Elite Traveler Winter 2021


by Roberta Naas

Classic chronographs

As more people have been venturing out since the very tight lockdowns, the great outdoors is providing a breath of fresh air. Today’s active individuals — hikers, climbers, cyclists, snorkelers and more — need a watch that can keep pace. Easily the most coveted small complication watch on the market is the chronograph. Essentially, a chronograph is a stopwatch that measures intermittent intervals of time, such as laps of a race, how long it takes to hike a trail or how long one has been in the water — all while still perfectly tracking the hours, minutes and seconds. Both men and women are finding that the functionality of a chronograph, as well as its impressive looks (these watches offer several small subsidiary dials on their main faces), makes owning one a win-win situation. In the past, though, many women shied away from chronographs because they were predominantly large in diameter and a bit too bulky. But today’s watch brands are doing a sterling job of offering smaller sized timepieces that appeal to a more universal wrist size. Others are adding a touch of glam to the sporty chronograph, dressing it up with diamonds that sparkle with each wave of the hand. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a chronograph.

and serious geometric attitude. It measures 45mm in diameter and features an integrated strap. Set with 156 diamonds on the case and another 156 on the bezel (for a total of just over two carats), the watch is powered by a skeletonized self-winding chronograph movement. It is crafted of Hublot’s



A brand known for its larger, in-your- face watches, Hublot pulls out all the stops with the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski King Gold Alternative Pavé watch. Designed in collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski, the watch boasts sharp angles

proprietary King Gold. $59,409, hublot.com

ZENITH CHRONOMASTER REVIVAL EL PRIMERO A385 Like so many brands, Zenith is adept at recalling its past in a way perfect for today’s discerning customers. This Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385 is a reproduction of one of the three original models made in 1969 that captured hearts. The gradient toned dial with smoky brown hue is paired with a matching colored leather strap. The 37mm watch is powered by the in-house-made automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph caliber with 278 parts — a veritable legend among movements. $7,900, zenith-watches.com

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