Buying presents is up there with the most stressful of seasonal tasks. You have to ensure that your friends and family unwrap something that they love — but not something they’d buy themselves. It has to be something they really want — but don’t expect. It’s a tricky one.
And that goes double for watch lovers. A notoriously hard-to-please bunch, we’ve ensured you don’t wind yourself up over buying them the perfect presents — and compiled the watch enthusiast’s gift guide.
Keep their collection ticking with a watch winder
Any watch-obsessed friend you may be buying for likely has several timepieces in their collection already. They’re probably more expensive than his car, too. So, to help him look after them properly and display them in the style they deserve, why not invest in the Rivera Watch Winder from David Linley. Evoking the glamorous yachting scene of the Côte d’Azure, this hardware will help keep his watches afloat.
David Linley Rivera triple watch winder
Give his hands a helping hand with a watch repair kit
Keeping timepieces in tip-top condition can be tricky work — especially with daily wearers. But, with the help of Lorenzi Milano’s watch repair kit, you can keep all of your watches looking box fresh. With a dusting brush to a magnifying glass, this is the clear winner for a meticulous watch owner this Christmas.
Lorenzi Milano watch repair kit
Keep things strapped up with a leather watch roll
If their job keeps them on the road — but they still love watches — a watch roll could be just the trick. Throwing a selection of timepieces into your suitcase is never a good option, so gift them this full grain leather watch roll from William & Son. This way, they’ll be able to store their watches safely, and in style. We love the grey colourway, but try to match the colour to their favourite watch.
William & Son leather watch roll
Let them flash their collection with a Leica camera
If there’s one thing watch collectors like more than anything else, it’s bragging about the calibre of their collections. Of course, Instagram is the best way to boast to the largest audiences, so make sure they’re taking the finest photos of their timepieces by gifting them the perfect camera. And, with Leica’s M240 in their hands, whatever’s on their wrists will be the envy of everyone.
Turn some pages with a book on watches
If he’s not talking about watches, he’s probably looking at them on social media or eyeing up his next purchase online. This book, then, is the perfect companion. As into horology as he is, it will tell him what watches Churchill, JFK and Paul Newman wore. It’ll explore the appeal of timepieces to men and, overall, prove that timepieces are more than just dial deep.
A Man & His Watch by Matt Hrenek
If you’re feeling flush, add to his collection
Generosity is the order of the season, but if you’re feeling particularly deep-pocketed, add to his collection with one of these classic models.
One of the more surprising models to have come out this year came from famed pilot’s watch manufacturer, Breitling, with their new Premier collection. This, the Premier Automatic 40, is beautifully refined with its blue dial. If he is a bit of a stargazer, we recommend Vacheron Constantin’s new Fifty Six complete calendar with its striking moon phase window. Or, gift a watch that no collection is complete without — the Rolex Datejust, a design that can be spotted a mile away and a movement that will keep going til the end of time. It’s a watch not just for Christmas.
Breitling Premier Automatic 40
Vacheron Constantin Fifty Six Complete Calender
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