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A Technical Perspective, All You Need to Know About Chronographs

Because it is one of our preferred complications... but also one of the most complex.

| By Brice Goulard | 1 min read |
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 Steel

Chronographs are certainly amongst the most popular watches. However, the word chronograph refers to a complication, an additional function to the display of the time, not as a fixed type of watch. As such, you’ll find chronographs in all price segments – basically, from 3-digit prices to almost infinity. A chronograph can be accessible, can be complex, can be industrially made or manufactured by hand, it can use multiple technologies, it can be combined to additional functions or complications… and this is the main reason why, if you want to be a real watch enthusiast, you need to know your chronograph basics. 

A Lange Sohne Datograph Pertual White Gold Grey Dial

The story we want to highlight today is part of something we’re actually quite proud to have here, at MONOCHROME: our “Technical Perspective” series, where we try to explain in the clearest, most comprehensible way how complications and watch mechanisms work. And yes, we’ll look back at some more of these technical articles in the near future. Being a true watch enthusiast also means knowing how exactly a watch works. And today, we start with one of our favourite types of movement, the all-time classic chronograph… Well, in fact, multiple types of movements, as you’ll see in the great episode of “A Technical Perspective” where we go over history, mechanics and functions…

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