Classic watches

There was a return to elegance this year. Complications were cleanly hidden underneath dials that were smart and sparse. Here's a look at chronographs that will become an instant classic.

Print Edition: September 19, 2010


Known as the 'Scientist's Watch', this is an anniversary edition of the Rolex Milgauss. It measures 40 mm in diameter and has the signature lightning bolt second hand. The sapphire crystal is tinted green. The 3, 6 and 9 markers are an orange luminova, and the outer ring of the dial has Arabic seconds in increments of 5. The watch has the COSC certified 3131 automatic winding movement and is water resistant up to 100 m. Price: Rs. 3.27 lakh

TAG Heuer

The Carrera 1887 Chronograph is the 21st century version of the iconic watch created by Jack Heuer in 1964. Reinvented for TAG Heuer's 150th anniversary, it is faithful to the original in design, but its radical new "engine", the Calibre 1887, turns it into a 3rd Millennium chronograph in terms of size, performance and accuracy. The Calibre 1887 is a highly advanced column wheel/oscillating pinion integrated chronograph movement platform, manufactured in-house. Vibrating 28,800 times per hour, the Calibre 1887's 39-jewel, 29.3 mm x 7.13 mm movement comprises 320 components and has a 50-hour power reserve. Price: Rs. 1.74 lakh


This model features a new ultra-thin 40 mm case housing the ideally suited extra-slim (3.81 mm) Elite 681 self-winding calibre. The case comes in a choice of 18-ct rose gold or stainless steel, while the sapphire crystal exhibition back provides a fascinating view of the movement. The domed sapphire watch glass is glare-proofed on both sides to enhance readability of the facetted hour-markers, sword-shaped hour and minutes hands as well as small seconds at 9 o'clock. Price: Rs. 5.03 lakh


The Radiomir Oro Rosa combines unmistakable design with the new mechanical movement, the P.999, designed by Panerai in-house. The new hand-wound movement features 19 jewels and has a 60-hour power reserve. The 42 mm case in pink gold is slightly smaller than the historic Radiomir watches. The thickness has also been reduced thanks to the development of the new movement. The result is a thinner, lighter watch, perfect for the most elegant situations while not betraying the watch's military origins and sporting character. Price: Rs. 7.50 lakh

Ulysse Nardin

The Maxi Marine Chronometer has an officially certified self-winding movement that features a power reserve indicator, oversized small seconds register and a large date display at 6 o' clock. The elegant 18-ct gold case is individually numbered and equipped with a screw-crown and a sapphire crystal. The exhibition case back affords a view of the movement equipped with a 22-ct gold rotor on the 18-ct rose gold execution. Water resistant up to 200 m. Time to ride the waves. Price: Rs. 8.65 lakh


Epitomising Breguet's timeless Classique collection, this wristwatch shows the days of the week, the age and phases of the moon and the date. The date and the day of the week are positioned on either side of the indication of the age and phases of the moon, situated just above the off-centered hour chapter. This design comes in a 39 mm case with sapphire caseback fashioned in a choice of white and yellow gold and equipped with now famous extra-thin Breguet calibre 502 fitted with an auxiliary plate. Price: Rs. 17.3 lakh

L.U.C 1937

For its 150th anniversary, Chopard presented the L.U.C 1937 model-a 42 mm steel watch equipped with the new L.U.C 1.010 self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC. The L.U.C 1937 model features an innovative profile with a screw-lock crown off-set at 4 o'clock ensuring optimal comfort on the wrist and guaranteeing water resistance to 100 m. Price:CHF 8,800 ( Rs. 3.9 lakh )


This watch houses a new calibre developed by ETA for Longines. Fitted with 27 jewels, the L.688.2 movement is a self-winding calibre with a diameter of 30 mm. The 39 mm stainless steel case offers a transparent case back. With its dauphine-style, rose hands mounted on a silvered dial featuring 8 hour symbols, the watch also shows the date and has a small seconds at 9 o'clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock. Price: Rs. 1.47 lakh


This 1966 Full Calendar watch in 18-ct pink gold features a 40 mm case, an opaline dial, and a crocodile strap with a rose gold buckle. The watch utilises a mechanical automatic movement that features sweep seconds, a moon phase indicator, and a complete calendar indicating day of the week, date, and month. This timepiece is water resistant to 30 m. Price: Rs. 8.5 lakh


The Navitimer World adds a new dimension to the emblematic collection from Breitling, especially in terms of size, since it is one of the largest Navitimers ever made. Equipped with Calibre 24, the really distinctive feature of the Navitimer World is its capacity to indicate the time in the second time zone. The caseback is engraved with the time zones of the world's great cities. Price: Rs. 4.17 lakh


Movado brings innovative black carbon fibre to SE Extreme's striking construction. Marked by sharply cut bevels, black carbon fibre signal crown protector, cabochon crown, and custom case-back engraving, the watch is powered by a fine Swiss automatic movement. Its 44 mm case is constructed in alternating layers of stainless steel and black carbon fibre. Price: Rs. 1.08 lakh


The watch presents the familiar face of the Portuguese with its elegant feuille hands and a chapter ring in the railway track style. It has the signature of the founder of the company, F.A. Jones, on its dial. The mechanical IWC-manufactured 98900-calibre movement can't be observed through the see through sapphire-glass back. This horological gem in red gold with a black dial is limited to 500 pieces. Price: Rs. 30 lakh

Raymond Weil

The Freelancer Black 8 alludes to the universal lucky number-the symbol of both prosperity and the infinite. A figure eight is delicately outlined on the black guilloché dial, with 12 sparkling diamonds around its curves. The 38 mm case is made of polished and brushed steel, and the circular bezel is studded with diamonds. Equipped with a mechanical movement with automatic winding, the watch has a fitted balance that is visible inside the figure eight. Price: Rs. 2 lakh

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