The chronograph is a basic complication that can be seen on a large majority of watches. But what is a chronograph watch?With a design that is both elegant and sporty, our Horizon chronograph watch has seduced more than one, but do you know the characteristics of this watch and its inventor? This is what we will find out through this article ...
- Chronograph watch: Definition and operation
- Chronograph watch: History and origins of this watch
- Chronograph watch and chronometer watch: are they the same thing?
- How to use a chronograph watch?
- How to choose a chronograph watch?
1. Chronograph watch: Definition and operation
The chronograph watch is a complication watch that is regularly found in the watch industry. This type of watch allows to measurethe timesshort from a given point in time. This precision instrument is one of the most complex mechanisms to create and manufacture. Beyond its function of measuring time, the chronograph watch is also appreciated for its design.More precisely, a chronograph watch designates a line ofmen's watches or fromladies watches with classic functions which, in addition to the time display, has an independent timing mechanism.
How does a chronograph watch work?On achronograph watch, the timing mechanism is triggered using push buttons in general and makes it possible to measure the time elapsed between the start and the stop of the chronometer. The reset is done from another pusher.
This “stopwatch” function grafted onto a watch is called a complication. In the watchmaking industry, a complication refers to any additional functions added to a watch which make it possible to display indications other than the time. The chronograph, along with the date display, is one of the most common horological complications on a watch.
2. Chronograph watch: History and origins of this watch
Considered one of the classic models of watchmaking, the chronograph watch has fascinated for generations because of its mechanism and its operation. Despite a touch of mystery about its true origins, the model can be proud of having been designed by a Parisian watchmaker.
The term chronograph comes from the ancient Greek Kronos which means time, and Graphô which means to write. In fact, on the first chronographs, engaging the push button caused circular ink to be deposited on a sheet. The time that had elapsed was calculated using the length of the line deposited by the chronograph.If the first chronograph watches have existed since the beginning of the 19th century it was not until 1934 that the reset button existed.
We cannot talk about the chronograph watch without mentioning a few names that have written its history in the French capital. Indeed, several men are supposed to have been the precursors of the mechanism in Paris.
Louis Moinet, originally from Bourges who settled in Paris during his life is recognized as being the first to invent the principle of the Chronograph under the name of "Compteur de Tierces" in 1816.
It was only six years later that the word "Chronograph" was used and patented for the first time by Nicolas-Matthieu Rieussec. Parisian by origin and Watchmaker to King Louis XVIII, he is considered today as the inventor of the model due to his revolutionary system. The latter allowed a dot of ink to be deposited on the dial by pressing the pusher. It was then possible to calculate the elapsed time thanks to the task. The invention of the Chronograph watch therefore has French origins.
Other connoisseurs of watchmaking evoke the name of Abraham-Louis Breguet. In 1801, this famous Swiss watchmaker living in Paris created the "tourbillon", a horological complication at the base of the chronograph mechanism and which improves the precision of a mechanical watch.
Different men and a common city allowed the birth and the development of one of the most appreciated models of world watchmaking which took its origins in Paris. The Chronograph watch is therefore originally aMade in France watch.
3. Chronograph watch and chronometer watch: are they the same thing?
The chronograph watch is not to be confused with the chronometer watch.The chronometer name is affixed to a very high precision watch.Indeed, for a watch to be called a chronometer watch, the function of the latter must be extremely precise. The chronometer function is certified by an organization called the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Control). For a chronometer watch to be COSC approved, it must pass 7 tests at different ambient temperatures ranging from 8 to 38 degrees. The COSC performs these tests in order to measure and control the precision of its watch movement.
4. How to use a chronograph watch?
The chronograph watch is a complication watch which, like all complication watches, requires a specific use. Lhe timing mechanism on a chronograph watch is triggered using push-pieces.
To operate the Horizon Charlie Paris chronograph watch, you will need:
- Press the upper button for the first time to start the stopwatch
- Press this upper pusher again to stop the stopwatch. You can then watch the time that has elapsed between starting and stopping your stopwatch.
- The reset is carried out by pressing the lower watch button once.
5. How do I choose a chronograph watch?
Before choosing your watch, it is necessary to determine which type of watch you wish to acquire. You will have to choose the type of movement that will equip your watch, an automatic, quartz or solar movement. To choose a watch you must also consider the size of the watch. For example, if your wrist circumference is greater than 19 cm you can afford to opt for larger cases ranging from 42mm to 50mm. Conversely, for a wrist of 15cm or less we recommend a watch that has a case diameter of up to 32mm like our Sully watch for women. There are other elements to consider in terms of size such as the diameter, but you also have to take into account the size and length of the lugs, these little clips on which watch straps are attached. We advise you to choose a watch whose lugs do not protrude from your wrist. An impression of overload could then be created. Also take into account the thickness of the watch. For the same watch diameter, a thick watch will look much larger than a very thin watch.
At Charlie Paris, we've created the ideal chronograph watch for us. This is the Horizon watch, which has a counter linked to the chronograph function, that of the minutes, and which is located above the small seconds counter of the watch.
With a design that is both elegant and sporty, we offer a Horizon chronograph watch in different colors, with a white, blue or black dial. With a case to the diameter 40mm,the Horizon watch adapts perfectly to men's wrists. Designed, designed and assembled in France, our chronograph watch for men has a system of interchangeable bracelets. Thanks to them you can give a dressy appearance to your watch by associating a leather strap or a more sporty side to your watch by opting for a nylon strap.
We have chosen to use high quality materials for our chronograph watch. The sapphire crystal we use is a very strong component, the second hardest material after diamond. This glass has the advantage of breaking and scratching with great difficulty. In addition, for all of our watches we have chosen to work with 316L steel, an alloy recognized for its durability and also its high resistance to corrosion. 316L steel is a stainless steel that lasts over time and does not tarnish. With these two quality materials, your Horizon watch will stand the test of time.
We also released a limited edition, the Horizon blue Tachymeter watch. In watchmaking, the graduated dial used to determine an average speed from the time taken to travel a given distance is called a “tachometer”. On Our climb blue horizon tachometer is on a base 1000 meters. To measure speed with such a tachometer, you have to start the chronograph at a certain distance marker (for example a road terminal). At the next distance marker, the point indicated by the seconds hand on the tachometer corresponds to the average speed between the two markers.