Diwali is a time for gifts, both to share and receive. Hiren Kumar Bose selects the best ones for this year’s festive times
ZENITH Defy El Primero 21 Gold
Rs 20, 36,700
The 44 mm watch with 1/100th of a second Chronograph movement has an exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second. The brushed titanium case with polished edges sits nicely on the wrist with sharply tapered lugs. With the new “Carbon-Matrix Carbon Nanotube” used for the balance wheel, its calibre 9004 utilizes two separate-but-integrated regulation systems – one for the normal time-telling functions, and one for the chronograph function. The 5Hz (36,000 bph) movement utilizes a chronograph that operates at a whopping 50Hz (360,000 bph). The chronograph runs for 50 minutes at a time, while the watch itself carries a 50-hour power reserve. You can easily tell when you’ve reached that point because there is a power reserve indicator at 12 o’ clock. The entire mechanism makes for a stimulating show of technical prowess
HUBLOT Classic Fusion Chronograph
Rs 9, 08,400
This India Special Edition 45 mm satin-finished and polished titanium watch with anti-reflective treatment is engraved “SPECIAL EDITION” + “N°XX/100”. It houses Caliber Hublot HUB1143 self-winding Chronograph movement, has a thickness of 6.9 mm and is water resistant up to 50m.
PANERAI Radiomir 1940 3 days Acciaio
Rs 5, 72,000.
Inspired by one of the pendulum clocks of Florence’s Piazza San Giovanni, the 47 mm watch is made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy that is particularly tough and resistant to with an overall polished finish and an open back through which the Manufacture movement can be admired. The bezel surrounds a slightly domed Plexiglas® crystal. Its powered by the P.3000 Manufacture calibre, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days, thanks to its two spring barrels. Visible through the large crystal sapphire porthole in the back are the three brushed-finish bridges protecting the mechanism and the bridge with twin supports on which the balance 13.2 mm in diameter (3 Hz) is firmly mounted. The P.3000 movement also has the device by which the time can be swiftly adjusted: it enables the hour hand to be moved forwards or backwards in jumps of one hour at a time without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch.
FENDI Policromia Pink Opal
Designed in collaboration with Delfina Delettrez Fendi, the Policromia Pink Opal reimagines asymmetries in a palette of pastel shades and precious materials. The Collection is enriched with new versions featuring a surprising combination of 18-ct rose gold, white diamonds, pink mother-of-pearl and pink opal. A precious jewel embracing the wrist, the Policromia Pink Opal comes in 33 mm or 38 mm case. Set on a pink genuine alligator strap, the watch is a tribute to the Fendi highest craftsmanship and savoir-faire
GRAHAM Chronofighter Vintage GMT
The 44mm steel watch integrates a second-time zone with a unidirectional rotating bezel, decorated with a lateral helical toothing, features 24 positions. A large double-disk date at 12 o’clock also dresses up the dial. A boxlock mechanism adds an appealing, slow, tick-tock sound to the ceramic bezel’s motion. Underlining the statement of technical complexity is the construction of the trigger, combining a co-axial crown and push button. Dark sunbrushed dials with a radial gradient capture a wide range of shades to show off the Superluminova markings, snailed counters with a rhodiated ring. The instrument character of the overall look is signed off by a see-through case back to reveal the movement’s most intimate secrets. This watch is Designed for real and aspiring globetrotters everywhere, this model combines sophisticated contemporary horology with visible vintage flashbacks.
FREDERIQUE CONSTANT Hybrid Manufacture
Rs 3, 20,000
The 42mm watch with in-house calibre FC750 is an in-house automatic calibre with date, set by the crown at 3 o’clock. The calibre combines mechanical and electronic components. The connection between the watch and the Hybrid Manufacture App is done by the pusher button located on the left side of the watch case. It supports functions like hours, minutes, central second’s hand and date counter at 6 o’clock. With 42-hour power reserve, its connected functions include Activity tracking, Sleep tracking, Dynamic coach, Wordtimer (2nd-time zone + local 24h time), Analytics (Measure mechanical movement: Rate, Amplitude, Beat Error)and Pusher settings (24h display | Wordtimer | Activity | Workouts).
LUMINOX ICE-SAR Arctic 1002
The 46mm Carbonox™ case exclusive to Luminox is an extremely tough and durable carbon-based material. It features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and powered by a Swiss Made quartz movement from Ronda and is water resistant to 200m. Its features include date, with a sweep second hand. Additionally, it is equipped with the Luminox Lighting Technology (LLT), which guarantees ultimate night vision for 24 hours a day for up to 25 years through their use of tritium tubes. The logo of ICE-SAR, with its four circle-section elements, inspired the shape of the bezels of the collection, and the hands are shaped to resemble the carabiners that the rescuers use on every mission. The hard-sandblasted dial calls to mind the lava fields that cover 30% of Iceland, and on the black/red models, the number 12 is replaced with 112, the emergency number in many countries of Europe and USA. The straps are made of genuine rubber with textile top insert and include a Carbonox™ signature buckle.