Affordable Watches: Festive Gift Ideas For Under S$1,000
Looking for a Christmas or New Year’s gift without breaking the bank?
SWATCH GOLDEN STREET - $205
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
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
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.
CLAUDE BERNARD REF. 80095 - $840
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
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
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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