Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Luxury Watches Perfect for Mom

May is here, which means Mother’s Day is not far away. This year, Mother’s Day will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018, and if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, fear not, we are here to help! If you want to make this Mother’s Day really special, then it’s time to treat mom to an exceptional gift—a luxury watch. But don’t worry; since we sell topnotch pre-owned luxury watches in fantastic condition, you’ll save plenty of money while still giving a gift that matters.

Plus, we even offer simple payment plans to make buying that special Mother’s Day gift even easier. Here are five of our favorite women’s fine timepieces that will make mom squeal with joy when she unwraps her gift. After all, she raised you, so she definitely deserves it.

 

Omega Constellation Watch for Mother’s Day

Show mom what a star she is by gifting her a classic Omega Constellation ladies’ timepiece. Not only does this watch flaunt the unmistakable Constellation silhouette with the Roman numeral bezel on the case and integrated bracelet, but it’s also crafted in both stainless steel and 18k yellow gold. This means mom can wear it every day without having to worry about matching it to her jewelry or other accessories since it’ll go with almost anything.

Mother's Day Gift Omega Constellation Watch

 

What’s more, mom will be in good company with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Nicole Kidman also wearing Omega watches.

 

Cartier Panthere Watch for Mother’s Day

You know who loves Cartier watches? Almost everybody! Royalty like Kate Middleton and soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle wear their Cartier watches daily, and former first ladies Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy-Onassis wore theirs all the time during their husbands’ presidencies. Hollywood actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes, and Catherine Zeta-Jones wear Cartier watches too.

Mother's Day Gift Cartier Panthere Watch

So you really can’t go wrong with giving mom a stunning Cartier Panthere for Mother’s Day. Also combining steel and yellow gold, this chic Cartier watch, with its distinct brick-lay bracelet and square bezel, is an absolute classic in the brand’s lineup.

 

Chopard Happy Sport Watch for Mother’s Day

What’s better than a luxury watch for Mother’s Day? A luxury watch with diamonds! Bring mom some fantastic sparkle with this gorgeous Chopard Happy Sport watch with five floating diamonds dancing on the dial.

Mother's Day Gift Chopard Happy Sport Diamond Watch

While the diamonds on the dial give a little extra shine, the watch itself is made from understated stainless steel, which makes this a great daily watch. The curvy link bracelet is both lovely to look at and comfortable to wear and the blue cabochon-cut sapphires on the winding crown and lugs of the watch add a beautiful touch.

 

Baume & Mercier Van Cleef & Arpels Watch for Mother’s Day  

If mom is into vintage, then don’t miss this charming vintage beauty that channels a decidedly Audrey Hepburn vibe. This Baume & Mercier Van Cleef & Arpels timepiece dons a sophisticated rectangular case plated in 18k yellow gold that houses a crisp while dial dotted with traditional Roman numerals.

Mother's Day Gift Baume & Mercier Van Cleef Arpels

Paired with an elegant black strap, this little number is as sophisticated today as it was when it made its debut in the 1960s. Like wine, a fine watch gets better with age.

 

Rolex Lady-Datejust President Watch for Mother’s Day 

What does the queen of the family deserve on Mother’s Day? The luxury watch nicknamed the President of course! Other queens that wear a Rolex President include Jennifer Lopez, Olivia Palermo, Jenifer Aniston, and the late Grace Kelly.

Mother's Day Gift Gold Rolex Datejust President

This sumptuous Rolex Lady-Datejust is crafted entirely in 18k yellow gold and is fitted with the semi-circular link bracelet dubbed the President band. And the lavishness doesn’t stop there—there are also ten gleaming diamond hour markers on the champagne dial to remind mom of how brilliant she is.

 

You have less than two weeks to find that perfect gift for mom, so don’t delay and browse our stunning selection of high-end watches for ladies. We’ll even deliver it straight to mom’s doorstep with free shipping along with a complimentary one-year warranty.

The best part of giving mom a luxury watch this Mother’s Day? Every time she looks at her new timepiece, she’ll be thankful that she raised such a thoughtful and generous child.

 

 

Watch of the Month: New vs. Older Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M collection, so to commemorate the occasion Omega refreshed their popular dive watch collection. Let’s find out what the new changes are and how they compare to the preceding versions of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M. Plus, in honor of Earth Day (Sunday, April 22 in case you forgot) we also take a quick look at Omega’s other dive watch lineup, the Planet Ocean.

 

What’s New with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Design?

 

As always, Omega like to go big so they released no less than 14 new Seamaster Diver 300M watches at Baselworld 2018! These new models come in a range of material choices and color options ranging from full steel to two-tone steel and gold (yellow or rose) with familiar blue, black, and silver shades.

New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Image: Omega)
New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Image: Omega)

While the new Seamaster Diver 300M watches retain the overall recognizable style of the longstanding Omega dive watch, there are a few notable changes. First, the size of the case has increased slightly from 41mm to 42mm. Omega seems to be bucking the trend of scaling down case sizes and proudly going bigger this time around.

New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Image: Omega)
New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (Image: Omega)

Another modification found on the new Seamaster Diver 300M is the use of ceramic for the bezel, replacing the once-favorite aluminum material. This isn’t much of a surprise as ceramic has become a darling in the luxury watch space. Cherished for its striking looks and robustness—especially resistant to scratching and fading—it makes perfect sense that ceramic is becoming the go-to material for high-end sports watches. As a dive watch, the ceramic bezels on the new Diver 300M models only rotate in one direction to prevent divers from overestimating their immersion times.

Ceramic continues on to the dials of the new Seamaster Diver 300M and fans will be delighted that Omega revived the wave pattern on the face of the watch. The signature pattern was a distinct feature of this collection for a long time, such as on this Seamaster Diver 300M 2531.80 circa 2007, but Omega did away with it for a few years. But it’s back, and even more prominent now thanks to the use of ceramic. Moreover, Omega kept the characteristic skeletonized center hands but they have been reshaped ever so slightly.

 

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M’s New Movement

Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 (Image: Omega)
Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 (Image: Omega)

For the first time in the Seamaster Diver 300M’s 25-year history, Omega has equipped the new models with their new generation METAS-certified Master Chronometer 8800 automatic movement, ramping up the watches’ precision, accuracy, and durability. Omega’s modern self-winding anti-magnetic caliber—visible from the exhibition sapphire caseback—offers 55 hours of power reserve and operates at a frequency rate of 25,200 beats per hour (3.5 Hz).

