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Picking Your First Luxury Timepiece

Picking Your First Luxury Timepiece

Why some brands are worthy considerations (beyond just price point)

For many people, their first serious watch represents an important milestone in their life. Often it acts as an important memento. It can be an object that reminds them of a particular event in their life such as an anniversary or a promotion. For most, their first luxury watch exemplifies when they’ve truly arrived in the world.

Naturally, choosing that very first luxurious timepiece can be an exciting as well as arduous task. In the market today, options are aplenty. Being spoilt for choice is a good thing, especially for first time buyers but it can be confusing as well. Although picking out the right timepiece is down to personal tastes, it’s also prudent to pay heed to some basic guidelines.

Essentially, you will want a luxury watch that is versatile and comes with an accessible price. It also should be from a well-regarded and recognisable brand. Fortunately several watch brands in the market today have produced exemplary timepieces that fit these categories exquisitely.

Offering style, finesse, and watchmaking heritage along with an affordable price tag, they are natural choices for a first luxury piece. If you’re game for a serious timepiece to kickstart your luxury watch collection, then these choice picks should be on your radar.

Picking Your First Luxury Timepiece

Why some brands are worthy considerations (beyond just price point)

For many people, their first serious watch represents an important milestone in their life. Often it acts as an important memento. It can be an object that reminds them of a particular event in their life such as an anniversary or a promotion. For most, their first luxury watch exemplifies when they’ve truly arrived in the world.

Naturally, choosing that very first luxurious timepiece can be an exciting as well as arduous task. In the market today, options are aplenty. Being spoilt for choice is a good thing, especially for first time buyers but it can be confusing as well. Although picking out the right timepiece is down to personal tastes, it’s also prudent to pay heed to some basic guidelines.

Essentially, you will want a luxury watch that is versatile and comes with an accessible price. It also should be from a well-regarded and recognisable brand. Fortunately several watch brands in the market today have produced exemplary timepieces that fit these categories exquisitely.

Offering style, finesse, and watchmaking heritage along with an affordable price tag, they are natural choices for a first luxury piece. If you’re game for a serious timepiece to kickstart your luxury watch collection, then these choice picks should be on your radar.

Longines HydroConquest

Offering high performance, a timeless design as well as technical innovation and elegance, the Longines HydroConquest is an ideal option for a first luxury watch.

Priced from RM7,200, it also won’t break the bank. The stylish timepiece takes inspiration from the world of water sports and comes with a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, a screw down crown and case back as well as 300m water resistance. It’s a watch that you can strap on for a meeting or event and also go swimming with.

Available with a grey, blue, or black sunray dial or a matte green dial, each two-tone variation is paired with a steel bracelet or rubber strap. The HydroConquest line is equipped with an exclusive self-winding movement (L888.5) featuring an antimagnetic silicon balance-spring, which guarantees high precision and a longer life span.

Maurice Lacroix AIKON GMT Venturer

The Maurice Lacroix AIKON GMT Venturer appeals on many different levels. For starters, it marks the first time in the AIKON’s family diverse range that incorporates a GMT function.

For wearers, it’s a timepiece that can easily keep track of time in two cities. It also boasts a radically modern look that still retains the model’s aesthetic codes. It features a 43mm case and a dial layout with three hands as well as a second time zone and date at 3 o’clock.

Available with a white or black dial, the AIKON Venturer GMT is paired with an Easychange system affording its wearer the luxury of swapping straps to mix and match styles. At RM11,800 and featuring a ML 165 automatic chronograph calibre with date, hours, 24-hour second time zone as well as water-resistance of 300 metres, it’s a perfect start point for any budding watch collector.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385

In 1969 Zenith transformed the watchmaking industry with the debut of the El Primero, the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph.

One of the models that was kitted out with the cutting-edge movement was the A385, a tonneau-shaped steel chronograph with an eye-catching brown gradient dial. It was the first “smoked” dial ever to be made in the watch industry and for Zenith.

Now over 50 years on, Zenith has revived the iconic model for a new generation of watch afficionados. At RM35,900, it is certainly accessible, even more so as its 37mm tonneau-shaped steel case and pump-style pushers making it the perfect unisex piece. The model exudes vintage vibes and is faithful to the original model, with one of the key differentiators being the display back, which offers an unobstructed view of the El Primero 400 chronograph movement at work.

Longines HydroConquest

Offering high performance, a timeless design as well as technical innovation and elegance, the Longines HydroConquest is an ideal option for a first luxury watch.

Priced from RM7,200, it also won’t break the bank. The stylish timepiece takes inspiration from the world of water sports and comes with a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, a screw down crown and case back as well as 300m water resistance. It’s a watch that you can strap on for a meeting or event and also go swimming with.

Available with a grey, blue, or black sunray dial or a matte green dial, each two-tone variation is paired with a steel bracelet or rubber strap. The HydroConquest line is equipped with an exclusive self-winding movement (L888.5) featuring an antimagnetic silicon balance-spring, which guarantees high precision and a longer life span.

Maurice Lacroix AIKON GMT Venturer

The Maurice Lacroix AIKON GMT Venturer appeals on many different levels. For starters, it marks the first time in the AIKON’s family diverse range that incorporates a GMT function.

For wearers, it’s a timepiece that can easily keep track of time in two cities. It also boasts a radically modern look that still retains the model’s aesthetic codes. It features a 43mm case and a dial layout with three hands as well as a second time zone and date at 3 o’clock.

Available with a white or black dial, the AIKON Venturer GMT is paired with an Easychange system affording its wearer the luxury of swapping straps to mix and match styles. At RM11,800 and featuring a ML 165 automatic chronograph calibre with date, hours, 24-hour second time zone as well as water-resistance of 300 metres, it’s a perfect start point for any budding watch collector.

Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385

In 1969 Zenith transformed the watchmaking industry with the debut of the El Primero, the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph.

One of the models that was kitted out with the cutting-edge movement was the A385, a tonneau-shaped steel chronograph with an eye-catching brown gradient dial. It was the first “smoked” dial ever to be made in the watch industry and for Zenith.

Now over 50 years on, Zenith has revived the iconic model for a new generation of watch afficionados. At RM35,900, it is certainly accessible, even more so as its 37mm tonneau-shaped steel case and pump-style pushers making it the perfect unisex piece. The model exudes vintage vibes and is faithful to the original model, with one of the key differentiators being the display back, which offers an unobstructed view of the El Primero 400 chronograph movement at work.

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