It’s that time of year again where many of us celebrate time itself by getting a killer watch or watch-related product for our favourite collector. If that applies to you, look no further than the following Christmas Gift Guide, which is guaranteed to please any modern horological lover. Running the full gamut, it features limited-edition timepieces, unique collaborations, stylish accessories, comprehensive books, and other goodies. The clock is ticking so get one of these terrific gifts before it’s gone.
RZE Ascentus GMT Titanium Dive Watch
In partnership with RZE Watches
Representing a small team of designers and watchmakers, RZE strikes an expert balance between performance, ergonomics, and durability. Titanium timepieces are the name of their game and it’s resulted in a string of versatile stunners, all of which offer no shortage of radical detail and bold function. For proof, look no further than the Ascentus GMT, a rugged four-hander with the ability to track three time zones at once. This is boundary-smashing and border-crossing wristwear and it cultivates a ceaseless spirit of adventure.
Powered by an automatic movement, the Ascentus GMT sweeps a lollipop seconds hand over grain-textured dials, colour-matched date wheels, and applied baton markers filled with Swiss Super-LumiNova. Whether you’re high on a mountain peak or deep below the water’s surface, the piece’s lumed arrow-tipped hands work in conjunction with its unidirectional 24H titanium bezel to deliver prime legibility at a quick glance.
Driving home the wearable vibe is one of the most comfortable titanium bracelets ever created, every link of which is individually stamped and drilled before being milled to perfection. Effortlessly lightweight, the bracelet moves gracefully on the wrist in tandem with your own motions to offer unprecedented freedom. This brand definitely isn’t messing around and neither are you, should you pick up the revolutionary GMT watch. – $549.00
Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Powermatic 80
In partnership with Ashford
Taking its name from the street in Le Locle, Switzerland, where Tissot’s factory was first established in 1907 and remains to this day, the Chemin des Tourelles captures the elegant spirit of Tissot like no other timepiece. This watch’s refined 42mm stainless steel case – one of the largest in Tissot’s T-Classic collection – houses a Powermatic 80 movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve that outclasses comparable designs.
The timeless silver dial, which boasts a date window at 6 o’clock, is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, while the exhibition case back through which the movement can be admired is a welcome luxurious detail. Water resistant up to 50 metres, this watch is built for durability, while the finishing touch comes courtesy of a tasteful silver and gold stainless steel bracelet secured by a butterfly clasp closure. For the gent in search of a chic timepiece that will complement any outfit, this one’s impossible to pass by, particularly at this price point. – USD$329
Longines Record Heritage Chronograph
In partnership with Longines
Longines honour its pure watchmaking tradition with the new Record Heritage Chronograph. The prewar-inspired timepiece is a stunningly well-balanced love letter to the ’40s aesthetic with a sensible concession to modern tastes. Featuring a matte black texture, the dial is beautifully contrasted with gold dial text, hands and applied hour markers for a bold aesthetic. Furthermore, the watch arrives with either a brown calfskin leather strap with contrast stitching or a stainless steel bracelet for a dressed-up look.
Slightly larger than its vintage predecessors, the stainless steel case measures 40mm in diameter with a thickness of 13.8mm, yet captures the essence of the original proportion and scale. On the back, a sapphire crystal window within the caseback offers a peek at the exclusive ETA-produced 4Hz automatic chronograph calibre as well as a guaranteed depth rating of 30 metres. Additionally, the COSC-certified chronometer movement improves accuracy, utilising a silicon balance spring and an increased maximum power reserve of 59 hours. Blending the best of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship, Longines Record Heritage Chronograph will look great everywhere from the office to your favourite bar. – AUD$4,650
Zenith CHRONOMASTER Open
For the distinguished collector (or gift-giver), we present Zenith’s extraordinary CHRONOMASTER Open. Its brilliant display injects traditional design language with a touch of the avant-garde, putting skeletonised windows against an otherwise classical interface. Peer close to see its El Primero 3604 1/10th of a second automatic chronograph movement in action.