As a result of the new caliber, the date window has moved from the traditional 3 o’clock position as found on the older Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 2532.2000 to a new position at 6 o’clock. Of course, as the model’s name suggests, the Seamaster Diver 300M retains its water resistance to 300 meters. Also continuing on the watch is the customary helium escape valve protruding from the case at the 10 o’clock position. The valve permits built-up gases to release from the watch during decompression periods, thus avoiding the crystal to pop off from pressure.

All in all, Omega did not drastically change the Seamaster Diver 300M but rather, added a few modern enhancements that’ll surely be welcomed by many.

 

What’s the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Watch?

 

One of the newer collections from Omega, the Seamaster Plane Ocean made its debut in 2005, positioned as the Seamaster Diver 300M’s bigger, bolder, and more robust brother. Take for example the Seamaster Planet Ocean 2200.51.00, flaunting a hefty 45.5mm case! Boasting double the water resistance of the Seamaster Diver 300M, the 600-meter rated Seamaster Planet Ocean is built for professional divers who love to explore underwater worlds.

Emphasizing Omega’s commitment to marine sustainability, the watch brand joined forces with the GoodPlanet Foundation in 2011 to raise awareness of the conditions of our oceans and to promote feasible ways to preserve their wellbeing. Omega has continuously produced special edition Goodplanet watches, including Planet Ocean versions along with Aqua Terra models, where a portion of the proceeds from these watches is donated to the foundation.

While Omega may be famous for having created chronographs for astronauts to take on space explorations, the Swiss watchmaker is clearly as dedicated to crafting impeccable dive watches for marine exploration too. And this is why we have chosen the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (and its buffer brother the Planet Ocean) as our Watch(es) of the Month.

Spring Trends: Top Luxury Watches to Wear this Season

As the weather warms up, it’s natural for us to trade in heavy coats and bulky boots for lighter jackets and brighter shoes. However, there’s another wardrobe staple that could benefit from switching as the seasons change—the wristwatch. From Rolex to Breitling and Cartier to Omega, here are some of our favorite luxury watches for both him and her to wear for spring.

 

Rolex Explorer II 16570

While the white dial version of the Rolex Explorer 16570 is nicknamed the “Polar,” its crisp face is perfect for the spring season. This particular version is an older generation of the Explorer II—produced from 1989 until 2011—so it sports a slightly smaller 40mm case rather than the current Explorer II’s 42mm case.

Along with the white dial, there’s the full stainless steel case, bezel, and bracelet, which all come together in an appealing monochromatic sporty style. The steel bezel is engraved with large numerals to be used in conjunction with the red 24-hour hand on the dial to indicate a second time zone. Coupled with the two time zones, there’s also the familiar date window at 3 o’clock on the dial, magnified by the Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal. Depending on the production date, the Explorer ref. 16750 runs on either the Caliber 3185 or the Caliber 3186—both automatic movements, of course.

Pair your spring outfits with the Explorer II 16570 “Polar” for some much-needed freshness.

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331

Say goodbye to the dark days of winter and welcome spring by sporting some sunshine on your wrist with the yellow dial Breitling Avenger II Seawolf ref. A17331. The bright watch face is encased in a large 45mm stainless steel case and for additional flair, the dial also includes flashes of red accents.

Furthermore, the Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331 also features a date window at 3 o’clock for added practicality and plenty of luminescent details for clear legibility in low light. Plus, as a super-diver model, the watch’s impressive water resistance to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) can certainly withstand some springtime showers! The automatic Caliber Breitling 17 offers a 40-hour power reserve and like all Breitling watches, it is COSC-certified.

A robust dive watch with plenty of presence, step into spring with the vibrant yellow Breitling Avenger II Seawolf in hand.

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2255.80.00

The wave pattern on the electric blue dial of the Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2255.80.00 signals plenty of sunny days ahead. If you’ve booked a well-deserved spring break with some plans for some fun in the sun, this is the ideal companion to have on your wrist.

 

A solid Omega dive watch, the Seamaster 300M Chronometer has all the functionality you’d expect from a watch built to explore marine environments. From its stainless steel construction to its 300-meter (1,000 feet) water resistance to its helium escape valve to its unidirectional rotating dive bezel to its highly luminescent dial, this is the Omega you want for water-based adventures. Moreover, the automatic Omega 1120 Caliber provides a practical 44-hour of power reserve.

Cartier Ballon Bleu W69010Z4

Although the Ballon Bleu is one of Cartier’s newest watch collections, it’s already established itself as a modern classic. This particular Cartier Ballon Bleu ref. W69010Z4 is just what a ladies’ springtime wardrobe needs. Seductively curvy thanks to its round convex shape and ideally sized at 28mm, this is one watch that’s easy to wear. Even Kate Middleton wears one!

 

This modern Cartier ladies’ watch flaunts all the traditional design hallmarks of the French Maison, including the black Roman numerals on the fresh white dial, the bright blue stone on the winding crown, and the blue sword-shaped hands. Furthermore, the quartz caliber means that the watch will keep running on or off the wrist.

 

The Ballon Bleu ref. W69010Z4’s stainless steel case and bracelet is a top choice for a contemporary everyday luxury ladies’ watch.

 

 

Omega Constellation Mini 1465.71.00

It may be discreet in size at just 22.5mm but the Omega Constellation Mini ref. 1465.71.00 shines bright with its diamond-set bezel. With its integrated bracelet and four griffes (claws) on the case, the Omega Constellation watch is immediately recognizable.

The clean white dial offers just the right amount of space for the center hands and faceted hour markers. A time-only watch that runs on a quartz caliber, the Omega Constellation Mini has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Part precious jewelry and part wristwatch, the Omega Constellation Mini is a delicious piece of arm candy to sport during spring days.

 

As you refresh your wardrobe for the season, don’t forget your watch box. Browse our collection of fine timepieces to find the right watch to wear this spring and beyond.

 

Trend Watch: The Oscars & Luxury Watches

March is here, which means that Hollywood is gearing up for the biggest and most glamorous night in the industry—the Oscars! Slated to take place this Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel will host the Academy Awards for his second consecutive year.

Before we tune into the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, we take a look back at the watches that made an appearance in this year’s Oscar-nominated films or on the wrists of Oscar-nominees. Have a walk down our red carpet.

 

Daniel Kaluuya and IWC

Nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in the film Get Out, British actor Daniel Kaluuya has had a busy award season leading up to the Oscars—not to mention all the attention he’s currently receiving his role in the blockbuster Marvel movie, Black Panther. He just recently nabbed the BAFTA Rising Star Award, which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry, voted on by the public.

Daniel Kaluuya wears an IWC Portofino Chronograph. To get a similar look, here’s a IWC GST Chronograph.
On the red carpet at the BAFTA awards, the 29-year-old Daniel Kaluuya was spotted wearing an elegant IWC Portofino Chronograph to match his dapper Burberry suit. Rather than opting to wear the chronograph on a more traditional leather strap, Daniel Kaluuya chose to wear his IWC on a striking steel Milanese bracelet, which suits him perfectly.

