Collection: automatic chronograph

Why buy a chronograph from Zahnd and Kormann?

Buying a watch, and in this case a chronograph, is an emotional decision. Few people still wear a watch to tell the time.

And so it is the story and the values ​​behind a watch, behind a brand, that trigger the purchase decision. We try to be as transparent as possible and are always there for our customers (...ok, sometimes it takes a little longer to reply to an email...).

If you call us, either Florian or Roger will be on the other end of the line and will answer your questions. Our brand lives with you and thanks to you. You're part of our team and we're grateful you're here.

Further reasons are of course a great design, a top movement and a very good feeling when wearing the ZK No.1.2 chronograph #timeisyours

The following is a video of the creation of the brand and the first ZK No.1 chronograph (in English), which we shot as part of our first crowdfunding project.

What is a chronograph?

A chronograph is a timepiece that can be used to measure time increments. They are commonly used in sports and other activities to measure elapsed time. Chronographs can also be used as stopwatches.

The first chronographs were developed in the early 1800s and have come a long way since then! On this page you will learn more about the history and functions of chronographs. You will also find out where to buy chronograph watches online!

Functions of a chronograph

Chronographs have many different functions that can be useful in a variety of situations. One of the most common uses of chronographs is to measure elapsed time.

This can be useful for timing events or determining how long an activity lasts. Chronographs can also be used as stopwatches. This means they can be started and stopped at any time, making them ideal for timing races or other competitions.

In addition, some chronographs have special functions such as a tachymeter. It allows the user to calculate things like speed or distance based on the time it takes them to travel a given distance.

The history of the chronograph

The first chronograph was created in 1821 by the French watchmaker Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec. This original chronograph was a very simple device that showed time in ink on a piece of paper. Rieussec's invention quickly caught on and other watchmakers began developing their own versions of the chronograph.

In 1816, another French watchmaker named Louis Moinet developed the world's first chronograph. This clock used a system of rotating disks to measure the increments of time, and not ink like Rieussec's original design.

Chronographs were constantly being further developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1916, Longines developed the first wrist-worn chronograph. This type of chronograph was much more practical than the pocket watches that were common at the time. Chronographs saw the watches, which looked very different in the beginning, have since changed significantly in their design.

They still serve the same purpose though: they help people keep track of time!

What is the difference between a chronograph and a chronometer?

Chronographs and chronometers are often confused This is probably due to the similarity of the terms. However, a chronograph is a watch with a stopwatch function and the term chronometer is an award for particularly accurate watches. So it is quite possible that a chronograph is also a chronometer at the same time.

What are the differences in chronographs?

There are different types of chronographs. The most common type is the analog chronograph. This type of chronograph has a stopwatch function and usually has three sub-dials that show the minutes, seconds and hours. A chronograph with tachymeter is also common. This type of chronograph can be used to calculate speed or distance.

Is a chronograph an automatic watch?

Not always. There are both automatic chronographs and chronographs with quartz movements. The term chronograph alone does not provide any information about whether it is an automatic watch, a quartz watch or a hand-wound watch. All our chronographs are automatic watches. These are powered by a movement from ETA, more precisely the ETA Valjoux 7751 with moon phase.