Archive for the ‘Swiss premium watches below Rs 5 lakhs’ category

Rolex Ode to Gold

February 1, 2011

Rolex’s Pearlmaster features closely woven chunks of 18-carat white or yellow gold


pearlmaster line

Rolex’s Lady DateJust collection from the Pearlmaster line gets its name from the “Pearlmaster’ bracelet, and not the dial. The Pearlmaster features closely woven chunks of 18-carat white or yellow gold, or the combination of the two with pink gold called ‘Tridor’ – the French abbreviation of ‘three golds’ (trio d’or).


Pearlmaster models are a tad overdressed. For instance, one model in white gold, with the sapphire-studded bezel encircling the white mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour markers, and the bracelet set with brilliants and sapphires. Another is in yellow gold with the diamond-paved dial, and the brilliants-encrusted bracelet.

If you like simpler elegance, you might prefer another watch in the Pearlmaster line: in white gold, with black Roman numerals offset by the plain white dial, and surrounded by the bezel with brilliants (the same model is available in yellow gold). The stones on the bezel are used sparingly, so the overall look of this watch is cleaner and less fussy. Like all watches in Rolex DateJust line, the Pearlmaster models have a date display, are self-winding, and waterproof up to 300 feet (100 metres). If you enjoy a truly bold, dazzling and ornate look, the Pearlmaster is a real gem of a watch. Price: Rs 3, 23,000.

Omega for Diwali 2010

October 28, 2010

Omega unveils the New Constellation in the festive season


constellation women

The New Omega Constellation’s fashionable designs effortlessly fuse style and technology together. The new range prides itself with the supernova dial design and brings a new variant of style and sophistication into the Omega range. In addition to traditional designs, the new range offers to consumers contemporary yet dressy watches. The women’s line introduces leather straps for the first time in the New Constellation range. 


In timeless white: The white Constellation Ladies timepiece with a polished 18 Ct red gold case and a white alligator leather strap is an ideal accessory for any stylish wardrobe. Its dramatic brushed 18 Ct red gold bezel features Roman numerals, are coated with white Super-LumiNova. The silver lacquered dial features a supernova pattern which explodes from the Constellation star. Price: Rs 3, 47,000.

constellation men

Shades of black and grey: Adorned with the 34 full-cut diamonds, a black alligator leather strap and a shaded grey dial makes this striking watch a unique creation. The polished facetted hour and minute hands are coated with white Super-LumiNova, which makes it easy to read in all light conditions.  Price: Rs 5, 29,000.


For the high seas

October 8, 2010

Zenith’s Captain is a vintage timepiece


el primero captain


With its Dauphin-style hands and long indexes, in both cases fluted, Zenith’s  Captain harks back unmistakably to vintage timepieces. In homage to the original model, the Zenith El Primero Captain picks up both the spirit and the aestheticism again. A thoroughbred, the chronograph has two large push-pieces on the side. Just as it did fifty years ago, technical and chronometric achievement governed  the development of this collection. The new generation technically surpasses past ones by incorporating a high-performance COSC-certified movement, the legendary El Primero caliber designed in 1969. The movement, with Côtes de Genève decoration, is visible through  a sapphire case back. On the other face, the silver sunbursst dial is surmounted by gold-plated facetted rhodium hands and indexes. The date window is positioned at six o’clock. Three chronograph sub-dials are arranged in a V at the centre, on the lower part of the dial. The watch combines simplicity with a strong identity. It expresses both a very masculine retro elegance and highly technical complexity. Price: Rs. 384,000

Available at Chennai: Helvetica, Spencer Plaza, T: 28490013, New Delhi:  Johnson Watch Co. (C.P.),T: 41513121 – Johnson Watch Co. (South Ex.),T: 24642255, Mumbai: Times of Lord, Kemps Corner,T: 23695254

