A few weeks ago I spent some happy hours exploring some of my city's (Melbourne, Australia) Swiss watch boutiques. I discovered that I very much liked the Baume & Mercier Classima series: the 8791 model with the guilloché dial and blue hands looked good, and more to the point, felt good to wear. However, in my current penurious state though, it's unpurchasable (Australian $2900 from the ADs here). Then just recently I discovered that the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic, with the light dial, looks almost as good (not blue hands, though). As you see here:
And the Hamilton is about four times cheaper than the B&M: gray market prices are about $1900 for the B&M, as opposed to $480 for the Hamilton. Sort of makes me wonder about my original thoughts about B&M. I'm not sure about B&M in general - are they considered worth their prices? For watches in the low-end luxury brackets, people seem to prefer German (Sinn, Stowa, Nomos) than Swiss. I must say, though, finding the Hamilton was a surprise - to me it's a very elegant watch, and at a very reasonable price.