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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro

What kind of watch do you wear?

Especially today, when wearing a wristwatch is practically obviated by the near-ubiquitous use of cellphones, the timepiece found on one’s arm makes a statement about how people perceive themselves.

A sport watch from Nike or Garmin would seem to indicate enthusiasm for athletic pursuit. Inexpensive fashion statements from Nixon or Nooka could signify a love of high design. Splashing out on a true luxury timepiece from Rolex, Bell & Ross or Breitling serves as a sort of human plumage display to connote, “I have thousands of dollars – at least – of disposable income.”

Any yet, every one of those mechanized bracelets is less functional than the iPhone or Galaxy in your front pocket.

A similar lesson can be seen in the world of luxury cars – and it’s especially poignant in the hot entry-level premium segment that Audi’s A3 has made its home. Looked at under the harsh lens of the non-premium car market, there are clearly vehicles that offer more – or at least equal – in terms of performance and feature-set than does the $29,900-base A3. That said, just as that vintage Omega Seamaster says something on your wrist that that admittedly more versatile Casio G-Shock does not, for some of us, piloting the sleekly designed Audi point-of-entry makes a kind of sense that the larger, more powerful and equally surefooted Subaru Legacy 3.6R, for example, does not.

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