 

Meryl Streep and Cartier

It wouldn’t be an Oscars night without Meryl Streep up for yet another Best Actress award! This time, the prolific actress is nominated for her portrayal of Katharine Graham in The Post. In the movie, we see the Kay Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper don a yellow gold Cartier watch.

In The Post, Meryl Streep’s character wears a yellow gold Cartier with a Panthere bracelet
What’s interesting about this particular yellow gold square woman’s Cartier watch is that it’s equipped with the famous brick-lay Panthere bracelet. Yet, the Panthere watch only came out in the 1980s while the movie is set in the 1970s.

 

Molly’s Game and Piaget

Nominated for an award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Molly’s Game tells the story of Molly Bloom’s underground poker empire for celebs, wealthy athletes, and business magnates and her eventual downfall at the hands of the FBI.

Jessica Chastain’s character in Molly’s Game wear a rose gold Piaget watch. Get a similar look with this piece.
Jessica Chastain plays Molly in the movie and in real life the actress has served as a Piaget ambassador for years. Perhaps Jessica Chastain’s partnership with Piaget carried over into the movie since Molly wears a rose gold Piaget Traditional watch with a diamond bezel and diamond indexes, along with matching Piaget bracelets on screen.

 

Dunkirk and Omega

One of the most compelling movies of the year and rightly nominated for a Best Movie Oscar, Dunkirk recounts the harrowing evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II. In the movie, Tom Hardy stars as Farrier, an RAF fighter pilot providing aerial support during the military operation. When Farrier’s plane fuel gauge breaks, the pilot has to rely on his wristwatch to keep track of how much time he has until he runs out of fuel. The watch is, in fact, an Omega CK2129—the same model the Swiss watch company supplied to the RAF during the war.

Off the camera, Tom Hardy often wears an Omega Planet Ocean
Off camera, Tom Hardy is often photographed with an Omega Planet Ocean, Rolex Submariner, or Rolex Explorer II Polar” on his wrist.

 

While we’re excited to see who will win Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards, as watch enthusiasts, we’ll also be keeping a close eye on the red carpet to spot what kind of watches all the A-list celebrities, mega movie stars, and Hollywood personalities will be wearing.

Trend Watch: Best Mens Watches for Women

5 Men’s Watches That Look Amazing on Women

When it comes to the rules of fashion, chic women aren’t very good at following them. In fact, the most stylish ladies throw the rulebook out and abide by their own guidelines.

First thing that comes to mind is our centuries-long curiosity with men’s clothing and accessories. Women are particularly good at taking items conventionally labeled as menswear and making it their own. It’s hard to imagine now, but women only started wearing trousers in the in the 1920s. Could you imagine your wardrobe without your favorite pair of pants? Thank goodness for fashion rebels that pave the way for new trends.

Almost a century later, we see the same approach in the luxury watch space. There are plenty of women out there who are sporting watches that were in fact designed for men—and these ladies look fab doing it.

Traditionally, women’s watches have been smaller, more bejeweled, more delicate, and less complex than their male counterparts. Which is fine because a dash of diamonds is always welcomed, but it’s shouldn’t be the only option for ladies who love watches. Particularly frustrating is the prevalence of quartz calibers at the heart of women’s watches rather than mechanical movements. Consequently, women are turning to larger, more robust, more complex, and ultimately, more interesting men’s watches to wear.

Have a look at some of our favorite men’s watches that would look great on a woman’s wrist.

 

Rolex Datejust 36

As Rolex’s signature dress watch, the Datejust is offered in a variety of sizes, from the petite to the oversized. However, for a long time, the 36mm Datejust was classified as the men’s option—the brand only introduced a larger Datejust II in 2011.

Yet, for a long time women have been opting for the men’s Datejust 36 rather than the smaller Lady-Datejust given that 36mm is neither too big nor too small for most. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Anniston, and Eva Longoria proudly sport their “men’s” Datejust 36 watches. The best part about the Rolex Datejust 36 collection is variety. The famous luxury watch is available in a slew of metals, along with an immense choice of dial colors, bezel designs, bracelet styles, and gems embellishments.

 

Omega Speedmaster Reduced

Based on the design of the Omega Speedmaster Professional that went to the moon, but equipped with modern features, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced marries legendary status and contemporary practicality.

Similar to the “Moonwatch,” there Speedy Reduced has the rugged stainless steel body, the chronograph functionality, the Hesalite crystal, and the sleek black bezel and black dial combo. However, rather than a manual-wind movement, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced runs on an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. Plus, it has a 39mm case rather than the larger 42mm case of the Professional versions, making it ideal for ladies looking for a sub-40mm chronograph watch. A fantastic sporty chronograph, even Stana Katic from ABC’s Castle show wears a Speedy!

 

Cartier Ronde Solo

We can thank Coco Chanel for endorsing menswear-inspired clothing for women, ditching the frills and adopting a more androgynous fashion style. In fact, this has remained a very French approach to fashion and Cartier is no exception. In fact, the chic timepieces that come out of Maison Cartier are often considered unisex in style, offered in a range of sizes to suit different wrist measurements.

While the 42mm Cartier Ronde Solo is categorized as a men’s watch due to its large case, its slim profile and classic design make it easy for a woman to include it in her wardrobe. Just like the little black dress, a stainless steel round case paired with a black leather strap is always appropriate.

 

Rolex Daytona

With a case size measuring 40mm and the added bulk of the two chronograph pushers, the Rolex Daytona is certainly not a shy watch. But it has been the it luxury sports watch among the fashion-set and celeb A-listers for a while now. Some famous ladies who are often spotted with their Rolex Daytona chronos are Elle McPherson, Sofia Vergara, Madonna, Chiara Ferragni, and members of the Kardashian clan, just to name a few.

Available in a range of metals including steel, gold, and platinum, gold versions of the Daytona are particularly beautiful for women to wear. Prestigious, precious, and technically sound, the Daytona is well deserving of its iconic status among luxury chronograph watches.

 

Panerai Luminor

Most often associated with Hollywood action stars like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Panerai is a heavyweight player in the oversized watch trend. But Heidi Klum got onboard and showed us that ladies can rock a mega Panerai too!

With a 44mm cushion case outfitted with the signature bridge protecting the winding crown, the Panerai Luminor Marina is a hefty timepiece. Yet, its time-only dial is characteristically minimal, displaying oversized markers on a dark background, while the classic black leather strap adds a touch of elegance.

