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    Eight bold designs that might just save the wristwatch in the smartphone age

    With tablets and smartphones capturing the hearts of 20-somethings these days, you might think that wristwatches have become obsolete. Well, the likes of Hollywood actor Zac Efron and pop star Rihanna are known to collect uber cool wristwatches that can make anyone jealous. Wristwatches, today, are more functional and fashionable than ever, and the ones presented here are as diverse as the individuals featured in this anniversary issue.

    Ashok Pandian

     

    Panerai Radiomir PAM574
    Officine Panerai watches are accurate, bold and extremely robust. The PAM574 is 42mm in diametre and comes with a manufacture movement and a 72-hour power reserve. The green alligator strap, plus the modest dimensions (by Panerai standards), allows the watch to be worn by women just as comfortably as men. Approximately Rs 5 lakh when it launches. Panerai.com

    Swatch Sistem 51Swatch sistem 51
    Swatch watches are brilliant. The Sistem 51 is ingenious as you get a mechanical watch (with an in-house movement) and an entry into high-end watchmaking. There are 51 mechanical movement components, all set to motion by a single central screw! A 90-hour power reserve keeps you going and going. Sistem 51 is the ultimate super-affordable luxury watch. Visit the Swatch showrooms to view one. Rs 10,000* plus. Swatch.com

    Tudor North Flag
    The North Flag is a fantastic wristwatch with its own manufacture movement, ultra durable steel case, sapphire crystal, chronometer certification, power reserve indicator and uber cool yellow accents on the dial. A watch of this calibre will last several lifetimes.Rs 2.4 lakh. tudorwatch.com

    Fossil Q Smartwatchfossil smartwatch
    At last we have a smart watch that actually looks, feels and acts like a watch. The Q line of smart watches from Fossil are compatible with iOS and Android. We like the Q Founder with a full touchscreen display and built in fitness tracker tool, with notifications from your smart device. Rs 18,000*. To launch later this year. Fossil.com

    Raidillon chrono
    Never heard of Raidillon? Neither had we. But once we noticed the bright colours and the sporting heritage, we were hooked. Made in Belgium, all Raidillon watches come in limited series of 55 pieces only, to celebrate the epic Spa 24 hour race in which 55 cars participate. This particular one has a Valjoux 7750 movement from ETA with open case-back, sapphire crystal, 40 hours of reserve power and at 42mm in dial with an anti allergic leather strap. Want to be unique? Rs 2.14 lakh. Raidillon-watches.com

    Carl F Bucherer ScubatecCarl F Bucherer
    Successful startup? This fine watch in 18K rose gold is created for the adventurer in you. Equipped with a helium valve, luminescent hands and a super precise automatic movement, this chronometer is at home both in sea and land. Rs 17 lakh. Available at ethoswatches.com

    Movado Edge
    Yves Behar
    Movado’s Edge collection now has a distinct look with a design from Yves Behar. This 34mm version in Rose gold is ideal for the modern woman with its minimal yet sophisticated look. Prices start from Rs 52,000*. Pre-order now at movado.com

    ICE Flower Paradise
    The Flower Paradise from ICE is categorised as a Unisex watch. It symbolises a peaceful, harmonious state and sports a Japanese movement. It’s also 100m water resistant and is made of silicone for extra durability. Rs 7,800*. Available on amazon.com

     

     

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