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10 luxury watches under €5,000
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10 luxury watches under €5,000

Friday, 14 June 2019
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Marie de Pimodan-Bugnon
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As the watch industry embraces affordable luxury, less than €5,000 will buy you a timepiece by the most prestigious names. Here’s our selection of ten new styles for men and women.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 10399

Sobriety and reliability are the twin pillars of the Clifton Baumatic. Appearances matter, which in this instance means the classic urban style of an elegant 40mm steel case surrounding a clean black dial. But what really counts is on the inside: the Baumatic™ BM12-1975A movement. Engineered to withstand the magnetic fields that are part of everyday life, delivering five days of power reserve and precise to -4/+6 seconds per day, this COSC-certified movement ticks all the boxes. Price included.
€2,600

Clifton Baumatic, ref. 10399 © Baume & Mercier
Clifton Baumatic, ref. 10399 © Baume & Mercier
Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41

Are pilot watches your thing? Does the golden age of flight give you wings? Launched in 1952, the Navitimer’s circular slide rule enables pilots to perform some twenty navigation calculations while in the air. This new automatic version celebrates the design of the 1950s originals. Inside the 41mm steel case, paired with a ratcheted bidirectional bezel and crisp dial, beats a COSC-certified movement. Fresh off the ground and already a classic!
€3,920

Navitimer Automatic 41 © Breitling
Navitimer Automatic 41 © Breitling
Cartier Panthère Small Model

Mini watch, maxi effect! After returning to the spotlight in 2017, the original 1980s icon continues to reveal the many facets of its personality. More delicate than ever, this Small Model is sculpted from steel – a jewel of a watch that masters time with its quartz movement. Wild at heart, this Panthère is a pussy-cat on the most diminutive wrists.
€3,850

Panthère small model © Cartier
Panthère small model © Cartier
Galop d’Hermès

Hermès entrusted Ini Archibong with the delicate mission to design a completely new watch collection. Inspired by the equestrian hardware kept at the Hermès Conservatoire des Créations, he metamorphosed a stirrup into a timepiece. Or is it the other way round? The result is a bijou watch in steel whose already instantly recognisable shape graces the wrist with inimitable style and measures time with the precision of a Swiss quartz movement.
CHF 3,500

Galop d'Hermès
Galop d'Hermès
IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic Spitfire

Reginald J. Mitchell designed the plane; IWC imagined the watch to go with it. Inspired by the iconic Mark 11 pilot’s watch that equipped the Royal Air Force in 1948, this latest Automatic Spitfire from IWC sports a robust 39mm case in steel, a black dial swept by broad, rhodium-plated hands, and a green textile strap suggesting the cockpit of a Spitfire. For the engine, IWC has chosen a new-generation in-house movement, the automatic Calibre 32110, tucked behind an engraving of the iconic plane with its elliptical wings.
€4,850

Pilot's Watch Automatic Spitfire © IWC
Pilot's Watch Automatic Spitfire © IWC
Montblanc Heritage GMT

Flashback to the 1940s and 50s, and the classic Minerva watches that inspired this Heritage GMT. Highlights include a 40mm case in polished steel with an engraving of the Minerva Manufacture on the back, a retro silvery-white dial and a Sfumato alligator leather strap, crafted in Florence by Richemont Pelletteria. Keeping track of time with characteristic precision is the automatic MB 24.05 calibre, featuring a second time zone over 24 hours shown by a central hand.
€2,700

Heritage GMT © Montblanc
Heritage GMT © Montblanc
Nomos Tangente

One hundred years after the creation of the Staatliches Bauhaus, the “form follows function” principles set out by Walter Gropius and his successors continue to inform watch design. Nomos is one of their most brilliant proponents with its line-up of pleasingly understated watches, spearheaded by the Tangente. We love its slim steel case whose 35mm diameter fits every wrist, the beauty of tempered blue hands sweeping a crisp dial, and Nomos’s own manually-wound Alpha movement. Less of this? Are you joking? We want more!
€1,460

Tangente © Nomos
Tangente © Nomos
Omega Constellation Manhattan quartz 28mm

What do Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Alessandra Ambrosio and Liu Shishi have in common? They are the faces of the newly revisited Constellation collection. The subtle changes include a more slender bezel for a clear view of the dial, a new-look crown, slimmer leaf-shaped, cut-out hands and polished, bevelled edges on the case. This Constellation Manhattan in steel and Sedna gold is a lesson in classic elegance. Precision comes courtesy of the Omega 4061 quartz calibre.
From €4,400

Constellation Manhattan quartz 28mm © Omega
Constellation Manhattan quartz 28mm © Omega
TAG Heuer Autavia

Fans had to wait until 2019 for the Autavia’s return to the starting grid. The watch Jack Heuer imagined in 1962 for motor-racing fans had dropped off the horological radar since 1985. Now it’s back in flamboyant form, thanks to seven references that are all true to the original. The deliberately vintage-inflected design channels a 42mm steel case on bevelled lugs, a bidirectional rotating bezel coordinating with the blue dial, and luminescent hands and markers. Its heart beats with the revolutionary technology of a carbon composite balance spring, developed by the TAG Heuer Institute.
CHF 3,850

Autavia © TAG Heuer
Autavia © TAG Heuer
Tudor Black Bay S&G 32

“S” is for steel, “G” is for gold and “32” is for the diameter of this tried-and-true Tudor dive watch, now in sport-chic mode for slimmer wrists. The list of features includes a polished and satin-finish steel case, a satin-finish yellow gold bezel, a black or champagne dial paired with Tudor’s famous Snowflake hands, and a five-link bracelet in yellow gold and steel. And because women appreciate a mechanical movement too, inside we have an automatic calibre that delivers 38 hours of power reserve.
€3,700

Black Bay S&G 32 © Tudor
Black Bay S&G 32 © Tudor
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