Maitres du Temps Chapter One Round Watch

Maitres du Temps Chapter One Round Watch

The chronograph function is combined with a digital tachymeter in way that I haven't seen before. A tachymeter is used to measure speed traveled, assuming you can measure a pre-defined distance. Say you want to measure the speed of something, and you can gauge when it has traveled exactly one mile. At the starting point of the time you'd start the chronograph, and then stop it when whatever you are measuring travels one mile. Using a few of the screens together, you can read the speed traveled. The watch settings allow you to adjust the unit of measuring (mile, kilometer), and I think the distance traveled as well. It is a fun little toy that will no doubt be useful to a few people. The subsidiary analog hand at the top of the dial is used for this purpose actually. It is used with the digital window to its right to measure speeds up to 1000mph or 1000kph. There is another little window for speeds over 1000!

Functions in the watch aren't extensive, but clearly useful. Although the watch really has no dial to speak of, it is actually really easy to read! Seriously. Around most of the dial is a chapter ring made from sapphire crystal, that has gold hour markers applied to it. Then you have the large hands with lume tipped arrows that are quite conspicuous, even given all that is going on in the dial. Sure it is not going to be a pinnacle of "at a glance reading," but you don't need to sacrifice too much function for the form.

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