Dior’s Time Zone

April 19, 2010

Briefly: The movement in Dior Chiffre Rouge T01 is the only one which can give time in both 12hour and 24hour clock with just one index

chiffre rouge

Dior’s Chiffre Rouge T01 (42mm) is a complication which renews the design of the Chiffre Rouge whilst respecting its DNA. This movement is the only one which can give time in both 12hour  and 24hour clock with just one index  the innovation is protected with a patent. This complication enables a direct day-night reading for the eight time zones. The correction of the time and the time zones is done with a single crown while most of the multi times movement are done with two crowns.  The movement was developed to have an animated dial, always in motion because, along with the minutes and seconds hands, the dial-back is rotating, each twelve hours the dial returns to its initial position and the 8 time zones plate completes a full tour in 24 hours. The dial features the “piquéde cotton” pattern, dear to the brand and characteristic of the tuxedo shirts. Available in 100 piece limited edition. Price: Rs 3,50 k.

Available at all Dior Boutiques and at Johnson Watch  Co – A-12 South Extension, Part-I, New Delhi 110049; Watches of Switzerland – 231, Link Corner Building, Shop no.2, Linking Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai-400050

Longines 2010 Gifts

March 30, 2010

Briefly: Longines presents four new watches–two each for men and women

Longines 1001 nights

1001 nights

From the PrimaLuna collection comes the PrimaLuna Thousand and One Nights. The model’s alluring sparkle of diamonds covers the dial to light up the night with a thousand stars. The night star evokes the hours that pass during daylight, and reminds us of those moments when time can take on another dimension. The dial is covered with 314 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds (0.376 carats) and its bezel is set with 44 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds (0.299 carats), which sparkle like the stars in a clear night sky. The Longines PrimaLuna models in steel and rose gold are available in three sizes (23 mm, 26.50 mm and 30 mm) and house either a quartz movement or a self-winding mechanical movement. Available on a steel and rose gold bracelet or a black alligator strap, in some versions the sleek curves of the case or the delicate surface of the dial is enhanced by a slash of diamonds. Price; Rs 1,89k

Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph

longines chronograph

Having launched a watch fitted with an exclusive, self-winding chronograph movement with a column wheel which controls the chronograph functions in 2009, Longines has now identified new uses for this exceptional, user-friendly calibre. Under the name of the Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph, these latest models represent an updated version of the timing equipment that Longines has developed over the years. Price: Available on request.

Les Elegantes de Longines 2010

les elégantes

It was in the 1920s that the most important stylistic trends of 20th century was created. The decades creative freedom and imagination helped to perpetuate a unique style within the Art Deco movement which exerted a marked influence even in watchmkaing during the 1920s. As it does each year, Longines has sought inspiration in this artistic trend for creating elegant ladies’ timepieces and is now presenting three new watches in the distinctive 1920s style. Limited edition watch, price available only on request

Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch

In 1933 the American aviator Charles Lindbergh set off with his wife on a trip of 47,000 km around the North Atlantic. Having achieved a remarkable technical and human feat in being the first man to fly non-stop across the North Atlantic in his Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh wanted to explore possible future air routes across the far north before returning to the USA via Cape Verde and Brazil.

lindbergh's atlantic voyage

The equipment Lindbergh took with him on his long expedition included a wrist chronograph created specially by Longines for this very purpose. Re-issued, this exceptional timepiece, known as the Longines Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage Watch, is a tribute to the historical feat achieved by this pioneer of the skies. Price:  Rs 2,30k

Available at Longines Showroom Ambience Mall, NH-8, Ground Floor, Gurgaon; Cross Road 2, Ground Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai; K-15 Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi. For more call 91-9818727743.

Jazz Party

February 15, 2010

Tags: Piaget’s Jazz collection

Jazz is the soul of Piaget’s new creative collection unveiled at SIHH Geneva in 2010. In a jazz club, a pianist picks out a few notes progressing from blues to an improvised swing tune. It’s dance time: a singer takes the stage, oozing seduction. Her velvet voice takes over from the band to tell a private story and to transform itself into a precious moment.

