Chronographs

Looking for the best chronographs and chronograph watches for men and chronograph watches for women? We cover chronograph watch updates and review the best chronographs. Chronograph watches, or chronographs (sometimes called chronos), are very popular watches. Chronograph watches for men have stopwatch functions and sporty dials which is why chronograph watches for men and chronograph watches for women are among the best selling sports watches. Whether you're seeking information on chronographs or are looking for chronograph watch prices, you will find it here. WatchTime covers many chronograph watches, including famous men's chronograph watches like the TAG Heuer Carrera, Omega Speedmaster, and Rolex Daytona chronograph and other men's chronographs'; and many women's chronographs from leading chronograph brands such as Rolex, Breitling, Tissot, Rado or Seiko. Chronographs and chronograph watches rank among the most popular watches on watchtime.com. If you want to know 'what is a chronograph' or 'how does a chronograph work', make sure to head to our watch glossary where we describe how chronographs work and what each chronograph function means.

SIHH 2015 Preview: Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

At SIHH 2015 in January, Ralph Lauren will launch the new Automotive Chronograph. Inspired by the instrument panel of Lauren's legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this piece evokes the exotic yet purposeful aesthetic found in the cockpit of a car many regard as the finest gentleman’s sport coupe of all time. … [Read more...]

IWC Launches Special Edition Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

IWC New Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. IWC celebrates its role as the Official Timekeeper with the launch of the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” Special Edition.   … [Read more...]

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling Transocean Chrono Unitime

Breitling introduced its first Unitimer model — a self-winding world-time watch, now a sought-after collectors’ item — in the 1950s. At the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, the brand unveiled the updated version, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime, a timepiece that expresses the brand's classical, aviation-inspired theme with technical innovations and a striking, modern design. The watch features Caliber B05, based on Breitling's first in-house movement, automatic chronograph Caliber B01, … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

Seiko 5-Sports-Speed-Timer - 1969

Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's history of watchmaking stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, and includes several watch-world firsts. Here are the highlights. … [Read more...]

Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Cartier under $10000

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention. … [Read more...]

Press Release: WatchTime Special Issue: Vacheron Constantin

WatchTime Vacheron Constantin Special - cover

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its 2009 special issue on Vacheron Constantin as a digital download. This special edition explores the history of Vacheron Constantin watches, taking the reader inside the brand’s Swiss manufacture and highlighting the most iconic timepieces from its 250-year history. … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph

Baume & Mercier Capeland - front-back

Baume & Mercier launched its redesigned Capeland watch at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva in 2011. In this watch test featurette from our October 2012 issue, WatchTime gives this luxury-sport chronograph the once-over, with original photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Limited-Edition Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronograph

Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chrono LE - dial CU

Last week, Blancpain introduced its “Ocean Commitment” initiative at Cap d’Antibes in the South of France. This program will unite the manufacture's various activities to preserve and protect the world’s oceans as well as to increase public awareness through ocean exploration. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: The New Grandmaster Chime and Other Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Watches

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe unveiled its long-awaited 175th anniversary watch collection this week in Geneva, headlined by the magnificent Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Scroll down for info and photos on the new Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary watch models. … [Read more...]

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

In the new Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, Breitling wraps its manufacture Caliber 01 chronograph movement in a case that employs striking contrasts to achieve excellent legibility and a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature instrument style. Let's take a closer look. … [Read more...]

5 Accessible Audemars Piguet Watches for New Collectors

Affordable Audemars Piguet for Collectors

Audemars Piguet timepieces combine iconic designs with meticulously hand-finished movements. Accordingly, prices run well into six figures. For new collectors and those considering their first Audemars Piguet purchase, WatchTime offers five currently available models at the more accessible end of the range.   Royal Oak Selfwinding The word “audacious“ is invoked far too often in the world of watches, and though the Royal Oak may seem tame by today’s standards, it was truly … [Read more...]

Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Charmex’s CX Swiss Military Watch Breaks a Scuba Diving Record

CX Swiss Military 20,000 Ft - subdial_150

You have probably never heard of Charmex nor of Ahmed Gabr, but there are at least two reasons why both are worth knowing. In 2005, the Swiss watch company Charmex launched a massive dive watch capable of withstanding water pressures down to 12,000 feet. It was not only the most water-resistant (serially produced) mechanical dive watch at that time, but also the only (7750-based) chronograph amongst similar "extreme" dive watches. … [Read more...]

14 Millestone Audemars Piguet Watches, From the First Minute Repeater to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

WT Spotlight - Audemars Piguet

Watchtime Spotlight: Audemars Piguet – 14 Milestone Audemars Piguet watches Download this FREE feature and expand your knowledge about the 14 most important timepieces in more than a century of Audemars Piguet watches. The story of Audemars Piguet is one of constant innovation. From their earliest days, Audemars Piguet watches have been recognized for their boldness in both design and technology. This FREE download from WatchTime magazine gives you the stories behind 14 of history’s most … [Read more...]

