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Chronometer vs Chronograph
You might have heard a lot about chronographs and chronometers, but didn’t know what the difference was.
A chronometer is a watch that has the absolute highest standard of precision. Chronometers are only watches that work on automatic or mechanical movements. Watches that work with quartz movement are not designated as “chronometers”. In order for a watch to be called a chronometer, it has to pass a lot of tests, which are demanded by the COSC, which is the Swiss Official Chronometer Control. These tests last 15 days and make sure the watch’s movement is as close to perfection as possible, and are run under water, under different temperatures and in different positions. Automatic or self-winding watches cannot offer such a perfect measurement of time, which is why chronometers are generally also more expensive than chronographs.
Chronographs are watches that have stopwatch capabilities. Chronographs use diverse counters to measured elapsed time. These counters can register hours, minutes and seconds and give the watch carrier the ability to time a certain activity or process.
Luxury watches, but also most premium watches have a serial number attached. Serial numbers are useful for the buyer, as they ensure him that the piece he owns is legit and of good quality. Authorized dealers of premium watches generally have access to databases where they can find the serial number of each watch they own and sell. Should you decide to spend a lot of money on a watch, you should make sure it is the one you want and that its source is the one you need it to be.
To conclude, we need to say that you should know exactly what you are buying when you want to add a watch to your wardrobe. Knowing what you are wearing says that you are a man who is paying attention to details and who thoroughly understands his fashion. If you don’t know much, or want to learn more about a specific watch, you can ask the store’s clerk, or customer service representative to show you more. This is also a sign of a good service: receiving all the information you need about a product is key, as, you know how they say: if you understand it, you can explain it, and if you don’t –you don’t.
Having a watch correctly strapped to your wrist, not too tight and not too light, is definitely a way to complete a look and to express yourself through your clothes, while telling a story about your vision and inspiration, which is what fashion, in the end, is all about.
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