If you’re a lady looking for a fine timepiece, don’t limit yourself to those labeled as women’s watches—browse the men’s department too. You might just find the perfect piece waiting for you there.

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Men’s Luxury Watch Collection

If you’ve been exploring the idea of starting a luxury watch collection but have no clue where to start, you are not alone. The notion of investing in a fine timepiece may be a daunting one, but with a few helpful tips—not to mention the fantastic prices the pre-owned and vintage market has to offer—you’ll soon be on your way to sporting a collection that is enviable. Here are our recommendations for some solid starter watches to begin building your high-end timepiece collection and the rich history behind each piece.

 

Omega Speedmaster Automatic

Few watches offer the recognition and cool-factor of the Omega Speedmaster. It was, after all, the first watch to go to the moon! And while the original Omega “Moon Watch” was a manual-wound chronograph, we would recommend an automatic version of the Speedmaster for your starter collection.

The automatic Omega Speedmaster, also known as the Speedmaster Reduced, sports the iconic “Moon Watch” look but with the added practicality of a self-winding movement. Therefore, as long as you keep wearing the watch, it’ll keep going without a need for batteries or regular manual winding.

As a sporty chronograph model, there is the duo of chrono pushers on the case flanking the winding crown, along with the trio of subdials on the dial in the 3/6/9 configuration. Built in stainless steel, sized at a very wearable 39mm, and equipped with the familiar black dial and black tachymeter bezel, the Speedmaster will undoubtedly be a favorite in your sports watch collection.

 

Cartier Tank Solo

Along with a sports watch, every gentleman should have a dapper dress watch in his collection. And no one does dress watches quite like Cartier. Famous for their elegant silhouettes, the Maison Cartier are masters of differently shaped watches, such as the Tank.

The history of the Cartier Tank watch dates back to 1917. As its name implies, the timepiece was inspired by the then-new military tanks used during WWI. Over the following century, Cartier offered plenty of iterations of the Tank watch, including the modern entry-level Tank Solo.

Cherished for its minimal approach, the Tank Solo Automatic has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Its iconic rectangular shaped case in stainless measures a perfectly sized 31mm x 41mm and houses a crisp white dial with Cartier’s signature black Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped hands. There’s also a date window for added practicality. As with most Cartier timepieces, the Tank Solo also has the blue cabochon-cut stone on the winding crown. Finishing off the sophisticated look of the Tank Solo is the classic black alligator strap.

From the office to dinner, this handsome dress watch is one you won’t think twice about wearing all the time.

 

Breitling Chronomat Evolution

If you’ve spent any time browsing through men’s luxury watches, you will have no doubt noticed that two-tone models have been a popular choice for decades. Rather than choosing between white or yellow metals, going for a watch that includes both is a great option.

Breitling approaches the two-tone combination on this Breitling Chronomat Evolution in a subtle way, only including a few yellow gold touches on the predominately 44mm steel watch. Famed for their technical and sporty aviation-inspired timepieces, this particular Breitling Chronomat Automatic is a dressier take on a sporty chronograph thanks to the yellow gold winding crown, chrono pushers, rider tabs on the bezel, and details on the dial. The rich blue dial sets the perfect background for the trio of registers at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock, while the date window sits at 3 o’clock. Plus, emphasizing the watch’s more formal look is the dressier five-link steel bracelet.

Whether or not we fly planes, we all need a robust wristwatch to keep up with our weekend adventures, and the two-tone Breitling Chronomat Automatic pilot’s watch certainly fits the bill.

 

Rolex Datejust

If you are thinking a Rolex is out of budget for a beginner’s watch collection, think again! The Swiss watchmaking giant—and the world’s leading luxury brand—boasts a diverse range of timepieces at different price points.

Rolex is no stranger to world firsts, and the Datejust is just one of many. Introduced in 1945, the Datejust was the world’s first automatic chronometer-certified wristwatch to include a date window on the dial. While we may take this for granted today, it truly was a mechanical feat during its era. Since then, the Datejust has enjoyed its iconic status in the luxury watch space, seamlessly balancing distinct design hallmarks with plenty of variety.

Although there are countless Rolex Datejust models to choose from, if you’re just starting out your luxury watch collection, we recommend a stainless steel Datejust ref. 16030. A vintage classic, the Datejust ref. 16030 dons a well-proportioned 36mm steel case topped with an intricate engine-turned steel bezel. The understated silver dial includes simple stick hour markers coupled with the famous date window at 3 o’clock. Of course, like most Rolex watches with the date functionality, the aperture is magnified by the Cyclops lens affixed to the crystal protecting the face of the watch. In keeping with its traditional looks, this Datejust is outfitted with the five-link Jubilee bracelet, which is in fact, the bracelet style that made its debut on the inaugural Datejust.

With a Rolex Datejust in your watch box, you’re well on your way to creating a stellar timepiece collection.

 

The Beginner’s Watch Collection

There are few hobbies as satisfying and style-focused as watch collecting.

A sporty chronograph, an elegant leather timepiece, a dressy aviator’s watch, and a prestigious date wristwatch lays a solid foundation for a men’s starter luxury watch collection. Whichever watches you choose to start with, make sure your timepieces fit your lifestyle, budget, and taste. If chosen correctly, your watches will be with you for life. But also, if you decide to sell or trade your watches down the line for other ones, there’s always a market for pre-owned high-end timepieces. There are plenty of watch enthusiasts out there with revolving collections, where they buy and sell watches as they see fit.

Treat Yourself: Six Luxury Watches for the Ladies on Valentine’s Day

There’s been a notable shift in the luxury watch and jewelry industry. Women are no longer waiting for men to buy them timepieces and jewelry but rather, are purchasing luxury watches and fine jewelry themselves. And why not? We know what we like and we have the means to get what we want.

So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, rather than waiting for cupid’s arrow, just pull the trigger and treat yourself to one of these gorgeous ladies’ luxury watches. Think of it as self-care.

 

1. Ladies’ Omega Constellation

In case you haven’t heard, two-tone watches are back in a big way. After all, why choose between a white metal watch or a yellow metal watch to match your accessories for the day when you can have them both in one timepiece.

A classic luxury watch, the Omega Constellation has been seen on the wrists of model Cindy Crawford, actress Nicole Kidman, and golfer Michelle Wie. This particular two-tone ladies’ Omega Constellation not only merges durable stainless steel and precious yellow gold, but it also boasts a ring of diamonds on the bezel, in addition to diamond hour markers. Plus, the integrated bracelet offers up some serious vintage seventies glam. Measuring a dainty 23mm, you can easily stack bangles and bracelets around this Omega Constellation for a lavish, layered look.

