If versatility and affordability in a fine timepiece is what you’re after, then these 5 day-to-night beauties will give you ultimate bang for your buck.
- Baume et Mercier Classima
The Classima collection is the Swiss brand’s popular affordable luxury range. The past models were 33mm in diameter, but this year, a new line of larger, 36.5 mm-diameter mechanical self-winding and quartz models for women has been introduced. Still elegant and simple, each dial is adorned with a fine sun-ray guilloché décor, with the higher-end models featuring diamond-set dials and bezels.
- Ebel Wave
For something more feminine, the Ebel Wave collection flaunting steel and yellow or rose gold is the answer. Its wave-shaped links and sculpted profile evoke a sense of graceful fluidity, with the diamond-set models offering more bling. All models are quartz-powered and 30mm in diameter, but you may choose from all-steel ones, or creations combining steel with rose or yellow gold, with or without diamond embellishments.
- Longines Symphonette
If you have been quite taken with the elegance of Longines watches, such as its DolceVita collection, then its new Symphonette line may just steal your heart. It flaunts a unique oval shape reminiscent of the dials from the 60s and a mesh-like bracelet design, with aesthetics that are updated to channel a bold, contemporary sensibility. The models all come with quartz movements, and are available in four sizes in either steel or rose gold, with or without diamonds.
- Maurice Lacroix Fiaba Rectangular
If you like rectangular dials, and a sharp and slim aesthetic, you can’t go wrong with the Maurice Lacroix Fiaba Rectangular collection. Its slender 39mm by 20.9mm case is ergonomically designed with a curving caseback that follows the contour of the wrist for a comfortable fit. Its four new steel models (including one that is plated with yellow gold) are available with a calf leather strap or metal bracelet, with or without diamonds, and all powered by quartz movements.
- Rado DiaMaster Diamonds
One of the watchmakers that would best suit an edgy wardrobe is Rado, a master of high-tech materials. Its new Rado DiaMaster Diamonds collection combines the high shine and durability of diamonds, gold and polished ceramic with a sensible large dial and a pared-down design. The result: modern, outstanding yet not ostentatious. The scratch-resistant ceramic bracelet is also so light it’s a breeze to wear. The latest models are fitted with an ETA automatic mechanical movement and measure 33mm in diameter.