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High-End Chronological Time

The term chronograph comes from the Greek phrases for time; “chronos” and writing: “graph” and it is interpreted more today to be about the recording of time rather than the writing of time. In fact the annotation of term chronological is “arranged in the order of time.”

Although numerous watches may boast having a chronograph function, a true chronograph is a timepiece with both independent stop watch and display functions on the dial. Both Breitling and TAG Heuer were instrumental in the development of chronographs.

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Breitling Windrider Chronomat

In 1882 Edouard Heuer introduced the first independent chronograph stop-watch function on a pocket watch. He followed five years later with the development of an oscillating pinion mechanism, a movement which is currently still used in the craftsmanship of mechanical chronographs by many watchmakers.

Heuer later introduced the first wristwatch chronograph in 1914 and the Micrograph two year later, which holds the distinction of being the very first stopwatch accurate to 1/100th of a second.

Breitling is responsible for the development of the push-pieces, which operate the stop-watch functions on a chronograph. In 1915, the brand launched the first independent chronograph push-piece. It perfected the system of stop/start functions on its chronographs in 1923, developing a resetting mechanism useful for the timing of sporting events and calculation of flight times. In 1934, Breitling accomplished a breakthrough in horological history with the development of the second independent reset push-piece for its chronographs.

Premium chronograph watches from Breitling, Corum, Porsche Design, IWC, Chopard, Oris, Ebel, Raymond Weil, Luminox, Bell & Ross, Apina and more are highlighted this week at TheWatchery.com during our High-End Men’s Chronograph Event.  Over 87 popular models are featured in the promotion, including both automatic and quartz styles.

The Breitling Windrider Chronomat Flying Fish Chronograph is exceptional choice. This premium crafted Swiss-made men’s automatic watch has been awarded official Chronometer Certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

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Oris Artix

The round, contoured case in premium grade stainless steel is highly polished to a mirror-bright glow. The case is presented on a handsome multi-link bracelet in polished stainless steel. The unidirectional rotating bezel in stainless steel features legible engraved markers. The black dial features small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials, luminous hands and hour markers.

Features include a glare proof, scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet. Breitling Windrider Chronomat is 44mm in diameter and 17mm thick.

Oris is a brand highly regarded for its state-of-the-art automatic and mechanical watch movements. The Oris Artix Automatic Chronograph offers a highly distinguished profile for today’s man with a brushed and polished premium grade stainless steel case, presented on a black alligator-textured leather strap with a deployment clasp closure for added convenience.

The integrated, stationary bezel surrounds the black dial with three subdials, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside.

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Chopard Imperiale

Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Oris Artix men’s chronograph is 44m in diameter and 16mm thick.

Master-jeweler Chopard is celebrated for its luxury high-end timepieces and the Chopard Imperiale Automatic Chronograph does not disappoint. This impeccably crafted men’s timepiece features classic architectural inspired styling with a perfectly round case and horizontal link bracelet attached by column design lugs. Both the case and bracelet are crafted in premium grade stainless steel and are highly polished to a lustrous patina.

A blue cabochon-cut stone on the granular crown adds distinction. The stationary bezel surrounds the chronograph dial with a silver-colored sunray outer dial, Mother-of-Pearl center, three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.

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Bell & Ross Pilot

Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. Chopard Imperiale Automatic Chronograph is 40mm in diameter and 9mm thick.

Bell & Ross is noted for its  professional wristwatches and you’re certain to soar to new heights with the Bell & Ross Pilot Chronograph for men on your wrist. This high-performance wristwatch has a round contoured case in premium grade stainless steel in a satiny brushed finish. The attractive horizontal link bracelet in brushed stainless steel has a fold-over locking clasp for added security.

The metallic silver-colored dial has a tachymeter outer dial, three sub-dials, automatic day and date windows, black outlined luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.

Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet. Bell & Ross Pilot men’s chronograph is 41mm in diameter and 16mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Oris chronograph watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Think Inside The Box…

Square and rectangular shaped wristwatches evoke a both a vintage and heirloom vibe. The classic linear silhouettes on these timepieces recall the splendor and romance of models worn on the wrists during  on the early and mid 20th century.

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Cartier Tank Americaine

In fact, one of the very first wristwatches,  the Cartier Santos introduced in 1904, featured a 31mm wide square-shaped gold case on a leather strap. In 1917, Cartier followed the Santos with the Tank, an elongated, rectangular shaped timepiece modeled after Renault tanks used during World War I. Other watchmakers such as Movado and Bulova offered their own version of rectangular shaped models during the same era with the the Polyplan and Trojan timepieces respectively.

