The Telemeter

Let me explain to you what a telemeter is with a story: So let’s suppose your friend comes over with his brand new Ferrari and he’s understandably excited about it. He can’t stop raving about how many RPMs he can do or how it handles the road. Now you are justifiably a little peeved because you shunned fast cars for a lifestyle of wearing luxury wristwatches and the nice gentleman who sold you your latest piece made that persuasive argument that you can’t take your Lamborghini into a restaurant.

But the urge to out-peacock him eats at you. So, you keep an eye on your weather app for the perfect moment and then when it happens, you invite your friend for a round of golf.

As hoped, the sky ends up grumbling and there is some intermittent lightning. You raise your wrist and fumble with your watch to assure the worried creases of your friend’s forehead that the lightning is happening far enough for both of you to be safe.

And that’s what a telemeter does. It calculates the distance between a visual event such as a lightning or explosion and it’s sound. Both activities you, the average luxury wristwatch consumer, are least likely to engage in.

This is when my ears start ringing from the incessant nagging of the imaginary PR representative perched on my shoulder. She huffs and puffs and tries to blow out my ear drums. What the hell was I thinking, she says.


This piece was supposed to be a write up for the new camouflage version of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize Black Arrow. I was supposed to just mouth off about how sexy the new PVD camouflage look was, mention the case size (47mm), mention the large start stop lever on the side made out of carbon that is part of the Graham’s signature look and the black ceramic bezel on the face of the watch but instead I spent a good half page pocking fun.

Didn’t I know better? Graham wasn’t the first wristwatch brand that was mechanically insecure. After all, there’s a lot of pressure in the wristwatch industry to be technologically innovative.

Besides people wanted to feel that they had a delicate precision instrument on their wrist, not actually wear one that is of any utility.

After all, when’s the last time you’ve used a chronograph?

About Graham

For those who may not be familiar with the brand, Graham’s name references a London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered as the father of modern watch making. He is known as the father of the chronograph as he invented the start and stop device of the chronograph, the dead-beat and cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate the influence of temperature on pendulums, to name a few. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which timed most of the 18th century and lots of science instruments for astronomers and physicists.

Graham, today is a Swiss watch company revived in 1995 and it manufactures its watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

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  1. That is a very nice looking watch, quite dcsnitit and I love the coloring on this watch, one of the nicest Heuer watches I have seen. I think the vintage Heuer watches are better than their contemporaries. I think that, regrettably Heuer have moved to far toward the mass market in recent years, and dare I say seem to be trying to produce a cheap Seamaster with some of their recent models. I think you did the right thing leaving your watch at home, I know someone that dropped a Rolex Sea Dweller into the sea whilst sailing, it was only shallow water a few feet deep so he dived down to look for it dived, dived and dived again he never found it, I guess a watch like that would sink into the sand pretty quickly

  2. en colombia en que lugar se puede cnuesgoir un rolex original y axequible en precio gracias.translation: Colombia is a place that one can obtain an original Rolex at a reasonable price.

  3. President Obama has worn the Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph on many historic oicsacons since August 2007 and most recently as President of The United States, with sightings including Election Night, the Inaugural Ball and Inauguration Day.

  4. Well, my husband owns high-end cwethas (Ebel and Bucherer), but I have an excellent Seiko, and I think highly of it. It has always run far better than my Cartier tank watch, and though I’ve replaced it with a Movado just for looks (the Cartier is such a problem that it lives in a safe deposit box at my bank), I keep the Seiko around and wear it with casual clothes.I’d encourage you to buy one.

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