The sub-$1,000 watch market is as broad as it is deep. There’s a huge spectrum of watches available. Many you’d be best to steer clear of, but occasionally there are some that really stand out from the crowd. And they do that by avoiding the current trend of being a homage piece. So, my fellow horologically-inclined enthusiast, what I have for you is a curated list of watches featured on Haulogerie in the past that fall into the category of being affordable, enjoyable, wearable and above all else worthy of your serious consideration. Enjoy! 🙂Ayers Watches MetropolitanOne of our most favourite pieces we featured on Haulogerie this year, the Metropolitan from Ayers Watches is a piece that really exemplifies the idea of passion, creativity and, of course, quality. From the multi-spoked dial to the cushion-shaped case, what’s not to love about the Metropolitan? It’s available in a variety of dial colours, and it features lume like you wouldn’t believe. Do yourself a favour and check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Find out more here.Alexander Venacci DESIGN1In terms of watchmaking brilliance, the DESIGN1 from Alexander Venacci reigns supreme on this list. Its aesthetic design is reminiscent of that from the Patek Philippe Nautilus collection, but instead of it being a typical homage piece, it instead has a very unique and very individualistic look to it that I personally love. It’s powered by an automatic movement that compliments the soft look of the watch incredibly well, and in terms of quality watchmaking in its entirety, I think it’s safe to say that the DESIGN1 is one of our favourites.Find out more here.Flint Watches Patina CollectionSome may lay claim to minimalistic-cross-Bauhaus watchmaking going out of fashion, but the Patina Collection from Flint Watches combines the simplistic look of a minimalistic timepiece with the natural beauty derived from copper. The expansive dial and sleek hands put the majority of your focus on the beauty of that copper bezel. It’s available in a variety of bezel colours and strap options, with each variant’s strap option complimenting the piece in a different way. Overall, the Patina Collection is both appealing and intriguing, especially after you realise just how much effort went into creating that bezel.Find out more here.Rumoe Nobel RoyalThis is a piece that we were fortunate enough to spend some hands-on time with, and it definitely did not disappoint. Classical styling, very wearable dimensions, a simple dial layout that’s both relevant, informative and extremely well put together, the Rumoe Nobel Royal is a watch that I wear almost every day. Wear it with a suit and tie, or with your favourite casual outfit, the Nobel Royal will not disappoint. Its timeless design is one that I love, and the fact that it’s powered by an automatic mechanism is like the cherry on top a very affordable package. Very impressive.Find out more here.Seals Watch Co. Model C Field ExplorerThis was a very exciting watch we had the opportunity to feature on Haulogerie. From its vintage-inspired architectural design to its highly texturized dial, the Model C Field Explorer was definitely a fan-favourite. The bold hour luminescent-coated numerals accentuated this watch’s military appeal, as did the broadness of its hour and minute hands, and the red-tipped seconds hand. The robust stainless-steel case and exposed hexagonally-shaped crown rounded off an aesthetic that was immensely fun. Simply put, the Model C Field Explorer is a very cool watch.Find out more here.Xeric Trappist-1 MoonphaseOne of coolest looking pieces we’ve ever featured on Haulogerie, the Trappist-1 Moonphase from Xeric was as much a spectacle as it was an enigma. There’s little featured on Haulogerie that can compare to the Trappist-1 Moonphase. Its super dramatic and very over-the-top look won the hearts and the minds of everyone here at Haulogerie. And while its mechanism was that of the battery-powered kind, we continue to rave on about just how awesome it looked.Find out more here.Codek Watches SpiralHere’s another piece that won us over with its super avant-garde aesthetic. The Spiral from Codek Watches does feature a somewhat conventional rounded case, but it’s offset by a very uniquely shaped touch of cool on the right-hand side of the case. The dial is also treated to a similar facet of cool, too. It features a waved pattern from the left to the right of the piece, offsetting the dramatic nature of the case with a more subtle addition of different on the dial. The Spiral is powered by a mechanical calibre as well. All the more reason why you should check it out.Find out more here.Tissot Everytime SwissmaticThis is a watch that I own and wear often. The Tissot Everytime Swissmatic is a gorgeous timepiece that looks and feels like a watch costing many thousands of dollars. The simple nature of the dial, what with the central stack of hands depicting the passing hours, minutes and seconds, and the discreet date-window, really emphasises the elegant and timeless nature of the watch. The classically shaped hands, exposed and riveted crown, and elongated lugs again are reminiscent of a far more expensive dress piece, but with the affordable nature of a Tissot timepiece comes with it the ability to easily dress the watch up or down. This is one of my personal favourites, and it’s one that seems to be getting a hell of a lot of wrist time. If you’re looking for a solid all-rounder that you can wear with a suit and tie, or in a t-shirt and jeans, then the Tissot Everytime Swissmatic may be the piece for you.Find out more here.Melbourne Watch Company Portsea Calendar ClassicThe second piece from a homegrown watchmaker to feature on the list, and undisputedly one of my favourite Australian watchmakers. Here is the Portsea Calendar Classic from Melbourne Watch Company. This watch was superb. I was able to spend a week with it, and from the moment I put it on my wrist I was captivated. It’s an interesting watch, both from a visceral and from a technical stand-point. You have the very distinct look of Melbourne Watch Company’s timepieces, with a marine-based look on the dial, and a super useful complication. Not exactly an annual calendar, but it does indicate the passing months, the passing day and of course the date. I love calendar-based mechanisms, and for such a young manufacture to integrate it into one of their pieces, well to say I was impressed is definitely an understatement. Looking for a sub-$1,000 watch with a bit more horological oomph? Definitely check it out!Find out more here.The Collins WatchThe Collins Watch was one of the first micro-brand manufactured pieces we featured on Haulogerie, and to this day (over a year later, mind you), it still resonates with us. In a good way, of course. It’s got a pilot’s watch vibe to it, but at the same time it’s very distinctive and unique. It’s a difficult piece to categorise, but one thing is for certain, it definitely ticked all of my boxes. It’s super cheap, exceptionally well made, comes in a few different case materials and does well to steer clear of that typical “homage” look I’m being accustomed to seeing with a lot of the micro-brands out there nowadays. Oh, and to top things off. It’s powered by the Seiko NH35A movement. Yep, the Collins Watch can walk the walk and talk the talk. And all that without burning a hole in your pocket. Do yourself a favour, follow the link below and check it out.Find out more here.
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