The History of Chronographs, From the Beginning Until 1980

  • HSNY at the General Society Library 20 West 44th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States

Dr. Sébastien Chaulmontet – Head of Movement Design for Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Arnold & Son and Angelus Watches, Switzerland

Doors open at 6:30pm for coffee & conversation. Lecture begins promptly at 7:00pm.

The technical development of the chronograph is a fascinating story, and there may be no one more qualified to tell it than Dr. Sébastien Chaulmontet, Head of Movement Design for Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Arnold & Son and Angelus Watches. At the September meeting of the Horological Society of New York, Dr. Chaulmontet will lecture on the history of the chronograph, beginning with its predecessors, to the creation of the so-called modern (pocket) chronograph.

Moving towards present day, the industrialization of the complication will be discussed, along with an overview of American pocket chronographs. The three major ébauche (blank) producers will be highlighted along with the chronograph makers using in-house movements like Angelus, Excelsior Park, Lemania, Longines, Minerva, Movado and Universal. Famous models from important brands as Breitling, Enicar, Heuer, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex or Zenith shall of course not be missed. Finally, some interesting aspects of collecting antique and vintage chronographs will be presented.

About Sébastien Chaulmontet
Sébastien Chaulmontet is the author, with Dr Joël Pynson, of the book "Chronographs for Collectors." He is also an expert collector of antique and vintage chronographs. Doctor of law and lawyer by training, he is today a watch movement creator and head of innovation at Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Arnold & Son and Angelus.

Photographs by Joël Pynson