June 23, 2024

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph CeramicAs we approach the end of 2014, I have started assembling my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. First up are my favorite new chronograph watches that debuted this year.

Right off the bat, let me clarify that this is an alphabetical listing and not a ranking. And let me reiterate that these chronographs are my own personal favorites from 2014. No jury has voted, no one has whispered anything into my ear, and — most importantly — no brand has paid me to be listed here.

If you would like more information about one of the watches on the list, please use the search function on my blog. I have reported on all of them during the past eleven months, and you are likely to find many more pictures and additional technical information on them. Many of the watches have also been covered separately here on WatchTime.com.

Finally, I am interested in your own feedback. Which chronograph watches presented in 2014 were your favorites? Please use the comments section to let us all know what you think.

More Top 10 Watches lists in different categories will follow in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned. And so, without further ado:

Alpina Alpiner4 Chronograph: To me, the best newcomer of 2014. The Alpina brand finally discovers its history — which dates to 1883 — and produces good-looking, high-quality sports watches for a very fair price. Yes, there is “only” a Sellita SW500 movement under the dial rather than an in-house movement, but in the end, who cares? The Sellita SW 500 happens to be a very good chronograph caliber. The prices start around $3,495.

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph: Still one of the coolest chronographs on earth. There is no need to reinvent an icon. In this cool new new blue execution, the Royal OakOffshore’s engine is the in-house Caliber 3120, upon which AP adds a chronograph module produced by Dubois-Dépraz. Yes, some might say that the price is unacceptable for a watch with a modular movement, but since AP is still working on its own fully integrated chronograph caliber, there is no alternative at the moment. The price: $25,600.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak-Offshore Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

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