All watch geeks would agree that the world’s most mesmerising, breathtaking, and extraordinary timepieces come at a price! But, fret not; there are all kinds of luxe watches to suit various types of budgets. So, if you're looking for your piece under INR 10 lakh, here’s a list that can come in handy.
JLC Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
The Reverso watch was created to withstand the rigour of polo matches; thus, it came with a reversible case that turned it into one of the most easily recognisable watches in the world. Jaeger-LeCoultre recently unveiled the new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds (Ref. Q713842J) as a 45.6 mm stainless steel watch. Since its creation in 1931, the timepiece maker has put forth innumerable versions of its most iconic collection.
The new model is housed in a 45.6 mm stainless steel case with a black reverse side. The watch has a silvered opaline dial with baton-shaped hour markers and a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Powering the watch is the Jaeger-LeCoultre manual calibre 822 with 42 hours of power reserve. The watch is finished on a Fagliano bi-material black calf and canvas.
Price - INR 10,00,000 (approx.)*
Zenith Pilot Automatic
Ever since the Wright brothers took to the skies in 1903, there had been many situations that demanded that pilots' instruments be recognised for their contributions. Thus, pilot watches came into being. The new Zenith Pilot Automatic watch (Ref. 49.4000.3620/21.I001) comes in a 40 mm black micro-blasted ceramic case with horizontal grooves mimicking the look of corrugated metal sheets of older planes. The timepiece gets oversized luminescent Arabic hour markers, with white Super-LumiNova. At 6 o’clock above the date window, you can find a luminescent hour marker that takes the form of a flat white line. Powering the watch is the El Primero 3620 automatic movement with about 60 hours of power reserve and a 5Hz frequency. The watch is finished on a black cordura-effect rubber strap or a khaki cordura-effect strap, featuring a steel black PVD-coated triple folding clasp.
Price - INR 9,50,000 (approx.)*
Carl F. Bucherer ScubaTech
If timepieces are created to dominate the skies, they are also made to withstand underwater explorations. Many renowned watchmakers have created timepieces that are capable of surviving extreme depths. Carl F. Bucherer has unveiled the new Patravi ScubaTec Verde (Ref. 00.10632.23.93.01) watch to support the latest chapter of UK-based charity organisation Manta Trust’s pioneering research project in Ecuador. The watch comes in a 44.6 mm stainless steel case with a green lacquered dial, sporting wave patterns, and a green bezel.
The large hour, minute hands and the hour markers are all rhodium-plated and filled with Super-LumiNova®. Powering the watch is the CFB 1950.1 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The watch is finished on a green rubber strap, whose colour is inspired by the green waters around Isla de La Plata that boast a significant population of oceanic manta rays. The water resistance amounts to 500 metres.
Price - INR 7,50,000 (approx.)*
Bell & Ross A523 Chrono
The new BR 05 Chrono A523 from Bell & Ross is the result of the manufacturer’s first collaboration with the rebranded Renault F1 team, now known as Alpine. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces.The watch comes in a 42 mm polished steel case, boasting the signature rounded square shape. The raised stainless steel bezel gets four visible screws, along with a crown and two pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. There is a matte black base dial that gets white applique Arabic hour markers with Super-LumiNova®. The date window has a black background and a white numeral at 4:30. The watch also has two counters — a 60-second subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock.
Powering the watch is the self-winding mechanical Calibre BR-CAL.326 with 60 hours of power reserve. Finishing the timepiece is a stainless steel bracelet with flexible, comfortable links or a black leather strap with a folding, satin-polished steel buckle.
Price - INR 6,80,000 (approx.)*
Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa
The Panerai Luminor Due draws inspiration from the original Luminor model. The Due collection was launched in 2016 and has become one of the brand’s most iconic collections till date. For this year’s America’s Cup, Panerai released its new Luminor Luna Rossa (Ref. PAM01378) in a 38 mm stainless steel case, making it an ideal watch for both men and women. The watch gets a white dial with Arabic and baton-shaped hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock.
Powering the watch is the Calibre P.900 movement with 72 hours of power reserve. Finishing the watch is the white Saffiano calf Luna Rossa strap with a stainless steel clasp and a PAM Click Release System.
Price - INR 6,45,000 (approx.)*
*Prices in India are subject to taxes and exchange rate fluctuations, and may vary accordingly.