What is a chronograph watch?

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A chronograph watch is a type of watch that includes a stopwatch function in addition to its regular timekeeping features. The word "chronograph" comes from the Greek words "chronos," meaning time, and "graph," meaning to write or record.

A chronograph watch typically has one or more sub-dials on the watch face that are used to measure elapsed time in seconds, minutes, and sometimes even hours. The user can activate the stopwatch function by pressing one or more buttons on the side of the watch case, which starts, stops, and resets the chronograph hands to zero.

Chronograph watches are often used in sports and other activities where precise timing is important, such as auto racing, aviation, and diving. Some chronograph watches also include additional features such as tachymeter scales for measuring speed, or telemeter scales for measuring distance.

Chronograph watches can come in a variety of styles and designs, from classic dress watches to sporty and rugged models. Some watches may have a simple chronograph function with just one sub-dial, while others may have multiple sub-dials and additional features such as a date display, moon phase indicator, or other complications.

Vaer's first chronograph, the R1 racing chrono was released in 2022 and is based on the popular automative watches of the 1960s and 1970s such as the Heuer Autavia and Omega Seamaster Soccer Timer.

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