As many of us make our first luxury purchase in months, here is a roundup of the hottest watches for men in the market right now.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner
Now, this Rolex classic has a cult following (and a long waiting list too), and we are absolutely crushing over the 2020 edition of the Submariner. At 41mm, this gorgeous Oystersteel beauty sits effortlessly on your wrist with its slightly larger dimensions. With a slightly redesigned case and bracelet, the Submariner retains the sporty charm of its original 1953 model and the unmistakable elements like the rotatable bezel, the engraved 60-minute graduations for divers. While few people will actually use this watch for deep-sea diving anymore, its heritage value and design make it stand out. The stunning black bezel and dial are designed for increased legibility, especially when underwater, beautifully complemented by the steel Oyster bracelet.
In terms of novelty, this piece is kitted out with Rolex’s new calibre 3230 launched in 2020. The Submariner comes in a date version as well. In India, the Submariner steel version is priced at Rs 5.3 lakh, while the Submariner Date, white gold, goes all the way up to Rs 26 lakh.
Frederique Constant Moonphase Manufacture
If you’re an astronomy geek and are particularly fond of moonphase movements, then Frederique Constant’s supremely elegant moonphase models are definitely on the top of our list. The latest timepiece coincides with the Indian festive season and at Rs 2.76 lakh, it is particularly attractive. This Swiss brand’s gorgeous aesthetics — and temptingly affordable prices — make it extremely popular among watch geeks. The latest Moonphase Manufacture — this watchmaker manufactures all its movements in its own factory — is an automatic movement and packs in 38 extra hours of power. The dial features two counters — moonphase and date — and the case back is transparent to show off the gorgeous Côtes de Genève embellishments, seen in all of the watchmaker’s models.
The Moonphase Manufacture’s striking good looks are largely due to its silver or navy dial, rose gold-plated or polished stainless steel case, paired with a chic croc calf leather strap.
Bell & Ross Chrono BR 05
For aviation geeks, Bell & Ross, a niche watchmaker, has been producing some of the finest aviation-inspired pieces (we absolutely love their cockpit display dials). Of late, we have been following their distinctive aesthetic shift towards smaller, sleeker watches for the urban traveller. We are currently crushing on the stylish BR 05 chronograph especially for its gorgeous 42-mm case (a perfect size, we reckon), where the round dial fits into the square bezel creating a very industrial vibe. On the dark dial, there are two chronograph counters, in a retro square shape, for minutes and small seconds. The overall design of the dial and the graphics on it ensure maximum legibility, in case you’re flying a plane, or indulging in some sporty activity. Interesting information: if you look at the watch from the side, the BR 05’s case and bracelet are fused to look like one single piece, which makes it follow the curves of your wrist beautifully. This piece retails in India at Rs 4.96 lakh.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “SFTI”
Another aviation geek’s object of desire, this pilot’s watch is an ode to the Special Fighter Tactics Instructor, also known as Top Gun and is released in a limited edition of 1,500 pieces. The stunning matte black look has got us watch-geeks drooling. The body is designed in ultra-hard black zirconium oxide ceramic, while the case back and pushers are in IWC’s signature Ceratanium (sort of a cross between ceramic and titanium), making it durable and scratch-resistant. The 44mm case boasts a nifty black dial with luminescent hands, and the tail of the seconds’ hand features a mini aircraft, adding a nice design touch. The chronograph features like day, date, and stopwatch, making it the perfect pilot’s watch. Moreover, the sporty timepiece comes on a green fabric strap. Interesting to note, that it has been designed to withstand the extreme conditions that fighter pilots undergo.
Favre-Leuba Sky Chief Chronograph
If you’re a fan of heritage watchmakers, Favre-Leuba will, most certainly, be on your radar. A visible shift in aesthetic from their previously more rugged, sporty silhouettes to this more, urban, sleek-chic vibe, the Sky Chief Chronograph comes in an elegant 43mm case, in a host of unique colours like autumn green, burgundy red and velvet black, each offset with different coloured markets, giving it a visibly modern, fresh look. This automatic movement is housed in a sturdy stainless steel case and features a chronograph with a 30-minute counter. While there are different bracelet options, we are particularly fond of the brown suede leather one, which has a cool outdoorsy vibe, perfectly blended with the watch’s modernist, urban look. One of my favourite design elements in this watch is the tetra-decagon (fourteen sides) bezel. What I also find particularly appealing is how this legacy watch brand, known for its traditionalism, has reinvented itself and become more fashion-forward, while retaining its Swiss watchmaking DNA. This model is priced at Rs 1.9 lakh onwards.
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