10 Watches For Him This Festive Season
1/10 Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina
Have yourself a… macabre Christmas? The skull symbol, as it turns out, is a celebration of life, inspired by the colourful festival of El Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. This explains the multi-coloured mien, like pop art on speed. The lacquered dial is printed with the Mexican skull, the bezel adorned with 42 sapphires in different hues, and the strap printed with vibrant motifs. This King Gold version with a blue calf strap and touches of fuchsia, purple and green, in particular, is just too jolly to resist.
2/10 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m
For a dive watch, there is not a hint of blue – often used as a reference to the ocean - in sight. Instead, it comes with a chocolate brown ceramic dial with Ceragold (a mixture of gold and ceramic) diving scale. Dark and handsome, they match the sensual gloss of 18k Sedna gold of the case, hands and indexes. With its depth capability of up to 600m, it is perfectly reliable underwater but we certainly wouldn’t mind showing it off on dry land too.
3/10 Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42
Inspired by the watches from the 1940s, the Premier collection is positioned by the brand as “the first modern collection dedicated to everyday elegance”. Its clean design is definitely a plus, as seen in the B01 Chronograph 42, the flagship model of the collection. Refined elements range from the blue dial with black sub-dials and the hour markers with sharp angular lines to the polished 42mm stainless steel case. Its heartbeat is one of the manufacture’s most robust in-house movements, a COSC-certified automatic with 70 hours of power reserve.
4/10 Montblanc Summit 2
This luxury smartwatch sets a high bar for combining the best in analog and digital. Endowed with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset by Qualcomm for better performance and improved battery life, it recalls the vintage design codes of the 1858 collection but with plenty of state-of-the-art features including the Timeshifter app that helps you to manage jet lag and a voice-activated translator to decipher useful foreign phrases. Go fully rugged with this stainless steel version with a blue dial and a blue nylon strap.
5/10 Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colours
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its partnership with Mille Miglia race this year, Chopard has created a chronograph with British Racing Green dial in a nod to the UK, one of the participating countries. Limited to 300 pieces, the leather strap also features stitching in the same colour. Certified as a chronometer, it comes in a 42mm steel case with a crown embellished with the steering wheel emblem.
6/10 Tudor Glamour Double Date
With the Glamour Double Date, Tudor has in its hands its dressiest timepiece complete with a champagne dial and diamond-set hour markers. Attention to detail is key here. Note the double bezel in steel and yellow gold, as well as a dial featuring two different finishing – a central medallion with vertical gadrooning and an outer ring with sunray finish. The Manufacture Calibre MT5641 can be viewed via the transparent caseback, a rare feature for a Tudor.
7/10 Speake-Marin London Chronograph
Limited to 15 pieces, the London Chronograph is endowed with a vintage movement, the manual-winding Valjoux 92, a popular chronograph movement in the 1950s and 60s. The vibe, however, is suitably quirky English.Think floating chronograph counters (the minute in red, the seconds in white) above a rotating disc featuring the Speak-Marin logo and blue hands with the hour hand featuring a spade-shaped tip. The distinctive Piccadilly case, this time crafted in titanium, is paired with a blue rubber strap.
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8/10 Piaget Polo
If you love the curves of Polo’s cushion case like we do, you’ll love this rose gold version with a white dial adorned with horizontal lines. Powered by an in-house automatic movement with anthracite oscillating weight, which is visible on the caseback, the chronograph comes with a leather strap in dark blue, a colour that plays off the gold rather well.
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9/10 Corum Heritage Lab 01
Launched in Beijing recently in conjunction with the opening of its first boutique in China, the Heritage Lab 01 boasts a barrel-shaped case in black DLC. The grey looks less sombre thanks to the bright red accents. What’s more interesting, however, is the movement that has been customised to resemble the case shape too. This outside-in approach is rare, which explains the openworked dial to better appreciate the intricacies of its design, including a spiral micro-rotor.
10/10 G-Shock x Sneaker Freaker
The Australian redback spider is the inspiration behind the striking blood red LCD screen in this collaboration between the Japanese watchmaker and Sneaker Freaker, a Melbourne-based magazine. The red screen has appeared only a few times in a G-Shock watch previously but the colour has gained such a cult status that it even has its own nickname called the “Vampire”. The rest of the watch from the case to the strap and clasp is in matte grey, although the back of the strap matches the “Vampire” in festive-appropriate red.