These 7 split-seconds chronographs will blow any watch-lover away
Simultaneously tracking two time intervals, split-seconds chronographs are the apex of mechanical stopwatches.
01: DOUBLE DUTY
The split-seconds chronograph (also known as the rattrapante) is considered one of the toughest complications to make. Unsurprisingly, Patek Philippe went a lot further by outfitting its version with a perpetual calendar as well. Despite housing two powerhouse complications, the brand’s Ref. 5204R-001 in rose gold retains an elegant 40mm case size.
Denim jacket, from Bottega Veneta.
02: GO INTO ORBIT
The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most popular sports watches out there, but some models within the family are rarer than others: Aside from an unusual black ceramic dial, the 44.25mm Speedmaster Moonwatch Split Seconds Co-Axial Chronograph in steel has a rattrapante function that sets it apart from regular Speedmaster chronographs.
Leather jacket and wool pullover, from Boss.
03: WINNING FORMULA
In Formula One racing, the driver with the fastest qualifying lap time is awarded pole position. A design resulting from the partnership between IWC and the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, the 45mm IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium features a split-seconds chronograph, which can be used to track lap times.
Wool-blend jacket and cotton shirt, from Dunhill.
04: GOLD STANDARD
The PF361 calibre of the Parmigiani Tonda Chronor Anniversaire features an integrated split-seconds chronograph, as well as bridges crafted from solid gold. The use of this precious metal continues on the outside, with its 41.1mm case in rose gold.
Wool top, from Fendi.
05: THE LONG RUN
Measuring 47mm across, Panerai’s Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio is certainly not a small watch. But thanks to its titanium case, it has presence without the weight. What really makes the brand’s split-seconds chronograph watch stand out, however, is its outstanding eight-day power reserve, made possible by a patented system of three serially connected spring barrels.
Silk-blend jacket, from Lanvin.
06: TWICE AS NICE
A covetable fusion of split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar by A. Lange & Sohne is a 41.9mm study in classicism. Like other high-end split-seconds chronographs, the movement features two column wheels – one for the chronograph and one for the rattrapante. Seen here in pink gold, this timepiece is also available in platinum.
Silk-blend jacket and cotton shirt, from Giorgio Armani.
07: RACE ACE
Part of Blancpain’s avant-garde and sporty L-evolution collection, the L-evolution Split Seconds Flyback Chronograph takes its cues from GT racing. Carbon fibre, which is often used in motor sports, dominates this 43mm timepiece – it is used for the bezel, caseback, dial and even the strap. Red gold, used for the caseband and lugs, adds a touch of dressiness to this automatic timepiece.
Wool-blend jacket and wool pullover, from Emporio Armani.
PHOTOGRAPHY Darren Chang STYLING Dolphin Yeo ART DIRECTION Chelza Pok