I have a soft spot for chronographs. The first watch I ever owned was a chronograph, and I didn’t even know how to use it. I was just transfixed by the busy dial that seemed to have dials within dials, and the extra buttons on the side of the case. It was a quartz watch, so you couldn’t break the mechanism by fiddling with the pushers, and I remember wearing that thing as an adolescent and it taking on the function of a modern day fidget spinner. Bored in class? Start the chronograph. Waiting in line for a movie? Start the chronograph. Checking the time for any reason whatsoever? Oh, the chronograph is already running. Better stop it, reset it, and start it again.
So what’s the first thing I do when I get the Archimede Pilot Chronograph in my hands? Well, the very first thing I did was wind it up, using the incredibly satisfying and easy to manipulate onion crown. Then, yes, I started the chronograph. And stopped it. And reset it. And I’m here to tell you: even as an adult, it’s still fun.