Don’t rely on the Holiday Armadillo, use our guide to get some great watches
Watches that get lumped into that “fashion” bracket or those in the sub-£2,000 categories used to get a bad press. They were generally perceived to be the ultimate combination of style over substance; a name stuck onto something badly made in the Far East.
Well, if you still think that then you are very much behind the times, both those categories have improved considerably in the last few years. It is now possible to find some fabulous and well-made designs in both categories and what better time to explore the options than when looking for the perfect present for a loved one.
We’ve picked some of the best options out there, which we think will cover any last minute buying quandaries you might have
Frederique Constant Ladies Slimline Moonphase
Moonphases are generally considered to be the preserve of the really expensive watch, which is why this Frederique Constant is an absolute steal. This is a brand that is well-known for making fantastic quality Swiss timepieces, which makes this a very heady combination of style and substance.
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Vivienne Westwood Beckton
Cushion shapes are unusual enough, but cushion shaped and tortoise shell and you’ve got a really unique piece. It isn’t subtle but if you’re looking for something for the exhibitionist in your life, then this is the watch for them.
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Shore Projects Gift Box
Why buy one strap when you could have three? Which seems to be Shore Project’s motto this Christmas. To celebrate the “season to be jolly” you can purchase a Gift Box, which allows you to select one of the brand’s watch dials and any three complimentary straps. Ideal for the indecisive fashionista in your life.
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Folli Follie Santorini
The words “fashion” and “Swiss” used to be mutually exclusive but no more. Brands such as Folli Follie have been combining flair with watchmaking quality that only the Helvetians can provide and this Santorini is proof that they make excellent bed fellows.
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Queen of the quirky prints has finally branched out into watches. And, as you’d expect they are little slices of 1960s inspired retro cool. Also, because they are distributed by the same people that are behind Daniel Wellington, Ice-Watch and Henry London, you just know they aren’t going to fall apart at the first wear.
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Seiko Solar Ladies Bracelet watch
Elegant, doesn’t need you to spend any money on batteries and all for under £250. Sounds like a complete fiction, but that is precisely what Seiko has done with this gorgeous Solar Ladies Bracelet watch.
Not only does it look fabulous whenever you wear it, it also has an on-trend two-tone bracelet. We’re predicting this style is making a comeback, so get in now before everyone wants one.
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Wolf Watch Winders
If you know someone who has an automatic watch or two, you might have thought about buying them a watch winder but been put off by the blokey look of most styles out there. Wolf, on the other hand, has these cool mini-winders in some fab colours such as green or, our fave, this yellow. They are cutely feminine but not overly girly. And just £150. The perfect present for the watch lover in your life.
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