It can’t have escaped your notice that Christmas is just around the corner. All those sparkly lights adorning every street, people singing carols and adverts about turkey might have given it away. If you’re still stuck on what to buy then might we suggest you think about giving those you love a watch. Read our gifting guide to give you a head start…
To whet your appetite, we’ve chosen the most desirable timepieces from the brands that made the top five in our Popular Choice vote at the Eve’s Watch awards.
Back in May, when we launched our Eve’s Watch Awards we had an idea. Why not incorporate a Popular Choice vote in association with Time Inc. UK – the publisher of Marie Claire, InStyle, woman&home, Livingetc and Country Life – and award the watch brand with the most love from the public?
It didn’t have to be a brand you owned or could afford, just the one captured your imagination. You voted in your thousands and in October, at the Eve’s Watch Awards ceremony at The Shard, Rolex was pronounced the winner with Michael Kors, Seiko, TAG Here and Omega taking the other four places in the top five.
As you love these brands so much we thought we’d pick our favourite from their collection to kick start our 2016 gift guide.
Eve’s Watch Awards Popular Choice Winner: Rolex
We can’t say we were hugely surprised by this decision, after all when you hear ‘Rolex’ it’s hard not to think of luxury and this Rolex Lady-Datejust 28 shows exactly why this brand is top of the horological pops.
Launched this year, this version of the iconic Lady-Datejust now comes in yellow or Everose Rolesor (Rolex’s proprietary blend of steel and gold), has been increased slightly to 28mm, which is still on the smaller side for a woman’s watch, and contains a calibre 2236, equipped with a Rolex-patented Siloxi hairspring, meaning it performs even better.
It does come with diamonds but we prefer the retro simplicity of the unset version, which is the one we’ll be dropping hints about seeing under the tree this year.
Discover more: The Rolex Cellini Watch Review
Second Place: Michael Kors
Having Michael Kors in the top five wasn’t really a surprise either, after all this fashion brand has been credited with getting women back into wearing watches again.
If you’ve got someone in your life who still needs convincing on that front then we suggest treating them to this stand-out piece from its A/W 2016 collection. It’s not a classic Kors design – there’s no chronograph or gold-plate bracelet – but it does have that statement feel on the wrist with which this brand is synonymous. The plum-coloured strap is very on-trend, while the interesting configuration of the sub-dials lifts the whole look of the watch.
It’s fashion-forward without being too directional and the ideal present for anyone unsure if watch wearing is really for them.
Discover more: Review of the Michael Kors Slim Runway
Third Place: Seiko
Seiko’s woman’s watch portfolio has really improved in the last few years and we love its more sporty selection, which is exactly where this Sportura fits in.
A white sports watch might not seem to be the type of watch you buy in the middle of winter but this particular model has a stainless steel bracelet, which moves it out of “sport” territory and into something more elegantly every day. It is also Kinetic, which is Seiko’s proprietary technology that allows the internal battery to be charged by the movement of the wrist and guarantees a power reserve of months rather than days.
Buy it for that friend who lives in her Stan Smiths and idolises Phoebe Philo’s style. Or keep it for yourself. We won’t judge!
Discover more: Wearing watches with jewellery featuring Seiko
Fourth Place: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer’s reputation for making understated but still really desirable women’s watches was cemented at the tail end of this year with the launch of its Link Lady.
It’s a revamp of its 1987 icon and brings back the very distinctive S-shaped links from the original but reworked as a woman’s watch for the first time. The result is watch that seems quite basically classic but which actually is much more interesting in the flesh.
The stand-out feature is the bracelet; it’s a dream to wear and so sinuous and smooth it’s also as if there aren’t any links at all.
Again we’ve gone for the unset option here but if you know someone who is in the market for something sparkly then buy them that. It will be the best Christmas gift ever.
Discover more: The TAG Heuer Cara Delevingne Special Edition watch review
Fifth Place: Omega
Omega’s women’s watches are a very interesting proposition. For the most part they are delicate, almost cocktail-style timepieces, like this gorgeous Ladymatic we’re really hoping Santa’s going to bring us. However, when they are automatic, they contain serious horological guts.
If you look on the dial and see the words “Co-axial Chronometer”, then you know that the movement contains the escapement technology developed by British horological mastermind George Daniels.
It proves that Omega is not interested in short-changing women with movements it wouldn’t put in a man’s watch and is one of the many reasons why it’s the ideal Christmas present for someone special.
As Eartha Kitt didn’t quite sing: “Santa Baby, slip a Ladymatic under the tree for me, been an awful good girl…”
Gifting Gallery – watches they will love!
If those five watches haven’t quite hit the spot and you need some more inspiration for what to buy this Christmas, never fear. We’ve compiled some galleries, comprising both fashion and luxury watches, for men and women so you can hopefully find that perfect gift.