Crafted from a single block of black zirconium oxide (ZrO2), the Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” is the most visually aggressive and technologically sophisticated chronograph Omega has ever produced. Its epic name, refers to the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth, also called the “far side of the moon.”
The first automatic chronograph
As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.
Reinterpreting The Tudor Blue “Montecarlo”
One of the biggest trends in recent years has been the reintroduction of modern versions of vintage watches. In the case of Tudor — who relaunched their brand in the US just last year — they have produced a slew of new models based on the past. Their latest introduction, is the “Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue,” which is a modern version of the Tudor Ref. 7169 that collectors surnamed “Montecarlo.” Originally launched in 1973, the Montecarlo is one of the most storied models in the brand’s archive. The Heritage Chrono the we reviewed accurately represents the original collection, but with a number of elements that distinguish it from the original 1970s models.
The Nicolas Rieussec collection pays tribute to the French Watchmaker Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec who was a pioneer in the field of chronographs. The design of the collection was inspired by the original chronograph Rieussec invented in 1821. Similar to his invention, these chronographs use rotating discs with motionless hands.