Hublot Launches the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade

hublot classic fusion dwayne wade

Hublot is launching its latest timepiece made in collaboration with its "brand ambassador," Dwyane Wade. The Hublot Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade is the second limited-edition Hublot watch to carry the name of the NBA basketball star, and it includes an impressive storage option. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]

5 Affordable TAG Heuer Watches for New Collectors

affordable tag heuer

When it comes to automobile races and the precision chronograph watches that time them, TAG Heuer is the name most enthusiasts think of. Let’s take a look at five models that are available in stores now at accessible prices. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Omega Collectors Gather in Amsterdam for “Moonwatch Only” Book Launch

Omega Moonwatch Collection

If you are into collecting Omega Speedmasters like I am, you need a good reference book. Even though there is a lot of really useful information that can be found online (for instance, in the Fratello Watches Speedy Tuesday section), the world of collecting Omega Speedmaster watches has up until recently lacked a good "standard" on the subject. … [Read more...]

Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

WT Spotlight - Cartier Roadster

Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important milestones in the history of the Cartier watch. Learn the stories behind the Cartier Santos, the Cartier … [Read more...]

IBG 2014: Highlight Watches from 3 Boutique Watch Brands

Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT

WatchTime's 2014 "Inside Basel.Geneva" event tour wraps up this week in San Francisco (October 2). West coach watch aficionados who attend this final IBG show of the year will have the opportunity to see and try on many new watches, including several standout models from respected indie watch brands F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey and Parmigiani Fleurier. … [Read more...]

Comparison Test: TAG Heuer Monaco vs. Breitling Chrono-Matic

TAG Heuer Monaco/Breitling Chrono-Matic two-shot

In this watch test feature from our December 2008 issue, writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel pit modern versions of two iconic 1970s chronographs — the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Breitling Chono-Matic — against each other in a challenge of retro sports watches. … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsometre

Doctors and other medical professionals will appreciate the newest watch in Blancpain's elegant Villeret collection. The Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre is not only equipped with a flyback chronograph function but also includes, for the first time in a Blancpain watch, a pulsometer display for checking heart rates. … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors

affordable omega watches

Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are five models that are in stores now at accessible prices for both new and seasoned collectors. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: How Snoopy Ended Up on an Omega Speedmaster Dial

Omega Speedmaster - Snoopy dial

It is no secret that besides blogging about watches for fratellowatches.com, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex Datejust and, of course, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. I own several of the last model. Ever since I bought my first Speedmaster (15 years ago this coming October 1st) I have been hooked on this watch. Not only do I love the design of this chronograph (one of the most clean chronograph dials … [Read more...]

Sponsored: Wryst Sports Watches on New Leather Straps

Wryst Motors watches with straps

Wryst calls its luxury sports watches "the most extreme sports- and motorsports-inspired timepieces you will ever be given the opportunity to wear." Produced exclusively in Swiss-made limited editions and only available directly from the manufacturer's online boutique, Wryst Timepieces are dedicated to individualists — people of audacity and distinction, and the watches' atypical design is a dramatic change of pace from watches with more "classic" looks. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Blue

Patek Philippe Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Blue 5270 - dialCU

Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but the brand even added, in some references, a split-seconds function or a minute repeater to this already prestigious package. At the 2014 Baselworld watch fair, Patek introduced a new color to its "entry-level" perpetual calendar chronograph, a white gold case with a blue dial. We at Monochrome … [Read more...]

Highlight Watches From WatchTime’s IBG 2014 Watch Collector Events

Breguet Tourbillon QP

The sponsoring luxury watch brands for WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of watch collector events have really strutted their stuff this year. As noted by WatchTime's IBG event partner, watch collector and aficionado Jeff Kingston, not only did each brand have a broad selection from its collection on display at the opening event in Chicago — far broader than you'd ever find at a boutique or other retailer — but key new watch models from SIHH and Baselworld that won’t be in stores … [Read more...]

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Set to Debut in Hong Kong

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watch, which featured a hand-wound movement and a groundbreaking case made of forged carbon and ceramics, had watch-world tongues wagging in its debut year 2010. This year, at the upcoming Watches and Wonders watch fair in Hong Kong, AP launches the next generation, with a brand-new automatic movement. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: My 5 Top Dive Watches from Baselworld and Beyond

Omega Seamaster 300

Every year, Diveintowatches.com tries to cope with the rather difficult task of creating something like a "best in show" list of the new dive watches presented at the Baselworld watch fair. Scroll down to compare my top five dive watches from this year's Baselworld to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced this year. … [Read more...]

Speed Dreamin’: Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (With Video)

TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 front

A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. WatchTime took the watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, for a spin. Click here for the results of our comprehensive watch test, originally published in our print edition, along with exclusive photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]

Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Gets a Redesign

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]