Top 10 split-seconds chronographs

A split-seconds chronograph, or a “Chronographe à rattrapante,” makes it possible to take intermediate chronograph readings while continuing to time a longer event. In a watch with the conventional arrangement of pushers, you start the chronograph by pressing the pusher at 2 o’clock, and the two chronograph seconds hands start moving around the dial, perfectly…

Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite

This complication watch, Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite, by A. Lange & Söhne has a fusée-and-chain constant force transmission, a tourbillon, a split-second chronograph, and a perpetual calendar. It completes the Pour le Mérite line of development: the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was launched in 1994, the first wristwatch with both tourbillon and fusée-and-chain transmission, and…

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante steel

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

Breitling’s Navitimer Rattrapante is an exceptional watch. It has a new in-house split-seconds chronograph movement that incorporates two patents, it is COSC chronometer-certified, and it operates using the most prestigious chronograph layout, column wheel and vertical clutch. It comes in two versions, steel and gold, and the gold version has a display caseback. The dial…

Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1

This is the first watch presented by Richard Mille in 2017, and it reflects the partnership that he signed with McLaren in 2016, a ten-year agreement. It is based on Richard’s authentic passion for McLaren: he watched the McLaren team’s debut in Monaco in 1966. The watch incorporates high-tech materials such as titanium and Carbon…

Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante

All of the watches by Angelus have a high content of originality, from the U10 launched in 2015 that marked the company’s return to business, to this year’s three models. It is above all with the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante that Angelus and its new owners are saying “We are here.” The U30 is a show…

Sinn Jubilaeum 910

Sinn 910 Anniversary

Helmut Sinn founded his company in 1961, and so this year marks its 55th anniversary. He himself would have been 100 on 3 September 2016, but he died three years ago. I’m sure he would have been pleased by this anniversary watch, because his motto was “as perfectly as possible, but only as expensive as…

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire by Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates the brand’s 20th anniversary, from its creation in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani with the Sandoz Family Foundation. It’s a very technical piece, with a clear and functional dial. Its utility is further enhanced by the big date. It is also exceptional in that the movement is entirely…

Gentian wood and the Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

For its watches, Montblanc operates from two manufacturing units, one in Le Locle, and one in Villeret, near Neuchatel. The second is a traditional building, filled with traditional machinery, in which watchmakers still make timepieces by hand, performing just about all operations, including construction of the balance springs, by hand. Montblanc’s racier and more youthful…