BRM unveils world’s lightest chronograph


By Deepa Narwani

Bernard Richard Manufacturer (BRM) has launched the lightest automatic chronograph in the world.

The MK-44 timepiece uses titanium, fortal HR, makrolon and inox 316, which has resulted in a new weight record of 48.80 grams. The watch took two years to create.

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The case is created in makrolon, the extra-light material used for the side windows in the most race cars. The back is made of fortal HR, an extra-light aluminium alloy that is employed in motorsports.

To reduce the weight even further, titanium fastenings have been made hollow, while the sapphire glass has been reduced from 1.5 to 1 millimetre in thickness. The rotor is half the weight of that used in a regular movement.

Much of the dial has been relieved, the hands are thinner and the date has been eliminated for maximum weight savings. The band is made of extra-light fabric and fibre with multiple openings.

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