There are many stereotypes about men. The more popular generalisations include; they can't tell the truth, they are afraid of commitment and they care more about sports than real conversation. None of these stereotypes are true, of course. Although, being a man, I could be lying. One stereotype that does hold true, however, at least for the writer of this column, is that men are terrible at multitasking. There I've said it. I cannot for the life of me do two things at once let alone three of four.
When it comes to watches though, multitasking is a doddle, as the humble chronograph has been demonstrating since the 18th century. Swiss company Breitling made the first chronograph in 1915 and has been leading the way in such innovation since. Over the past few years, Breitling has teamed up with luxury carmaker Bentley to launch a range of smart and sexy watches. Late last year, Breitling unveiled the Bentley GMT Chronograph in British racing green (bottom left). The watch boasts a one-eighth of a second chronograph as well as six-hour, 15-minute and 30-second totalisers. On top of that there is a 24-hour rotating bezel that will give you the time in 24 cities. That's a lot of punch for one timepiece and, inevitably, this watch takes up a lot of space on the wearer's wrist. Still, the collaboration between the two luxury brands, the limited-run exclusivity and great styling make the Bentley GMT an outstanding chronograph. There are only 1,000 Bentley GMT Chronographs in British racing green and some will soon be available in Hong Kong, retailing for HK$85,500 each.
Of the more distinctive chronographs to have come to market recently, the Piaget Polo FortyFive Chronograph 2010 edition (above left) is one of the more inventive and distinctive. The timepiece features a 45mm case and is a rugged mixture of titanium, steel and black rubber. The face looks a bit complicated but is packed with features, such as a flyback chronograph at the six o'clock position and a dual time zone, 24-hour indication at the nine o'clock position. The design is sleek and less bulky than your average chronograph and the titanium lends the watch a futuristic edge. The Piaget Polo FortyFive 2010 edition is limited to 500 pieces and retails for HK$145,000.