While the market is chock-full with a variety of dial sizes, the sizes 38mm and 42mm, and everything in between, remain the most popular. Among these, the 42mm for men is a go-to. So, we curated a list of 42mm size watches that make for great buys.
Breitling Superocean 42 Kelly Slater
Taking their design cues from Breitling’s iconic Superocean “Slow Motion”, released in 1965, the latest iterations of Superocean are a seamless combination of retro-cool looks and robust performance. While retaining the clean lines, chunky luminescent indexes, and squared-off hands of the original timepiece, the new models also come with modern features such as a ceramic-inlay bezel and brightly coloured dials—seen here is the orange-coloured display. Under the hood, we have the Calibre 17 that can store a power reserve of up to 38 hours.
Price: Rs 3,86,200
Hublot Big Bang Integral Green Ceramic
The master of crafting ceramic watches, Hublot once again, in 2022, released a slew of ceramic timepieces in all-new colours. Here is the Big Bang Integral Green Ceramic watch presented in a vibrant jungle-green hue that instantly grabs your attention. Just like its previous iterations, this watch has also been entirely made from ceramic and features an integrated bracelet, which is snug on the wrist. This Big Bang Integral model also offers superlative durability, and scratch resistance, while remaining quite light in weight. Besides this, the in-house Unico movement can be admired through the skeleton dial, which remains perfectly legible.
Price: Rs 19,22,000 (approx.)
Jacob & Co. Palatial Classic Manual Big Date
Best recognised for highly complicated and sporty timepieces, Jacob & Co. also offers a number of dress timepieces under its Palatial Classic collection, which has codes of Art Deco design. The Palatial Classic Manual Big Date is the manual-winding variant of the range and is equipped with the Calibre JCCM01, which offers a power reserve of 50 hours. Housed in a 42mm steel case, the timepiece features a guilloche pattern on its blue dial, comprising applied hour markers and polished dauphine hands.
Price: Rs 8,80,000
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
Presenting green-coloured watches has been a raging trend for quite some time and one of the brands which recently became part of it is Jaeger-Lecoultre
. The Swiss watchmaker earlier this year introduced its well-known Polaris Date in a green hue and garnered admiration from critics and watch enthusiasts alike. Crafted from stainless steel, the timepiece comes with a display that consists of three different textures, including sunray-brushed in the centre, grained for the hour chapter ring, and opaline for the inner bezel. Apart from this, there is a central, three-hand timekeeping system and a date window at three. The watch is equipped with the latest generation of the in-house Calibre 899, which beats at the frequency of 28,800vph and can run autonomously for up to a decent 70 hours.
Price: Rs 8,55,000 (approx.)
Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch
One of the hottest collections to come out of collaboration this year was the Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch. The series takes inspiration from space, offering 11 watches named after the planets in the solar system, with the sun, the moon and Pluto filling out the roster. Each timepiece is housed in a 42mm case made from Bioceramic—a blend of two parts ceramic with one part of a plastic-like material derived from castor oil. However, the show stealer here are the iconic elements of the Speedmaster, including the tachymeter bezel, the pump-style chronograph pushers, the dots flanking 12 o’clock, the convex dial, the tri-compax layout with recessed sub-dials and other. Paired with Velcro straps, the watches are powered by a quartz movement.
Price: Rs 20,000 (approx.)
Parmigiani Tonda GT Chronograph
The Tonda collection sits right at the core of Parmigiani’s offerings and is best known for its round case along with sporty looks. This year, the Swiss brand introduced brand-new iterations of the range, including the 42mm Tonda GT Chronograph which has been crafted from stainless steel. This ergonomically designed variation features a well-balanced display, which consists of three sub-dials in Granata hue in addition to the annual calendar complication. The watch is powered by the PF043 automatic movement.
Price: Rs 16,00,000 (approx.)
Tissot PRX Chronograph Automatic
Undoubtedly, the PRX collection has catapulted Tissot
to new heights of fame and glory. In 2022, the brand further expanded the range with the addition of the PRX Automatic Chronograph—a 42mm timepiece that is available in three different dial colours. Here is the silver variant of the watch, offering the signature design elements of the collection, including the integrated bracelet and the barrel-shaped case. The display comprises three black sub-dials at three, six, and nine o’clock positions along with a date aperture between four and five o’clock. The PRX Chronograph Automatic runs on Valjoux A05 H31, which a frequency of 4Hz and a power reserve of 60 hours.
Price: Rs 1,40,000 (approx.)
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