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Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973

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We absolutely love when watchmakers revive models for modern times. Tissot goes back to its archives of 1973 and brings out the Navigator Chronographe, a watch that represented close ties with the world of motor racing. In its latest 2020 edition, the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973, is a legitimate beauty — we love the black counters on the white dial (or the reverse colour scheme too). Interestingly shaped, the round dial fits beautifully into its oval case, while the tachymetre edge adds a nice sporty touch. The stunning strap with round holes represents vintage steering wheels and is a design cue that has been revived. The self-winding chronograph movement offers a 60-hour power reserve and the mushroom-shaped chronograph pushers are also a revival of the old model.

At Rs 1,58,000, this chronograph is definitely a looker, and if you are a motor racing fan, you’ll have a conversation starter on your wrist.

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Longines Spirit

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If you are an aviation geek, chances are, you’ve got your eyes on one of Longines’ stunners. The latest in the Swiss watchmaker’s kitty is the Longines Spirit model. Taking a huge cue from traditional pilot’s watches, the oversized crown adds a elegance while the dial (available in matte black, silver or blue), features the signature understated elegance of Longines’ timepieces. The domed sapphire glass with its anti-reflective coating, is great for the outdoors. Looking at the dial, we can’t help but rave about the simple, large, luminous hands, while the diamond-shaped indexes are a trademark too. The dial also bears the five-star motif to represent the high-quality movement that is housed in this watch. Priced at Rs 1,66,000 the Spirit is a great buy for a first time luxury purchase.

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Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC

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We have always been huge fans of this Swiss watchmaker’s clean aesthetic and, most importantly, its superbly priced luxury timepieces. We can’t forget those gorgeous Slimlines, can we? The latest model from this house, Highlife Automatic COSC, has got us raving because of its simple design. The Highlife comes in many different variants and price points but we’re crushing on the 41mm silver case and blue dial version. The texture detailing on the dial, the indexes and the geometric hands add to the charm of this piece, priced at just above Rs 1,50,000 and certified by the prestigious Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, COSC.

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Oris Aviation Big Crown Pointer Date

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Fun fact, in case you didn’t know this already — aviation watches always featured an oversized crown so that pilots could adjust their watches with their flying gloves on. That said, we are huge fans of the vintage appeal of the Oris Aviation Big Crown model and love how it sits snugly on the wrist in its perfect 40mm size. On our radar is this red dial in a steel case with a rugged brown leather strap. What stands out most for us, is the date hand with a red pointer, going along the circumference of the dial. Priced at an attractive Rs 1,33,000 this Oris timepiece is a great buy if you are looking for a heritage timepiece.

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Favre-Leuba Raider

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This Swiss watchmaker has been around since 1737 and has seen a recent surge in interest for its very different approach to watch design. The Favre-Leuba Raider Sea Sky stands out with its rotating bezel and Uber-sporty chronograph design. Given its rugged, chunky design, this is a great outdoors watch. Let’s take a minute to admire the absolutely stunning black and white dial, with the appliqué index markers and the chronograph for date, 30-minutes and 12-hour displays. The sturdy stainless steel case is held by a rubber strap and this sporty watch retails at Rs 1,52,000.

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Sevenfriday M1B/01

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A new entrant into the watchmaking scene, niche manufacturer Sevenfriday’s signature square face has got watch collectors drooling (if not polarised). We’ve been following Sevenfriday’s trajectory for a while now and LOVE their disruptive approach. On our radar this season is the M1B/01 with its statement denim strap. With a stylish industrial design, the steel watch face combines several layers and textures in silver and blue and time is indicated through hour and minute discs to the left, and a rectangular window to display the seconds. If you are looking to get your hands on a niche watch, this one, priced at Rs. 1,26,500 is highly recommended.

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Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook

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This one makes it just under the Rs. 2 lakh mark and we absolutely love it for its silver-blue-white colour scheme, and nautical vibes. This 45mm steel and ceramic case is an automatic movement with a date indicator and a sapphire crystal. The textured titanium caseback adds an extra sporty element. The Captain Cook is one of Rado’s signature pieces and a host of variations under this model are available.

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Baume & Mercier Classima

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Not much to be said about the formal elegance of the Baume & Mercier Classima, priced at just under Rs. 2 lakh, in its 42mm steel case and leather strap version. The design statement here is the beautiful guilloché work on the central dial and the contrast between the polished steel disc with the Roman numbers. There is a date indicator at 3 o’clock and the sleek hands, which make this the perfect formal accessory. While the Classima range has a whole host of versions, this one is our favourite.

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Tag Heuer Formula 1

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The only quartz chronograph on our list is the Tag Heuer Formula 1 in its 43mm and black dial version. This timepiece is a big draw if you are a car racing fan, as the overall design of the watch is inspired by Formula 1 racing. The brushed steel case and scratch-[roof sapphire crystal, the crown and the pushbuttons at 3, 2 and 4 o’clock respectively are all designed to be effective during high-speed racing. The black dial features three chronograph indicators for seconds, hours and 1/10th of a second, while the bezel indicates distance and speed. This stunner comes with a price tag of Rs. 1,20,000.

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Victorinox I.N.O.X

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The famous makers of the Swiss army knives have some pretty nifty watches and the I.N.O.X model happens to be one of their most popular. Priced in India at Rs. 48,000, this quartz watch is, most striking in its appearance with its round case and geometric cut elements. The I.N.O.X comes with a rotating bezel and has a water resistance of 200 metres and promises to withstand the weight of a 64-ton tank.

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Riaan George
Riaan J. George is a luxury journalist and blogger based between Mumbai, India, and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also worked for several leading luxury publications including L’Officiel India, Eat Stay Love, Blackbook India. He is passionate about covering beats like luxury trends, grooming, men’s fashion, auto, hospitality and aviation.