The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

From a timepiece care kit to a premium watch winder, we’re here to offer our helping hands to dial up your gift-giving this Christmas

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

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

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.

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

David Linley Rivera triple watch winder

£8500

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Give his hands a helping hand with a watch repair kit

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

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.

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

Lorenzi Milano watch repair kit

£485

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Keep things strapped up with a leather watch roll

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

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.

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

William & Son leather watch roll

£360

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Let them flash their collection with a Leica camera

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

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

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

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.

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

A Man & His Watch by Matt Hrenek

£28

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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.

The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

Breitling Premier Automatic 40

£3,430

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The watch enthusiast’s gift guide

Vacheron Constantin Fifty Six Complete Calender

£19,700

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