A Tale of 2 Chronograph Watches

The Tentagraph by Grand Seiko and the 1941 Grönograaf by Grönefeld are the same kind of timepiece, but as different as they could be.

When it comes to watch complications, few are more ubiquitous than the chronograph. The feature, which incorporates a start and stop function to measure elapsed time, is a favorite among watchmakers, who are constantly revisiting it, adding aesthetic details and mechanical flourishes.

William Rohr, founder of the independent brand Massena LAB and best known in the watch world by his pseudonym, William Massena, said the chronograph’s price range and its playfulness account for both its popularity and pervasiveness.

“You can start buying Swiss mechanical chronographs in the $2,000

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