Number of jewels: 42
Compare the first and second generation Chronofighter Oversize watches together and you’ll notice some appreciable changes. First is the trigger system which has been cleaned up a bit and now comes in a solid piece of hard carbon. The trigger system for the chronograph is really a key element to the collection. The way it works is simple. Graham designed the chronograph pushers to be at 10 o’clock and in the crown at 9 o’clock. The trigger goes over the crown and is pressed at 8 o’clock – though it presses the pusher in the crown. This trigger is the start and stop pusher, while the pusher at 10 o’clock resets the chronograph. On these Wildlife Chronograph models Graham opted to remove the 12 hour counter making them 30 minute chronographs. This is probably because in the wild, nothing you want to time ever lasts more than 30 minutes. The watch also has a telemeter scale around the periphery of the dial. Such numeric tracks almost universally help a dial look more professional and instrument-like. Plus, according to Graham, you can use it to see how far away lightning is from you. Yea, finally a high-end mechanical Swiss watch for lightning chasers. By the way, with all the “water resistant this” and “anti-that,” I am still waiting for the first “lightning resistant” watch. Seriously, I need a watch like that and am pretty sick of waiting.
It was late at night on the day before the Baselworld 2012 press day. I had just arrived in town and was on foot looking for someplace that was open so I could get some food. I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen because looking for stores open at night in Switzerland is like trying to find a wild elephant wandering around Kansas. What I did find however was some advertisements for a new Bell & Ross watch I hadn't seen before. I figured that I would soon learn what it was - and it later turned out to be named the Bell & Ross WWII Bomber Regulator watch... which I just learned was re-named to be the WW2 Regulateur Heritage. Though for purposes of this article I might just keep calling it the Bomber Regulator as I like that name better. Many brands are hesitant to use any variation on the word "bomb" in their watches these days.
The GAF features an anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal up front and a solid stainless steel case back in the rear. Ticking away inside the case is a Ronda Swiss quartz movement which effectively manages the functions for this three-hander plus date. The hands and markers have been fully treated with Superluminova and glow nicely and with a brightness normally reserved for a dive watch.
For those that don't quite have a half million dollars (or more) just lying around, perhaps a limited edition of the RM032 Dive Chronograph will do? The new Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is packaged in a massive 50 x 17.8mm case so only those with a wrist to match their wallet should apply. The case is made of titanium which has been treated to a black DLC finish and matches nicely with the skeleton view of the RMAC2 chronograph movement. The RMAC2 is an automatically winding chronograph movement with flyback capability, an annual calendar, and a pinwheel-style running indicator which spins when the chronograph is active. In typical Richard Mille fashion, the movement is viewable from both the front and back of the watch via sapphire crystals and the movement itself makes up the majority of the dial.