Watch Hunting With Sharmila Bertin
Parisian-born, Geneva-based Sharmila Bertin serves as editor-in-chief of The Watches Magazine. In our latest episode of Watch Hunting, Sharmila draws on her extensive experience in the industry to hone in on a small handful of modestly priced modern watches. Take a look below to see value-driven hits from Longines, Omega, and even one from Louis Erard.
Great Watches Under $5,000
Longines Heritage Classic Limited Edition for HODINKEE L2.8126.96.36.199
In 2021, Longines dug into their archives to revive a classic dial design with a modern twist. The Longines Heritage Classic 38.5 mm offers plenty of versatility with clean styling, contemporary sizing, and the inclusion of both a leather strap and a beads of rice bracelet. This crowd-pleaser offers the timeless look and heritage of a vintage piece without the fussiness and delicacy that comes with older watches.
Enthusiast’s Corner: Rare and Exceptional Timepieces
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition 188.8.131.52.01.001
It’s hard to be a watch enthusiast without also being a James Bond fan, especially when Omega introduces watches like the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition for No Time to Die. This beast is tough, sharp, and sophisticated – much like 007 himself. And with a lightweight titanium case, a breathable mesh bracelet, and 300 m (984 ft) of water resistance, this special edition makes for quite the devilish summer watch as well.
Iconic Timepieces: Great Value for Money
Le Régulateur Louis Erard x atelier oï 85237AA53.BVA33
If you want a watch that no one in the room has seen before, consider this one. Louis Erard has long been synonymous with regulator-style watches that separate the hour, minute, and second hands for a deconstructed display that has deep roots in timekeeping history. This particular collaboration between Louis Erard and atelier oï brings some captivating striations to the dial for an even more striking presentation.