There never seems to be enough time at Christmas. From decking your halls to trimming your tree, there are so many festive tasks and chores to complete during December that the hours, minutes and seconds always get away from us.
Thankfully, a good timepiece will solve this seasonal problem. And, although watch enthusiasts are a notoriously hard-to-please bunch, we’ve sorted through the best marques and models to ensure you’re gifting the right watch this Christmas.
For a masculine option, Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
We’ve not been quiet in our admiration of Chopard’s Alpine Eagle collection. A recreation of Chopard’s first sports watch, the St Moritz, this latest addition to the unapologetically masculine line is the XL Chrono. Crafted in the Swiss brand’s sustainable Lucent steel and featuring a textured sunburst dial framed by an eight-screwed bezel, it’s a gift that will go down happily with any collector.
Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
For a striking collaboration, Breitling Premier B01 Special Edition
Even if your nearest and dearest are Breitling aficionados, they may not own a Premier. Compared to the Navitimer or Superocean, the Premier has always trailed behind a little. But, with this new striking collaboration with timepiece powerhouse Watches of Switzerland, the Premier has come of age. Limited to just 150 models and presented in a 42mm steel case with silver dial and two contrasting subdials, it’s an exclusive treat.
Breitling Premier B01 Special Edition
For an on-trend timepiece, Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’
After coming out on top at the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the Swiss brand’s new, blue-hued take on its popular Fifty-Eight has fully established its status as the unexpected hit watch of the year. From its snowflake hands to that matt domed dial, there’s much to like — but it’s that movement, Calibre MT5402, with its laser-decoration, satin-brushing and tungsten monobloc, that makes this a great gift for Christmas.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’
For something other than Swiss, Grand Seiko Heritage SBGR321
Had we not been struck by a pandemic for most of 2020, you’d have probably heard a lot more from Grand Seiko. Founded in 1960, the brand ‘celebrated’ (in the most inverted of commas) its 60th anniversary this year. But, while there were no big bashes or lavish events, this new watch was quietly launched to acclaim. So, if you’ve got a horological/historical buff you need to buy for, this handsome new blue-dialled timepiece has the time and a story to tell…
Grand Seiko Heritage SBGR321
For a practical present, Jaeger-leCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox
There are few things better than a practical present. From Jaeger-leCoultre, this new diving watch features an alarm — one that serves as an audible signal to remind divers that it’s time to return to the surface. But it’s not solely functional; there’s also fashion packed into that stainless steel, water resistant case. From Bâton à facette Recto Hands to that polished rhodium-plated appliques on the blue dial, it’s a bell-jingling option for Christmas.
Jaeger-leCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox
For an understated option, A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne is a true insider’s brand; cosy, intimate, and exclusive. Its watches, then, make for the perfect luxury gifts — understated and utterly delightful. The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, for example, is a true aficionado’s watch, and it is completely comfortable in its sleek lines, its masterful finishing, its playful-but-elegant sub dials, and its all-round class. Looking to please an unpleasable father-in-law? You could do a lot worse.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
For peerless expertise, Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Self-Winding Ultra-Thin
Every dress watch from this heritage Swiss brand is minimal and slimline; classical with subtle Latin finesse. It’s a design language spoken smoothly and clearly by Vacheron’s Traditionnelle pieces. Calling on 265 years of peerless horological expertise, this is the ideal timepiece to gift if you’ve got deep pockets — but don’t know your giftee’s particular tastes. It’s a thing of beautiful understatement — a watch of mastery that speaks for itself.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Self-Winding Ultra-Thin
For horological history, Vertex The Bronze 75
For 2020, Vertex pulled out all the stops, crowns and pushers to give us The Bronze 75. At its most basic, the Bronze 75 is a a bronze cased version of the brand’s existing M100 — but, with new bronze hands, lashings of Super-LumiNova and three strap options (our pick is the green NATO option emblazoned with the Union Jack), this is another timepiece that any self-respecting enthusiast would be thrilled to unwrap this Christmas.
Vertex The Bronze 75
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