With technology getting embedded in our lives, the importance of obtaining the right information with regard to any aspect of our life cannot be overemphasised. If you are buying luxury watches, you need to do proper homework before zeroing in on a timepiece that suits your needs. Needless to say, budget is of paramount importance when purchasing any luxury watch. If you are seeking reasonably affordable luxury timepieces, then look no further. GMT India has curated for you a list of five top-rated watches that cost less than INR 5 Lakh. This will make sure that your money is well-invested in an exquisite piece. Read on.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200
TAG Heuer's new Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Ref. WBP2150.FT6210 is a tool watch that is sporty and powerful in terms of performance. The 40 mm stainless steel watch gets a stainless steel and 18 ct yellow gold 60-minute-scale unidirectional bezel and an 18 ct yellow gold screw-down crown at 3 o’clock.
The watch also comes with a Blue fumé sunray-brushed dial, 18 ct yellow gold-plated hour markers with white Super-LumiNova®, and 18 ct yellow gold-plated hour, minute, and central hands, also with white Super-LumiNova®. The watch is powered by Calibre 5 Automatic with a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch is finished on a blue rubber strap with a stainless steel folding clasp, double safety push buttons, and a comfort link extension.
Price: INR. 4,60,350 (approx.)*
Oris ProPilot x Kermit Edition
It’s a fun watch! As the name suggests, the Oris ProPilot x Kermit Edition honours Kermit the Frog. This 39 mm titanium watch has a green dial while the date window at 6 o’clock has a smiling image of Kermit that will show up on the first day of every month.
Furthermore, the watch has a knurled bezel and a large screw-down crown, protected with crown guards. The hour markers and minute track are printed, with no numerals. Powering the watch is the Oris Calibre 400 with 120 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the sapphire caseback with a titanium oscillating weight. The watch is accompanied by a titanium bracelet.
Price: INR 4,40,000 (approx.)*
Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph
The watch draws inspiration from the bird's eye view of the Mont Blanc mountains, seen from the south-facing rocky side. Ref.130960 comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with a polished bezel.
The watch also features a grey glacier pattern dial with matte finishing on the hour circle, rose gold-coated Arabic numerals, white railway minuterie, and rose gold-coated leaf-shaped hour, minute, and seconds hands. There are two chronograph counters — a 60-second subdial at 9 o'clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock. Powering the watch is the automatic winding Calibre MB 25.13 with a power reserve of approximately 56 hours. Limited to 1786 pieces, the watch gets an interchangeable Sfumato grey calf leather strap, with alligator print and a stainless steel triple-folding clasp.
Price: INR 4,30,000 (approx.)*
Baume et Mercier Riviera 10717
Watches with at least 300 metres of water resistance are perfect for any underwater activity. Launched in 1973, the Riviera collection has been one of the signature series from Baume et Mercier. The Riviera comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with the signature dodecagonal unidirectional rotating bezel with four screws.
The smoky grey dial gets baton-shaped Roman hour markers with Triangle hour and minute hands with SuperLumiNova. Another key feature of the watch is its date window at 4:30 that comes with a black chapter ring for its date numerals in the middle flange. Powering the watch is the BAUMATIC calibre with a power reserve of 120 hours. Turning the watch over showcases the sapphire caseback with a stainless steel oscillating weight. The water resistance offered is, of course, 300 metres.
Price: INR 3,35,000 (approx.)*
Bvlgari Aluminium Match Point Edition
In 1998, Bvlgari introduced the first Aluminium watch and in 2020, the brand introduced the mechanical self-winding movement for the Aluminium model. For all ye tennis fans, Bvlgari has now put forth the Aluminium Match Point Edition, a limited series in green, characterised by a black left-hand crown and a green rubber bezel.
The 40 mm titanium watch gets a white dial with green hour, minute hands, a seconds hand with a yellow dot, and hour markers. Limited to 800 pieces, the timepiece has a date window at 3 o'clock. Powering the watch is the self-winding calibre B77 with a 42-hour power reserve. The watch gets a green rubber strap with aluminium links, offering an option of a Velcro® strap as well.
Price: INR 3,30,000 (approx.)*
*Prices in India are subject to taxes and exchange rate fluctuations, and may vary accordingly.