Affordable Luxury Watches – Part I10:10 am
Life is a celebration with moments of varying colours and emotions. These moments are best enjoyed with a faithful wrist watch by your side. To indulge in a horological work of art it is not always necessary to pay a king’s ransom. Affordable luxury watches at Ethos come at many price points depending on the brand, complication, collection and its popularity. The amount we invest in a luxury timepiece is a personal decision but the important thing is to indulge, after all life’s great moments don’t last forever. Here we feature a collection of affordable luxury watches from some of the best brands in the watchmaking world.
Victorinox Maverick – Ref.241689
Founded in 1884 at Ibach by Karl Elsener, Victorinox has been the official supplier to the Swiss Army since 1891. Known worldwide by loyalists as Victorinox Swiss Army, the timepieces are built to be companions for life. Each Victorinox Swiss Army Watch has the DNA of the legendary Original Swiss Army Knife, a universal symbol of iconic design, functionality, innovation and quality. The essence of the brand is practical luxury.
The latest wrist watch from the iconic Maverick collection, the Victorinox Maverick Ref.241689 is a stunning all stainless steel timepiece. The styling of the watch is contemporary while preserving the classic Maverick heritage. The 43mm blue dial with three chronograph subdials is highly legible with luminous hands and markers, through the anti reflective scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass. The bold and rugged unidirectional coin edge bezel has markers for timer use while the outer rim of the dial has a tachymeter scale. The Victorinox Maverick watch is powered by a robust and precise Ronda 5030.D Quartz chronograph movement with excellent accuracy and proved shock resistance. The watch is 100m water resistant, which means it can be used for swimming but not deep diving. A stainless steel bracelet secured with a double locking fold over clasp makes the Victorinox Maverick ideal for the outdoors.
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Tissot T Race – Limited Edition Timepieces
Since 1853 Tissot has produced fine watches for generations of loyal customers. Founded in the Swiss town of Le Locle, the company is one of the most trusted watch brands in the world. It is a part of the Swatch Group which owns the world’s top luxury brands – Breguet, Harry Winston, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, Omega, Longines, Rado, and many more. Timepieces from Tissot are known for superior craftsmanship, beautiful design, contemporary features and complications and a price that is ideal for an affordable luxury watch.
Here we feature the Tissot T Race limited edition models in fantastic racetrack colours. The partnership between Tissot and the MotoGP Race is the inspiration behind the unique designs.
Tissot T Race MotoGP Limited Edition- Ref.T048.417.27.207.00
The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition is the ultimate sports watch to buy. The design and styling captures the adrenaline rush of a MotoGP race with its chronograph features – a blue seconds hand, white subdials, Super-Luminova on the larger indices and big blue stripes on the black silicone strap. The bold 45mm stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating black ion-plated bezel with scratchproof sapphire crystal glass, surrounds the black carbon dial with luminous hands, markers and a tachymeter scale around the outer rim. The watch is powered by a robust and accurate Swiss Quartz movement. With a 100M water resistance, screw-down crown, a double locking clasp and a silicone rubber strap, the watch can be used for swimming and other water sports but not serious diving.
Tissot T Race Nicky Hayden – Limited Edition Ref.T048.417.27.057.08
For MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden timing is everything whether on the racetrack or the wrist. This limited edition Tissot T Race timepiece portrays Nicky’s team colours with its fiery red and white stripe silicone strap. Nicky’s lucky star emblem shines bright on the black 46mm dial with an enlarged date window, while his racing number 69 is engraved on the solid stainless steel case back. The inspiration from motorcycle racing is clear from the brake disc bezel, to the bracelet links that resemble a bike suspension and the tyre tread feature on the back of the bracelet. The rest of the features are mostly similar to the previous Tissot MotoGP limited edition. Only 4,999 pieces produced in the world, this Tissot watch is a collectors favourite within the affordable luxury watches segment.
Tissot T Race Thomas Lüthi – Limited Edition Ref.T048.417.27.057.10
The limited edition model honours Tissot’s ambassador Thomas Lüthi – the superbike racing champion. His personal logo is the inspiration for the timepiece and the watch stands for passion. The nickel plated thunder bolt and yellow elements on the black dial reflect the ignited passion that can take a performer to new heights. The race team’s colours – the grey base and the black stripes represent racing circuits. A 45mm stainless steel case with a large black bezel, scratchproof sapphire crystal with enlarged date window, a black and white silicone rubber, strap make the watch a timeless classic. The chronograph dial with tachymeter scale, luminous hands and markers provide great functionality for race timekeeping. With a water resistance of 100m, the watch is suitable for most water sports except diving of course.
Traser Professional P 6502 Navigator – Ref.100380
Traser watches are Swiss made, top quality, and equipped with mb-microtec illumination, a self activated light source that is 100 times brighter than any older available light source found in wrist watches. With a life span of 20 years, the technology ensures that the time is read accurately even in total darkness.
For those who live a life of action and adventure, the Traser Professional P 6502 is the right watch from the collection of affordable luxury watches. A rugged and sporty timepiece, the watch is meant for an active outdoor lifestyle. The Traser Professional P 6502 watch features a 43mm stainless steel case, a uni-directional carbon fiber bezel with diver markings and a Trigalight illuminated black dial with white Arabic numerals for unmatchable legibility. The Trigalight has different colours on the dial where the watch hands and indexes 1-11 have a green colour and the 12’o’clock index has orange Trigalight illumination. Read more about the luminosity of a watch.
A highly shock resistant and reliable Ronda 715 Quartz movement powers the Traser watch and makes it extremely accurate. With the Trigalight feature, screw-in crown and caseback, stainless steel bracelet and a water resistance of 200m, the watch is suitable for all water sports including shallow scuba diving.
Louis Erard Heritage – Ref.15920AB11.BMA41
Established in 1931 the brand Louis Erard is known for its classic and timeless wrist watches. To offer high quality Swiss watches at affordable prices is the philosophy of the brand. A love for craftsmanship and its excellence in the finest Swiss tradition is the brands promise to the customer.
Featured here is the Louis Erard Heritage timepiece in a two tone gold and steel look – one of the most elegant and affordable wrist watches in the collection. The gold plated bezel and crown give a distinctively classic look to the watch and the 40mm dial with gold arrow head indexes lend it a contemporary twist.
The sophisticated grey dial with day and date at the 6’o’clock position add to the timeless beauty of the Louis Erard Heritage watch. Sapphire crystal glass on the case is scratch resistant and the watch is 50m water resistant – suitable for minor splashes but not swimming.
Longines Conquest – Ref.L3.618.104.22.168
Founded in 1832 the Longines brand is one of the top Swiss watch brands worldwide. Owned by the Swatch Group – the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products, the brand’s timepieces are known for a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance.
Here we present the Longines Conquest L3.622.214.171.124, an elegant and stylish diver’s watch which is extremely water resistant and durable. A star in the collection of affordable wrist watches, the Longines Conquest is powered by a precise and accurate Swiss L115 Quartz movement. The anti reflective sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and caseback as well as a water resistance of 300M make the watch suitable for water sports, even deep sea diving.
The Longines Conquest has a beautiful black 41mm dial with Arabic numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. The rest of the hour markers and the watch hands have a Super-Luminova coating. The steel bracelet with a triple folding safety clasp and push piece open mechanism, keeps the watch secure on the wrist. A great watch in the affordable luxury watches collection.
If you feel we’ve missed a great watch that would be a perfect fit in the affordable luxury watches category, leave your suggestion in the comments section below and we’ll include it in the above article or our next one!
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By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.