The classic

When you want your watch to look, well, like a watch, with the 12 digits and the dial and the hands tick-tocking their way around, then you’re looking for a classic style.

Sanjiv Bhattacharya | Print Edition: August 23, 2009

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Models
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Models

When you want your watch to look, well, like a watch, with the 12 digits and the dial and the hands tick-tocking their way around, then you’re looking for a classic style. Simple and elegant on the surface, and often dazzling complicated beneath, the classic is the most versatile of styles.

  1. Audi Centennial Timepiece
    A limited edition automatic chronograph with tachometer. Only 100 units have been made to celebrate the first 100 years of Audi—35 in platinum, 65 in white gold.
    PRICE: e24,900 (Rs 17,18,100 ) for platinum, e14,900 (Rs 10,28,100) for white gold
    CONTACT: Audi quattro GmbH, +49-0-8418946599, or quattro@audi-shop.de
  2. Longines Master Collection Retrograde
    A clear dial, sober and elegant, with all the retrograde functions you need—day, date, seconds and second time zone.
    PRICE: Rs 2,07,000 upwards
    CONTACT: Longines Store, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 011-43592848
    Zenith Class Collection
    Zenith Class Collection
  3. Sotirio Bvlgari Date Retrograde
    An exclusive multicomplication created by Bvlgari that features a perpetual calendar, see-through tourbillon and brown alligator strap. Named after Bvlgari’s founder, and created to celebrate 125 years of Bvlgari.
    PRICE: Rs 9,83,100
    CONTACT: Bvlgari Boutique, Oberoi Hotel, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi, 011-41505010; and the Bvlgari Boutique, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, 022-22885052
  4. Guess Power Broker (the slowdown special)
    Not to be classed alongside the likes of Vacheron and Franck Muller, but not all of us can drop a lakh without batting an eyelid. One of the classier models in its range.
    PRICE: Rs 6,650
    CONTACT: Watches of Switzerland, Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai, 022-26402512
    Richard Lange ‚ÄúPour Le Merite‚Ä?
    Richard Lange ‚ÄúPour Le Merite‚Ä?
  5. Hamilton Ventura Collection
    Marking what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, this shield-shaped piece is an interpretation of a watch worn by “The King” in Blue Hawaii.
    PRICE: Rs 41,000
    CONTACT: Popley Dia Time, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, 022-23618616
  6. Franck Muller Master Banker
    The Master Banker is like all great watches, deceptively complex. The first watch to cover three time zones, all of them adjustable with the same winding button on a single movement.
    PRICE: Rs 17,50,000
    CONTACT: Rose Salon, Hormuz Mansion, Breach Candy, Mumbai, 022-23685287
    Tag Heuer Formula 1 Diamonds
    Tag Heuer Formula 1 Diamonds
  7. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Models
    Emblematic of this 250-year-old house’s tradition of purity and precision, the Patrimony models feature the 1141 calibre movement, thought of as one of the most beautiful in all horology. Oh, and there’s 21 rubies, too.mosimage
    PRICE: Rs 3,50,000
    CONTACT: Dia, Taj Mahal, Mumbai, 022-22042299; Johnson Watch Co., New Delhi, 011-41513110; The Helvetica, Bangalore, 080-41529393
  8. Zenith Class Collection
    With a style reminiscent of the 1950s, the Moonphase El Primero or Elite will tell you what the moon’s up to, in case you’re interested at all.
    PRICE: Rs 4,89,000
    CONTACT: Johnson Watch Co., New Delhi, 011-41513110
  9. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Diamonds Chronograph
    Brushed steel, 120 diamonds, mother-of-pearl dial—it’s tough and elegant at the same time, a fusion of sport and glamour.
    PRICE: Rs 1,54,000
    CONTACT: DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, 011-46098205
  10. Richard Lange “Pour Le Merite”
    The eldest son of the founder of Lange & Sohne created this three-part enamel dial with the rare fusee and chain transmission, first used in the 15th century by Leonardo da Vinci. A much rarer mechanism than the tourbillon.
    PRICE: Rs 67,00,000 (platinum)
    CONTACT: Beyond Luxury Boutique, Tirupati Apartments, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, 022-23511800, www.alange-soehne.com.

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