The Gift Guide: Under £700
THE GIFT GUIDE: UNDER £700
In an ideal world, we’d all own a luxury timepiece. An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore? No problem. A Vacheron Constantin Patrimony? That’s just standard, of course. Well, unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world and six figure excess can certainly be wince-inducing.
No fear. We’ve collated a fine round up of luxury timepieces for less – you can still attain craftsmanship without compromising on cost. Enjoy.
88 Rue du Rhone fill a real niche in the market: exceptional timepieces at accessible prices with a thoroughly modern touch. The Double 8 Origin wholly embodies this mantra and as such, is a standout watch.
Key Features: Swiss made, 42m, rose gold case with PVD coating, date window at 3 o’clock, ardillon buckle, quartz movement.
Perfect For: The style-conscious gent.
With in-house movements and a Geneva-based manufacture, Frederique Constant offer fine craftsmanship without breaking the bank. Enter the Slimline, a simple yet classic watch that is a great all-rounder.
Key Features: Swiss made, stainless steel, 39mm diameter, date window at 3 o’clock, quartz movement, sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 30m.
Perfect For: A chap that requires one watch for multiple occasions.
As the more suited big brother brand of 88 Rue du Rhone, the Raymond Weil Toccata hits the mark without trying too hard: clean dial, elegant alligator strap and a stitch of the price of most other Swiss brands.
Key Features: Swiss made, stainless steel case, quartz movement, date window at 3 o’clock, sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 50m.
Perfect For: An affordable dress watch option.
A huge portfolio from Longines presents a watch for every taste and the Conquest model packs more sportswatch appeal than most. Boldly brilliant but doesn’t go too far – spot on.
Key Features: Swiss made, 36mm diameter, quartz movement, date window at 3 o’clock, sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 300m.
Perfect For: A gent that needs an office-friendly sportswatch.
As arguably one of the most noted brands on the high street, Tissot have carved a niche through affordable watches with a high level of Swiss-associated skill. The T-Classic ties all the brand’s strengths in one place whilst keeping things relatively classic – perfect for that first watch.
Key Features: Swiss made, 42mm diameter, rose gold plated, quartz movement, chronograph functions, sapphire crystal glass, water resistant to 30m.
Perfect For: A gent that always requires a statement.