Chronographs are both one of the most popular complications on a wristwatch, as well as one of the most challenging to produce. That said, you don’t have to take out a bank loan to have a quality chronograph in your watch, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 great chronographs under $10K.
BALTIC BICOMPAX 001 SLATE GREY
Like many of the watch world’s latest start-ups, French brand Baltic had their break on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising more than €500,000 and offering customers the choice of two vintage-inspired models – a time-only and a dual register chronograph. Inspired by the step-case designs of the 1940s, the BICOMPAX 001 follows the lines and codes of the vintage school of watchmaking.
Case size 38mm, Case material Steel, Movement Seagull ST1901, Price €541
LONGINES CONQUEST V.H.P. CHRONOGRAPH
Longines’ achievements in quartz date back to 1954, when their first quartz mechanism set a precision record at the Neuchâtel Observatory. The latest evolution of the V.H.P. (Very High Precision) collection combines precision with the Conquest Chronograph’s instantly recognisable sportiness. It is accurate to an extraordinary +/- 5 seconds a year, and equipped with a Gear Position Detection system that resets the hands in the event of an impact or exposure to a magnetic field.
Ref No. L3.722.214.171.124, Case size 44mm, Case material Steel, Movement L289 Quartz, Price $2150
RAYMOND WEIL FREELANCER CHRONOGRAPH
Launched in 2007, the Freelancer collection is one of the mainstays of the Raymond Weil line-up. An eclectic mix of sporty and elegant designs that is no better summed up than in the Freelancer chronograph. Particularly this version with its blue PVD bezel and tachymeter scale, matching blue subdials, and sleek silvery dial that combines a charming assortment of finishes and textures.
Ref No. 7731-SC3-65521, Case size 42mm, Case material Steel, Movement RW5000, Price $3895
FREDERIQUE CONSTANT VINTAGE RALLY CHRONOGRAPH
Since 2004, Frederique Constant have sponsored vintage rally events worldwide. And in 2018 the Swiss manufacturer has collaborated for the third time with Healey, creating this classically styled twin-register chronograph, featuring creamy white subdials, and a decidedly British racing green dial. Deeply inspired by the world of classic cars, this limited edition pays tribute to the design of Britain’s great 1960s automobiles.
Ref No. FC-397HGR5B6, Case size 42mm, Case material Steel, Movement FC-397, Price $4250
The 1858 Automatic Chronograph harks back to those days when watches were made for a purpose; nothing extra, just good, honest timepieces. It combines the pure aesthetic of a black twin-register dial with large Arabic numerals, cathedral-style hands, and all the functionality and precision of a chronograph movement.
Ref No. 117836, Case size 42mm, Case material Steel, Movement MB 25.11, Price $6130
RADO HYPERCHROME AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH BRONZE
Rado are well known for their use of high-tech ceramic. As a material, it’s lightweight, hypoallergenic and virtually scratch-proof. However, it’s not great if you like your watches with a peppering of patina over the years. That’s where the brand new Rado HyperChrome Bronze comes in. Combining one of the most modern materials in watchmaking with the world’s oldest alloy.
Ref No. R32168155, Case size 45mm, Case material Ceramic and bronze, Movement ETA 2894-2, Price $6725
TAG HEUER MONACO CALIBRE 11 GULF SPECIAL EDITION
Few watches have as fabled a story or are as recognisable on the wrist as the Heuer Monaco. Earning cult-like status after it was worn by Steve McQueen as he sped around the racetrack in his Gulf Oil-sponsored Porsche 917 in the 1971 film Le Mans, this latest special edition pays tribute to its silver screen origins with Gulf’s distinctive livery of blue and orange stripes.
Ref No. CAW211R.FC6401, Case size 39mm x 39mm, Case material Steel, Movement Calibre 11, Price $7650
IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “150 YEARS”
Unveiled as one of three limited edition Pilot’s watches and part of the jubilee collection celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary, this update to IWC’s popular Pilot’s Watch Chronograph boasts a milky white lacquered dial with crisp blued-steel hands. It brings a traditional set of finishes to the iconic modern tool watch.
Ref No. IW377725 Case size 43mm, Case material Steel, Movement 79320, Price $7800
The very first watch designed by Bremont’s founding brothers, Nick and Giles English, was the ALT1-C. Remaining in the catalogue ever since, the flight-inspired chronograph features all the hallmarks that make a Bremont watch. From a Trip-Tick case construction – that consists of three parts and is hardened against scratches and marks – to a chronometer-rated movement that has undertaken all the expected rigorous testing to ensure its accuracy.
Ref No. ALT1-C/WH-BK, Case size 43mm, Case material Hardened steel, Movement BE-50AE, Price $8300
BELL & ROSS BR V2-94 R.S.18
Making its high-octane influence abundantly clear, this limited edition from Bell & Ross demonstrates the French brand’s bond to the world of Formula One – as the official partner of the Renault Sport Team – and the triumphant return of the French Grand Prix. Boosting their sporty BR V2-94 chronograph with a carbon fibre dial featuring Renault’s black and yellow livery. Limited to 999 pieces, there’s this version on a steel bracelet, as well as a carbon effect calfskin strap option.
Ref No. BRV294-RS18/SST, Case size 41mm, Case material Satin-polished steel, Movement BR-CAL.301, Price $9100