Five new watches under $6,000 that punch far above their weight
OMEGA: AN ADVANCED MECHANICAL MOVEMENT IN AN EVERYDAY PACKAGE
These watches at 40mm are a highly versatile size and have attractive vintage inspired styling.
The movement is Omega's in-house calibre 8806 and it's Master Chronometer certified: That means it can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss with a co-axial escapement and a 55-hour power reserve. Expected in stores this Fall.
US$4,900 on a strap.
US$5,100 on a bracelet.
TUDOR: A COLUMN WHEEL, VERTICAL CLUTCH CHRONOGRAPH
The styling for the Black Bay Chronograph may or may not be everyone's cup of tea, but nobody's arguing about the quality of the movement. An automatic chronograph movement with a host of interesting features, in a watch that retails for a little over US$5,000, is in the current climate for watches something of a miracle. US$5,050
JAEGER-LECOULTRE: A WATCH THAT SHOWS SOMEONE STILL MAKES 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO
It's an upgraded version of JLC's caliber 889, which is a flat, high-grade movement that was first introduced in the 1980s. The 899/1 has a free-sprung adjustable mass balance, ceramic ball bearings, unidirectional winding, and in general is a great example of the sort of well made, well finished, reliable workhorse movement. US$5,700
GRAND SEIKO: SOMETHING INTERESTING AND INNOVATIVE
This particular incarnation is model SBGA211, using the Grand Seiko Spring Drive calibre 9R65, with a 70-hour power reserve and accuracy of better than a second a day. The case and bracelet are Seiko's "high intensity" hardened titanium.
US$5,800 for this model, on a matching titanium bracelet.
ROLEX: THE FIRST AND LAST WATCH YOU'LL EVER NEED
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual has a 39mm in diameter. It lacks many of the elements: No date cyclops, no fluted bezel; just the hands, dial, and the crown. This watch is not an exercise in minimalism, but an exercise in essentialism. US$5,800