Four Watches for the Christmas Holiday Season

Whether you’re treating yourself or buying for a loved one, a watch (if you’ll pardon the pun) makes a timeless gift. They’re personal, intimate and full of style. We’ve selected four timepieces just asking for some festive unboxing.
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Rolex Day-Date II

The Day-Date – sometimes known as the “President” in collector vernacular, thanks to its adoption as the wrist-swag of choice by Lyndon B. Johnson and, allegedly, John F. Kennedy (the watch apparently having been gifted to him by Marilyn Monroe the same night she sang Happy Birthday to him at Madison Square Garden in 1962, and inscribed, “Jack, with love as always from Marilyn”) – was born in 1956. During its 60-plus years of existence, it has made innumerable cinematic appearances and become a symbol of success, virility, power and alpha-male cool. In 2008 came the sequel to the classic, the Day Date 2 with its 41mm case. The extra size and weight was in tune with tastes at the time and the watches had a seven year run until they were replaced by the Day-Date 40 in 2015. This example is in white gold and has a fluted bezel and silver dial with applied Roman numeral hour markers.

    Cartier Santos de Cartier

    As far as blue-dialed integrated watches go, this Cartier Santos is the surprising (and smart) choice. Right off the block, the Santos is a certifiably iconic design that manages to be more than a century old and oh-so-80s all at once. Add to this the subtle blue dial Cartier has engaged on this 2021 model, as well as the frankly great design updates on this generation of Santos, like the quick bracelet change system, and this Santos is sophisticated and stylish. All good things in a gift.

      Tudor Black Bay

      Typically in a Christmas buying guide listicle like this, each of the watches would get divided into some pretty obvious tropes. Adventure guy, vintage gal, dive watch dude, classic style person — you know the drill. And if we were to go down this route, the Tudor Black Bay would happily fill every slot, honestly. Especially in this classic black and gilt combo with the in-house movement. What’s not to like?

        Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

        One of the most thoughtful things to gift at Christmas is something with a personalized message. And when it comes to blank canvas potential on watches, you can’t beat the Reverso. This beautiful blue-dialed Reverso Tribute Small Seconds features a solid caseback, just waiting for your own private inscription. The only question is, what to engrave? A special date, a short note, or entwined initials. The options are endless!


          December 2021


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