Pulsometer wristwatches—wristwatches that enable doctors (or laymen) to time the pulse – have been around for more than half a century. They are, however, quite rarely made in today’s watchmaking world. In fact, one can count on fingers and toes the number of luxury Swiss watch brands that produce pulsometer watches.
Still, doctors and certain collectors clamor for these professionally inspired, classically elegant functional watches. Longines, Swiss watch brand for more
than 180 years, now unveils an exciting combination of Pulsometer and other functions in its Asthmometer-Pulsometer Chronograph. Based on a 1963 model the brand created for medical use, the new watch measures heart rate and respiration. This combination of measurements of vital functions is useful not only to doctors, but also to those fitness hounds who wish to check pulse and respiration during training sessions or in other sports contexts. The red heart rate scale and the blue respiration scale are read off of the outer edge of the silvered dial. The 38.5mm case houses the mechanical self-winding Caliber L652.2 (ETA 2094) movement with 33 jewels and 37 hours of power reserve. The chronograph is a central seconds sweep with dragging 30-minute counter and dragging 12-hour counter. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters. It should be in stores this fall– with a great retail price of $2,475.