Dubai Watch Week, where some of the world’s most intense watch collectors gather in November, is a venue for the introduction of spectacular limited editions, many of which are priced in the six figures. Anything under that is considered affordable fare by United Arab Emirates standards. In that spirit, here are five excellent and, relatively speaking, affordable timepieces introduced at DWW.
H. Moser & Cie has never been one to worry about making sure its logo can be deciphered by all. Many of its most popular models don’t carry the name on the dial; others feature it in a barely readable “invisible” format. On the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” the Moser name appears cryptically in Cyrillic to honor the company’s history as a supplier to Tsar Nicholas I and the Russian military. The case is bronze, and the black fume dial glows with luminated Arabic numerals. $19,700
Reservoir mines the rich connection between watches and autos with the Kanister collection, inspired by dashboard elements from the legendary 356 Speedster car from the 1950s. The watch is driven by two notable complications in a module built on to an ETA 2824-2 movement: a retrograde minutes, gauged along the upper dial in a design that recalls the car’s RPM counters; and a jumping hour indicator at the 6 o’clock position. $4,350
The main feature of the Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Jungle is the guilloché dial, with a wavy pattern inspired by the palm-leaf canopy of the jungle. The color varies between racing green, silver blue and shadowy black, depending on the angle of the light, an effect created with chemical vapor deposition. The gears and wheels of the movement are visible on the dial, which tells time via retrograde minutes and seconds, along with hours at 12 o’clock. $9,700
The Girard Perregaux Laureato, a sought-after and affordable alternative to those other two iconic steel sports watches – Patek Phillipe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak – shimmers here with a dial lustrous green grand feu enamel dial over a guilloché sunray motif. (There is also a blue option). The 42mm Eternity retains the faceted bezel (8 sides compared to the original’s 14) and cushion case of the 1969 original. CHF 13,460 (about $14,650)
The Ressence Type 1 Slim DX2 limited edition was one of the hits of Dubai Watch Week, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. The sharp angled motif on the dial was inspired by Arabic geometric patterns. The nine components that make up the mosaic pattern on the dial, made of German silver, are finished in sand color PVD (physical vapor deposition). The case is titanium. CHF 22,500 (About $24,000)