Chronograph

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"Hublot has offered chronograph watches ever since its earliest days, yet today the manufacture is pushing boundaries and reimagining this historical complication."
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When every second counts

Often referred to as a “stopwatch” function, a chronograph allows the measurement of an independent time event and has become synonymous with modern sports watches.

First invented in the early 19th century, the earliest chronograph instruments were made for astronomical calculations and timing horseraces. At that time however, chronographs were stand-alone instruments that didn’t display the actual time. Today, chronographs are far one of the most common watch complications there is.

Hublot has offered chronograph watches ever since its earliest days, yet today the manufacture is pushing boundaries and reimagining this historical complication.

No easy feat, Hublot has developed its own chronograph movement, the Unico. A movement like no other, the Unico features a column-wheel system as well as a “flyback” function, which allows the user to start timing a second sequence in the same event without having to stop, reset and restart the chronograph mechanism. Timing multiple uninterrupted laps is a good example of how a flyback chronograph is advantageous over a standard chronograph.

Another kind of chronograph in Hublot’s arsenal is the rattrapante or “split-second” chronograph. This allows the measurement of two separate events of different durations.

Hublot has also created a Grande Complications movement with another iteration of the chronograph known as the “Mono-pusher”, where a single pusher integrated in the crown is used to start, stop and reset the chronograph.

Going beyond the conformities of traditional watchmaking, Hublot also develops certain specialty chronographs built for timing one specific kind of event, such as the Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde which features a unique 45-minute retrograde chronograph to time football matches.

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