Time and money The past few months have bled me dry financially. Christmas, not one but two New Years, ill-advised last-minute trips abroad, Valentine's Day, needless clothing purchases "because it's sale time", a caviar addiction … the list goes on and just thinking about it makes me ill. The smart move would be to rein in the profligacy but, I'll confess, I'm not all that smart and I'll be damned if I'll give up the caviar! Anyway, if you, too, are a spendthrift maverick and need to feed your watch compulsion but want to convince yourself that buying something cheaper can be satisfying, then here are three great and accessibly priced watches. First up we have something that has really caught our eye and is yet another step forward for Emporio Armani, whose fashion origins can turn off watch snobs. The house started to take timepieces seriously a few years ago, upping quality and craftsmanship. Inevitably, such improvements mean an increase in price but watches such as the ARS1101 (above right) represent excellent value for money. Swiss-made and featuring a Swiss quartz movement, the watch has a great combination of simple classic dial with throwback steel bracelet. At 40mm, the steel case is pleasingly retro-sized and features a silver-tone sunray dial with applied indices - another hat tip to watchmaking of the past. Features include a GMT hand, date window and 30 metres of water resistance. The Emporio Armani ARS1101 is priced at HK$8,900. Diesel is what is known in the trade as a "Marmite brand", a technical term that means you either love it or hate it. Much like its clothes, Diesel's watches (I refuse to call them "timeframes" as the brand insists on doing) are bold and never boring, and the DZ7330 Mini Daddy (right) is part of that long, loud and proud tradition. If you can move past the ludicrous name, you'll find an attractively priced (HK$2,400) fashion watch with lots of features and nice detailing. The chief attraction of this 46mm quartz watch is the distracting silver steel-to-black shading on the dial and bracelet. The two faces are for two time zones and water resistance is 30 metres. By Diesel's standards, the DZ7330 Mini Daddy is quite restrained but, as the company motto says, a watch like this is for "Only the Brave". At the very least it'll grab attention. Lastly, we have the Skagen 809XLTBN (right), an austere name for a watch that has wonderful form, great function and a design that is as slight as the Diesel watch is brutish. Skagen is a Danish-inspired American company that cares deeply about design, and the quartz-powered 809XLTBN reflects that; indeed, it won the prestigious Red Dot award for design in 2011. The watch is sized at 40mm with a thickness of 9mm, making it light, strong and sleek, and is a combination of steel (the mesh bracelet) and titanium (the case). The dial is a lovely sunburst blue and features a number of indications, including day and date. The watch also has 30 metres of water resistance. But, once again, it's the design that triumphs. The Skagen 809XLTBN is priced at a very tempting HK$1,998.