Christmas is right around the corner, literally. We're only weeks away until the big guy from up north dons his red attire, suited and booted in preparation for one of the busiest nights of his life. Christmas just isn't Christmas without an extravagant, perversely ridiculous, extraordinarily ostentatious wish list letter sent to Santa himself. So, I went trawling through the coffers of the e-commerce space and found 8 watches that, if requested for in said letter nicely enough, I'll be unwrapping come Christmas morning. Enjoy!
Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347BR
This monster of haute horlogerie comes retails deep into 6-figure territory. The Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347BR is emblematic, it's full of charisma and it just so happens that it has not one but two of my favourite complications. Like a super luxe Christmas ornament (not that you'd want to be hanging this solid rose gold, 676-component beast on your Christmas tree), the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347BR is a glistening, sparkling piece of exclusivity that would be the most epic of epic Christmas presents. Santa, hope you're reading this!
Patek Philippe 5980/1R Nautilus Chronograph
Like the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347BR, the Patek Philippe 5980/1R Nautilus Chronograph is a heavyweight in the world of haute horlogerie. Lauded as being as bulky as it is beautiful, the Patek Philippe 5980/1R Nautilus Chronograph is a no-brainer on the list of grail Christmas presents. Clad entirely in rose gold, the Patek Philippe 5980/1R Nautilus Chronograph is undeniably stunning and really takes the cake for over-the-top watchmaking. I wonder if this will tear a hole in the bottom of my Christmas stocking, though...
Patek Philippe 5131/1P World Time
The combination of the platinum case and bracelet with the cloisonné enamel dial depicting the world map lays the foundation for what is one of the most striking world time watches on the market. The Patek Philippe 5131/1P World Time actually features a map from the perspective of the North Pole, a fitting reason to have it on this Christmas wish list! The Patek Philippe 5131/1P World Time is a remarkable timepiece that enables its wearer to read the time in 24 different time zones, along with having a day/night indicator for each of those time zones, too. Wouldn't hate the idea of unwrapping this come December 25th.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that a solid gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is going to be on almost everybody's Christmas wish list. But, in the sake of Christmas and going all out, I thought I'd take it one step further and add a solid gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar to the list. I mean, the joyous occasion that is Christmas should be taken advantage of to its full extent. Wait, that sounded pompous and came out all wrong. And maybe I'm asking for too much, but what's one little solid gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar to the big guy up north?
Patek Philippe 5712 Nautilus
Okay, now if I had to choose from all of these pieces then the 5712 would be my pick. Sure, it's not clad in some exotic metal, nor does it feature a super complicated movement, but what it does have is functionality, wearability, flawless aesthetics and a movement that is just perfection. The Patek Philippe 5712 Nautilus is, of course, one of the world's most highly sought after steel watches, and for good reason: it's just incredible. But I know Santa has enough pull and is in the know with the right people to sort me out. Cheers in advance.
Rolex Daytona 116506 'Platona'
The Rolex Daytona 116506, also known as the 'Platona', is the undisputed king of the Daytona family. I love the glisten of the platinum case, not that dissimilar to the ornaments on my Christmas tree. I mean, I could go ahead and put down on my wish list to Santa that I want the basic 'Panda' Daytona, but since we're here I might as well test my luck.
Patek Philippe 5170R Chronograph
Breguet numerals, check, Manually wound manufacture movement, check. Black on rose gold aesthetics, check. One of the world's most beautiful manually wound chronographs, check and check. This is the quintessential haute horlogerie stocking-filler if there ever was one. Would look as good on my wrist as it would hanging on my Christmas tree. Santa, I know you're listening...
Rolex Day-Date 228235
Last but not least is the El Presidente, also known as the Rolex Day-Date. Available in almost any metal you would ever want, the Day-Date has quickly become a brand-defining watch, and it's one that I've had my eye on for a very long time. This particular model has the not-so-common white gold case paired with a green dial, but if you're looking for something a bit more hardcore, then this solid Everose gold beast might do the trick.
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