India is a land of different cultures and faiths. However, when it comes festivities, Diwali is without a doubt, the highlight of the year. The air itself feels saturated with the overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement. This occasion, like many others, brings along the age-old tradition of gifting. And when talking of gifting, how can we forget watches?
Perfect Luxury Watch For This Diwali
Here are a few picks from this year’s releases that would not just make your loved ones the happiest souls on the planet but also fit that ‘Diwali vibe’. Have a look.
IWC Big Pilot 43
When it comes luxury watchmaking, the term ‘iconic’ is kind of overused. It has been used so many times that, in a way, it has lost its luster. How about we go ahead and use ‘coveted’ instead because the IWC Big Pilot is indeed a coveted watch collection. Ever since its release in 2001, the series has been nothing but phenomenal. It’s archetypal as well as category-defining qualities have made it somewhat of a, well, ‘icon’.
With the new 43 mm released in 2021, the Big Pilot is keeping the signature design language but at the same time, lowering the case size in order to make it feasible for a broader audience.
Cartier SolarBeat Tank Must
Of all the delightful watches to be released this year, the Cartier SolarBeat Tank Must is one that stands out the most. The historic timepiece from the legendary Maison is a show stealer by all means. The Tank timepiece is equipped with a solar powered movement and that itself is a huge deal.
The fact that a watch as iconic as the Cartier Tank Must comes with the same classy aesthetic and a solar powered Quartz movement is just stupendous.
Zenith Chronomaster Original
The watch we are about to talk about is the iconic and immensely popular Zenith Chronomaster Original which is now available in a 38 mm wide case. This iteration of the Chronomaster A386 is the most imperative release since the original was introduced back in 1969.
The most interesting thing about the watch, apart from the movement that is, is the fact that it is made out of stainless steel. The watch is powered by the popular El Primero 3600 Automatic movement offering up to 60 hours of power reserve.
Bvlgari Octo Roma Worldtimer
The Bvlgari Octo Roma Worldtimer is not that different from its sibling the Octo Finissimo. 2021 witnessed the release of two different variations. The first one is a stainless-steel reference with an integrated bracelet and a blue dial. The other variation comes with a steel case coated with DLC. This latter is offered with a black dial and a matching black textured rubber strap.
Both timepieces feature a 41 mm wide and 11.35 mm thick case with 100 meters of water resistance. In my honest opinion, the watch has an Octo Finissimo aesthetic but with a greater wrist presence.
In the world of sports steel watches, there are many tantalizing options that might catch your attention. However, Tissot is usually not the name that comes to mind when talking about steel sports timepieces. That is, until the brand released the Tissot PRX.
The PRX collection offers a really amazing and might I add, affordable option for those who want a stainless-steel sports watch without shelling out too much cash. The watch has an integrated steel bracelet and offers an option between a Quartz or an automatic movement.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier
Cartier is not new to the world of luxury and opulence and this is something that is clearly obvious when you take a look at its catalogue. The iconic Maison has been doing this for ages and has now mastered the craft of Haute Horlogerie. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier is the perfect example.
The 41 mm wide timepiece comes with a choice of a steel or pink-gold case. Buyers can also opt for the watch with or without a bezel fitted with diamonds. The movement powering the watch is the coveted 1847 MC offering hours, minutes, seconds, and of course, a date display as well. The thing that makes this watch so special is that it is the first time the Cartier Ballon Bleu that is offered with an in-house mechanical movement.
Panerai Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso
When Panerai introduced the first ever Bronzo to the world back in 2011, these patina embracing eye-candies were a rare breed. Cut to the 2021 and bronze watches have become a ‘trend’. The 42 mm wide bronze case truly adds that extra pizzazz to the watch’s aesthetic and makes it more appealing.
The watch is powered by the P.900 Calibre offering up to 72 hours of power reserve. The movement facilitates hours, minutes, small seconds, and last but not least, a neat date display. It is pretty obvious that the new Bronzo timepiece is not a lightweight. It is a fully ISO-compliant dive instrument providing 300 meters of water resistance. Additionally, features like the unidirectional rotatable bezel and the small luminous seconds hand at the 9 o’clock hour marker offers a truly sophisticated experience.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
The latest Tribute Reverso Small Seconds from Jaeger-LeCoultre is a delight. The reversible case of the timepiece is 45.6 mm x 27.4 mm in dimensions and the movement powering it is the oval JLC caliber 822/2 offering a whopping power reserve of 45 hours.
In simple terms, a rectilinear case always looks more appealing to the eye as compared to round cases which seem to try and fade away in the shadows of the dial and dial architecture. In addition to that, the Reverso is always a fascinating choice for a watch. Add the green dial to that equation and we have ourselves a win-win situation.