An excellent timepiece is the ultimate statement of luxury for many reasons. Meticulous craftsmanship, beautiful design, and high-quality materials are just the bare minimum requirements for anyone to be an entrant in the saturated market of luxury timepieces. The chronograph defines itself as one of the earliest tools in automotive racing, giving drivers the ability to track lap times during iconic endurance races like The 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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With a watch world full of collectors and enthusiasts that also enjoy the aspects of anything automotive, luxury chronographs take part in one of the most popular sectors of the market. In this special, we compile a list of some of the best luxury chronograph watches made by industry-leaders. Shop any of the timepieces featured in this special by clicking the links below. Check back into duPont REGISTRY for more upcoming luxury watch news and releases.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication
Combining the 3 categories of horological complications represented by short-time measurement, striking mechanisms and astronomical indications, this model driven by in-house calibre 2885 was hand-crafted by a single master-watchmaker in the Audemars Piguet grande complication workshop.
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Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46
Breitling’s iconic pilot’s chronograph for the journey ahead. In 1952, Willy Breitling developed a wrist-worn chronograph with a circular slide rule that would allow pilots to perform all necessary flight calculations.
Retail Price: $9,200
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Gourmet
To honor its Gourmet family, Hublot has incorporated the steel used in its chefs’ knives into its watches. Damascus steel refers to a hammering and bending steel technique that makes it more resistant. This steel is used to make the kitchen knives that star chefs love. The Big Bang is now made of steel in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
Retail Price: $24,100
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph
The harmoniously designed chronograph with its peripheral precision scale and recessed totalizers has been the most coveted member of the Portugieser family since 1998.The Portugieser Chronograph is one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most iconic models. With its compact diameter of 41 millimetres, it fits almost any wrist.
Retail Price: $8,700
Omega Speedmaster Chrono Chime Co-Axial Chronometer
The classic 45.5 mm numbered edition Chrono Chime has an 18K Sedna™ Gold case inspired by the 2nd generation Speedmaster, the CK 2998, the first watch worn in space. The dial, in blue aventurine “Grand Feu” enamel, features an inner bezel and subdials in 18K Sedna™ Gold “exclusive acoustic waves”.
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Patek Philippe 5990/1A Nautilus
The Ref. 5990/1A-011 Nautilus Travel Time chronograph is one of Patek Philippe’s rare steel watches. It features a new blue dial with a ray sunburst dial and a delicate black gradation to the periphery. The self-winding caliber CH 28-520 C FUS movement combines three convenient and user-friendly complications.
Retail Price: $68,600
Richard Mille RM 65-01 Chronograph
The RM 65-01 is Richard Mille’s interpretation of a highly complex motorsport inspired chronograph. It fully embodies our technical approach thanks to the combination of several additional functions, a very specific architecture and aesthetics of the highest order.
This chronograph was designed to be the ultimate timing tool for endurance racing drivers. More than 50 years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sport chronographs and continues to transcend time. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is designed for those with a passion for driving and speed.
Retail Price: $34,850
TAG Heuer Monaco
The relationship between TAG Heuer and Gulf results in a bold, defiant dial. The blue brushed finish highlighted with the iconic stripes and colors, as well as printed TAG Heuer and Gulf logos. An exclusive offering in an inspiring partnership.
Retail Price: $7,050
Zenith DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone Edition
The DEFY Extreme Felipe Pantone limited edition is a 1/100th of a second chronograph designed in collaboration with optical artist Felipe Pantone. Crafted in polished stainless steel with transparent blue YAS elements and featuring a micro-engraved iridescent sapphire dial. Powered by the El Primero 21 1/100th of a second automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre with a rainbow PVD finish. Fitted with a transparent blue rubber strap.
Retail Price: $30,200