Whether you’re treating yourself or buying for a loved one, a watch (if you’ll pardon the pun) makes a timeless gift. They’re personal, intimate and full of style. We’ve selected five timepieces just asking for some festive unboxing.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
As far as blue-dialed integrated watches go, this Cartier Santos is the surprising (and smart) choice. Right off the block, the Santos is a certifiably iconic design that manages to be more than a century old and oh-so-80s all at once. Add to this the subtle blue dial Cartier has engaged on this 2021 model, as well as the frankly great design updates on this generation of Santos, like the quick bracelet change system, and this Santos is sophisticated and stylish. All good things in a gift.
Tudor Black Bay
Typically in a Christmas buying guide listicle like this, each of the watches would get divided into some pretty obvious tropes. Adventure guy, vintage gal, dive watch dude, classic style person — you know the drill. And if we were to go down this route, the Tudor Black Bay would happily fill every slot, honestly. Especially in this classic black and gilt combo with the in-house movement. What’s not to like?
Omega Speedmaster ’57
One small step for a man, one very important watch for Omega. There’s no doubting the legacy of the Speedmaster Professional, and this 2017 limited edition pays loving tribute to the original ‘Broad Arrow’ model from 1957. Purists will appreciate the flat bracelet, the sensitively colored lume and the ‘Dot over ninety’ bezel.
IWC GST Chrono Rattrapante
The late 90s and early 2000s were a golden era for IWC, which spent its time making some truly incredible tool watches like this incredible GST Chrono Rattrapante. IWC has a close association with the double chrono, and this gloriously stark version epitomizes not only technical prowess in the caliber, but also the case and overall construction. This watch is perfect for the master of the no-fuss flex.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
One of the most thoughtful things to gift at Christmas is something with a personalized message. And when it comes to blank canvas potential on watches, you can’t beat the Reverso. This beautiful blue-dialed Reverso Tribute Small Seconds features a solid caseback, just waiting for your own private inscription. The only question is, what to engrave? A special date, a short note, or entwined initials. The options are endless!