 

2. Ladies’ Cartier Tank Française

Cartier watches are the chosen accessories for celebs and style mavens and have been for decades. Jackie O, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are all fans of the famous French Maison’s timepieces. Even Kim Kardashian joined the Cartier club when she anonymously purchased Jackie O’s timepiece at an auction. How’s that for timeless style that spans several generations?

The Tank watch is one of Cartier’s most famous timepieces, with a silhouette that is both classic and highly recognizable. This particular Ladies’ Tank Française is a modern approach to the 100-year-old watch. Built in stainless steel, measuring a very wearable 25mm, and furnished with Cartier’s signature blue hands, Roman numerals, and blue stone on the winding crown, this piece is an everyday luxury watch that will get plenty of wrist time. 

 

3. Chanel J12 GMT  

The Chanel name needs no introduction and in true Chanel fashion, their J12 watches are bold yet minimal. Constructed in high-tech black ceramic and sporting a large 42mm case, this Chanel J12 GMT watch sits proudly on one’s wrist.

Plus, this isn’t just any regular watch that tells the time, but rather it’s a GMT timepiece that indicates the time in two time zones simultaneously thanks to the extra 24-hour red-tipped hand. And instead of a battery-operated quartz movement, this is an automatic watch, meaning that it’ll keep going as long as you wear it. Perfect for the jet set, this is the watch to wear as you travel the globe in style.

 

4. Chopard Happy Sport

 If Rihanna loves Chopard, then so do we. Especially Chopard’s famous Happy Sport watch collection, which includes a dash of floating diamonds dancing around the watch dial. The round case of this 18k yellow gold version of the Ladies’ Happy Sport watch is timelessly elegant while the curvy links on the bracelet wears and feels like a beautiful piece of fine jewelry.

Encased within the 26mm watch case is a fresh white dial with Roman numerals along with yellow gold center hands.  Also, there are the black onyx stones set into the winding crown and lugs that are simply sublime.

 

5. Rolex Ladies’ Datejust

If you want just one luxury watch in your jewelry box, then it’s got to be a Rolex. And this particular Rolex Ladies’ Datejust has everything you need for a one-watch collection. First, there’s the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel construction to match almost everything in your wardrobe. The 31mm stainless steel case includes a yellow gold fluted bezel and yellow gold winding crown. Additionally, the famed five-link Jubilee bracelet includes yellow gold center links flanked by stainless steel ones.

Then there’s the classic dark dial embellished with diamond hour markers, because why not? There’s also the iconic Cyclops magnification lens on the sapphire crystal to make reading the date easy. And finally, housed within this stunning watch is an automatic caliber that just requires wrist movement to run. It’s no wonder Rolex has been the leading luxury watch brand for as long as we can remember.

 

6. Ladies’ Rolex President

If you really want to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate status watch, then feast your eyes on the solid yellow gold Rolex Ladies’ President watch. Not only is this 26mm watch made entirely in 18k yellow gold, but there are also the diamonds on the dial for added luxuriousness.

The curvy semi-circular links on the bracelet wrap around the wrist comfortably while the champagne color of the dial underlines the monochromatic look of this precious metal timepiece. Make no mistake, this is not just a watch for yourself, but it will be a family heirloom to be enjoyed by future generations.

 

With just a little over two weeks to go until the international day of love, indulge in yourself with a luxury timepiece that will last you forever. And because we know that you’re a savvy shopper, picking one of these pre-owned pieces will save you big bucks—and who doesn’t love that?

Omega-Speak: A Reference Guide to Omega Specific Terminology

As one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, Omega enjoys a passionate fan base of clients, collectors, and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. With roots that date back to 1989, the Swiss watch company has released some of the most iconic timepieces, innovative materials, and groundbreaking watchmaking advancements throughout its long history. From the Moonwatch to the Co-Axial escapement to the new Master Chronometer rating, read on to discover terminology, inventions, and nicknames that are specific to Omega culture.

 

Official Omega Terms

 

Ceragold

Used on some Seamaster Planet Ocean diving watches, Omega Ceragold bezels seamlessly combine ceramic and 18k gold. The bezels are first formed using zirconium-oxide-based ceramic, which are then laser-etched with bezel markings such as numerals and scales. The ceramic rings are then plunged into a gold electrolytic bath for 48 hours where a thick layer of 18k gold coats the rings. The rings are then polished down to their ceramic layer, leaving behind a beautifully smooth ceramic bezel with an 18k gold-filled diving scale.

 

Co-Axial Escapement

The Co-Axial escapement was invented in 1974 and patented in 1980 by watchmaker George Daniels. Omega purchased the rights of the Co-Axial escapement from George Daniels and debuted it in a DeVille watch in 1999. Compared to a traditional Swiss lever escapement, the Co-Axial escapement causes much less friction, thus there’s less need for lubrication and the watch can enjoy longer periods between servicing. The Co-Axial escapement also boasts better efficiency, resulting in better precision. Today, Omega furnishes many of their watches with the Co-Axial escapement.

 

Griffes

“Griffes” is the French word for “claws” and refers to four metal pieces holding down the bezels on modern Omega Constellation watches. The “Griffes” made their debut on the 1982 Constellation Manhattan models and has since become an integral design element on all Constellation watches for both men and women.

 

Liquidmetal

First used by Omega in 2009, Liquidmetal is an alloy composed of zirconium, nickel, and other metals. Omega uses the alloy along with ceramic to create ultra-tough scratchproof and fade-proof bezels. The ceramic bezel inserts are first laser-engraved with bezel markings and then bonded with the Liquidmetal alloy. Once the Liquidmetal is polished away, Omega is left with a ceramic bezel with Liquidmetal-filled markings.

 

Master Chronometer

In 2015, Omega introduced the new Master Chronometer certification on the Globemaster watch. A Master Chronometer certification means that in addition to being COSC-certified, it has also been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). METAS subjects watches to eight intensive tests over ten days including precision tests, positioning tests, magnetism tests, water resistance tests, and durability tests. Master Chronometer certified Omega watches are resistant to an incredible 15,000 gauss of magnetism, thus are considered true anti-magnetic timepieces.

 

Moonwatch

While the Omega Speedmaster chronograph was first introduced in 1957, in 1969 it became the first watch on the moon when it traveled with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their historic lunar landing. Since then, the Omega Speedmaster Professional aptly picked up the Moonwatch nickname. Omega has since created a variety of Moonwatch editions characterized by their black bezels, black dials, steel construction, and manual-wound chronograph movements.

 

Sedna gold

Named after one of the reddest planetoids in our solar system, Sedna is Omega’s proprietary red gold alloy that blends gold, copper, and palladium. It is prized for both its beautiful color, as well as its resistance to fading.

