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The sports watch

It’s true that half the people who wear diving watches have never even dreamed of donning a snorkel. It’s the same as Land Rover owners — most of them have never driven off road, and don’t really fancy it.

Print Edition: August 23, 2009

It’s true that half the people who wear diving watches have never even dreamed of donning a snorkel. It’s the same as Land Rover owners — most of them have never driven off road, and don’t really fancy it.

But none of this detracts from the incredible engineering that goes into these things. Great watches are about great performance, defiance of the elements, precision and strength.

So, it’s no wonder that they have such a strong connection to sports. Divers often owe their lives to their watches, to the tiny movements and delicate mechanisms that endure the roughest of conditions. The elite sports watch is truly a thing of wonder.

  1. Concord C1 World Timer
    Wrought in stainless steel coated with diamond-like carbon, this is a unique creation, often used in F1—anti-corrosive, scratch-resistant, tough and waterresistant to 200 metres. It also displays two time zones through a mechanism that plays on transparency and luminosity of the dial.
    PRICE: On request
    CONTACT: Beyond Luxury Boutique, Tirupati Apartments, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, 022-23511800
  2. Movado Vizio Chronograph
    Bold aesthetics and Swiss precision. Movado has built a perfect conjunction of sports and luxury. The black carbon fibre dial is uniquely detailed, the minute and hour hands are luminescent. But, it’s only water-resistant to 30 metres.
    PRICE: Rs 1,38,000
    CONTACT: Beyond Luxury Boutique, Tirupati Apartments, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, 022-23511800
  3. Jaquet Droz-Grande Seconde SW Noir
    In elegant midnight black, this is among the sleekest and most striking of sports watches on the market. Epitomising strength and modernity, it incorporates a double-barrel movement, a 22 carat oscillating weight to match the case, and it’s water-resistant to 88 metres.
    PRICE: Rs 8,30,000
    CONTACT: Swatch Group India, 9871104290
  4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geo Navy SEALs
    This limited edition 300 piece diving watch was designed in consultation with the elite US Navy Seals and snorkelling world record holders. Though it’s not the highest performance in Jaeger’s elite line, it still knocks everyone else out of the park. Watertight to 300 metres with a depth gauge system that displays depth on the outer ring, and the display of black, white and pink gold, is luminous under the domed sapphire crystal of hardness 9. This is a watch you can count on in the perilous deep.
    PRICE: Rs 23,00,000
    CONTACT: Time Avenue, Mumbai, 022-26515757; Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique, Emporio Mall, New Delhi, 011-46098210; Exclusive Lines, Camac Street, Kolkata, 033-22820626
  5. Hugo Boss Orange
    A striking chronograph with an open, inviting design that screams sports and functionality—with aluminium bezel, a tachymetrical scale, a quartz movement and waterresistant to 100 metres.
    PRICE: Rs 24,495
    CONTACT: All World of Titan Stores
  6. Longines Grande Vitesse Chronograph 24
    Created to embody the concept of speed, this watch features a double tachymeter on the bezel, which is graduated in kph as well as mph—it can be used to measure ground speeds of up to Mach 2. The dial comes in a variation of black, dark brown or silver patterns.
    PRICE: Rs 1,15,000
    CONTACT: Showrooms in Delhi, 011-43592848 and Mumbai, 022-67439852
  7. Emporio Armani AR0628 (the slowdown special)
    A true sports vintage watch designed with the amateur diver in mind—water-resistant to 100 metres, luminous markers that glow in the dark and a rotating bezel with a timer function.
    PRICE: Rs 9,495 onwards
    CONTACT: DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, 011-46060995
  8. Fossil CH2575
    This sports chronograph has an attractive green dial and a black rotating top ring—one of the slicker looking sports watches in its class.
    PRICE: $105 (Rs 5,050)
    CONTACT: Lifestyle International, DLF City Center, Gurgaon, 0124-4044111
  9. Tommy Hilfiger LAX
    A sharp, classic style with bold colouring and a large round. The grain strap completes the casual look.
    PRICE: Rs 6,995
    CONTACT: All World of Titan showrooms, Tommy Hilfiger stores and Helios in Bangalore
  10. Timex Expedition WS4
    With a compass, altitude sensors and a temperature gauge that reads Celsius and Fahrenheit, the Expedition WS4 is a lot of bang for your buck. There’s the Indiglo night light, the 100-hour chronograph and it will even give you a weather forecast of 4-6 hours, warning you of storms ahead.
    PRICE: Rs 9,995
    CONTACT: All Timex factory outlets.

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