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Mechanical watches may seem to subscribe to traditional codes of watchmaking but several complications like world timers, perpetual calendars, and moonphases are actually utilitarian and perfect for the modern world. One of the most popular of these complications is the chronograph. Initially designed in the 19th century for use in astronomy, it has today evolved into a military and aviation tool for precision timekeeping.

Chronograph watches found mainstream appeal when they entered the world of motorsport in the ’60s. As a mechanism with a start/stop action that measured time to the millisecond, it found great use in sports where time margins played a big role. The TAG Heuer Monaco and the Rolex Daytona chronograph watches are icons in this category. As an entry-level complication in luxury watchmaking, we found six timepieces that can initiate as well indulge you in chronographs.

Tissot T-Sport Chronograph Series 
Tissot T-Sport Chronograph Series

With splashes of red and its race car grille-like dial, this Tissot T-Sport is heavily inspired by vintage motorsport culture. A quartz watch, it’s cased in steel and boasts a black bezel, which creates a perfect monochromatic contrast. The focus might be on its eye-catching dial, but it certainly makes for an excellent entry-level chronograph watch.

Price: Rs 45,300

Available at Kapoor Watch Company

Alpina Startimer
Alpina Startimer

Alpina’s Startimer Pilot Chronograph series boasts tons of affordable luxury timepieces. In an effort to stand out from the black dials and steel straps, we’ve picked a military hued piece. With a seconds sub-dial, the watch also has a date window at 6 o’clock. The quartz watch is cased in steel and strapped on with brown leather.

Price: Rs 79,600

Available at Ethos Watches

TAG Heuer Formula 1
TAG Heuer Formula 1

TAG’s F1 series is a personification of watchmaking and motorsport’s long history, which earns it a spot on our top chronograph watches list. With a unique anchorite dial, the timepiece boasts a different monochromatic shade on its dial, bezel, and case. Apart from its chronometer, it also boasts a date window and a tachymeter.

Price: Rs 1,40,000

Available at Ethos

Omega Speedmaster Series
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Omega Speedmaster Series

Speedmasters are simply timeless. Even beyond racing culture, it’s a tool of efficiency and utility. With a highly accurate automatic Calibre 3330 underneath, the timepiece boasts a date window and a tachymeter. While its hands and indices are luminescent, the timepiece is cased in steel and strapped in rubber for a sportier appeal.

Price: Rs 2,73,000

Available at Ethos Watches

IWC Pilot’s Watch
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IWC Pilot’s Watch

IWC watches are hallmark luxury timepieces, and their aviation-inspired Pilot series of watches boast fine chronograph timepieces. In the featured watch, the triple sub-dial chronograph is complemented by a date and day window at 3 o’clock. An automatic watch, it boasts a 46-hour power reserve, and is strapped on by leather and cased in steel, with the black dial creating a perfect contrast.

Price: Rs 3,85,000

Available at Kapoor Watch Company

Hublot Classic Fusion
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Hublot Classic Fusion

Watchmakers at Hublot are master craftsmen when it comes to complications and design in watchmaking. Their Classic Fusion line, featured here, melds ceramic and rubber in a timepiece, and is one of their most popular models. The two chronograph sub-dials are at 9 and 3 o’clock, and being a true luxury timepiece, it’s strapped on by pure alligator leather that sit atop the rubber.

Price: Rs 8,24,000

Available at Kapoor Watch Company.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.