Is Dad your hero? What are some of the best moments you’ve spent with him? As we celebrate fathers this June, one of the best things you could do is pamper him with a gift of time.
Very often, Dads make us feel safe and protected. Among the many life lessons that our fathers have taught us, sports and outdoor-related ones often seem to make up a significant portion of our bonding memories. What better way to immortalise these priceless moments than gifting Dad a watch that he will keep close and be reminded of his loved ones?
While some sports watches are built to be rugged and withstand extreme adventures, many others are designed to embody timelessness and elegance. One of the most loved complications among watch aficionados, chronographs are a common and practical addition to sports watches. And when it comes to mechanical watches, the technical complexity of chronographs is also a great testament to the know-how and sophistication of fine watchmaking.
With Fathers’ Day round the corner, read on as we share some of our favourite chronograph watches for Dad. Combining polish and functionality, these handsome and versatile timepieces will keep him company through countless occasions.
Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting
For the free-spirited Dad who enjoys life to the fullest, the Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting series would surely appeal. This robustly elegant timepiece features nautical-inspired details such as a wind rose on its dial and an automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. If Dad enjoys sailing, he would also appreciate the case design, which is inspired by the voluptuous curves of a yacht.
H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph
Looking nothing like conventional chronograph watches, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph by H. Moser & Cie. will capture the hearts of non-conformist Dads who love pushing creative boundaries. Styled with H. Moser & Cie.’s signature fume dial in Funky Blue, this watch is the brand’s minimalist interpretation of a chronograph that does away with the usual sub-dial counters. Despite its intriguing design, it is simple and intuitive to use, and houses a co-axial chronograph movement with a power reserve of 55 hours.
Santos De Cartier Chronograph
Inspired by one of the first wristwatches ever made, the Santos de Cartier will speak to the adventurous Dad. With an enlarged size and the addition of a chronograph function, this iconic timepiece takes on a more contemporary and sportier look while staying true to its elegant vibe. This two-toned steel and yellow gold version comes with interchangeable rubber straps and a steel bracelet. It is powered by an automatic movement and is water resistant to 100m.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2020 Race Edition
If Dad is passionate about vintage automobiles, he would likely have heard about Mille Miglia, the world-famous race dedicated to classic and vintage cars. As the official timekeeper and sponsor of the race, Chopard’s limited edition Mille Miglia series embodies the close ties between classic cars and mechanical watchmaking. Rare and highly sought after by collectors – Mille Miglia watches are perfect for the man who prefers his chronographs with a vintage vibe. Only 1000 pieces of this Race Edition 2020 model, encased in microblasted DLC-coated stainless steel, were made.
Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Is your father a gentleman who appreciates mechanical complexity in addition to a slice of history? Look no further than the iconic Zenith Chronomaster Sport. It is driven by the El Primero 3600 movement, an updated version of the legendary El Primero 400 introduced in 1969. Capable of measuring time down to 1/10th of a second, this is currently still one of the most accurate and reliable chronograph movements on the market. The latest edition of Chronomaster Sport includes elements that reference historical Zenith chronograph watches, such as tri-coloured sub-dials and pump-style pushers.
TAG Heuer Carrera
If green is Dad’s favourite colour, this TAG Heuer’s Carrera automatic chronograph is sure to please. Produced in a limited quantity, this Carrerra has its satin-finished dial in a very hip shade of green. TAG Heuer’s in-house H02 automatic column-wheel movement is visible from the back, boasting an impressive 80-hour power reserve. Its superb readability, thanks to white Super-LumiNova ® on the hands and indexes, makes it a highly practical all-rounder watch.