Christmas Gift Buying Guide 2018
The time has come to don your favourite red-coloured outfit, hang up some lights around the house, and get stuck in to your wish-list for Santa. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Christmas time! We’ve got a selection of watches that would make the perfect present for someone you’d particularly friendly with, or if you’re feeling especially self-righteous, for yourself.
Check out our 2018 Christmas gift buying guide made in affiliation with MR PORTER for some of the coolest watches to hide under the Christmas tree.
Oh, and if you order by 11:59 am AEST on the 20th of December, you’ll get free delivery just in time for the holidays!
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
This watch from Vacheron Constantin's 'Overseas' series is designed with practicality and daily life in mind. Powered by a precise automatic 5200-calibre movement, it comes with a choice of rubber, alligator or stainless-steel straps to suit any occasion, while the sapphire glass and 15-BAR water resistance make it particularly durable. It's also fitted with a trio of highly accurate chronograph complications.
Bell & Ross BR 126 Sport Heritage GMT Flyback Chronograph
Recalling the spirit of '60s civil aviation, Bell & Ross' 'BR 126 Sport Heritage' watch combines sophisticated engineering, advanced functionality and legible design. The polished steel case houses a Swiss-made calibre BR-CAL.301 mechanical automatic movement and a dual-function chronograph with flyback - a feature that allows you to measure increments of time more efficiently. The second time zone dial is particularly useful for anyone whose business takes them away from home, and as part of a limited release of only 500 pieces, this piece makes a stellar gift.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
"An invitation to travel... intended for all those who love complications that are useful in everyday life" is how Vacheron Constantin describes its sleek 'Overseas' line. Handily, this 'Dual Time' watch is engineered with a second-hour hand and AM/PM indicator so you can tell the time in another zone at a glance - an indispensable tool for those who fly often for business. It's set with a handsome blue dial and is powered by the brand's 5110 DT automatic movement, which can be observed through the sapphire exhibition case back. Along with the stainless-steel bracelet, it comes with additional rubber and alligator straps which you can switch over to suit your outfit.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
This 'Divers Sixty-Five' watch is the revival of an iconic Oris style from the 1960s - it looks similar to the original,but is completely updated with modern technology. Expertly made in Switzerland with an anti-corrosive stainless-steel case and durable rubber strap, it's engineered with a reliable 733 automatic movement that features a 38-hour power reserve. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens has an anti-reflective coating on the inside to reduce glare and increase legibility when you're under the water.
Piaget Altiplano Flyback Chronograph White Gold
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Piaget's 'Altiplano' series - a line dedicated to the principle that true elegance lies in simplicity. Encased in 18-karat white gold, this 41mm model is lauded as the world's thinnest mechanical flyback chronograph - a feat the brand can add to its long list of technical innovations and achievements. Look through the sapphire crystal case back and you'll be able to see the precise column-wheel construction at work. The silver dial is marked with minimal indices and fitted with slim baton hour and minute hands, while the black alligator strap cements it as a classic choice.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre's 'Memovox Polaris' - one of the horologist's most iconic models. Set with the same black dial as the original, this 42mm chronograph is encased in stainless steel and fitted with a discreet tachymetre scale. Through the transparent case back you can glimpse the inner workings of the 262-part 751H movement - the brand compares it to admiring a sportscar's motor. The brown leather strap is a classic choice for the office or business meetings.
Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier Pink Gold
Cartier was dubbed the 'King of Jewellers' back in 1847 and has upheld that title ever since - the iconic French house even creates exclusive pieces for the British royal family. A stellar example of its fine watchmaking expertise, this classic 'Ballon Bleu' reference has been manufactured in Switzerland with a polished 18-karat pink gold case that houses a reliable automatic movement. It features a silver guilloché dial, blue steel hands and protected spinel that's topped with a sapphire cabochon. The chocolate alligator strap gives it an unmistakable air of refinement.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3-Days Automatic Titanio
A handsome choice for daily wear, this Officine Panerai 'Radiomir 1940 3 Days' watch is made from a combination of grade two and five titanium chosen for lightness, resistance to corrosion and the ability to look polished. The vintage-inspired brown dial is marked by ecru Super-LumiNova® Arabic numerals and powered by a precise P.4000 calibre movement entirely designed and made in the brand's facility in Neuchâtel, Switzerland - observe it through the sapphire glass caseback.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Bronze
Zenith's 'Pilot' series nods to the early days of aeronautics - the influence can be seen in the select materials used. This 'Type 20 Extra Special' model comes in a stunning bronze case fitted with a sleek black face and secured by a brown oiled nubuck strap. The back of the case is etched with the label's flying instruments emblem.
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1960 Rose Gold
The Zenith 'Chronomaster 1969' houses a Swiss-made 'El Primero' movement, a calibre 4061 automatic chronograph that operates at a high beat of 36,000 vph. Key internal components are crafted from silicone, ensuring exceptional levels of durability and accuracy. This technical nous is combined with a strong vintage aesthetic; the casing is made from glossed rose gold for an antiqued look, with tonal hands and a robust chocolate-brown alligator strap complete with a star-embossed buckle.
Zenith El Primero Sport
Premier watchmaker Zenith has mastered the art of precision-based timekeeping. A modern take on the label's most iconic design, the 'El Primero Sport' functions at an impressive 36,000 vibrations per hour (Vph) and is accurate to within a tenth of a second. This sleek Swiss-made piece has a stainless-steel case and a smoky slate-grey face for a decidedly masculine feel. It's finished with a comfortable black rubber strap, rounding off the unmistakably sporty look.
Cartier Tank Américaine Pink Gold
Cartier watches are true investment pieces that become family heirlooms. Demonstrating impressive watchmaking skill, this Swiss-made automatic 'Tank Américaine' reference is built with an elongated 18-karat pink gold case, faceted sapphire cabochon crown and dark-brown alligator strap. The classic dial features black Roman numerals, an easy-to-read date window and the house's signature sword-shaped blued steel hands.