Christmas Gift Guide - The Top 5 Watches for Him & Her
The lights are on, the tree is up and children everywhere are tucking into their advent treats. Are you ready? Or do you need some inspiration to help choose the perfect gift for your loved one. We’ve put together the ultimate horological gift guide with all the latest and greatest watches currently available. With something for everyone, our guide to the top 5 watches for men and women takes you through a range of styles making sure all tastes are catered for this Christmas.
For many aficionados, collectors and horological admirers alike, the ultimate aspiration is often to acquire a Patek Philippe from the Nautilus collection, although it may only be a select few that ever achieve the aspiration. An even smaller number will be fortunate enough to land themselves one of only 1,300 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G produced to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this iconic timepiece. For the man who has everything, here’s the ultimate gift from Patek Philippe.
Demand for Rolex sports models is once again insatiable, and no more so than at this time of year. Waiting lists have been hitting record highs with almost all the Rolex sports models being unavailable from Rolex agents in the UK without a multiple year wait. Still the most in demand watch of the year has been the Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR affectionately known at the ‘Batman’. Hard to find and constantly in demand, it’s sure to be heavily sort after again this Christmas.
The Rolex Datejust collection has been somewhat reborn in the last couple of years with the discontinuation of the 41mm Rolex Datejust II and the introduction of the new Rolex Datejust 41 (also 41mm). The new design continues the trend of gents wearing larger watches whilst featuring a sleeker more refined case, more in keeping with the original styling and purpose of the Datejust collection. For a long time it was thought that Rolex had discontinued the Roman numeral dials including the most popular grey / green ‘Federer’ or ‘Wimbledon’ dial but its back, although seemingly with far fewer available.
Significant advancements from Audemars Piguet this year have seen not only an increase in the warranty offering from 3 to 5 years, but also a brand new range of Royal Oak to celebrate 20 years of the chronograph with 4 new 18k rose gold models and 3 in stainless steel. The new designs are proving extremely popular, and the Royal Oak collection is now the most popular that AP have on offer. Our favourite of the 2017 novelties being the fabulous blue dial full rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph with contrasting rose gold subdials.
Another anniversary piece released this year sees Rolex replace the 40mm Sea-Dweller 4000 with a new 50th anniversary Rolex Sea-Dweller in 43mm with a single red ‘Sea-Dweller’ marking on the dial. The Sea-Dweller now sits in perfect confluence with the rest of the Rolex Dive collection being significantly larger than a Rolex Submariner (40mm) but not as big both in diameter (44mm) or in depth as the somewhat larger Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller. The new Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 feels perfectly balanced as a larger than standard sportswatch but fulfilling the need for slightly more presence on the wrist without being overly bulky or heavy. A perfect gift for the man that likes all the styling that comes with Rolex ownership, but with the engineering excellence that makes this timepiece a serious working tool if ever required.
As with our men’s gift guide, the premium choice for ladies this year has to fall to the wonderfully exclusive Patek Philippe. From Patek’s sports collection this exquisite rose gold Aquanaut is a luxurious offering and is further heightened by the addition of; a bezel set with 46 diamonds, golden hands and numerals. The white ‘tropical’ rubber strap provides the ultimate in comfort and style whilst enhancing and complimenting the fresh faced white dial. For a truly white fresh and frosty feeling this Christmas, look no further than the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5068R.
When asked to think of a ladies Rolex the first watch that generally springs to mind is a Lady Datejust in steel and gold with a champagne dial presented on the intricate jubilee bracelet. As current trends push the size of both men’s and ladies watch to larger sizes, our suggestion for the perfect classic look for a lady this Christmas is the midsize Lady Datejust 31. Bearing all the traits of the traditional classic Rolex look, but in a more modern size, this timepiece bridges the gap between the historic Lady-Datejust and a more contemporary style.
Mens for a Lady
Celebrity culture seems to be driving the fashion for ladies wearing mens watches with Victoria Beckham & Cameron Diaz both being spotted wearing Rolex Daytonas, and Myleene Klass being featured in the tabloids with her Rolex Daytona. A quick viewing of the many reality ‘lifestyle’ shows like TOWIE, Geordie Shore and Housewives of Cheshire all have a number of their lead ladies wearing men’s Rolex watches. Our choice for the perfect men’s watch for a lady is the Rolex Daytona formed in the pink Everose gold with the stunning chocolate dial.
It’s impossible to put a Christmas gift guide together and ignore the allure of a girl’s best friend. Bring a little extra sparkle to her Christmas this year with the Rolex Lady-Datejust 28. The elegant champagne dial on this particular timepiece is enhanced with 10 diamonds encased in 18ct gold settings. Rolex, champagne, gold and diamonds – what more could a girl want for Christmas.
A delightfully elegant, stylish and luxurious offering from Audemars Piguet is our gift of choice for the lady of your life. At 37mm it’s on the larger size for a ladies watch but beautifully crafted to ensure the wearers wrist is enhanced with both grace and grandeur. Sure to be a talking point on any occasion this Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet really is the golden gift of choice for Christmas.
At GWS we understand that buying a watch is a very personal experience and you probably have a number of questions to make sure any gift fulfils all expectations when unveiled on the 25th. Whether you’ve seen something you like, looking for something different, or just need a bit of advice, why not give us a call or contact us here. We’re always happy to spend some time to make sure you’re delighted with any choice you may make. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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