So here we are at the heart of the matter. In the Holy of Holies. We are entering an area that raises the hackles of many watch enthusiasts: the chronograph. It’s often even a timer that created the trigger and got the “toqués de la tocante” hooked. And for good reason, among the most legendary models in watchmaking history, there are a number of chronographs: Rolex “Daytona”, Zenith “El Primero”, Omega “Speedmaster”, Tag Heuer “Monaco”, Breitling “Navitimer’”, That’s a lot, right? But originally, a chronograph, kessecé? Well that’s a complication. In other words, a functionality that is added to hours/minutes/seconds. In the case of the chrono, this makes it possible to measure time intervals precisely. Buttons are added to the traditional crown and allow you to start, reset and stop a measurement the reading of which is made possible by sub-dials and special bezels, as well as several hands, the second hand as well as smaller ones on the sub-dials. We will see all this later in detail, but what we must remember is that this function has allowed it to become an essential part of aviation and especially of the automobile to which the chronograph is linked for eternity. However, it saw the light of day long before cars, in 1816, straight from the brain of a French inventor, Louis Moinet. An idea put into practice and made functional 5 years later by Nicolas Matthieu Rieussec, another French inventor. Then the watchmakers, mainly Swiss, came along, and we know the rest… It was actually a Swiss watch that we shot to illustrate this subject, the very pretty “Avenger B01 Chronograph 44” from Breitling. And, to cheat a little, rather than changing watches we changed straps by purchasing from our favorite manufacturer of luxury watch straps: Maison Fèvre.