Geneva may be internationally renowned as a hub for finance and diplomacy, but the last time I was there, I was on a mission of a different variety. You see, Geneva is also home to one of the most extraordinary watch collections in the world. Housed in an art deco building, this “temple to watchmaking” is a mecca for a watch fanatic like yours truly. Among other marvels of horology, it happens to hold Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec’s original chronograph. Developed at the behest of King Louis XVIII in 1821, the chronograph was created because his majesty loved horse races and wanted to see how long each sprint lasted.
Witnessing this famous timepiece in Geneva, I snapped a few photos for inspiration. Now you can have access to the same technology that’s sparked millions of imitators. Introducing the Geneva 1821 Chronograph, a watch inspired by a demanding king and his love of horse racing. In this modern take on classical technology, we’ve taken a precision movement that oscillates 32,768 times each second and placed it in a rough-and-tumble stainless steel housing. Sleek, durable and priced for less than you’d think, this chronograph is water-resistant up to 3 ATM, includes a date window, and features a classic timeless face surrounded by a modern cushion case brass dial. Don’t pay a king’s ransom for a pale imitation. Get the real deal with the Geneva 1821 Chronograph, and you’ll always have time on your side.