Affordable Watches: Festive Gift Ideas For Under S$1,000

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Looking for a Christmas or New Year’s gift without breaking the bank?

SWATCH GOLDEN STREET - $205
Swatch Golden Street
There’s no better colour to enliven the holiday season than a spot of yellow gold. Score big with your favourite girl by gifting her this Art Deco-ish timepiece so she can rock it at year-end parties or brandish it over the Lunar New Year and get nods of approval for its auspicious hue.

ARBUTUS EXCLUSIVE MOVEMENT AR915 POWER RESERVE - $575

Arbutus Exclusive Movement AR915 Power Reserve
The self-made man will appreciate this new Arbutus timepiece, which features an exclusive automatic movement with a power reserve indicator at six o’clock and date display below the 12 o’clock marker. This version also has dress watch appeal with its rose gold-IP case and chocolate croc-embossed leather strap. Sleek and sophisticated, this is a watch for the dapper dad.

TISSOT LADIES DRESSPORT - $780
Tissot Ladies Dressport
Sporty and feminine all at once, this versatile quartz chronograph makes the ideal gift for the superwoman who balances both work and family with ease. Chronograph counters sit on a mother-of-pearl dial, encased in a rose gold-plated stainless steel rose case paired with an elegant white synthetic strap.

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CLAUDE BERNARD REF. 80095 - $840
Claude Bernard Ref. 80095
Couple watches are the perfect excuse to get a present for your significant other and a gift for yourself. This Claude Bernard timepiece features a minimalist dial with a 39mm case that makes it totally unisex. It beats with a Swiss-made automatic movement, seen through the transparent caseback, and has a water resistance of up to 30m. Roman numerals and a black leather strap give the piece a classic spin.

VOSTOK EUROPE ALMAZ BRONZE - $880
Vostok Europe Almaz Bronze
For that life-long partner who always has to be on-trend, a bronze watch is the answer. Not only is the material beloved for its changing patina over time, this particular timepiece boasts an eye-catching emerald dial that’s sure to be a conversation starter. It’s also inspired by the Russian space programme, Almaz, which was part of a super-secret Soviet military space station programme started in the 1960s. How’s that for a talking point?

LUMINOX ATACAMA FIELD DAY DATE 1929 - $930
Luminox Atacama Field Day Date 1929
Something for your outdoorsy bestie? The one whose idea of a holiday is a trek up the mountains in Lombok? This is the watch to get. As a field watch, it’s rugged, reliable and water resistant to 200m, but it’s also great for daily wear to the office or on a night out. Plus, tritium tubes keep the watch illuminated in low light whether he’s camping in the woods or partying at a club.

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Melissa Kong

Managing Editor

Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".



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