Limelight “Secret” watch

The black dial Limelight “Secret” watch with 18-carat white gold case set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds comes with 3 baguette-cut diamonds, 8 square-cut diamonds and 4 baguette-cut black spinels  has Piaget 56P quartz movement. The18-carat white gold bracelet is set with 135 brilliant-cut diamonds), 2 baguette-cut diamonds, 53 square-cut diamonds and 21 baguette-cut black spinels. Ref. G0A35167

Limelight watch

The 18-carat white gold case and ellipse set Limelight watch with 120 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18-carat white gold dial set with 65 brilliant-cut diamonds has Piaget 56P quartz movement. The 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds comes black satin strap.

The Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif 18-carat white gold watch with black grand feu enamelling according to the champlevé technique depicts jazz music instruments.

Tourbillon Relatif face

This Manufacture Piaget 608P mechanical hand-wound flying tourbillon movement is 3.28 mm thick with power reserve of 68 hours appx. The enamelled case-back portrays a jazzman. The black alligator leather strap watch comes with 18-carat white gold folding clasp.

Polo Tourbillon Relatif back

This one-of-a-kind model has the profile at 3 o’clock pictures musical instruments such as a drum kit and a trumpet. The crown evokes the bass drum of the Limelight Jazz Party drum kit.

Polo Tourbillon Relatif profile

The profile at 9 o’clock shows a piano and a double bass.

Dior Dazzlers

February 15, 2010

Tags: Christal Tourbillon (Rs 6cr.) ,Christal Automatic – Black- Permanent Edition (Rs 4lakh plus), La Mini D de Dior (Between Rs 23k to  Rs6.03lakhs)

Christal Tourbillon

Christal Tourbillon:The 42mm watch has a white gold case. The bezel is set with baguette diamonds and baguette rubies. The crown is set with a rose-cut diamond. It has a sapphire crystal case-back along with a limited edition number and personal message engraved. The dial is a transparent red sapphire crystal bearing the Dior logo. The hour and minute hands are polished and luminescent. Adorning the white gold bracelet are baguette diamonds and baguette rubies. It has a 3-blade unfolding clasp with push-buttons. It has a Calibre Dior Tourbillon with mechanical movement and manual winding. The tourbillon carriage bears a red sapphire crystal pyramid. There are 165 components and 19 rubies. Price: Rs 6 crores

Christal Automatic – Black- Permanent Edition

Christal Automatic Black

The 33m watch comes with a stainless steel bezel set with 80 diamonds, 16 black scratch-proof  synthetic crystal inserts, stainless steel crown with black pyramid sapphire crystal. The case back has screw-down transparent sapphire crystal, metallic Dior grey pattern. The dial is in black lacquered silver central ring, the inner ring set with 97 diamonds (0.45 carat).The bracelet is in 316L stainless steel set with black scratch-proof sapphire crystal pyramids. It holds Calibre ETA 2000.1 with 40-hour power reserve and 28, 800 vibrations per hour. The balancing wheel is in white lacquered. Price: Rs 4, 07,000.

La Mini D de Dior


In the mini format (19mm) with steel, yellow or pink gold set on a satin strap, the watch wittily revisits haute couture’s taste for fairytale proportions. And when it paves its dial with a leopard patterns in sapphires or diamonds and black lacquer, it pays tribute to Mitza Bricard, Christian Dior’s own elegant muse. It has a classic shape and the timepiece follows the strictest watch-making standards. With its precious stones and its lacquered finishing, this timepiece carries the poetic signature of Dior Fine Jewellery. Price :Between Rs 23,000 to Rs 6,03,800

Available at:  Watches of Switzerland, Swiss Boulevard and Pallazio, all Mumbai. Dior Boutique, The Oberoi Hotel and Dior Boutique, Emporio, both Delhi.