 

Famous Omega Nicknames and Terms Used by Collectors and Enthusiasts

 

It’s important to note that famous Omega collector Chuck Maddox coined many of the Omega nicknames that are frequently used by collectors today. Chuck Maddox passed away in 2008.

 

Anakin Skywalker

The nickname used for the 1970s Omega Seamaster Chronograph ref. 145.0023 with the tungsten-chrome finish and the blue, red, and black dial. This was coined to complement the black “Darth Vader” version of the same watch reference.

 

Big Blue

The nickname used for the vintage Omega Seamaster Automatic 120m Chronograph ref. 176.004 in reference to the watch’s large 47mm case and blue dial and blue bezel. This is not to be confused with the new Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT “Big Blue” ref. 215.92.46 released at Baselworld 2017.

 

Bullhead

First released in 1969, “Bullhead” is the label given to a family of Omega chronographs that features the winding crown and chronograph pushers at the 12 o’clock position rather than the typical 2/3/4 o’clock position. The location of the pushers and crown, along with the distinct case shape do indeed come together for a design that’s remarkably like a bull’s head.

 

Darth Vader

The nickname used for the 1970s Omega Seamaster Chronograph ref. 145.0023 with a black ceramic-like coated steel case and a black, red, and white dial.

 

Double Eagle

In 2003, Omega released a larger, heftier, and more masculine version of the Constellation dubbed the Double Eagle. A double eagle refers to a score of three strokes under par in golf and as big supporters of the sport, Omega borrowed this term to name their then-new Constellation Double Eagle collection.

 

Ed White

NASA Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space in 1965. During his historic spacewalk, he had on his wrist an Omega Speedmaster ref. 105.003. Therefore, this particular reference has aptly been nicknamed the “Ed White.”

 

Holy Grail

According to the late Chuck Maddox, the Speedmaster Automatic ref. ST376.0822 first released in 1987 is the “Holy Grail” Speedmaster. The 42mm Speedmaster Professional style case houses Omega’s version of the classic Lemania 5100 automatic movement.

 

James Bond

In 1995, superspy 007 began wearing Omega watches in the famous James Bond films—and continues to do so today. One of those Omega watches includes the Seamaster Professional ref. 2531.80, which has since been nicknamed the “James Bond” by collectors.

 

Jedi

To complement the “Darth Vader” and the “Anakin Skywalker” Star Wars themed nicknames, the vintage Omega Seamaster ref. 145.0024 picked up the “Jedi” moniker. However, the vintage Omega Seamaster ref. 176.0005 with a distinct cushion style case is also often (incorrectly) referred to as a “Jedi” due to an auction house catalog error.

 

Lobster

The nickname used for a variant of the Omega Speedsonic ST188.0001—a chronometer chronograph powered by a quartz movement—from the 1970s with an unusual lobster tail-like metal bracelet.

 

Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi is one of Japan’s most famous department store chains. In 2003, Omega collaborated with the store to launch a limited-edition Speedmaster Professional ref. 3570.31 dubbed the “Mitsukoshi.” Characterized by a white Panda-style dial with black registers, only 300 examples were produced and sold exclusively through the Mitsukoshi stores.

 

Montreal

Omega has long been the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. For the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics the company unveiled the Seamaster Chrono Quartz ref. 196.0052. Now nicknamed the “Montreal,” the case was fashioned to resemble a scoreboard while the dial featured both analog and digital displays. Plus, the famous Olympic rings logo is found engraved on the caseback.

 

Speedy

An affectionate nickname for any Omega Speedmaster.

 

Speedy Tuesday

The hashtag #SpeedyTuesday was created in 2012 by Omega enthusiast and blogger Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches and quickly gained momentum across all social media platforms. So much so, that Omega created the Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” Limited-Edition watch in 2017, aptly limited to 2,012 pieces!

 

Wally Schirra

In 1962, Wally Schirra piloted his Sigma 7 capsule on a six-orbit mission that lasted more than nine hours and on his wrist was his personal Omega Speedmaster CK2998. This particular watch became the first Omega in space and of course, picked up the nickname the “Wally Schirra.” Omega has since released a couple of commemorative models to celebrate the first Omega in space including the 2012 Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” ref. 311.32.40.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Luxury Watches To Give This Year

There are only six Fridays left until December 25th! So it’s about time to start thinking about what gifts you’ll be giving your loved ones this holiday season. We are of course partial to luxury watches. After all, a luxury watch is a fantastic gift that is both beautiful and practical. A fine timepiece is a special gift that will not only make a big impact on the day it’s given, but it will also be enjoyed for a long time to come. What’s more, a luxury watch is a suitable gift for either him or her. Finally, a pre-owned luxury watch is a savvier choice since you’ll be saving plenty of money while still gifting a prestigious and well-respected timepiece.

So with that, read on for our recommendations on the best luxury watches to gift this holiday season covering a range of budgets, for both him and her.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: Under $2,000

 If you have less than $2,000 to spend on a high-end timepiece, then you’re in luck because there are plenty of fantastic choices in the secondary market.

For him, we’d recommend a Breitling watch. A masculine and sporty watch brand that boasts technical prowess and great design, Breitling is tough to beat. For less than $2,000 there are several choices. The super sporty stainless steel Breitling Transocean Chronograph Stainless Steel (ref. A530401) includes a generous 42mm case housing a dynamic red, white and blue dial. Plus, the watch offers tons of functionality including time, date, and chronograph, all powered by an extremely precise and accurate quartz movement.

If however, you’d prefer a smaller sized watch, then there’s the stainless steel Breitling Colt Ocean Chrono (ref. A53050) with a 37mm case complete with a black dial displaying the time, date, and chronograph functions.

Alternatively, for an automatic version, there’s the stainless steel Breitling Superocean (ref. A17040) with a 41.5mm case with time and date displayed on the rich blue dial topped with steel rotating bezel.

Or, for a touch more preciousness, then the automatic Breitling Chrono Cockpit (ref. B30012) fits the bill. With its 37mm stainless steel case and yellow gold rider tabs on the bezel coupled with a classic black leather strap and clean white dial indicating the time, date, and chronograph functions, this Breitling is an elegant approach to a luxury sports watch.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: Under $2,000

For less than $2,000 we’d recommend a Cartier watch as the perfect gift for her. And at this price point, there’s an abundance of styles to choose from.

A favorite among celebrities and fashionistas the world over, the steel Cartier Tank Francaise (ref. W51008Q3 / 2384) with a 20mm x 25mm rectangular case features all the signature Cartier details. From the black Roman numerals to the blued-steel sword-shaped hands to the eight-sided winding crown set with a synthetic spinel cabochon, this is a modern take on the classic Tank watch.

