For years, “best quartz watches” would have been seen by purists as something of an oxymoron. The received wisdom was that for a watch to be taken seriously, it needed a mainspring. But high-end replica quartz watches have long since put paid to that myth: here are the best.
Hublot Big Bang Steel Diamonds
A Hublot Big Bang replica with diamonds bezel is an inherently maximalist watch, so it’s one of the few timepieces can rock an “iced out” look without seeming try-hard. With its 126 diamonds, the outward design is truly special but, as always, there’s quality inside the case: Hublot’s own reliable HUB2900 quartz movement boasts an impressive three- to five-year power reserve. The black rubber strap offsets the glitz of the diamonds just enough to make this a resolutely unisex piece. £8,600. At Watches Of Switzerland.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Indy 500
Designed in tribute to the Indy 500 – the storied 500-mile endurance race held annually in Indianapolis – 43 mm TAG Heuer Formula 1 fake quartz chronograph is only available in a limited run of 1,500. As well as featuring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway logo at six o’clock, the seconds and chronograph indicators at three and nine respectively have been designed to look like speedometers, while a strip of bricks on the dial references the Speedway’s famous brick starting line. For anyone even remotely interested in motorsport, this is an essential.