If you think that a high-end watch will cost you an arm and a leg, think again. There are several watch brands in the market that offer reasonably priced luxury watches, mechanical or otherwise. If we look at mechanical watches, these have a longer shelf-life and can be passed down from generation to generation.
So, let us now look at some of the watches that are priced between INR 50,000 and INR 1 lakh.
Frederique Constant Classic Automatic
The Classic is one of the signature collections from Frederique Constant. Ref. FC-303C5B6B comes in a 40mm stainless steel case with a grey sunray dial sporting golden hour markers and golden hour, minute and second hands. The watch has a date window at 3 o’clock and is powered by Calibre FC-303, an automatic, self-winding movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The watch is finished on a stainless steel bracelet with a stainless steel clasp.
Price - INR 93,000 (approx.)
A new addition to the GMW-B5000, Ref. GMW-B5000PG-9 comes in a 49 mm stainless steel case, which is recrystallised and hardened. This watch’s bezel and caseback are treated with gold ion plating and the caseback with DLC coating as well. The watch is solar-powered with Bluetooth® and radio control for enhanced accuracy and reliability. There are 5 world times, 39 time zones (39 cities +coordinated universal time), auto summer time (DST) switching and home city/world time city swapping that are in-built in the watch. The watch also has a full auto-calendar (till year 2099). Finishing the watch is a stainless steel bracelet with gold ion plating.
Price - INR 75,000 (approx.)
Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition
What connects timepieces with motor racing? The craft, the engineering and the sheer precision. As the official timekeeper of MotoGP, Tissot has created the Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition (Ref. T141.417.37.057.01), an 8,000-piece collection. This 45mm stainless steel watch comes with a black dial, speedometer-inspired chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock and a tachymeter scale on the inner periphery. The dial has red Arabic numerals, along with a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter and a 60-second counter. Powering the watch is a quartz movement and it is finished on a red synthetic strap.
Price - INR. 59,000 (approx.)
Versace Icon Active
Giving a watch a camouflage look makes it more sporty and this is exactly what Versace has done with its Versace Icon Active (Ref. VEZ700722) watch. This 44 mm transparent polycarbonate round case watch gets a camouflage layout throughout — the case, the bezel, the lugs, the strap and the crown guard. The bezel has four screws on the top ring. The dial comes with a Medusa head at 12 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, a 60-second counter at 3 o'clock, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The watch is powered by a quartz movement and is finished on a transparent Lilac camouflage PU strap with a metal loop.
Price – INR 76,900 (approx.)
Victorinox Journey 1884
Known for its creation of Swiss knives, Victorinox has made quite an impact with watches that tell a story. The Journey 1884 (Ref. 241980.1) honours hiking with a hand design, replicating the Swiss hiking signs. The 43 mm stainless steel watch gets a silver bezel with the ‘1884’ engraving on a high-end ceramic inlay. The blue dial gets a matte finish with Arabic numerals and a triangle-shaped 6 o'clock with a date window. This timepiece also gets luminescent hands and a yellow second hand, representing the Swiss knife. The watch is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement and is finished on a wood strap with a security clasp.