OMEGA Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer
OMEGA’s iconic Speedmaster series is beloved by watch collectors all over the world and with good reason. This particular model was crafted in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and it tracks the date and time on Mars in addition to a slew of other functions. It goes out to true adventure-seekers, for whom space is an endless mystery but also a destination.
Seiko Prospex SRPJ53k Eucalyptus
Seiko’s legendary Prospex line continues to upend one’s expectations of form and function alike. Enter this limited-edition diver with its one-way bezel and eucalyptus-inspired display. Girthy by design, it measures 45mm in diameter and offers water resistance to 200m.
Longines Master Collection 190th Anniversary
Longines celebrates 190 years of distinction, precision, and innovation with its exclusive Master Collection. We’re going gaga for the 18kt yellow gold iteration and its bold interplay between immaculate detail and minimalist design. Features include scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protection, Arabic numerals, an exhibition caseback, and a supple leather strap.
Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph
The Saxon masters at Glashütte Original have resurrected a glorious retro design with this 40mm stunner of stainless steel. Its square-like case with rounded corners will have you doing double takes and so too will the vintage details on its colourful dial face. Get it with a strap of either leather or steel and prepare to turn heads.
G-SHOCK Full Metal GM-B2100 D-1A
The octagonal design of this ultra-tough juggernaut makes a direct callback to the very first G-SHOCK from 1983. This is also the first Full Metal watch to join the brand’s current 2100 series. Ergonomic on the wrist and always ready for action, it comes with Tough Solar, Smartphone Link, and other modern functions.
Swatch x OMEGA Moonswatch
Two distinct legacies become one with this mega-popular collaboration between Swatch and OMEGA. Forged from sustainable bioceramic (a blend of ceramic and bio-sourced material), each model pays respective homage to a different entity of our vast solar system.
Wolf + WM Brown Leather Watch Roll
A joint production from Wolf and WM Brown, this handsome watch roll gives your favourite wristwear a luxurious (and travel-ready) home of its own. Wrapping full-grain cow leather over stylish tweed lining, it features a removable padded roll, snap fastening, and artisanal designer emblems.
A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them
This acclaimed book by Matt Hranek chronicles the historic relationship between famous men and their famous timepieces. Brought to life with vivid pictures and details, it touches down on various artists, political leaders, and movie stars, as well as their iconic watches of choice. Your favourite collector will find something to relish on every page.
Carty Nato Strap Set
These military-style nylon straps are easy to swap as you go from one colour to the next. Behold the difference that each one brings to not just your watch but also your whole appearance.
Royal Oak: From Iconoclast to Icon
Defying multiple traditions upon its 1972 debut, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak went from outlier to icon over the course of several decades. This immersive book traces the extraordinary journey and features new archival materials along with copious amounts of cultural and historical context.
Grand Seiko Australian Exclusive GMT
The resilient Pink Flannel Flower of our native Blue Mountains inspired the vivid dial colour of this masterful watch. It represents Grand Seiko’s first-ever Aussie exclusive and comes available in preciously limited supply.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”
IWC’s instant classic measures 46mm in diameter and employs sleek ceramic construction on the desert-coloured case. A dark brown dial and beige rubber strap drive home the built-in theme. Top Gun, indeed.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222
Take a mere glimpse at this luxurious 37mm timepiece from Vacheron Constantin and you might see the dollar signs flashing before your very eyes. Its monobloc tonneau-shaped case and grooved bezel harken back to a 1970s predecessor, the historic ‘Jumbo’ 222. If you can afford one, get one, and then invite us over so we can see it for ourselves!
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique
Blancpain’s trailblazing dive watch delivers fifty fathoms of awesomeness and no shortage of radical detail. Water resistant to 30 bar, it runs on Caliber 1315 with a whopping 120-hour power reserve. Get one for the collector in your life and they won’t know how to thank you.