Picking a luxury watch today can be a complicated affair. While some prefer indulging in timepieces that suit their personalities and style, others opt for watchmaking novelties and exclusives in the market. But at some point, every watch collector questions whether the price is actually worth the indulgence. Luckily, for those who’d like to take their first step in watch collecting, affordable luxury is the wave of the future. It allows one to indulge in luxury watches that won’t empty out the bank. Here are the top 5 affordable luxury watches for men and women.

Top 5 timepieces for men

5. Raymond Weil Tango

For a rookie collector, it can be difficult to choose from a certain genre of watches. Should it be sporty, complication-heavy or simply elegant? The Raymond Weil Tango checks all boxes. Featuring a chronograph and date window, its silver sub dials complement the case and contrast the black dial elegantly.
Price: Rs 1,01,609.
Available at Ethos Watches.

4. Seiko Astron

Precision, efficiency, and durability are the cornerstones of Japanese watchmaking, and this Seiko timepiece is proof. Featuring a solar-powered movement, it has a dark brown dial boasting a date and world time feature, rare for its price point. The case and strap come in an array of options, but our favourite is the classic stainless steel or the brushed matte-black finish.
Price: Rs 1,25,000
Available at Zimson Watches.

3. Longines Conquest

Stainless steel straps are a perennial favourite. This Longines Quartz boasts a chronograph and a date window that’s uniquely placed at 4 o’clock. In addition to that, there’s a shining stainless steel bezel, a cabochon crown, and links.
Price: Rs 88,000
Available at Zimsons.

2. Tissot T Classic Le Locle Automatic

TISSOT T Classic Le Locle Automatic

Tissot T Classic Le Locle Automatic

With an absolutely regal rose gold case, the dial of this Tissot features bold quarterly indices and boasts an elegant black guilloche. The watch thrives on simple elegance.
Price: Rs. 76,500

Available at Ethos Watches

1. Tag Heuer Formula 1

Tag Heuer Formula 1

Here is a suave two-tone timepiece for men from Tag Heuer. The stainless steel case features rose and yellow gold, creating a perfect contrast with the royal yet sporty blue dial. It’s a timepiece for casual as well as formal sartorial indulgences.
Price: Rs 1,52,000
Available at Helios Watch Stores

Top 5 timepieces for women

5. Oris Motor Sport for women

Just like all-white sneakers,  all-white watches are a rage too. This Oris automatic timepiece is cased in stainless steel, and its white leather strap and matching white dial are complemented by 12 precious stones that replace the numerals.

Price: Rs 1,16,600

Available at Ethos Watch Store

4. Rado Centrix Open Heart

Rado Centrix Open Heart

The shape and style of the Rado Centrix Open Heart offers a glimpse into the automatic movement inside. With Rado’s signature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, this watch is designed to last.
Price: Rs 1,20,000
Available at Zimson Watches.

3. Baume & Mercier Classima

Baum Mercier Classima

This exquisite quartz women’s watch has a moonphase complication. With an eight-set diamond treatment on its white dial, it is the perfect expression of modern luxury.
Price: Rs 1,29,100
Available at Ethos Watch Store

2. Omega 27 Constellation

Omega Constellation 27

The Constellation is Omega’s signature line for women, and the 27 Constellation boasts 12-set diamond indices on a beautiful dial, and the numerical indices are engraved on the bezel.
Price: Rs 1,99,500.
Available at Kapoor Watch Company.

1. Cartier Tank Solo Ladies

Cartier Tank Solo Ladies

Originally designed as a gift for General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force, Tank was created by Louis Cartier himself in 1917. Today, Cartier’s Tank Solo is synonymous with elegance and timelessness. Embracing signature Cartier aesthetics on its dial, this Tank Solo is a quartz watch in stainless steel.
Price: Rs 1,74,000
Available at Kapoor Watch Company.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.