A Nightmare Before Christmas

Stop your gift giving from turning into a nightmare with our handy watch guide

We all know that Christmas “comes but once a year”, which is why it is the perfect excuse to splash some serious amounts of cash on your loved one (or yourself, we’re not judging…)

These luxury watches may seem a little extravagant but, they really are once in a lifetime purchases so, if you work it out on a “cost per wear” basis, then it all of a sudden seems quite reasonable!

Or that’s the arguments we’re giving our other halves at any rate.

White Christmas

Baume and Mercier, Harry Winston and Georg Jensen watches

Baume & Mercier, Harry Winston and Georg Jensen’s white offerings

Despite white generally being a colour associated with summer, there are a few watches this season that are teaming white straps and dials with diamonds for a sparkly festive look.

It’s all very Snow Queen or Swan Lake, if you ask us. And that is definitely a good thing.

The Baume & Mercier is the most reasonable of the three at £4,990 and for that you get 61 diamonds as well as a mother-of-pearl bezel, which really emphasises it oval shape in the round case.

If it’s diamonds and lots of them that you’re after then look on further than this number from Harry Winston. This is stone-setting at its most exquisite– no wonder it’s POA!

For something a little different, we can’t get enough of Georg Jensen (RRP: £790). This is quartz but the combination of white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond indices is so beautiful, we’ll forgive it its movement.

Shop the collections: Baume & MercierHarry Winston and Georg Jensen.

Dark nights

Jaquet Droz, Chaumet and Patek Philippe watches

Jaquet Droz, Chaumet and Patek Philippe watches

Shorter days make us feel the pull of the darker side of life. Our wardrobes lean towards blacks, purples and dark reds and our watches are no exception.

Jaquet Droz incredibly opulent Lady 8 in sunstone (RRP: £28,200) could shimmer seductively in candlelight, while Chaumet’s black and pink gold combination (RRP: POA) on its Dandy watch feels like a relic of the between-war era with its juxtaposition of decadence and restraint.

If you’re not the type to mourn summer’s end by wearing black all winter then the dove-grey of this Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava in white gold (RRP: £18.870) is ideal. Especially when worn next to pale skin.

Shop the collections: Jaquet Droz, Chaumet and Patek Philippe

All that glisters…

Bulgari and Hamilton watches

Bulgari and Hamilton watches

Doesn’t have to be gold. For a more wintery shimmer, anything with a silvery sheen is the way to go. These styles also work with the fabulous neutrals that are everywhere this season.

At the more lavishly appointed end of the scale there is this diamond-and-blue croc leather strap version of the Lvcea (RRP: POA), while this Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady Automatic is a classic looking timepiece that will go with everything and a steal at £590.

Just make sure you combine them with cashmere and silk – manmade fabrics are just too infra dig for words.

Shop the collections: Hamilton and Bulgari

Boy’s toys

Rolex, IWC and Zenith watches

Rolex, IWC and Zenith watches

While men just don’t get the same colour options as women, dark dials and inky blue straps are the ideal way to winterise a watch wardrobe.

Everyone went a little crazy for this winter sky-grey Rolex Oyster Perpetual (RRP: £3,750) when it was first unveiled back in March this year, while the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition BFI London Film Festival is the perfect gift for any film buff. Zenith is definitely the brand for those in the know and this Chronograph is bound to impress any watch enthusiast in your life.

Shop the collections: Rolex, IWC and Zenith

 

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