Considering that Cartier just revived the Panthere watch collection earlier this year and that two-tone style is making a huge comeback, this yellow gold and steel Cartier Panthere (ref. 166921) is completely on-trend. Sporting a 24mm steel square case topped with an 18k yellow gold bezel and outfitted with the characteristic brick-lay link bracelet in both yellow gold and steel, this is the must-have ladies’ watch of the moment.

For a leather strap alternative that flaunts a retro vibe, the Cartier Tank Divan (ref. 2599) is a great choice. Accompanying the watch’s 32mm wide rectangular steel case is a sophisticated alligator leather strap in a dark blue hue.

Part jewelry piece, part wristwatch, the Cartier Panthere Ruban (ref. 2420) does double the duty. Set among the eight rows of the brick-lay link bracelet is the 21mm square case along with the bezel with exposed screws and famed Cartier dial with Roman numerals and blue hands.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: $2,000 – $5,000

If your gift-giving budget ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, then we’d recommend an Omega as a men’s watch option. As one of the most popular high-end timepiece brands available today, Omega is cherished for their solid designs and reliable movements.

One of the most iconic Omega watches is undoubtedly the Speedmaster Moonwatch—named so for its historic journey in 1969 aboard the Apollo 11 mission during mankind’s first lunar landing. The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch (ref. 3573.50.00) is a modern iteration of that legendary timepiece, complete with a 42mm steel case, black dial, black tachymeter bezel, and manual-wound mechanical movement powering the time and chronograph functions.

Turning our attention to marine exploration, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronograph (ref. 232.30.46.51.01.001) is part of the company’s line of professional diving watches. Along with the unidirectional rotating diver’s bezel on the 45.5mm steel case and water resistance to 600 meters, there’s also the duo of chronograph registers on the dial and the famous broad-arrow hands.

For a more classic watch, there’s the two-tone steel and yellow gold Omega Constellation Automatic (ref. 368.1201) featuring the distinct bezel with Roman numerals, four claws (a.k.a “griffes”) on the sides of the 36mm case, and an integrated bracelet. Driving the time and date functions is an automatic mechanical movement.

Vintage watch enthusiasts and dapper gents will appreciate the traditional style of the 18k yellow gold vintage Omega Automatic (ref. 2709) timepiece. Housed within the restrained 34mm gold case is a beautifully retro dial with yellow gold indexes, yellow gold hands, and a running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: $2,000 – $5,000

With a budget of $2,000 – $5,000, your best bet for a gift for her would be a ladies’ Chopard watch.

Famous for their floating diamond motif, the Chopard Happy Diamond Sport ladies’ watch collection is a varied assortment of modern gem timepieces. There’s the contemporary midsize Chopard Happy Sport 27/8236-23 where seven floating diamonds are housed within a round 32mm steel case. Particularly beautiful are the flashes of color on the otherwise monochromatic watch from the blue center hands to the blue cabochon sapphires on the winding crown and lugs.

For a sportier version, there’s the limited edition Chopard Happy Sport (ref. 28/8507) with a 38mm black ceramic case, stainless steel bezel, and black rubber strap. Of course, adorning the dial are the characteristic floating diamonds—a trio of them in this particular example.

Yet another version is the square Chopard Happy Sport (ref. 27-8325-23) sized at a refined 26mm. Within the steel case are seven floating diamonds while the lugs and winding crown are topped with the signature blue cabochon sapphires. Finishing off the stylish watch is a blue leather strap.

Finally, the Chopard A Fine Lady’s (ref. 493 1) timepiece in 18k white gold flaunts a flurry of diamonds on its dainty 19mm rectangular case and dial. The perfect companion to any cocktail party or grand gala event, the watch is presented with a sophisticated black leather strap.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him: $5,000 – $8,000

If you’re ready to spend between $5,000 and $8,000 on gifting a men’s watch this holiday season, then it’s got to be a Rolex watch. In terms of recognition, prestige, legendary designs, and dependable movements, this Swiss watchmaking giant is at the top.

Among the Rolex tool watches, the highly sought-after Submariner dive watch is in a league of its own. And a classic choice is the Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 with a 40mm steel Oyster case, matching steel Oyster bracelet, black dial with lume plots and Mercedes-style hands, and black aluminum diver’s bezel. Encased within the 300-meter water resistant case is the famous Rolex Cal. 3135 automatic movement driving the time and date functions.

The GMT-Master is yet another iconic Rolex tool watch, but due to its ability to keep track of multiple time zones simultaneously, it was built to serve pilots. A particularly popular variant is the Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16710 “Coke”, nicknamed after the soda brand because of its black and red bezel. Completing the celebrated style of the watch is the 40mm steel Oyster case, ubiquitous steel Oyster bracelet, and red arrow-tipped GMT-hand on the black dial.

Along with their renowned sports watches, Rolex is also recognized for making iconic dress watches, such as the Datejust. The two-tone Rolex Datejust ref. 116233 dons a style typical of the collection thanks to its classic combination of yellow gold and stainless steel, fluted bezel, 36mm Oyster case, champagne dial, and Jubilee bracelet.

For a more robust version of the traditional Datejust dress watch, there’s also the larger Rolex Datejust II ref. 116334­. Measuring a heftier 41mm, the steel Oyster case sports an 18k white gold fluted bezel. There’s also the rich blue dial with luminescent baton indexes and sporty steel Oyster bracelet.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Her: $5,000 – $8,000

Similarly, if you have $5,000 and $8,000 to spend on her gift this year, then a ladies’ Rolex watch is the way to go. Especially since women’s Rolex watches run on mechanical movements rather than quartz ones.

The stainless steel Rolex Datejust ref. 116234 with a pink floral and diamond dial is an everyday luxury watch with a difference. Moreover, adding to the fine details of the 36mm timepiece is the intricate Jubilee style bracelet, the 18k white gold fluted bezel, and the oversized 6 and 9 numerals joining the date window on the dial.

For added luxury, there’s the two-tone Rolex Lady-Datejust ref. 179173, which combines precious 18k yellow gold with rugged stainless steel. The 26mm steel Oyster case includes a yellow gold fluted bezel and yellow gold winding crown, while the steel Oyster bracelet features yellow gold center links. Around the periphery of the slate dial are yellow gold Roman numerals, along with the date window at 3 o’clock magnified by the Cyclops lens.

Offering the wearer a touch of jet-set chic is the solid 18k yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master ref. 69628. Clearly inspired by the nautical lifestyle, the ladies’ Yacht-Master has a 26mm Oyster case equipped with a sporty rotating bezel. The matching champagne dial sets the stage for the luminescent hour markers and Mercedes-style hands, while at 3 o’clock is a date aperture.

