The holiday season is officially here! You know the Christmas cheer is at its peak when the city glistens with sparkling lights, red, white, and green festive shades and almost every cafe has that sweet smell of hot chocolate and cake. With the festivities and numerous Christmas parties and get-togethers in full swing this season, the social pressure of turning your A-game on is quite high. However, in this hustle and bustle, we often overlook one aspect- the time slipping away. But what if you can freeze this time? What if gifting a timepiece would mean gifting someone time? The best gift indeed this Christmas, don’t you think. Glimmers of hope and welcoming merrier times, a timepiece marks changing times, and that better things await us!
A watch is such a good Christmas gift idea. There is something for every style, every personality, and yes every budget. Here are our top 6 recommendations of watches you could gift your loved ones and yourselves this Christmas.
1. Tank Louis Cartier
This watch… a statement piece the minute you wear it. Why this makes the perfect Christmas gift? It embraces the moments to come. A gift that your loved one can wear for the entire year. Timeless, elegant, dandy, and pure, this rectangular piece is a mastermind of two watchmaking icons. In colour, the Louis Cartier Tank cultivates its timeless elegance. Blue and red were an obvious choice because they are synonymous with Cartier. The watch’s pristine lines are highlighted and enhanced by a strong red and a vivid blue.
Cartier has included complex features such as Roman numerals and gold-colored “train lines” in these editions, which contribute to emphasise the dial’s graphic intensity. Both these Tank’s use a Manufacture 1917 MC movement with manual winding, with the blue version in pink gold and the red version in yellow gold harmonised with the straps. To commemorate these new Tank interpretations in 2021, the Maison is providing free maintenance and repair to any owner of this watch, regardless of the year, it was manufactured in. Happy holidays!
2. Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds In Green
Green, the colour of revival and good fortune! Perfect to honour the Christmas mood, isn’t it? For 2021, La Grande Maison presents the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds in Green, which pays homage to Reverso’s early use of color. The lush green of the pine trees that surround Jaeger-LeCoultre is reflected in the rich tone of the sunray-brushed lacquer dial and matching leather strap.
The Vallée de Joux is home to LeCoultre. The dial has all the Reverso Tribute’s trademark design elements, including applied indexes instead of numerals to show the hours. Their faceted design echoes the Dauphine’s hands and gives the lacquered surface visual depth. The circular track of the little seconds display in the lower half of the dial serves as a counterpoint to the dials and case’s linear architecture. When the case is flipped over, a sunray pattern on the inside of the cradle is seen, echoing the sunray brushing on the dial.
With an aesthetic appeal, at the risk of being too “cliche”, this watch is just the perfect Christmas companion for your Eve dinner.
3. Panerai Piccolo Due Madreperla
Red and white? Ok, so it maybe another “typical” choice but it is the most-fitting Christmas watch. The perfect companion while you sip on a glass of merlot and delve into the Christmas vibes. Do we need any more explanation for this beauty of a watch? A manifestly elegant execution, you know what to gift your lady love. The new Panerai Piccolo Due Madreperla pushes the boundaries of the Luminor Due line, reimagining it with a global perspective. The outcome is a dynamic and varied statement of Italian style, balancing innovative materials with refined aesthetic features.
Panerai‘s aesthetic is unrivalled, and it’s complemented by iridescent mother-of-pearl, a dazzling material that gives each watch its own personality. It reflects the light shed by numerals and indices filled with white SuperLumiNova with green brilliance, and proves an attractive compliment to the pink gold colour hands, applied numerals, and date window that shimmer with warm radiance.
The red, lustrous alligator strap that goes with it is a unique, classy accessory that has global appeal. You can also customise this 38 Piccolo Due Madreperla with a wide range of alternative straps in a variety of colors. We’ve thinking a pristine white or even a bright green!
4. Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
You can never go wrong with a classic. Just what you need to kick-start the New Year on a majestic note. Honouring a hallmark design with 100 years of boldness with a whimsical twist, the 1921’s can be spotted from a distance because of its exquisite, traditional, yet quirky, original appearance. It is more than a watch; a symbol of Vacheron Constantin’s inventiveness.
Three new varieties dedicated to antique watch collectors and aficionados celebrate its rich heritage. Beautifully understated, this watch is minimal yet enough, to add to the Christmas cheer. A cushion-style case, a diagonal display, and a crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock are all visual twists that witness to an aesthetic that appeals as much to its off-kilter design as it does to its timeless character.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary, three new versions of the American 1921 are available: two in 18K white gold and a 100-piece limited edition from the Collection Excellence Platine, all driven by the Calibre 4400 AS in-house manual-winding movement. All that glitters is not gold, but this is a watch to own, we’ve been told.
The spacious 28.50 mm diameter offsets the calibre from its usual axis and amplifies it by the transparency of the sapphire caseback, while its imposing barrel ensures a power reserve of roughly 65 hours (three days). The perfect Christmas watch to wear, well almost everywhere!
5. Tudor Black Bay
Doesn’t this make for a perfect dress watch? The gender-neutral Black Bay 41, 36, and 32 models retain the aesthetics of the Black Bay line, including the distinctive angular “Snowflake” hands, as well as the reliability and long-standing relationship to TUDOR divers’ watches. They have a versatile athletic chic that easily transitions between formal and more laid-back settings.
The casing made of 316L steel is one of the most durable stainless steel available and is waterproof to 150 meters (500 feet); thanks to the screw-down crown and case-back. Despite not being visible, the movement–the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking knowledge–is exquisitely adorned and calibrated to the watchmaking industry’s finest chronometry standards.
6. Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II
Winter is coming! And so is the holiday season. This watch just gives us those frosty vibes during Christmas while we sip onto hot chocolates. Hublot and Sang Bleu have rekindled their creative partnership to design a colourful new trio. Blue, grey, and white are now available for the new Big Bang Sang Bleu II Ceramic watch.
The Big Bang Sang Bleu II, designed by Maxime Plescia-Buchi and Hublot, has the power to shock and astound with its acute angles, sculptural case, and many facets as if carved in a diamond. The design of the case, bezel, case centre, strap, and dial are with their unique geometry and come together with seamless fluidity.
Each of the new Big Bang Sang Bleu II will be offered in a 200-piece limited edition. The UNICO Manufacture self-winding chronograph houses in a 45-mm casing made entirely of high-tech ceramic. An all-White Christmas watch? This is the one.
Now, although you are buying/gifting these watches at Christmas, the versatility of these picks ensures that you could wear them all year round frequently, irrespective of their festive shades. From the traditional Tank’s to the uber-cool Tudor, these Christmas suggestions are thoughtful and timeless additions to any watch collection. Merry Christmas, folks!