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10 men’s luxury watches for under €6,000
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10 men’s luxury watches for under €6,000

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
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Cartier, Panerai, Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC… these are the names that send watch enthusiasts into raptures. Better still, some of their newest timepieces don’t carry a five-figure price tag. Gentlemen, here’s our selection of luxury watches priced under €6,000*.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic

The talk of SIHH in January, the Baumatic has been unanimously applauded by those-in-the-know. This new mechanical movement is a joint development between Baume & Mercier, Richemont’s Research & Innovation centre and Manufacture ValFleurier. It incorporates the latest innovations – a silicon balance spring and escapement – and delivers a full five days of power reserve, packaged in a classic design that would be hard to fault and at a more than reasonable price.
From €2,000

Clifton Baumatic © Baume & Mercier
Clifton Baumatic © Baume & Mercier
Breitling Superocean Heritage II 46

This black-on-black professional dive watch celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017 with the addition of a steel bezel plus a high-tech ceramic insert for maximum scratch- and shock-resistance. Features such as a clearly legible dial, a COSC-certified movement, a reassuring 46mm diameter, a robust case and water-resistance to 200 metres ensure that the Superocean Heritage II 46 has everything an adventurer needs in a watch.
Around €3,800

Superocean Heritage II 46 © Breitling
Superocean Heritage II 46 © Breitling
Cartier Santos

For more than a century, the elegant square shape and rounded angles of the Santos have been part of the Haute Horlogerie landscape. The watch that Louis Cartier imagined for Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904 comes in multiple versions this year, all directly descended from the original. As an additional plus-point, the new Santos comes with two straps, in steel, gold, calfskin or alligator, that are easily swapped thanks to the QuickSwitch system.
From €5,000

Santos de Cartier © Cartier
Santos de Cartier © Cartier
Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture

An icon among Hermès watches, the Cape Cod was sketched into being by Henri d’Origny in 1991 and has retained its appeal ever since thanks to subtle changes. This TGM (Très Grand Modèle, Very Large Model) measures 33mm x 33mm. Beneath the mat black dial beats the precision of an in-house movement.
From €4,600

Cape Cod TGM Manufacture © Hermès
Cape Cod TGM Manufacture © Hermès
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"

Kitted out in a tobacco brown dial and Santoni calfskin strap with contrasting cream stitching, this pilot’s watch is one of several special editions in honour of aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Standout features include a 40mm steel case, an automatic movement with date display and large centre seconds hand, and an engraved Lockheed P-38 Lightning on the caseback.
Around €4,500

Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition
Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry" © IWC
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic

A zest of elegance, a touch of vintage and the precision and reliability of an automatic movement. Inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris, this new launch channels a dive-watch aesthetic into its 41mm steel case. A mix of sunray, grained and opaline finishes on the dial enhance legibility. Wear it on a leather strap or a metal bracelet, both easily interchanged.
Around €5,600

Polaris Automatic © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Polaris Automatic © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph

Speed freaks and vintage enthusiasts will put this TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph in pole position. The chrono counters and small seconds subdial stand out on the panda dial, as well as adding to the motor-racing vibe. A black ceramic bezel tops the 43mm steel case. The engine is an in-house automatic movement.
From €5,000

TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph © Montblanc
TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph © Montblanc
Officine Panerai Luminor Base Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44mm

A new, in-house manual-wind movement, 72 hours of power reserve and some subtle design tweaks: this year sees the return of one of Panerai’s best-selling watches. The robust 44mm case in polished steel combines with the clean good looks of the emblematic dial, whose only fantasy is the OP logo. Classic, functional and sporty, all in one.
From €4,600

Luminor Base Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44mm © Panerai
Luminor Base Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44mm © Panerai
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02

Equally at home around town as on the track, this champion watch gets the benefit of an in-house movement, the Heuer 02, for its 55th birthday. A solid 43mm case, tachymeter scale on the bezel and skeleton dial seal the deal. TAG Heuer is offering no fewer than 13 variations of this Carrera Heuer 02, in steel, carbon, ceramic or gold, on a metal or ceramic bracelet or a choice of rubber or leather strap.
From €4,800

Carrera Heuer 02 © TAG Heuer
Carrera Heuer 02 © TAG Heuer
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

Comfortable, legible and precise, the Heritage Black Bay Steel carries on the legacy of Tudor’s dive watches. Equipped with a COSC-certified, in-house automatic movement, it measures time with style. A 41mm case in steel, a graduated unidirectional rotating bezel, 200-metre water-resistance and an aged leather strap, what’s not to like!
From €2,900

Heritage Black Bay Steel © Tudor
Heritage Black Bay Steel © Tudor

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