6,400

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