Luxury watches for men: Knights in ceramic armour

Ceramic watches for men: Contemporary, sturdy, and outrageously stylish — these ceramic watches merge technology and finesse

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In the 1980s, Swiss watch manufacturers IWC and Rado launched the first ceramic watch models. They've come a long way since then. Ceramic, an inorganic non-metallic solid, is all about durability and style. The material is harder than steel, light-weight, scratch-resistant, and looks sophisticated when brushed or polished.

Ceramic in tiles or tableware can be delicate, but engineering ceramic like zirconium oxide, on the other hand, can give watches an unmatched robustness. Today, watch enthusiasts love ceramic in their watches for its lustre, and more importantly, its longevity. From Hublot’s Big Bang Integral Titanium to Oyster Perpetual Rolex Sea-Dweller in Oystersteel with a black ceramic bezel, here are a few marvellous timepieces for a rough day, or just another casual day.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

Price: Rs12 lakh (approximately)

A diver’s watch in its essence, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is perfect for all occasions. Its beauty is enhanced by its unidirectional rotatable bezel fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic — virtually scratch-proof and its colour isn’t affected by ultraviolet rays. Coated with yellow gold or platinum using a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process are its graduations and moulded, recessed numerals — a visually impressive element that catches your attention instantly.

Calibre 3235, Manufacture Rolex sits at the heart of the Sea-Dweller. It delivers a power reserve of around 70 hours and since it is a deep-sea diving instrument, its 43mm Oyster case offers a water resistance of up to 1,220 metres. The timepiece is offered on a three-piece link Oyster bracelet, equipped with a Rolex-designed and patented Oysterlock safety clasp.

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Zenith Defy Classic Ceramic

Price: Rs7 lakh (approximately)

Style meets performance here. The Zenith Defy Classic Ceramic is an urban timepiece crafted in a remarkable blue ceramic case and bezel. Zenith offers the ceramic stunner in white as well as black, apart from the playful iteration in blue. The skeleton star-shaped dial looks incredibly enticing on the all-blue timepiece. A perfect mix of polished and satin-brushed surfaces makes the Defy Classic’s faceted 41mm case stand out.

The Defy Classic Ceramic is driven by the automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement which is visible through the open dial as well as the sapphire caseback of the timepiece. The movement delivers a power reserve of around 48 hours. The timepiece is fitted with a blue rubber strap with titanium double folding clasp.

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TAG Heuer Carrera CAR2A91.BH0742

Price: Rs5.04 lakh (approximately)

The TAG Heuer Carrera CAR2A91.BH0742 is a visual treat in ceramic and black. Housed in a ceramic sand-blasted case, the timepiece stands out with its pervasive dark colour scheme. Not only its case is in ceramic, but TAG Heuer made sure its band is also in ceramic for an overall tough look. Its beauty continues to amaze the wearer further with its black skeleton dial which looks gorgeous with the black 45mm ceramic case.

This intense timepiece is powered by the Calibre HEUER01 Automatic which delivers a power reserve of up to 50 hours. The watch, from the Calibre Heuer 01 series, is water-resistant up to 100 metres. The TAG Heuer Carrera features a see-through sapphire caseback.

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Octo Finissimo Watch Ref. 103077

Price: Rs12.86 lakh (approximately)

The Octo Finissimo is an automatic watch in black sandblasted ceramic, and its overall geometry looks fantastic. Its 40mm octagonal case augments Bvlgari’s fascinating design approach. Its small seconds on the dial and transparent caseback add to the beauty of this riveting timepiece. Not only its case, but the crown and dial too are in ceramic.

The watch houses an extra-thin mechanical manufacture movement, automatic winding with platinum microrotor — BVL 138 - Finissimo. The movement has been decorated by hand with côtes de Genève, chamfering and perlage finishing. The Octo Finissimo delivers a power reserve of around 60 hours and is offered on a ceramic bracelet with folding clasp.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Price: On request

A 41mm black ceramic case, and a dial brimming with contrast — the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked is a contemporary design that has impressed watch enthusiasts around the world. It is for the first time that the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked has been embellished with a black ceramic case. The slate grey openworked dial and the pink gold-toned double balance wheel mechanism, which is visible on both sides of the timepiece, look stunning on the watch.

The watch has a titanium caseback which presents a new engraving - Royal Oak Double Balancier. The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked is powered by the Self-winding Manufacture Calibre 3132 which provides a power reserve of around 45 hours. The watch is offered on a black ceramic bracelet with Audemars Piguet folding clasp.

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Hublot Meca-10 Ceramic Blue

Price: Rs18.69 lakh (approximately)

This timepiece from Hublot is visually stunning and promises peak performance. Housed in a microblasted, polished 45mm ceramic blue case, the overall design of the watch is rugged, and it never ceases to be interesting at any point of time. The watch features a matte blue skeleton dial, and before your eyes are fixed elsewhere, you will notice a cool power reserve indicator on the dial. Large hands and hour markers offer the wearer enhanced legibility.

Powering the watch is HUB1201 Manufacture manual-winding skeleton power reserve movement — delivering a big power reserve of up to 10 days. The watch is also water-resistant up to 100 metres. The blue ceramic timepiece is offered on a blue rubber strap with a black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant buckle clasp. 

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