The Tank watch was so popular for Cartier at the time, that the brand registered and copyrighted the name in the early 1920’s.  In the 1940’s Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier offered a wider rectangular shaped gold men’s watch presented on a snakeskin strap, which would later serve as the inspiration for one of the brand’s most popular collections for men and women: The Hampton.

In the early 1970’s, TAG Heuer introduced a racing inspired chronograph The Monaco, which was worn by actor Steve McQueen in the film “Le Mans,” and brought the brand to widespread popularity throughout the globe and is still being produced 46-years later today.

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Baume & Mercier Hampton

Square and rectangular timepieces are the focus of attention at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com this week with the site’s Think Inside The Box event, featuring popular square and rectangular style watches from many of today’ leading watchmakers, including Cartier, Bell & Ross, Maurice Lacroix, Baume & Mercier, Longines, Bulova, Nixon, Egard, Michael Kors, Omega, Oris, Rado and TW Steel.

The Cartier Tank Americaine Automatic men’s watch recalls the grandeur of the brand’s Tank wristwatches from yesteryear. The elongated, tank shaped case in brushed and polished 18K yellow gold is presented on a luxurious brown crocodile strap with attractive stitched detail and the signature Cartier buckle in 18K yellow gold. The granular detailed 18K yellow gold crown is topped with a signature blue sapphire cabochon stone.

The attractive ivory dial has blue sapphire colored hands, black Roman numeral hour markers and a date calendar window at the 6 o’clock hour. This Swiss-made watch features include precision automatic movement inside and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial. Cartier watch is 27mm wide, 9mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

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Bell & Ross Aviation

The Baume & Mercier Hampton men’s timepiece offers a modern, updated look of the classic Hampton timepiece from the 1970’s. The handsome 27mm wide rectangular shaped case in premium-grade stainless steel features sleek angular contours in contrasting brushed and polished surfaces. The handsome black alligator strap with a convenient deployment clasp adds to the stylish good looks.

The attractive gunmetal dial with a lighter gray center shines with polished silver-tone hands and raised Arabic numeral hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet.

Modern and contemporary, the Bell & Ross Aviation Automatic men’s watch is sleek, masculine and appealing with a square-shaped case in brushed stainless steel presented on a handsome black leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail. Decorative brushed steel screw accents adorn the four corners of the perfectly square bezel.

The silvery white dial features luminous silver tone hands, Black Arabic numeral and luminous baton hour markers. This Swiss-made watch features precision automatic movement inside, a sapphire crystal above the dial and a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Bell & Ross watch is 46mm wide and 12mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

The Professional Choice: Bell & Ross Watches

Bell & Ross is a relatively a young watch company that is heralded and revered in horological circles today for their exemplary designed and precision crafted timepieces. Founded in 1992 by designer Bruno Belamich and business entrepreneur Carlos Rosilo, Bell & Ross set out to create timepieces for professionals in extreme situations, namely pilots, astronauts, divers and bomb-disposal experts.

The company looked to design watches for discerning professionals that met four fundamental principles: readability, performance, precision and water-resistance. Each Bell & Ross timepiece features highly accurate Swiss-made movements, clear visual indicators, the optimal water-resistance and distinctive functions for specialized use.

The brand’s first BR timepiece was patterned after the shape of a cockpit instrument and instantly became a popular choice for pilots and astronauts. The BR02 diving watches offered highly legible dials and water resistance to 1000 meters, while the Hydromax models contained hydraulic fluid and were able to counteract external pressures.BELLROSS-BR01-94-TITANIUM

Many of the brand’s original models are still being produced today along with many newer models at their production facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The technical exactness and utmost attention to detail in the design and production have remained unchanged for over 20 years.

You’ll find all of the latest Bell & Ross watches at luxury retailer The Watchery, including the Aviation Men’s Automatic Chronograph watch.

This expertly crafted Swiss-made timepiece features a strapping 46mm square shaped case in ultra-light and ultra-durable titanium. A high-performance black rubber strap adds to the striking good looks.

The stationary bezel encircles the carbon fiber dial with three subdials, luminous sword hands, Arabic and baton hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second and 30-minute and 12-hour registers.

Chronograph is water-resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet. It features precise Swiss automatic movement inside and comes with an additional black canvas strap.

Complementary delivery is included on all domestic watch purchases at The Watchery.