Rugged watches

From gold to titanium, moon dust to ceramic, watches have gotten bigger, stronger and better. Going diving or flying a plane, these timepieces will show you the way.

Print Edition: September 19, 2010


Dior's new diver watch, Ciffre Rouge, is the product of French design and Swiss craftsmanship. The 42 mm asymmetrical case-with off-centre crown and the big silver protector-is widened on right-hand side. Its exceptional automatic movement calibre ETA 2824 is developed by Zenith. The watch has a power reserve of 42 hours and has a red translucent case-back, black sun-brushed dial. The watch has been developed for diving at 300 m. The steel arm that protects the crown is designed to be strong in keeping with the range's principle of asymmetry Price: Rs. 2.05 lakh


The chronograph function gives this watch an Price:On request unmistakably technical aspect. This is a "measuring instrument" in the truest sense of the phrase, with lateral pushers as eye-catching operative elements and additional indications for tallying brief intervals, e.g. counters for the elapsed minutes and hours. This watch is clad in deep black DLC-diamondlike carbon, i.e. a synthetic amorphous carbon material with properties that range between those of graphite and diamond, depending on the material's atomic structure. This watch has an integrated, self-winding chronograph movement which beats at a pace of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz). Price: €4,750 ( Rs. 2.9 lakh )


With this particular model Hublot introduces a new material, which will probably be widely used in the future. Called "King Gold", this new red gold alloy is developed specifically for Hublot and is used by the brand for the first time. The watch features a highly appealing combination of metal and black rubber, including black rubber molding on its bezel with six trademark H-shaped screws, as well as crown and push-pieces also sporting this material. The foudroyante (aka jumping or split-seconds) chronograph sub-dial at 9 o'clock makes the watch look even sportier. The watch is powered by the new HUB 4144 movement, which is developed together with La Joux-Perret S.A. manufacture. Price: Rs. 18 lakh

Vacheron Constantin

A blend of ruggedness and technical accomplishments, the Overseas Dual Time self-winding model is the ideal companion for watch connoisseurs. Its tech-oriented, sporty grey dial ensures excellent readability of the various functions. Equipped with a dual time-zone display and powered by mechanical self-winding Calibre 1222, it explores the rich palette of grey shades composed by steel, titanium and leather. It has a 42 mm diameter, a titanium bezel with a cut-out inspired by the Maltese Cross, and is water resistant upto a depth of 150 m. Price:On request

Harry Winston

Playing on contrasting materials and design, the new Ocean Diver is equipped with a 44 mm white gold and Zalium case featuring an automatic chronograph movement. As diver watches, they are resistant to 200 m. The sporty dial features contrasting chronograph subdials at 9 and 6 o'clock. The use of Cotes de Geneve on the dial gives it a very technical look. Price: Rs. 22.95 lakh


The tourbillon version of Ti-Bridge has a new calibre CO 022, created and developed by Corum. A real feat as it is a flying tourbillon; without upper bridge, the escapement beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour seems to be floating over the baguette movement. It is cut from titanium and has a tonneau-shaped case (42.5 mm by 41.5 mm). Price: Rs. 29.2 lakh

Paul Picot

The Paul Picot C-Type range has long occupied an enviable position in the world of exclusive diving watches. This year, the 48 mm C-Type comes equipped with a helium valve, which will help avert damages related to overpressure during diving. With a self-winding chronograph movement, the watch is water-resistant up to 300 m and has a 46 hour power reserve. Price: On request

Roger Dubuis

The column-wheel chronograph movement stamped with the Poinçon de Geneve, highlights this new steel case with its black and orange moulded rubber. The 46 mm dial, with its silvered sunburst background, features applique numbers at 12 and letters at 6. It opens onto two satin-finished zones above and below the black counters. Price:$31,800 ( Rs. 14.9 lakh )

Romain Jerome

Romain Jerome has adopted a revolutionary procedure from the world of art, by applying a mineral coating comprising authentic Moon Dust combined with natural pigments. The 46 mm case has a mechanical movement with manual winding-mechanism. Its bezel is made of carbon fibres that evokes solar panels of spacecraft (titanium and steel comprising fragments from the Apollo XI). Price: On request


The watch is equipped with Seiko's most exclusive 8R28 calibre. The screw-grip crown and chronograph pushers ensure precise operation and the open date calendar ring echoes the design of a sports car wheel. The steel case has a hard-coated bezel and the crystal is, of course, sapphire as is the see-through case back, through which the unique black rotor can be seen. It has a power reserve of 45 hours. Price: €2,600 ( Rs. 1.6 lakh )


Rado has used its unrivalled knowledge of high-tech ceramic to produce this watch. The use of luminous directly applied to the black dial's deep matt background gives the indexes and hands energy and life. The chronograph version features three counters, the date at 4 o'clock, providing precision with style. Price: Rs. 87,000


The BC3 Sportsman is a redesign of one of Oris' most popular pilots' watches, which was first launched 10 years ago. The 42 mm black dial has Superluminova numerals and indices. The watch has a screw-down crown, high water resistance (100 m) and has an automatic mechanical movement. It has a centralised second, minute and hour displays and has flat sapphire glass with inner anti-reflective coating. Price: Rs. 84,495

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