Beginnings of the chronograph watch
This time measuring system was designed in the 19th century, more precisely around 1815. Originally known as the "Counter of Thirds", the chronograph watch is a classic model of French watchmaking that still inspires people nowadays. The term chronograph, meaning "that writes time", was given to this type of watch in 1821 by Nicolas-Mathieu Rieussec, a Parisian watchmaker and inventor of the ink chronograph. As a matter of fact, the triggering of the chronograph on the first models left a circular ink stain on paper. The time was measured according to the length of the mark left. The watchmaker used this precision instrument to time horse races in Paris. However, it is to Louis Moinet —another Parisian watchmaker, that we owe the invention of the chronograph watch.
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