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One type of chronograph is truly designed with functions that really read measurements that a wearer needs to use. Making waves at this year’s Swiss watch and jewelry shows were chronographs with regatta countdown functions, measurements that anyone involved in sailing competitions would need. While some chronographs have intricate dials that mostly serve to make the wearer look smart, these regatta functions can easily be deciphered. The emergence of these chronographs may soon make them must haves in assortments similar to pilot’s and diver’s watches.

Tag Heuer’s “Aquaracer Calibre S”
Tag Heuer’s “Aquaracer Calibre S” chronograph with quartz movement includes two subdials with bi-directional hands that complement the hour, minute, and second hands. Instead of using traditional chronograph positions, it uses the three central hands to display elapsed time in the chronograph mode; hours, minutes, and seconds in normal time mode; and remaining time in the regatta countdown mode, (800) 321-4832.
Corum’s “Admiral’s Cup Tides 48”
Corum’s “Admiral’s Cup Tides 48” automatic chronograph in titanium or 18k rose gold measures tide times, strength of currents, and strength and size of tides—important measurements for sailing coastal regions. As with other versions of the series, Tides 48 has nautical pennants and an unusual 12 sided domed crystal, (949) 788-6200.
Audemars Piguet’s “Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team”
Audemars Piguet’s “Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team” chronograph with a forged carbon and 18k pink gold or platinum case, and caseback adorned with the America’s Cup winning team. The automatic mechanical includes a flyback chronograph and a regatta countdown, (888) 214-6858.