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Giving the gift of luxury watches? The CHRONEXT Gift Guide 2020

Giving the gift of luxury watches? The CHRONEXT Gift Guide 2020

Nils Rau

The first Advent is just around the corner, and it is gradually becoming time to take care of the last Christmas preparations. If you or one of your loved ones are a watch lover, you may have already thought of giving a wristwatch as a present. We present you with the best watches for Christmas for men and women, and you can even save money on your purchases.

Luxury watches: A unique gift for Christmas

Often, we find it particularly difficult to give presents to the people we love most. This is not because we don't know these people well enough, but because every year we try and find an original gift. If you have not yet bought all of your gifts, then it is certainly worth considering giving the present of a luxury watch. After all, it is a unique gift that is a sign of the highest esteem with symbolic meaning and also comes with lasting value. Last but not least, wristwatches are among the most personal objects we own since, after all, they are our daily companions.

The CHRONEXT Gift Guide

Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref. 126600)

The Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref. 126600) was one of the big surprises at Baselworld 2017. After around 50 years, the watch's coveted red lettering finally returned. With the red "Sea-Dweller" font on the dial, Rolex is not only continuing an old tradition but also providing a harmonious colour accent. The new Sea-Dweller "Single Red" is a diving watch of superlatives. Even the first reference introduced in the 1960s was water-resistant to 610 metres, three times as deep as the current Submariner at the time. The Sea-Dweller, which is now water-resistant to an impressive 1,220 metres, also has a helium valve developed by Rolex. Whether you are a professional diver or desk diver:

The Rolex Sea-Dweller is a perfect watch for every day and every situation and cuts a sporty figure on the wrist.

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Tudor Black Bay GMT (Ref. 79830RB)

Whether it's business or adventure: If you want to give a gift to a frequent traveller, the Tudor Black Bay GMT is one of the best watches available. Launched in 2018, the watch features a GMT function that allows the local time to be adjusted via the crown independently of the home time of the 24-hour hand. Thanks to its water-resistance of 200 metres, Black Bay is also ready for any adventure. As the model not only cuts a fine figure on the metal bracelet but is also impressive on the brown leather strap, the versatility of the Black Bay GMT speaks for itself. Last but not least, the Heritage watch also scores with its understated appearance, rounding off the attitude of the travel watch.

Especially in the men's world, this model has been extremely popular since its launch.

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Rolex Submariner "Starbucks" (Ref. 126610LV)

With the 2020 revised Submariner collection, Rolex has paved the way for a sleek appearance. Ref. 112610LV, nicknamed "Starbucks" because of its black dial and green bezel, has succeeded the full green Rolex "Hulk" (Ref. 116610LV). Instead of the maxi case, the Ref. 126610LV now has returned to classic proportions, which is particularly noticeable on the horns. Thanks to the black dial, the watch is a little more discreet. Special attention is paid to the reworked calibre 3235, which, among other things, has a lavish 70-hour power reserve and 90% of its components were reworked.

The Rolex Submariner Starbucks is a modern classic that embodies simple luxury for connoisseurs.

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IWC Pilot's Watch (Ref. IW326803)

When it comes to pilot's watches, IWC is the top manufacturer. Founded in 1868, the manufactory has been producing the famous Mark models since the 1930s. These watches have been fitted to the Royal Air Force and others. The IWC Pilot's Watch Ref. IW326803 takes up the traditional pilot's design and offers a harmonious combination of the latest watchmaking art and traditional style. Finished and modified by the manufacturer Horlogère ValFleurier, Calibre 32110 contains the latest silicone components that make the watch non-magnetic. The dial, as well as the hands, is made from an attractive vintage luminous material that has been used tastefully. The red Spitfire lettering adds more vintage charm. The diameter of 39 millimetres is also just right.

The IWC Pilot's Watch is not only a versatile strap queen but also an authentic pilot's watch that shines with maximum reliability and which will cut a fine figure under the Christmas tree.

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TAG Heuer Carrera (Ref. CBG2A1Z.FT6157)

The TAG Heuer Carrera was created by company founder Jack Heuer in 1962 after he first came into contact with the legendary Carrera Panamericana, a Mexican road race. The result was a racing chronograph for the world-smart driver. To this day, the Carrera line focuses on sports chronographs for professional drivers and sports car enthusiasts. While the manufacturer has numerous traditional timepieces in its range, TAG Heuer has shown what modern watchmaking can look like with the Carrera Calibre HEUER 02T Automatic Chronograph (Ref. CBG2A1Z.FT6157) from 2018. With its chronograph function and separate GMT hand, the watch is a jack-of-all-trades. The skeletonised dial allows a view of the in-house calibre Heuer 02, which drives the chronograph utilizing a vertical clutch and column wheel.

The Carrera is an absolute must-have for all those who love sports cars or are enthusiastic about motorsports.

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Rolex Lady-Datejust 28 (Ref. 279173)

The Datejust is the most traditional model of Rolex manufacture. The watch was introduced in 1945 on the day of the company's 40th anniversary. This occasion also explains the name of the delicate Jubilée bracelet, which was unveiled with the Datejust and is still one of the characteristic features of the elegant watch today. Specially made for women, the Datejust collection offers fantastic model variations. The Ref. 279173 measures an ideal 28 millimetres and consists of a charming and luxurious stainless steel-gold mix with a fluted gold bezel. The Lady Datejust is at its most tasteful with the Jubilée bracelet and the champagne-coloured roman dial.

Thanks to its reliability, the Rolex Lady-Datejust is a perfect everyday watch for all occasions and already adorns delicate wrists worldwide.

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Cartier Ballon Bleu (Ref. W6920071)

There is no other way to put it: Cartier makes dreams, and this also applies to the Cartier Ballon Bleu. The watch owes its name to the round crown, tastefully inserted into the overall design. The Ref. W6920071 is 33 millimetres in size and comes with a stainless steel bracelet. The watch features the typical Cartier characteristics, including Roman numerals and the blue sapphire cabochon on the winding crown. Although the Ballon Bleu was only launched in 2006, it is already one of the manufacturer's great classics. No wonder, since the design perfectly strikes the difficult balance between apparent elegance and creative lightness.

The collection is much sought-after in the ladies' world, and female executives are known to rely on the French timepiece.

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