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     Print Edition: September 4, 2011

From sporty chronographs to classic luminous dials, choose a watch which debunks the maxim that luxury is the privilege of the rich. Minus hefty price tags, these timepieces stun with form and function.

Antonio Bernini
Antonio Bernini
Antonio Bernini
Top gun
Inspired by F-14 Tomcat, the supersonic twin-engine, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft developed for United States Navy for the Vietnam War, this watch features a 60-minute chronograph, a 24-hour indicator, a tachymeter and a retrograde millisecond meter. The textured silver or black dial with raised index adds muscle to the sturdy, masculine design. The perforated leather strap keeps wrists from getting sweaty and a toughened crystal face absorbs shocks and stress.

GC
GC
GC
Sport Class XXL
The Sport Class XXL is powered by a Swiss-made chronograph movement. The polished and brushed surface of the 45mm polished steel case offer a striking contrast to the ceramic bezel ring marked with a 60-minute scale. The dial is a multi-layered one and has three centrally triangulated counters which display its chronograph movement. The tachymeter scale on the flange, and a water resistance of up to 100m are enough to merit its sports tag.

Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
Strive
In 1997, American designer Calvin Klein teamed up with Swatch and introduced a range of couture timepieces that were hailed for their simplistic elegance. The Strive takes this legacy forward. It is set in a polished stainless steel case which is specially sprayed with gold. The silver dial bears the brand's logo at 12 o' clock and resembles the white luminova od the hands. Finished with a metal bracelet or a classic brown or black leather strap, this is available in different sizes and styles for men and women.

Citizen
Citizen
Citizen
Eco-drive Super Titanium
Aptly titled Eco-Drive, this timepiece is powered by light. As opposed to disposable batteries which pose a threat to the environment, this watch comes with a light cell made of silicon, which converts any type of light into electricity. The case back and bracelet are set in titanium and make the timepiece corrosion resistant and lightweight. Fitted with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, this watch is a suitable companion for any outdoor adventure.
 
Police
Police
Police
Topgear-X

The strap is made of the toughest rubber. The texture of the centre strip and the lining of metal give it a race car thrill, that is accelerated by the speed gauge markings on the case.The dial, available in white or black, has bold numeric detail at 3, 6 and 9 with the distinctive 'P' of Police at 12 o'clock.
 
Cerruti 1881
Cerruti 1881
Cerruti 1881
Tessio
Tessio is a sports line for men. The chequered polycarbonate dial has stylised, angled numerals in pink-gold, inspired by the speedometer of a sports car. A hi-tech rubber strap and rose gold case with IP plating add substance to style.
 
Swatch
Swatch
Swatch
Full blooded
The Full Blooded black watch has a really cool skull on the dial. The signature Swatch plastic case frames a metallic black dial with aluminium details on the bezel. Powered by Swiss-made ETA quartz movement, the watch is water-resistant up to 30m.

Seiko
Seiko
Seiko
Sportura alarm chronograph
Seiko's Automatic Chronograph with Calibre 7T62 has an open date calendar ring that mimics a sports car wheel. The screw-grip crown and chronograph pushers are its gears. The steel case has a hard-coated bezel and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating for longevity. Strap on and set out.

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