A man’s watch speaks volumes about his personality and taste.
A man with a classic taste or an ancestral legacy would probably value a Rolex more, while a young achiever would like to flaunt a Panerai.
Each men’s premium watch brand is designed with a particular kind of man in mind and there is something for everyone, be it a racer, a swimmer, a fashionista or well, James Bond!
Here are the world’s best high-end luxury watch brands for men you can buy in India.
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Rado is a brand synonymous with high quality, precision watches.
Founded in 1917 and headquartered in Lengnau, Switzerland, the company is known to have launched the first scratch-resistant watch to the world in 1962 called the DiaStar.
Innovative, creative and hi-tech, the scratch-resistant ceramic seen in Rado watches is a trademark of the brand, evidenced by an elegant, glossy patina.
This material is harder than gold, platinum or steel.
The Rado Centrix model R30035712 is the ultimate travel companion for men.
A combination of hi-tech ceramics and stainless steel, the 38 mm case makes this watch robust and classy.
It has a black dial and diamond studded gold hour markers that lend it an elegant look while the yellow gold hour and second’s hand give time legibility even in dim light.
The bracelet is robust, and the combination of black and yellow gold give it a nice timeless look and feel.
The dial of this amazing Rado watch is safeguarded from regular wear and tear with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window.
The Swiss-made automatic movement ensures perfect time even in a sudden downpour or light splashes of water with water resistance up to a depth of 50 metres.
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2. Tag Heuer
Its no surprise that Tag Heuer watches are a wonderful combination of luxury and hi-tech with the name itself being an abbreviation of “Techniques d’Avant Garde”.
Founded by Edouard Heuer in 1860, this brand is known to create watches that combine function and aesthetics beautifully.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Line invented by Jack Heuer in 1964 to pay tribute to the epic La Carerra Panamericana (The Mexican Road Race) which ran from 1950-1954, is their inspiring range of Chronographs that remain true to the racing inspiration and namesake.
Demonstrating its superiority with elegant design, innovative technology, pinpoint precision, and endless durability, The TAG Heuer Carrera is offered with automatic, chronograph, quartz, and GMT movements.
With water resistance up to 100 metres depth, a lovely steel strap and black dial, this TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre woos us to no extent.
Price: Rs 317,550
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With the three Ps: precision, power and passion being the focus of their design, Omega watches are a class apart, befriended by James Bond himself. Britain’s Royal Flying Corps and the American Army chose Omega watches as the official timekeepers for their combat units in 1917 and 1918 respectively.
Iconic, stylish and a fabulous combination of sporty and luxury, Omega watches never fail to impress.
The Moonwatch from the OMEGA Speedmaster family is our favourite with its black elegant looking dial.
The black bezel, with its tachymetric scale, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case and presented on a matching stainless steel bracelet.
Its other features include a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute and 12-hour recorder at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively, a central chronograph hand for measuring short intervals of time and a tachymeter which helps in measuring speed.
The watch is water resistant up to 50 meters and features the famous manual-winding chronograph mechanical movement that was worn on the Moon.
It has a power reserve of 48 hours and the dial is covered by hesalite crystal, which is inherently not so shiny and has less glare, thus ensuring proper visibility even in the harsh sunlight.
Price: Rs 269,700
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In the 1970s and 80s, Casio was known for its electronic (including scientific) calculators and electronic musical instruments.
Today, Casio is most commonly known for making durable and reliable digital watches.
If you are a sports person, you definitely have to own a Casio.
It comes with the luxury of features that no other watch can match. Its G-Shock range of shock-resistant watches is popular, with the 1983 G-Shock DW-5600C being highly sought-after by collectors.
Casio made a variety of digital watches with in-built games in the 1980s and 90s, which were highly popular at the time.
The Casio G-Shock Analog-Digital Blue Dial Men’s Watch – GA-100-1A2DR (G271) is a good combination of aesthetic and function.
Its Mineral Glass is Magnetic Resistant and Shock Resistant to 200-meter water resistance.
The case is made of bezel material with a resin band and a LED light which features an auto light switch and allows you to select the illumination duration.
It has 29 time zones, daylight saving features and a 1/1000-second stopwatch. And it weighs only 70 gms. Are you sold on this one?
Price: Rs 6,795
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Known for crafting aviation and diver’s watches of exceptional quality, each Breitling timepiece is made using the finest Swiss craftsmanship, featuring either a calibre B01 or calibre B04 movement.
They strictly use a mechanical winding mechanism and include a highly readable face.
The 2009 Breitling Chronomat was their first watch to be created entirely in-house and it remains a mid-range masterpiece to this day.
The brand was recently acquired by CVC Capital Partners for a whopping $870 million.
The Breitling Colt has a broad unidirectional rotating bezel with a satin-brushed finish and engraved hour markers with 4 rider tabs, some of the Breitling signature design elements.
