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Luxury Watch Gift Guide 2019November 29, 2017 - Watch Articles
Read our luxury watch gift guide to find the perfect timepiece for your family and friends:
- The Adventurer
- The Loved Up Couple
- The Multitasker
- The Budding Collector
- The Price Conscious
- The Vintage Enthusiast
- The Minimalist
- The Sea Explorer
- The Fashionista
- The Traveler
For the Adventurer: Rolex Explorer II
We kick off our luxury watch gift guide with a watch for the thrill seeker in your life. Adventure lovers will need a watch that’s as tough as they are. Rolex’s Explorer II is the perfect watch for any thrill seeker thanks to its exceptional resistance and ability to maintain its beauty in the harshest of conditions. The 904L stainless steel used for the watch is the same kind of material used in aerospace and chemical industries, ensuring that the watch has excellent corrosion protection. This timepiece is made with both a Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers to deliver great shock resistance.
The Explorer II has an Oyster bracelet which combines style and functionality. Its Oysterlock folding clasp prevents any accidental openings and the bracelet comes with an Easylink extension link to increase its length by 5mm. The dial has the standard hour, minute and second hands, as well as a 24-hour hand to display a second time zone on the watch’s 24-hour bezel.
For the Loved Up Couple: Rolex Datejust 41 and Lady-Datejust 28
Is there a couple in your life that loves watches almost as much as they love each other? Gift them matching Rolex watches to unify their favorite things. The Datejust and Lady-Datejust are timeless Rolex models that look beautiful when worn together. The watches’ bracelet is a 5 piece linked metal bracelet known as the Jubilee, and are made with 904L steel and 18ct yellow gold.
The champagne colored dial and its hour markers are set with 18ct gold to prevent tarnishing. The dial also features a Cyclops lense to magnify the date aperture, making it easy to read. The Datejust is made with Syloxi hairspring to provide great stability in various temperatures and is 10 times more precise than traditional hairspring in case of shocks.
For the Multitasker: Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Eight Days Perpetual
Gift the busiest person in your life with a watch that can keep up with them. Jaeger-Lecoultre’s Master Eight Days Perpetual watch offers a refined design, high performance standards and a multitude of features. In addition to the hour, minute and seconds, the dial features several subdials including a perpetual calender, day/night indicator, day, month, moon phases, red security zone and power reserve indicator. Thanks to the watch’s elegant design, the dial is not difficult to read. With its 8 day power reserve, this watch is any multitasker’s most dependable companion.
For the Price Conscious – Cartier Ronde Solo
When you have a lot of love to give, but are on a budget, Cartier’s Ronde Solo watch is sure to please everyone on your list. The watch unifies Cartier’s features with a timeless elegance. The dial features roman numerals, pointed blue hands and a rail-track minute circle. Buyers can select among over a dozen leather straps, great for giving your loved ones a versatile watch that perfectly suits their style.
For the Budding Collector: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph
Anytime is the perfect time to start a luxury watch collection, so help your budding collector buy gifting them Omega’s Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph. This watch is one of the best entry level luxury watches thanks to it its rich history, multitude of features, and elegance. Worn during the first moon landing in 1969, the Speedmaster is the watch authorized by NASA to be worn in space.
The dial features a 30 minute recorder, 12 hour recorder, and a central chronograph hand. The watch’s bezel has a tachymetric scale and a transparent case back, allowing the wearer to enjoy its complex movement. This model comes with a Moonwatch presentation box, consisting of a NATO strap, an astronaut strap, tool to change the bracelet, and book illustrating the Speedmaster’s adventures.
For the Minimalist – Patek Philippe Calatrava
For the person in your life who knows that simplicity is best, the Patek Philippe’s Calatrava watch is their ideal match. The Calatrava is considered to be the flagship line of Patek Philippe when introduced in 1932, and after all of these years the design has barely changed. This watch is elegant in all aspects of its design: the case is made of yellow gold and has a sapphire crystal case back. Its dial is white lacquered with roman numerals as well as a discreet seconds subdial, keeping the dial looking clean.
For the Vintage Enthusiast: Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Classic Large Duoface
For the vintage watch collector in your life who almost has it all, the Jaeger-Lecoultre’s Reverso Classic Large Duoface watch might be their next favorite. Made to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Reverso, this watch features a dial on its front and second dial on its case back. These dials can be easily flipped, allowing the wearer to keep track of a second time-zone. The front dial has an art-deco theme with Arabic numerals to display the hours, minutes and small seconds. The back dial features rounded hour markers arranged in the shape of the sun, contrasting the straight lines of the front dial.
For the Sea Explorer: Breitling Superocean Héritage II
Do you know someone who spends as much time underwater as they do on land? Breitling’s Superocean Héritage II is the perfect accompaniment to their aquatic adventures. Originally made for professional and military divers in 1957, the Superocean Héritage II is water-resistant up to 600 feet and has an automatic pressure valve. The watch’s steel case and ultra-hard ceramic bezel is scratchproof and shock-resistant. Its unidirectional bezel is ideal for measuring diving time effectively. The watch’s crystal is made of cambered sapphire and is glare proof on both sides. This model comes in several variations, allowing the buyer to select their dial color and bracelet material.
For the Fashionista – Coco Chanel Code Coco
Get the trendsetter in your life their next best accessory. The Code Coco watch is breathtakingly beautiful and artfully includes various elements of Chanel’s signature handbags and jewelry. The bezel is set with 51 diamonds and the black lacquered dial is clean with only an hour and minute hand. The watch’s clasp, named Mademosielle, sits above the dial and is inspired by Chanel’s 2.55 handbag. Above the clasp is a princess cut diamond, providing subtle elegance. The watch’s steel bracelet features Chanel’s signature quilting and when the clasp is rotated, concealing the dial, Code Coco can be worn as a bracelet.
For the Traveler: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic
For your favorite globetrotter, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Geographic watch will improve all of their adventures. This elegant timepiece is easy to dress up or down, making it perfect for any occasion. The Master Geographic is made with polished stainless steel and its movement is visible through its sapphire crystal case back. Its wearer can enjoy an array of features including a 24-hour display, small seconds, date, 24 time zones and power-reserve indicator. The watch and its subdials are easy to read thanks to the varying depth and color of the hands.
What to Look for in a Luxury Watch
- Brand – Luxury watch brands represent style, success, wealth. The right brand will effortlessly enhance any outfit and boost the wearer’s confidence.
- Materials – There are many different materials that go into a watch, including stainless steel, platinum, or gold. The best material to protect the glass covering the dial from scratches is sapphire crystal glass, rather than mineral or acrylic.
- Movement – This refers to the inner mechanisms that allow the watch to work. Luxury watches are mostly mechanical, rather than quartz which are powered by batteries. Mechanical watches can be automatic or need to be wound on a regular basis. Consider which materials will best suit its compliment the wearer and their lifestyle.
- Functions – Also known as complications, functions are the features that a watch can have, such as a date wheel, chronograph, and moon phases.
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