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The 12 Watches We Expect to See this Christmas

December 24, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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With holiday season in full effect we want to talk about 12 watches that have caught our attention.

With this in mind, we decided to create a roundup of the 12 Watches we expect to see this Christmas. There’s a strong focus on the ultimate, must-have classics — but we’ve also thrown in some of the best watches of 2018 that we collectively drooled over. Without further adieu…

Christmas Watches

The Rolex Datejust 36 makes for a perfect holiday pick up.

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Datejust 36

Everyone needs a Rolex Datejust — or two. These versatile watches are the epitome of classic watchmaking, featuring handsome looks alongside the practical time and date functionality. If you’re going to add one (or another one) to your collection, you might as well opt for the new Datejust 36 which is offered in two-toned, either with steel and yellow gold or steel and everose. The new 36 also features slightly restyled cases (improved lugs and sides) and a beautiful brand new movement, the in-house automatic calibre 3235.

The Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmaster is a horological classic.

Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmater appeals to the adventurer in every watch enthusiast. This iconic watch has been part of all six missions to the moon — making this watch a wonderful example of horlogerie and the pioneering spirit of Omega itself. With this in mind, just about every collector would love one for their collection. And if we could have *any* Speedmaster, we’d probably choose the new Apollo 8 featuring an all-black design accented by yellow luminous hour markers, a skeletonised dial, and an impressive calibre 1861.

Christmas Watches

The latest Rolex Deepsea is to drool for.

Rolex Deepsea ref. 126660

Introduced at Baselworld 2018, the brand new Deepsea ushered in a new era of exploration. The model can withstand a whopping 3,900 meters (12,800 feet) thanks to the patented Ringlock System, a a nitrogen-alloyed steel ring, a 5.5mm thick sapphire crystal and a steel-titanium caseback. Sporty, durable and handsome? We’ll take it — even if we don’t plan on a deep sea mission anytime soon.

Rolex GMT-Master 126710

One of the hardest watches to get your hands on.

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Bezel

This was probably the most talked about release by Rolex at Baselworld this year — and for good reason. It’s the first time the brand paired the famous blue and red ‘Pepsi’ bezel with a non precious metal and the first time in ages that they’ve paired a sporty Rolex GMT-Master with a dressy Jubilee bracelet. Did we mention it also features the new calibre 3285? We can only imagine how many Rolex aficionados put the Rolex GMT-Master 126710 at the top of their list this year.

Omega Seamaster

The watch will look amazing at any holiday party. (Credit: Omega)

Limited Edition Seamaster 1948

We all know Omega had a bit of a problem only focusing on Planet Ocean and Speedmaster for a few years. But in 2018, they really surprised us, even jumping on the vintage trend with the release of the modest 38mm Limited Edition Seamaster 1948. Released to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the original Seamaster, there’s two versions —  a model with central seconds, and the other with a small seconds subdial at 6-o’clock.

Breitling

The Breitling Navitimer is another watch that holds a great presence in a room. (Image Credit: Breitling)

Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38

The vintage trend is still going strong, and with that, Breitling released their swoon-worthy Navitimer 1 Automatic 38. This is one of the ultimate unisex watches released this year — featuring that classy beaded bezel and intricate face that just ooze with retro charm. Available in stainless steel with either a black or blue dial, as well as the two-tone rose gold and white configuration, there’s one for everyone. It also packs a punch with a serious COSC-Certified Breitling Caliber 17.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak will catch plenty of oo’s and ah’s. (Image Credit: Audemars Piguet)

Royal Oak

There are few watches as iconic and striking as Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak. So naturally, this is going to end up on this list. Since this large, 41mm watch is unique in itself, we’d opt for a classic version — like this ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.03 featuring a stainless steel case and bracelet and that wonderful “Grande Tapisserie” pattern blue face, white gold applied hour-markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands.

Breguet

A tourbillion from Breguet is another great choice to have for a party. (Image Credit: Breguet)

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique ref. 5367

If you want to get your hands on a piece from this famous French horlogerie (and you do, of course) the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique is an epic choice. Lucky you, this year the brand revealed their latest model, the ref. 5367, which features a new “grand feu” enamel dial and has nixed the power indicator.Now the focus is back on that clean face, iconic Breguet numerals, blue-steel hands and the off-centered tourbillon.

Panerai Luminor Marina

A Panerai Luminor Marina is another watch that gets immediately recognized. (Image Credit: Panerai)

Panerai Luminor Logo ref. PAM00777

This oversized Italian watch is a classic must-have for every watch aficionado. But this year we were particularly excited about the Luminor with the release of six new versions — all featuring an updated aesthetic, a new calibre and a whopping three-day power reserve. Our favorite amongst the bunch was the Luminor Logo Marina. It has the classic dark face contrasted by a stainless steel 44mm case and luminous Panerai Arabic numerals you love. But, it feels effortlessly fresh with the blue OP logo in blue at six-o’clock and the matching slate-blue bracelet.

Patek Philippe

This watch will take care of you wherever your holiday party may be. (Image Credit: Patek Philippe)

Patek Philippe 5531R – Grand Complications

Okay if we’re adding a Patek Philippe to the list, we might as well go all out — right? In that case, we’re asking Santa for the the luxury watchmakers new 5531R – Grand Complications, the first and only minute repeater in the world to always strike local time. It’s a self-proclaimed ‘micromechanical masterpiece,’ and we can’t really argue with that. To make it they actually combined two of their most emblematic complications, creating the calibre R 27 HU which is used here. Besides the mechanics, this watch is an outstanding piece of jewelry. The enamel face perfectly contrasts against the 18k gold case and is the perfect blank slate for the timezones circling the edge and the gold 24-hour dial plate in the middle. You’re definitely ready for your next trip with this one.

IWC Portofino

The IWC Portofino is the best in class for luxury dress watches. (Image Credit: IWC)

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days

IWC’s Portofino watches are some of the most revered in the world — the clean dial design with Roman numerals alongside simple hour markers and slim feuille hands defining the aesthetic — no matter the dial color or case material. This green faced, hand-wound Portofino had us totally awestruck. Over the past three decades we’ve seen many of these watches hit the market, but there’s something about that olive color against the 18k red gold 45mm case and bronze alligator leather strap. It’s the perfect match of vintage and modernity that keeps this line relevant in every watch lovers mind.

TAG Heuer Monaco

A blacked out TAG Heuer Monaco is a special for a special occasion. (Image Credit: TAG Heuer)

Tag Heuer Calibre 11 Monaco Bamford Limited Edition

You don’t have to love racing to love this watch — although, it only helps. This iconic square watch is often one of those timepieces you love or hate. And while the classic blue dial and stainless case with a blue alligator strap is admittedly a bit dated, we really adore this Calibre 11 Monaco Bamford Limited Edition. It’s totally modern with a marbled carbon case, matching black face with aqua blue luminescent second indicator and minute chronograph counter and matte-black alligator strap. While at the end of the real 12 days of Christmas we’re a bit sick of the gifts, we’d be crazy to turn this watch down.

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