For the lady who is drawn to the finest things in life, the solid 18k yellow gold Rolex Datejust ref. 69178 will surely impress. Nicknamed the “Lady President” for its legendary President bracelet with the distinct semi-circular links, the lavishness of the watch is further emphasized by the diamond hour markers on the black dial.

 

The Best Luxury Watch Gifts for Him and Her: $8,000+

With such a substantial budget allocated, you want to make sure that you select absolute icons from the finest watchmakers.

For him, we’ll start with the 18k white gold Cartier Tortue Perpetual Calendar (ref. 2540), whose tonneau-shaped case was designed in 1912 by Louis Cartier himself. Offering the very practical perpetual calendar function, the timepiece automatically indicates the correct time, day, date, month, and leap year without the need for manual adjusting (until 2100 when the leap year is ignored that year). Her equivalent would be the ladies’ 18k white gold Cartier Tortue (ref. 2644) with a lavish diamond bezel.

Following that, the solid 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Moonphase (ref. 25594BA.O.0477.BA.01) men’s watch is one not to miss. Originally developed by legendary designer Gerald Genta in 1970, the Royal Oak’s distinct octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet kicked off the entire luxury sports watch genre. This particular example includes a trio of subdials to indicate the day, date, and phases of the moon. Additionally, the 18k yellow gold ladies’ Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (Ref. 67601BA.ZZ.D012CR.03-FX2UC2) with diamonds on the eight-sided bezel and a white leather strap is a great match to the men’s version.

And finally, a holiday gift guide to the best luxury watches wouldn’t be complete without the famous Patek Nautilus—also designed by Genta in the seventies. Proudly showcasing its porthole-style 37.5mm stainless steel case and integrated bracelet, the Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 3800/1A-001) includes Roman numerals and a date window on its black dial. For the ladies, there’s the ultra-precious 18k yellow gold women’s Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 4700/51), beautifully embellished with diamonds on the bezel as well as diamonds serving as hour markers on the black grooved dial.

And there you have it; our holiday gift guide to the best luxury watches money can buy—regardless of your budget. Happy shopping!

 

 

Don’t Miss These Five Popular Luxury Chronographs

When looking at the abundance of luxury sports watches available in the market, one type stands out as the most prevalent and popular: the chronograph. More than just a time keeping instrument, the chronograph also records time. During its heyday, the chronograph was important to a variety of fields including sports, aviation, and military. While today, time recording is typically relegated to computers, this hasn’t stopped the popularity of luxury chronographs. Whether or not the chronograph function is used is of no consequence since it’s the aesthetics of a chrono that is particularly appealing for today’s consumer. Let’s review five highly popular luxury chronographs.

 

The Omega Speedmaster

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Omega Speedmaster Professional

Making its debut in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most famous luxury chronographs on earth and beyond—literally. As the first watch to reach the moon on the historic lunar landing of 1969, the Omega Speedmaster quickly gained its celebrated nickname, the “Moonwatch.”

Staying close to the original NASA approved timepiece, modern Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch models sport the iconic black dial, black bezel with the tachymetric scale, stainless steel case. Plus, they run on manual-wound calibers.

However, as Omega’s signature chronograph collection, there’s a slew of other Speedmaster models too. With a variety of sizes, materials, and movements, there are plenty of Omega Speedmaster chronograph watches to choose from.

 

The Rolex Daytona

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Rolex Daytona

While Rolex had already manufactured chronographs prior to the 1960s, it was in 1963 that the Swiss watchmaking giant unveiled the Cosmograph. Later known as the Comosgraph Daytona, or simply, Daytona, this is arguably one of the most coveted luxury chronographs to own.

Prior to 1988, Rolex Daytona watches were manual-wound. In 1988 however, Rolex introduced the first automatic Daytona chronograph powered by a movement based on the famed Zenith El-Primero movement. Finally, in 2000, the company revamped the Daytona to include their own in-house movement—the Caliber 4130, which still powers the Rolex chronograph today.

In terms of style, the Daytona is instantly recognizable thanks to its 40mm case, tachymeter engraved bezel, trio of registers on the dial, and the duo of pushers flanking the winding crown. The Rolex Daytona is available in a range of materials including gold, platinum, and steel, and the most modern versions also have ceramic bezels.

 

The Breitling Chronomat

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Breitling Chronomat

Along with Heuer and Hamilton, Breitling was part of a consortium to develop the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. In fact, long before that, Léon Breitling—the founder of Breitling—was instrumental in the development of the modern-day chronograph.

Presented in the early 1940s, the Breitling Chronomat included an integrated slide rule along with the time and chronograph functions. Since the watch allowed for complex calculations, it quickly became the go-to timepiece for mathematicians and scientists of the era.

Fast-forward to the 1980s and the Chronomat made headlines again. During what is now referred to as the “Quartz Crisis” Breitling took a bold step by reintroducing the Chronomat. But this time, it ran on an automatic mechanical movement. The bet paid off and the Chronomat has since become one of Breitling’s most popular chronographs available in a range of metals, colors, and additional functions.

 

The Breitling Navitimer

Popular Luxury Chronographs: Breitling Navitimer

A direct descendant of the Chronomat, the Breitling Navitimer came out in 1952. Taking it a step further from its predecessor, the Navitimer incorporated an enhanced slide rule bezel. By allowing pilots to compute complex navigational calculations, the Navitimer became the quintessential aviator’s chronograph.

Although the Breitling Navitimer has undergone several enhancements throughout its 65-year history, the fundamental design traits are still there. For instance, a very technical dial and a large case.

Today, the Navitimer collection is Breitling’s signature line. In addition to in-house movements, the Navitimer also offers a variety of additional functions to the chronograph. There are Navitimers with GMT, World Timer, and others functions.

 

The IWC Portuguese Chronograph

Luxury Chronographs: IWC Portuguese Chronograph

The IWC Portuguese collection did not begin as a chronograph. However, the chronograph version became the company’s most successful watch ever produced since its introduction in the 1990s.

The inaugural Portuguese dates back to the 1930s. Two businessmen from Portugal commissioned large wrist watches from the International Watch Company. To this day, the look of the IWC Portuguese is very much like a pocket watch. Take note of the railway style minute track. The dials of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph watches are minimalistic and beautifully balanced while the bezels are super slim.

Always presented on a leather band, both steel and gold IWC Portuguese Chronograph watches lean more towards a dress timepiece than a sports watch.

 

The chronograph has always been a very popular luxury watch choice. As a result, every fine watchmaker includes several versions in their collections. And that’s great for the consumer because that means plenty of styles, sizes, materials, and price points to choose from.