Essentially a stopwatch or timer, chronograph watches might have been rendered quite irrelevant in today’s world now that smartphones have the ability to time events just as, if not more efficiently. Yet rich with a history that’s highly integral in early-day milestones in aviation, motorsport, and even space travel, they still remain to be incredibly sought-after timepieces today. 

The timepiece is often characterised as having two independent time systems — with one telling the time while the other records short times simultaneously — and is usually sporty in nature, with pushers at the side that add a unique charm. 

No watch collection is complete without a chronograph, and if you’re in the market for one, these are the best ones to start with in 2019.