Christmas gifts – Great value watches: under CHF 5,000 Replica Guide Trusted Dealers
The watch market is structured by price segment. Above the CHF 2,000 threshold you start to see the appearance of watches in exclusive categories and from prestigious brands. Climbing further up towards the CHF 5,000 mark, you are in the biggest, most diverse and most hotly contested price segment of all. Almost all the big names in watchmaking are here, with the exception of the purely high-mech brands.
The choice is accordingly vast, in both men’s and women’s models, and there is a plethora of tempting offers. One of the most interesting options for women is the Classic 28 mm by Chopard. This diminutive quartz watch, with a gold case (including the caseback) and a classically elegant dial (as its name would suggest), is one of the best-value gold watches available, and it doesn’t skimp on the precious metal. Another possibility is the Bulgari Lucea 28 mm, whose steel bracelet is the result of an unprecedented amount of work. Its polished, curved links arranged like overlapping scales, as well as its sunburst dial, make this watch stand out from the crowd.
The sportier Admiral’s Cup Legend by Corum also exists in a 32 mm diameter for women. Its mother-of-pearl dial features the twelve pennants that are a signature of the Admiral’s Cup line, in an upmarket “sport chic” version with rose gold bezel. Staying with the sporty chic aesthetic, Louis Vuitton’s new Fifty Five in a 36 mm version is an excellent choice. The silver monochrome elegance of this all-steel watch is accentuated by the green touches on its cutout hands. The watch is meticulously executed with numerous refined details, and the added advantage of an automatic movement.
Where men’s watches are concerned, automatic is definitely the way to go. At this price point, it’s even possible to get hold of a complication or two, or a manufacture movement, as is the case with Frédérique Constant. The Geneva watchmaker has always endeavoured to provide its in-house calibres at an accessible price. The Classic Manufacture has a refined aesthetic with delicate Roman numerals and a deep black dial. The Ronde Croisière by Cartier also comes with the in-house automatic 1847MC calibre. It represents a significant gesture from the luxury jeweller, particularly in its steel version, which combines a black dial with gold accents. This sporty and affordable watch benefits from all the attention to detail that has helped to cement Cartier’s watchmaking reputation over recent years.
First, we have two models of the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Automobile. Right off the bat, you will notice the legendary twelve-sided bezels on these stainless steel bits that step in at 42mm. You have your choice of either a deep white or blue dial, and the sapphire crystal over it is double anti-reflective-treated. Having an total water resistance rating of 50m for the case, we would have hoped for a bit more out of a watch aimed at people who like to be around water.The dial is graced with a vibrant array of nautical flags that bring a wonderful flare to the dining table and mix well into the theme of the eye – and at 3 o’clock, an abysmal date window hidden is in one of the flags. The Rhodium-coated dauphine hands are skeletonized and treated with Super-LumiNova while a small minutes is at work right above 6 o’clock. The back of the case receives a sapphire crystal to show off the movement here too. The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Automobile watches are powered by the CO 395 that supplies a 42-hour power book. The CO 395 is truly a base ETA 2895, and Corum has engraved the rotor on this occasion.The Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronographs maintain the 42mm sizing, but include one stainless steel model whilst introducing another similar variant equipped with an 18k red gold bezel, crown, and pushers for added class. The stainless steel model offers a rich blue dial whereas the red gold is paired with a simple black backdrop with each showcasing date, time, and chronograph counters. The date window for these versions is not incorporated into the dial in addition to the three-hand versions so that you can’t miss it nestled in between 4 and 5 o’clock. The chronographs drop the water resistance evaluation to 30m and maintain a sapphire crystal case back. The movement shown off is that the CO 984 that beats 4Hz (28,000vph) with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Looking at complications, Montblanc brings its aggressive pricing to the Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time, with two time zones and date and an impeccably understated dial. But at CHF 5,000 and even less, there are already quite a few chronographs to be found. This is the core domain of companies such as Bell & Ross, whose BR126 Aéronavale ticks all the boxes: automatic chronograph, royal blue sunburst dial, universal diameter, meticulous finishing, cool name. IWC has just redefined its pricing targets, and the new Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 is its best-value proposition. Functional to the point of being utilitarian, readable, even spartan, this small-diameter pilot’s watch is designed to fit small wrists, but wears equally well on a larger frame.
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