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Baselworld 2017: 5 exciting chronographs
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Baselworld 2017: 5 exciting chronographs

Friday, 24 March 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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Baselworld 2017 kicked off yesterday with, among the new products on show, a raft of chronographs. We’ve picked our five favourites for today’s urban adventurer.

Breitling - Avenger Hurricane Military
Breitling - Avenger Hurricane Military
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military

With its black avant-garde case in Breitlight®, its dial with aeronautical-type numerals and its self-winding Manufacture Breitling caliber powering an exclusive 24-hour display, the new Avenger Hurricane Military limited series proudly displays the assets of an instrument for which prowess is the norm.

Chopard - Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph
Chopard - Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph
Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

The sporty and sophisticated new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph model with a vintage touch appears in His and Hers versions. The dial of the former is black with large luminescent numerals, while the latter is crafted from white mother-of-pearl studded with diamonds. These sporty models with a delightful retro touch hum to the beat of a COSC-certified high-precision ‘engine’. Available in 42 mm and 39 mm versions, this watchmaking tandem boldly demonstrates that the classic racing spirit cherished by Chopard is designed and expressed in both feminine and masculine modes.

Patek Philippe - Chronographe flyback à Quantième Annuel, Référence 5960/1
Patek Philippe - Chronographe flyback à Quantième Annuel, Référence 5960/1
Patek Philippe Chronographe flyback à Quantième Annuel, Référence 5960/1

Combining two of the most sought-after Patek Philippe complications, the Chronographe flyback à Quantième Annuel Référence 5960/1 in steel introduces a new ebony black opaline dial. Punctuated with discreet red accents, it adds to the original personality of this watch, whose three day/date/month apertures are arranged in an arc, and combine with a chronograph monocounter at 6 o’clock. They are driven by the automatic CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H calibre, the perfect blend of tradition and innovation. This integrated chronograph is commanded by a classic column-wheel system but with a modern vertical disc clutch to eliminate the risk of hand bounce or recoil when the chronograph is activated. Furthermore, because this innovative clutch operates in a virtually wear-free manner, the chronograph hand can also display centre seconds.

TAG Heuer - Autavia
TAG Heuer - Autavia
TAG Heuer Autavia

The Autavia, the legendary driver’s chronograph from the Sixties beloved of collectors, is making a comeback in 2017. A contraction of Automobile and Aviation, its name is synonymous with its rotating bezel, its large snailed counters and the exemplary legibility of its black and white. Created in 1962, this iconic model celebrates its 55th anniversary in the form of a neo-retro successor featuring updated functions and a proprietary movement. Modern yet faithful to its roots, the new generation Autavia channels the spirit of the golden age of motor racing. As innovative as the original, this contemporary model is the result of an interactive campaign called the “Autavia Cup” run in 2016: from a choice of 16 vintage models, more than 50,000 web users voted for a reissue of the Autavia “Rindt” worn by the famous F1 driver Jochen Rindt.

Zenith - Defy El Primero 21
Zenith - Defy El Primero 21
Zenith Defy El Primero 21

Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith has a century and a half behind it and is resolutely taking its place in the third millennium with a new hundredth of a second chronograph movement. While remaining true to its legendary roots, the 21st century Defy El Primero flaunts standout performance: a COSC-certified in-house movement driving a hundredth of a second display by means of a central hand, with its unique and exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second. Its double-chain structure is based on two regulators, made of Carbon-Matrix Carbon Nanotube composite, a patented new material that is insensitive to magnetic fields and temperature gradients to a degree well above existing norms. With its powerful 44 mm titanium case, Defy El Primero 21 becomes the master of extreme precision.

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