The festivities have started to kick in. From card parties to traditional dinners and more, it’s that time of the year when almost everything around you is armored with bling and class. Why not bring the same to your wrist?
You shouldn’t skip out on the centuries-old custom of going shopping during the festival. This time around, however, you’ll want to buy something that’s more low-key and understated, something that won’t lose its luster or its value when the good times arrive. The best timepiece? They are timeless timepieces that will look great for many years to come because they are so well-made and tasteful without being ostentatious.
The widespread belief that a luxurious wristwatch necessitates an absurdly large financial outlay is the single largest source of uninformed spending on such an item. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth, as there are several top-tier watchmakers out there who produce excellent timepieces for reasonable prices. With so many choices, it may seem like it would be more difficult to choose a single wristwatch. Brands in the watch industry release yearly collections of new watches boasting state-of-the-art features, materials, and designs that leave consumers spoiled for choice.
Here are our top picks for watches under Rs. 300,000!
1. TITAN – Calligraphy by Nebula – 18 Karat Solid Gold Analog Watch
The beautiful and complex art of calligraphy, which has hitherto only been able to be appreciated in sacred writings and carved into stone monuments, may now be admired on the wrists.
The Calligraphy collection by NEBULA is influenced by the three magnificent scripts of Modi, Siddham, and Kufic, and is a celebration of the grandeur of Indian history and the art of words. All of these writings contribute greatly to preserving our illustrious past.
This analog timepiece is a great addition to any watch collection. With its blue dial, one of its selling points is that it’s made of 18k gold. It’s also a great present for friends and family.
Price: INR 2,99,500
2. Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture
Frederique Constant has shown itself to be a versatile watchmaker by creating one of the fastest-beating timepieces and it continues to do so.
The date is displayed around the outer edge of the moon phase sub-dial on the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture’s 6 o’clock marker. This clock, powered by FC-710 movement, is the perfect finishing touch to your holiday festive ensemble.
Price: CHF 3550 or INR 2,90,741 approximately
3. RADO True Thinline Les Couleurs™ Le Corbusier Cream white 32001
The ability to diffuse or reflect light makes white the most reflective and lightest color. It brings out details in the architecture’s surfaces and highlights their shapes and sizes. Backgrounds painted in this stable, neutral white reflect light and create a cozy and comforting ambiance. The first ever wall-sized ‘Velvet’ color.
When the Rado True Thinline collection first debuted that year, it was the thinnest watch the company had ever made. True Thinline is still the brand’s thinnest watch option without sacrificing any of the quality or innovation for which the company is recognized.
Price: INR 1,68,800
4. Tissot PRX T137.410.11.091.00
The Tissot PRX first appeared in 1978, and its revival is being widely celebrated. The new Tissot PRX is the watch for creative thinkers and design enthusiasts. The timepiece is a must-have for any self-respecting design aficionado thanks to its thin yet striking appearance.
Each casing of a Tissot watch is subjected to a battery of tests, one of which is to ensure that it is watertight. Tissot simulates the extreme environments in which their watches may be worn in order to evaluate their durability against shocks, pressure, and the infiltration of liquids, gases, and dust.
Price: INR 30,000
5. Cartier Tank Solo Quartz Steel
Since its debut in the Tank collection, the Tank Solo timepiece’s clean, modern design has made it a masterpiece. The Tank Solo reimagines the version with a number of tweaks while paying attention to the distinct style that has made the collection so popular.
The quartz version includes Roman numerals including the digit at the 6 o’clock location with the words “Swiss Made” printed in black under it. Many of the design elements that have made Cartier famous in recent years may be found on the iridescent dials. One of Cartier’s successful measures against counterfeiting is a numeral displayed at 7 o’clock that features the “Cartier” engraving. One of the most distinctive features of this series by Cartier is the crystal clear dial.
Price: INR 2,69,488 approximately
6. Omega Constellation Quartz
OMEGA Constellation watches are known for their dramatic and timeless design, which is exemplified by the iconic half-moon shape, “claws” on the case, and single-link band. This stunning 28 mm model has a stainless steel case and bracelet and an attractive blush rose dial with 18K white gold indices and applied components. OMEGA has added a splash of pastel color to the bezel by highlighting the carved Roman numerals in the same color. There is an OMEGA Calibre 4061 in the core of this timepiece. The caseback of the watch features an official medallion from the Constellation Observatory.
Price: INR 2,64,400
7. ORIS Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date
Oris has a long history of producing aviation-themed watches, as the company was among the first to do so. In 1938, however, Oris released their first Big Crown timepiece. The Oris Big Crown collection is still going strong today, with several updates and modifications based on the original watch.
The timepieces in this range are easily recognizable by their distinctive fluted bezels, which give them an air of raw sophistication. The elaborate carvings and luminescent filling on some models, along with the large, easy-to-read hands, give these watches a distinct air of masculinity. All of the pieces rightfully highlight the large crown that is the inspiration for the collection’s name by giving it a fluted edge that is reminiscent of a bezel. This watch is powered by Oris 754 movement.
Price: INR 1,72,500
8. JAIPUR WATCH COMPANY STP01 Multicolored Dial Stamp Watch
The artisans at Jaipur Watch Company have crafted one-of-a-kind and vintage timepieces with dials made from vintage Indian postage stamps from 1937 to 1940. Like the back of a coin from that era, the watch features an image of King George VI alongside a lotus flower engraving. These watches are the best examples of their kind, depicting legendary figures from British history and carrying their stories into the future.
Jaipur Watch Company’s 18-carat gold timepiece has an authentic 1937 postage stamp. The rectangular face only has two hands and a time-setting crown.
Price: INR 236,000
Hope our picks help you choose the ideal timepiece for your loved ones or one to flaunt on your wrists. Let the celebrations begin!