STOP! STOP! Guys before you click, I do want to ask to think for a moment which 3 models I am going to present you. What do you expect are my top 3 chronographs?
Up to date these are my 3 favorite chronographs. It´s my personal choice and nothing more, it´s not a thumb up or down for other brands. Of course there are many more chronographs on the market some of you might like more. I can even imagine that my choice is highly controversial. So PLEASE add a comment by announcing your personal top 3 chronographs. Guys, I am really curious to learn more of your taste and preferences.
Now back to mine.
The first chronograph in my opinion the most beautiful and sophisticated chronograph ever done. Yes, it is the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph. No matter if we speak about the “old” version or the new one recently presented. The only difference in-between the two is the size and some little modifications within the caliber. The new Datograph did by no means devalue the original one. In my opinion one should, if you can afford, own both. The “old” Datograph (Lange stopped its production meanwhile) is a cultic timepiece. Until today ALL other chronographs are unable to hold a candle to the Datograph. Unless the new and actual one. Please take some time and view the beauty of that movement. Maybe some of you then will ask the same question I always ask. Why can´t we wear the Datograph the wrong way round?
Guys this is BIG horological cinema. No one can do better! Sorry my friends from Patek Philippe not even you 🙂
Do enlarge the pictures by clicking on them and then once again… You will be able to discover unbelievable details 🙂
This is the “old” Datograph:
This is the new Datograph AUF/AB (UP/Down):
The second chronograph is the Omega Speedmaster and Omega Speedmaster Professional. I collect Speedmaster´s since 30 years now and still I can´t get enough of this superb chronograph, as long we talk about the original Moon Watch and all its declinations and limitations. In my opinion there is NO other chronograph with such a rich history then the Speedmaster. And, look at the design: It never came out of fashion and has been copied like crazy. In terms of movements Omega on the one hand side keeps the legendary Lémania hand wound caliber alive and on the other side fits in more and more the latest generation of chronograph calibers as the “9300”. Very clever!
Omega knows how to treat this horological pearl and continues to delivers food for collectors like me.
These are various executions of the Speedmaster:
The third chronograph is the TAG Heuer Monaco Twenty Four housing the legendary and iconic El Primero chronograph caliber from sister company Zenith. The Monaco design is one of the best ever done and the El Primero caliber one of the most iconic chronograph calibers ever built. Guys, what do you want more? Combining both in one watch was a wonderful idea. By the way the huge Monaco is an eye catcher par excellence and always offers room for questions and discussions. The four tiny shock absorbers holding and protecting the movement enable the owner to really see through the watch. Nothing is hidden! This is another watch that offers BIG horological cinema.