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Jun 23, 2018

Watch terms often sound intimidating. We’d like to help make you the expert starting with the mysteries of chronographs. Our expert watch maker, Tim Louis, breaks it down. The word “chronograph” refers to the specific stopwatch mechanism on a watch. The basic function is to show elapsed time, often via a central seconds hand and […]

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Watch terms often sound intimidating. We’d like to help make you the expert starting with the mysteries of chronographs. Our expert watch maker, Tim Louis, breaks it down.

The word “chronograph” refers to the specific stopwatch mechanism on a watch. The basic function is to show elapsed time, often via a central seconds hand and sub-dials displaying minutes and hours, which are activated by pushers on the side of the case. Invented in 1816, today it is most often seen in sport watches.

Here, Ben Bridge certified watch maker, Tim Louis shares his thoughts as to what elements are most important in selecting a chronograph

Tim Louis – Certified Watchmaker

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I look for 3 things:

1 – The visual aspect, or the readability of the various hands showing all the functions.

2 – The “wearability” of the watch – is it the right size for my wrist in terms of thickness and width?

3 – And last, but not least, I gauge the “cool factor”. Does it grab my attention?

Become chronograph savvy by reading the full article within our Timeless magazine

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