The festive period is now upon us and what better way to search for the perfect Christmas gift than with our panel of watch experts. Join Mark Toulson, Faye Soteri and Lloyd Morgan as they discuss a selection of classic women’s watches, iconic timepieces, as well as their personal favourites.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most collectable watches of all time. Presented in a 37mm case, embellished with 40 exquisite diamonds that are set around the bezel, this luxury timepiece is available in rose gold and is an automatic self-winding watch. The design was introduced by Gérald Genta in 1972 to the world of upmarket horology and from then on, an icon was born.
Read more about Audemars Piguet Royal Oak here.
Breitling Superocean Automatic 36
Designed for women looking for a watch that is both versatile and beautiful, the Breitling Superocean is the watch for you. Featuring a ceramic bezel, it houses an automatic movement and is 200m water-resistant. This model is fun, fresh, bold and has a sleek white dial and matching rubber strap.
Browse the Breitling Superocean here.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer in stainless steel is perfect for everyday wear. This 27mm Aquaracer with quartz movement artfully combines sport and sophistication. The sporty look marries up to the beautiful mother of pearl dial, with diamond dot hour markers. It has a rotating bezel and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment.
Explore the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz here.
Panerai Submersible Carbotech
Officine Panerai has been manufacturing watches since 1860. The brand is steeped in diving watch heritage and this year, Panerai upped the ante with this stealthy new diver’s watch cast in Carbotech. This is an incredibly light, yet hardwearing material inspired by carbon fibre, and with a titanium back, this timepiece is even more lightweight. The blue luminosity pops out of the dial, and is also 300m water-resistant and is perfect for diving.
Discover the Panerai Submersible Carbotech here.
OMEGA Seamaster Professional
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Seamaster, OMEGA took the opportunity to redesign the Seamaster 300 Professional in 2018. It comprises of a 42mm case, a fully automatic self-winding watch, plus a ceramic bezel, which is extremely unique for a diver’s watch that can go to the depths of 300m.
Shop the OMEGA Seamaster Professional here.
The IWC Pilot has a strong association with the ‘Le Petite Prince’ book written by pilot Antoine Saint-Exupéry. This particular Le Petite Prince model has a lovely blue dial and is presented in a 43mm case size. The brown leather strap also complements the blue dial. This is a sporty watch and has the functionality of a chronograph, featuring the day and date aperture.
Find out more about the IWC Pilot watch here.
Favourite Watch Selection
Hublot Classic Fusion
Hublot is a fairly new brand and are marking their 40th year anniversary next year. Typically, they are one of the brands that are good at pushing their boundaries when it comes to their design. Hublot actually translates to ‘porthole’ in French – a small round window in a ship and their design of the Classic Fusion reflects this feature. This watch is one of the first timepieces produced by Hublot in 1980. It features Hublot’s in-house manufacture movement and is a self-winding automatic watch.
Browse the Hublot Classic Fusion here.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin
The Master Ultra Thin from Jaeger-LeCoultre is a classic dress watch and any watch collector will want one of these luxury timepieces in their collection. This watch was re-introduced this year and is now housed in a 39mm case. The watch is made of steel with the date featured at 6’ o clock. It’s a beautiful watch in its simplicity, and it is the type of watch that can be passed down for generations.
View the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin here.
Santos De Cartier
Based on the 1904 Santos Dumont, the first-ever pilots watch, the Santos De Cartier features an in-house movement, the iconic Cartier Roman dial and blue steel hands on a 35mm case. Cartier recognises how the watch will be worn on the wrist, as the bracelet has a smart link system that can be adjusted. A calf-skin strap is also supplied with the watch so that there is a choice of two looks with the one watch.
The Santos De Cartier is available to purchase here.
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