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Inside the Wristwatch, as You've Never Seen It Before

By Mark Bernardo - 2014-03-18T04:00:06Z

Photograph by Tom Schierlitz

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Chronograph

The first chronograph—aka stopwatch—is credited to French watchmaker Louis Moinet around 1815, although the patent was awarded to another Frenchman, Nicolas Rieussec, seven years later. One of the most enduringly popular chronograph-equipped wristwatches, the TAG Heuer Carrera, marked its 50th anniversary last year and was originally created to time automobile races (such as the Carrera Panamericana, from which it derives its name). The most recent model—the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887—is named for the year in which company founder Edouard Heuer patented the oscillating pinion that’s still used in mechanical chronograph movements today.

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