From rugged and tough ones to delicate and bangle-like models, there is something that is just right for you, find out. Vaibhav Shastry and Parshathy J. Nath as they scout the city for the perfect wrist watches, both his and hers
Collection: Titan Raga, Titan Pearl, Titan Purple, Titan Edge, Titan Regalia, Titan Bandhan
Price range: Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 16,000 (Titan Raga) Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 16,000 (Pearl collection), Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 10,000 (Purple collection), Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 15,000 (Titan Regalia), Rs. 2,800 to Rs. 10,500 (Titan Bandhan) and Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 18,000 (Titan Edge)
Where to find them: Brookefields Mall, Zimson Swiss watch outlet
Want to sport a watch that will go well with your party wear? Titan Raga has Swarovski-crystal and pearl-encrusted ones. Designed like bracelets, these watches come with pure leather, steel or copper mesh chain straps. The dials are round, square, oval and triangular. Some of them are made of rose gold. Titan Raga’s high-end range is called Pearls and Purple collection.
The Titan Regalia goes well with formal, casual and social occasions. The sheet metal strap makes it comfortable to wear around your wrist, and it’s water resistance upto 30 metres means you can enjoy your swims wearing the watch. Titan Bandhan is the couple’s watch and can be a good wedding gift. It has silver and gold straps with an attractive dial. Titan Edge is known as the slimmest watch in the universe, measuring just 3.5 mm.
Collections: Enticer, Sheen, Baby-G, G-Shock, Edifice Chronograph
Price Range: Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 13,000 (Sheen), Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000 (Enticer) and Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 9,000 (Baby G), Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 16,000 (G-Shock), Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 25,000 (Edifice Chronograph)
Where to find them: Brookefields Mall
Casio has some good gifting options for ladies watches. Enticer features multiple dials that show the day, date and railway time. Sheen is the high-end range. Some of these feature rose gold finishing on the dials. These are also water resistant. The Baby-G collection consists of funky watches, specially designed for youngsters. These come with stop watches, timers and snooze-alarms. Dials come in pinks, blues, yellows and whites. They also feature neon lights which will illuminate the dials that is helpful in low light conditions. For young men who like roughing it out in the jungles, the G-Shock scores for its ability to take hard knocks. They are shock resistant and water resistant up to a depth of 200 metres. Latest models have a tough solar panel, which makes the watch function totally on sunlight. The Edifice Chronograph, with its stainless steel strap, white and blue round dials mean is suitable for both casual and formal wear.
Price Range: starts at Rs. 2, 87, 600 to Rs. 17 lakh and above
Where to find them: Zimson Swiss watch outlet
The Swiss brand Rolex is a sought after premium brand. Made in 18 K gold, the dials of these watches are studded with pure diamonds. They are made of both rose gold and yellow gold. “Ladies, who wear traditional saris with golden zari borders and gold accessories, prefer watches with a yellow gold finish. These are no longer just watches, but jewellery pieces,” says Prashanth M.K, the manager. “They do not need batteries as they run on your wrist movement. These are certified by C.O.S.C., Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the official institute that certifies the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland.” For male racers, it is the Cosmograph Daytona, with its chronograph, bezel, and a tachymetric scale which allows them to measure speeds up to 400 kilometres an hour accurately. The Deepsea is for underwater divers, water resistant to a depth of 3,900 metres. For brand loyalists, the Datejust is the traditional favourite, with its big bold display of the date and steel and yellow gold dials.
Price Range: Rs. 650 to Rs. 2,000 and above
Where to find them: R.S Puram
Are you a fan of sporty watches? Fastrack stocks cool and adventurous looking watches that feature leather straps and unconventional dial shapes. They also have unisex watches priced at around Rs. 650. If you want to add a bit of elegance to the funky look, go for those with metallic wrist bands, priced at around Rs. 2,000 and above. Fastrack has exciting new offers for purchases above Rs. 1,500 till December 31.