My top 10 chronographs 2013

Discover my favorite chronographs of the year 2013. This is a price independent and alphabetic listing.  

Chronographs still are everyone’s darlings. Most of us don´t even use its functions, but we do all like them. Be honest: When have you the last time used your chronograph? When cooking spaghetti’s, tea? 🙂

Besides GMT/UTC-watches chronographs are also my personal favorites. This year was not the greatest chronograph year ever, but still the horological year 2013 has some nice new ones to offer.

My list is in alphabetical order and this time I do not distinguish by price. My target was to show my personal favorites. Of course there are many other new chronographs I did not mention. This has nothing to do with the fact that these chronographs are not interesting or probably worth been shown here. The only reason they are not on display here is, that they are not my personal choice. Some of the models shown are also available with other dials and/or leather, steel or rubber bracelets. My pictures just show one example.


Guys, you don´t like my choice? Ok! Your personal comments and additions are welcome 🙂


Breitling Chronomat GMT black steel: A limited edition of 1000 pieces in an all black design. Very cool! The 47 mm Chronomat is equipped with the in-house chronograph caliber “B04” offering also a second zone time indication. Price: 9090 Euro including 20 % VAT.



Cartier Montre Calibre de Cartier chronographe: With its in-house caliber “1904-CH MC” this 42 mm Calibre really deserves to get on the wrist of watch aficionados. I remember in the past so many of them complaining that Cartier does not offer any in-house movements. Gentlemen, things have changed! Price: 9050 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Cartier_Montre Calibre de Cartier chronographe, Mouvement 1904-CH MC


Chopard Superfast Chrono: The 45 mm Superfast chronograph is equipped with the new in-house caliber “03.05-M” done at Fleurier Ebauches. The new manufacture belonging to Chopard now produces less expensive calibers than L.U.C also belonging to Chopard. Step by step the Fleurier Ebauches calibers will replace the ETA calibers. Price: 12.480 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Chopard_Superfast Chrono


Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic: The evolution of the Big Bang with a slightly modified case and now “sexy” round push buttons. The 45 mm titanium case accommodates the in-house caliber “HUB 1242 Unico”. A less expensive steel version will also come. Price: 16.700 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Hublot_Big Bang Unico Chronograph


IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium: With its split second function this 45 mm Ingenieur in my eyes reflects the technical spirit of the collection. The “79420” caliber bases on the Valjoux 7750. IWC years ago (at that time Richard Habring from Austria working as a movement developer for IWC did it) added the split second mechanism to it and transformed it more or less to an in-house caliber. Price: 11.000 Euro including 19 % VAT.

IWC_Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet: This is a very good-looking 44 mm chronograph with thr in-house movement from Jaeger-LeCoultre named “758”. The very light aluminum case is protected with an ultrathin ceramic cover (Cermet). Price: 14.600 Euro including 19 % VAT.



Longines HydroConquest Chronograph: The best price ever offered for such an impeccable quality. The caliber “L688” is a technical modified version of the Valjoux “7753” with a column-wheel and exclusively reserved for Longines. Together with the all over quality of the 41 mm case and bracelet today you can´t make a better deal. Believe it or not! Price: 1610 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph


Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Dark Side of the Moon: A 44.25 mm ceramic case that is cut out (drilled and milled) of a full ceramic block, with a ceramic bezel and a ceramic dial. In-house caliber “9300” with Co-Axial escapement and silicon balance spring. Price: 8200 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Omega_speedmaster_moonwatch_black ceramic_white background


Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio: A 47 mm regatta chronograph in a titanium case done by the principals: Keep it simple, stupid. There is no other regatta watch on the market that is as simple to use. Equipped with the in-house caliber “9100/R”. Price: 13.900 Euro including 19 % VAT.

Panerai_Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio


Rado HyperChrome Court Collection: You might have not expected this Rado to be here, but it deserves to be. I like the very cool 45 mm ceramic case and its design. Orange as a contrast to the deep black is just one choice; green and yellow are two other options. The watch is equipped with an ETA “2894-2”. Price: 3800 Euro including 19 % VAT.


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  • Alexander, excellent choice. I am not a fan of Chronograph’s particularly but really like the Longines one you have listed here. It’s one I am definitely looking into. Do you know the price point US$ and when it would be available?

  • Thanks for the job globally Alexander!
    Great selection, I’m just missing the AP26402CE, new model for 2013!
    I just don’t like the price!!

  • Excellent selection and sometimes if a watch is more expensive it does not mean it is better. I like the Rado very much I was never a Rado fan but this new selection looks very cool and the price is affordable. I also like the new Omega. Are does watches already available or we have to wait until October?

  • Great choices, Alex! I really like the Brietling, Jaeger, and Omega. As I type this I realize these are all finished in black– which is funny since I’ve never seriously looked at owning a “black” watch.

  • Unfortunately I´m missing Zenith with their extraordinary El Primero inhouse movement.

    • Correct, but Zenith presented no chronograph novelties in 2013 I wanted to add here. These are all 2013 novelties. I clearly underlined this in my introduction

  • Superb choice, Alex! I absolutely agree and can stand behind all your selected watches.

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