So, you’ve bought the festive socks and boxer shorts (both essential for any real Christmas morning), but what makes it really special? We suggest you ditch the aftershave kit and offer some peace and joy with a watch.
When it comes to choosing the perfect watch, the endless options can be overwhelming! So let us help you swerve. There are the super chic and ultra-rare varieties, like the 2021 asymmetrical Cloche de Cartier watch that Paul Mescal wore at the Fashion Awards this year (which would be on my list, but they only made 100), there are some. has stamped by the hottest fashion houses, and equally stylish ones for under £ 50.
Whether it’s time to pick a teenager for the first time, whether you’re looking for an investment to pass down generations, or need it to survive a trip to the Arctic, now is the time to sail.
Here is our selection of the best, watch carefully …
Watch in gold, incense and myrrh, it’s Christmas tradition! And adding a little shine to your wrist will only keep you going as we get closer to winter. There’s room for some super splurge here, like the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date which is available in 18kt yellow gold and a champagne-colored dial. (It really is an appetizing oyster).
Likewise, keep it classic with the must-have for all that is gold, Cartier. Their Pasha De Cartier style is one-piece, with interchangeable linked and navy blue bracelets. Two for one! Kind of. But don’t feel like you have to spend the earth to find one with longevity. Casio’s Vintage model, at just £ 49.90, has remained a hit since it was introduced as one of the first digital watches in 1974. You can’t dispute that.
Nothing says classic like an elegant leather strap with a circular dial. And as an added bonus, some of the best you’ll find can be found on Main Street. Ted Baker’s cost around £ 100 and their Mahatt style, made of stainless steel with a subtle graphic print, is a perfect entry level for beginners. At a higher price point, Bell & Ross, the Swiss manufacturer inspired by WWI pocket watches and WWII flight instruments, is a must-have for minimalists.
There are also countless pre-loved dealers to get the smartest watches at fractions of their original price. Watchfinder & Co stocks all luxury manufacturers from Jaeger-LeCoultre to Audemars Piguet, and has a certain midnight black, Hermès Arceau which is particularly tempting. The best part? You can order them in store to try them out before you buy.
Looking to wear the runway on your wrist? There is a clique of the best brands that make collector’s watches, usually cheaper than luxury watchmakers – which never hurts. Unless, of course, it’s Tiffany & Co. and Patek Phillipe, who announced a little over a week ago the end of Patek’s Nautilus model with 170 limited edition versions, with Tiffany blue dials. . The former sold at auction for over $ 6.5 million, and another was worn by Jay Z earlier this week.
Hope is not lost, however. You can get a Tiffany Azure Face from their in-house range of men’s watches for many less, or go for a sophisticated navy with the likes of Versace. And if you’re feeling like a Gaga for Gucci, there are plenty of them too – not to mention a real Christmas cracker.
For a burst of color, trees are your inspiration. Yes, they have a festive side, but also an elegance to accompany you all year round in the evening. Girard-Perregaux waved a green flag with its remake of the Laureato watch in collaboration with Aston Martin. The dial is offered in the automaker’s racing green color, both elegant and magical for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Glashütte Original, the German watchmaker, makes beautifully textured dials that you can find vintage at Mappin & Webb, while the Q Timex reissue of their 1978 Falcon Eye has also been enhanced in an emerald tint. At £ 159, this is definitely a race for which.
If it’s more sporty than chic you’re looking for, the functional market corner has all the occasions covered. The Montblanc Summit Lite smartwatch comes with Google’s operating system operating service built in, along with a heart rate monitor, barometer, accelerometer, and voice control. It’s also made of gorilla glass – because sapphire crystal is beautiful and all, but not when you’re on the side of a mountain.
Planning for more extreme? Seiko sells the watch to be worn by members of the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition mission to Antarctica; The 1968 Divers ‘Save The Ocean’ reissue comes with a scratch-resistant rubber strap and black ice inspired dial. Or for swimmers? The Pelagos de Tudor will take you underwater. 500 meters underground, to be precise. It’s time to take the plunge.