Lucky is the man contemplating buying a luxury watch. The market is rife with astounding timepieces, from the iconic to the bizarre, that’ll make your heart pound with desire. It’s easy enough to find a classically-styled luxury watch, but you’ll have to try harder if you want a high-end watch that’s both distinctive and affordable. Here, we take a look at 5 unique luxury watches of excellent value.
Watches with square cases, while not quite rare, are certainly uncommon. This automatic chronograph by TAG Heuer makes the most of being different with its square brushed steel bezel and navy blue dial. The hands and stick hour markers are silver-tone, but the second hand and sub-dial hands provide startling contrast in bright red. The two sub-dials, marking 60 seconds and 30 minutes, echo the square frame. At 6 o’clock, the small date window adds subtle distinction by being rectangular. This attractive watch is secured by blue alligator leather strap with a deployment clasp.
Racing fans will instantly be attracted to this unusual chronograph by Lamborghini. In a nod to the angular accents of the brand’s legendary car, this watch sports a heavy triangular-shaped case of polished stainless steel. The textured dial is red and black with three sub-dials and applied silver-tone hour indices. The outer ring of the watch face has minute markers, but the bezel also has minutes indicated in Arabic numerals at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock. The watch’s band is stainless steel and encloses a black rubber strap with a honeycomb pattern.
For the international traveler, Frederique Constant has produced a striking watch that is as unique it is practical. On the outer ring of its blue dial, the “Worldtimer” watch lists several major worldwide cities representing major time zones. Moving inward, the next ring provides a 24-hour time display for each of these cities with a dual-color disc that shows at a glance whether it’s day or night. At the center, luminous grey hands and dot hour markers indicate the time zone of the wearer. This luxurious watch has automatic movement and is nicely paired with a blue alligator leather strap with contrast stitching.
With this dress watch, JIUSKO has produced a timepiece of mesmerizing loveliness and superior function. The mechanical watch skeletonizes both the watch dial and the tourbillon movement itself, allowing you to witness the watch’s operation. The stunning dial offers 4 sub-dials in the traditional 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The top sub-dial provides a 12-hour time display, with a dozen glittering diamond indices for the hour markers. The sub-dial at 3 o’clock offers a 24-hour display. At 6 o’clock the fascinating hand-built tourbillon is revealed. Finally, the sub-dial at 9 o’clock features a 24-hour sub-dial that can be set for a different time zone. Finished by a distinguished brown alligator leather strap with a butterfly-style buckle, the watch is an extraordinary work of art for the wrist.
Swiss manufacturer Armand Nicolet offers a sporty take on a luxury watch with this handsome limited edition mechanical timepiece. The manual wind watch features a titanium case with a silvered, partial skeleton dial and 60-second sub-dial. The blue-and-silver watch hands and stick indices are luminous and framed by a dark blue outer ring with both stick and Arabic numeral minute markers. The black alligator leather strap has white contrast stitching and is secured by a titanium buckle. The watch is water resistant to 165, which means it’s suitable for recreational swimming and showering.