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Affordable Luxury

Affordable Luxury

A quality mechanical watch can be an expensive proposition but it doesn’t mean it will cost an arm and a leg as these examples will prove…

A mechanical timepiece is often a leap off point for many collectors to begin a watch collection. For many owning a timepiece of this quality is often associated with owning a piece of watchmaking history. Stylish as well as elegant, mechanical watches also sought after by purists and aficionados compared to more preferred modern choices such as quartz and smartwatches.

Fortunately over the years many watch brands have dispelled with the notion that mechanical watches need to be expensive. Thanks to revised manufacturing practices and technologies, prices have certainly become more affordable and within reach of many consumers.

In recent times we have seen many ‘entry-level’ pieces enter the market, which have surprised collectors with their affordability and features as well as design. Great for novices or those who want another quality timepiece in their collection without breaking the bank, here are some great bang-for-your-buck watches available in the market today.

Tissot Le Locle

Renowned for its quality and affordability, Le Locle is the name of Tissot’s hugely popular automatic watch family. Available for both men and women, the collection shares similar design traits such as Roman numerals and a traditional Le Locle signature on the dial. Available across several case sizes and styles, each model exudes both a classic and elegant form and is powered by quality mechanical movements, most of which equipped with a 38-hour power reserve. The Powermatic 80 range for instance not only delivers accuracy but also boasts an amazing 80-hour power reserve, which is indeed impressive considering its highly affordable price tag.

Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial

This Omega De Ville Prestige collection has grown in popularity in recent years due to its timeless design and quality movements. The Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial for instance features a 39.5mm stainless steel case and an impressive two-zone silver dial with Roman numerals at quarter hour positions. The dial along with the date window at 3 o’clock is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Ticking within the case is a Co-Axial calibre 2500 self-winding chronometer, which delivers a 48-hour power reserve.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5

The Formula 1 range from Tag Heuer epitomises the premiere motorsports series by providing professional-level timekeeping functionality. It is undoubtedly the standard-bearer of the Swiss watchmaker’s long-standing history with the realm of motorsports. The Formula 1 Calibre 5 carries characteristics and rugged appeal that make it a bonafide driver’s watch. The timepiece is presented in a 43mm steel case with an anthracite grey dial and a unidirectional 60-minute bezel in polished black ceramic. A Calibre 5 Automatic movement drives the functions of the watch whilst providing it with a 38-hour power reserve.

Baume & Mercier Classima

The hallmark of Baume & Mercier is that they are able to deliver timepieces with extremely well-built complications with an affordable price tag. The Classima is a perfect example of that as it boasts clean lines along with understated elegance making it an ideal dress watch for today’s sharp dressed man. The self-winding watch is presented in a 40mm stainless steel case with Roman numerals marking the hours. Blue hour, minute and second hands and a centre guilloché line décor adds another dimension to the stylish opaline, silver-colored dial. The ensemble is rendered complete with a chocolate brown alligator strap.

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant has prided itself on living up to its motto of providing accessible luxury to its customers. That promise holds water to the nth degree with the Classics Index Automatic, which the brand describes as a true gentleman’s watch. Powered by FC-303 caliber automatic movement, the timepiece features a 40mm polished steel case with a brilliant silver-coloured dial with guilloché decoration and a date display at 3 o’clock. The face of the watch is beautifully contrasted with pearl black applied Roman numeral indexes and matching hand-polished pearl black hands.

A mechanical timepiece is often a leap off point for many collectors to begin a watch collection. For many owning a timepiece of this quality is often associated with owning a piece of watchmaking history. Stylish as well as elegant, mechanical watches also sought after by purists and aficionados compared to more preferred modern choices such as quartz and smartwatches.

Fortunately over the years many watch brands have dispelled with the notion that mechanical watches need to be expensive. Thanks to revised manufacturing practices and technologies, prices have certainly become more affordable and within reach of many consumers.

In recent times we have seen many ‘entry-level’ pieces enter the market, which have surprised collectors with their affordability and features as well as design. Great for novices or those who want another quality timepiece in their collection without breaking the bank, here are some great bang-for-your-buck watches available in the market today.

Tissot Le Locle

Renowned for its quality and affordability, Le Locle is the name of Tissot’s hugely popular automatic watch family. Available for both men and women, the collection shares similar design traits such as Roman numerals and a traditional Le Locle signature on the dial. Available across several case sizes and styles, each model exudes both a classic and elegant form and is powered by quality mechanical movements, most of which equipped with a 38-hour power reserve. The Powermatic 80 range for instance not only delivers accuracy but also boasts an amazing 80-hour power reserve, which is indeed impressive considering its highly affordable price tag.

Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial

This Omega De Ville Prestige collection has grown in popularity in recent years due to its timeless design and quality movements. The Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial for instance features a 39.5mm stainless steel case and an impressive two-zone silver dial with Roman numerals at quarter hour positions. The dial along with the date window at 3 o’clock is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Ticking within the case is a Co-Axial calibre 2500 self-winding chronometer, which delivers a 48-hour power reserve.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5

The Formula 1 range from Tag Heuer epitomises the premiere motorsports series by providing professional-level timekeeping functionality. It is undoubtedly the standard-bearer of the Swiss watchmaker’s long-standing history with the realm of motorsports. The Formula 1 Calibre 5 carries characteristics and rugged appeal that make it a bonafide driver’s watch. The timepiece is presented in a 43mm steel case with an anthracite grey dial and a unidirectional 60-minute bezel in polished black ceramic. A Calibre 5 Automatic movement drives the functions of the watch whilst providing it with a 38-hour power reserve.

Baume & Mercier Classima

The hallmark of Baume & Mercier is that they are able to deliver timepieces with extremely well-built complications with an affordable price tag. The Classima is a perfect example of that as it boasts clean lines along with understated elegance making it an ideal dress watch for today’s sharp dressed man. The self-winding watch is presented in a 40mm stainless steel case with Roman numerals marking the hours. Blue hour, minute and second hands and a centre guilloché line décor adds another dimension to the stylish opaline, silver-colored dial. The ensemble is rendered complete with a chocolate brown alligator strap.

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant has prided itself on living up to its motto of providing accessible luxury to its customers. That promise holds water to the nth degree with the Classics Index Automatic, which the brand describes as a true gentleman’s watch. Powered by FC-303 caliber automatic movement, the timepiece features a 40mm polished steel case with a brilliant silver-coloured dial with guilloché decoration and a date display at 3 o’clock. The face of the watch is beautifully contrasted with pearl black applied Roman numeral indexes and matching hand-polished pearl black hands.