Another feature classic to Colt timepieces is the large and stylish screw-locked crown on a polished steel case and a circular raised motif on the dial with the luminescent hour-markers.
The Breitling Colt collection is available in Volcano Black, Mariner Blue and Stratus Silver colours painted on the dial.
The satin-brushed steel bracelet may be replaced with a rubber or leather strap, according to the wearer’s choice.
Price: Rs 132,400
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Luxury watch brand Corum has conquered the art of bold design and trusty mechanics with its Admiral’s Cup and Bubble watch series along with other limited edition timepieces.
They’re currently owned by a Chinese company, but the watches themselves remain striking examples of the best in fearless Swiss engineering.
We love this Corum Bubble Heritage watch incorporating the history of Corum in creative richness.
Its round steel case and leather strap beautifully compliment the dial details while the all-grey look is unique, stealing the show gracefully.
Price: Rs 576,200
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Tissot was founded in 1853 by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot in the Swiss city of Le Locle.
Known for introducing the first mass-produced pocket watch as well as the first pocket watch with two time zones in 1853, and the first anti-magnetic watch in 1929–30, Tissot was also the first to make watches out of plastic (IDEA 2001 in 1971), stone (the Alpine granite RockWatch in 1985), mother of pearl (the Pearl watch in 1987), and wood (the Wood watch in 1988).
Tissot is an official timekeeper for world championships in cycling, motorcycling, fencing and ice hockey, and was used for the Davis Cup in 1957 and Downhill Skiing in Switzerland in 1938.
Tissot was also a key sponsor of the Formula One team’s Lotus, Renault and Sauber.
Tissot introduced its first tactile watch, with “T-Touch,” technology in 1999. Watches containing this technology have touch-sensitive sapphire crystals to control various functions like compasses, barometer, altimeter and thermometer.
The latest models in the T-Touch series, the T-Touch Expert Solar and T-Touch Lady Solar, have 25 functions.
Price: Rs. 40,999
Headquartered in Florence in the heart of Italy, Panerai pairs the romantic Italian taste with high-class Swiss manufacturing.
Add to that some really intelligent features and you have a winner.
They are known for their diver’s watches that come equipped with “Radiomir”, which glows underwater or in the dark to allow for maximum legibility.
Currently owned by Richemont, Panerai continues to represent the apex of mid to high range horology.
They have a partnership with Ferrari, driving home themes of sleek and sporty luxury.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Timepiece for men is a much sought after watch for its sporty and rugged appeal.
It has an anti-clockwise, unidirectional, rotating bezel, elegantly crafted with ceramic and brushed titanium complimented by a brushed titanium case making it corrosion free, and easy to handle.
The dial is a classic black engraved with appliquéd luminous hour markers with a date window positioned at the 3 o’clock position, and seconds’ sub-dial placed at the 9 o’clock position.
A Panerai personalised leather strap and big-sized polished titanium buckle complete the look.
Price: ₹ 696,000
Rolex is not just a premium watch brand but a memento of success worn by men who like all things classic.
More of a statement-making watch, the fact that Rolex makes exceptional timepieces is a given.
Considered to be one of the most valuable brands in the world, Rolex was founded in 1905 by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf.
Driven totally by their passion, the brand has set a benchmark in the world of horology.
It launched the first waterproof wristwatch – the Oyster – and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism.
For over a century, Rolex watches have accompanied explorers and achievers around the world, from the top of the highest mountains to the deepest reaches of the ocean.
The Rolex Datejust launched in 1945 is a classic timepiece, in fact, the first wristwatch to be produced with an automatic date changing function.
This 36mm steel and yellow gold stellar watch come in a champagne dial and hour markers that have been fashioned from 18-carat gold.
A part of the Oyster Perpetual line, the Datejust displays the date and is adorned with an Oyster case, the world’s first waterproof case with a patented system of screwing down the bezel, case back and winding crown against the monobloc middle case making it water resistant up to 330 feet.
Even the winding crown comes with a Twinlock double waterproof system.
Price: Rs 803,800
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A fairly young brand, Hublot was founded in 1980 by Italian Carlo Crocco.
In spite of its young age, it has made a mark in the market by giving birth to the ‘Fusion’ concept.
Their Big Bang Red Gold watch and subsequent ubiquity among world-class athletes, the many award-winning collections and Swiss workmanship make Hublot watches one of the most sought after amongst luxury men’s watches.
Their designs are symphonies of resilience, masculinity and prestige.
This Hublot Classic Fusion watch in a ceramic case with a rubber strap is a classic watch with a modernist appeal.
Price: ₹ 1,029,300
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Each of the brands above is valued for their design and mechanical superiority.
In today’s world where mobile phones have taken care of most of our functional requirements, watches still remain indispensable for the value they place towards something integral to everyone’s life i.e. time.
Use them to make a statement, or to feel good about your possession, or simply as an ode to every valuable minute of your life. Time is ticking…