La Corsa Rosa (nickname for Giro d’Italia), La Grande Boucle (referring to the Tour de France), and La Vuelta (or Vuelta a España) are three of the biggest, most prestigious bicycle races in the world. Spanning thousands of miles, weeks of cycling with very few days off, and crossing multiple terrains, riding in a Grand Tour is no joke. While you’re more likely to find an ultra-light (and ultra-expensive) Richard Mille or a more modest $3k Breitling Endurance Pro on the wrist of a cyclist at the head of the pack, there’s something much more appealing (to me at least) about the vintage-inspired chronographs that we’re looking at today. Swedish watch brand Bravur pays tribute to the three big races and the founders’ passion for cycling with this collection of charming automatic chronographs, each assembled by hand at the brand’s HQ in Sweden.
Crafted from 316L stainless steel and measuring in at a compact 38.2mm in width, the Bravur Grand Tour Chronographs are sized exceptionally well for an everyday watch, regardless of whether you’re spending some time circling the velodrome or just out for a stroll to the coffee shop. Like the three Grand Tours, the three watches each feature their own signature look and feel, with design cues taken from jersey colors, race flags, and subtle nods to cycling throughout. Let’s take a closer look at these three interesting chronographs from the Swedish brand.