Sporty styling and multi-functionality make chronographs the first choice for Aspen's gentleman jocks.
While basic chronographs combine a traditional watch with a stopwatch, more complicated pieces offer myriad advanced functions, along with timing precise to a tenth of a second. Often designed for specific sports, the best chronographs boast both advanced technologies and sporty DNA—a perfect combination for the athletic lifestyles of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Audemars Piguet has paired the power of its caliber 2385 movement with the three-counter chronograph design that Gerald Genta made famous in the early ’70s to create the Royal Oak Chronograph Yellow Gold ($56,600). Rendered in 18k yellow gold, the 41mm case houses a “Grande Tapisserie” dial in either a new paler blue or the traditional silvery white. Les Bijoux, 406 E. Hyman Ave., 888-984-4822
Since 2002, Richard Mille has released a new timepiece to honor each biennial edition of the Le Mans Classic auto race. This year’s RM 11-02 ($180,000) brings technical mastery and esprit de corps styling to the wrist. Featuring an automatic titanium caliber, an annual calendar, and a UTC display, this 24-hour flyback chronograph sports the colors of Le Mans and is limited to 150 pieces. 315 E. Dean St., 970-300-3318
First introduced in 1963, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona ($12,400) has been reimagined in 904L steel with a proprietary monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic. A blend of high technology and sleek aesthetics, this latest edition pays tribute to the brand’s long association with world-class auto racing. Meridian Jewelers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-3833
Aviation has played an integral role in IWC Schaffhausen’s history, and the new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph ($11,900) launches the brand into the future. The first mechanical watch to allow a new time zone to be set with a single rotation, this cool chronograph is the consummate copilot, with a self-winding movement and glass that’s secure against drops in air pressure. Meridian Jewelers, 525 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-3833