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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Watches Under ₱250,000

Make your loved ones’ days merry and bright with gifts that will last a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of luxury timepieces that are sure to delight anyone, from the novice enthusiast to the seasoned collector.

For Him

  • Tudor
  • Omega
  • Baume et Mercier
  • IWC
  • Breitling
  • Louis Erard
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Longines
  • Tudor Pelagos Ref. M25600TB-0001

    ₱203,500

    The perfect present for scuba divers. Its bracelet features a nifty auto-adjustable spring mechanism that allows it to contract when one’s wet-suit sleeve compresses at greater depths, and expand when one returns to the surface. The Tudor Pelagos also features a helium escape valve and is waterproof up to 500 meters. Its COSC-certified Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5612 comes with a 72-hour power reserve. It comes with a left-handed version, too.

  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 231.10.39.21.02.002
    ₱233,750

    Sailing enthusiasts are sure to appreciate this watch, whose design transitions easily from the boat to the boardroom. Its lacquered silvery dial decorated with a vertical Teak Concept pattern is an eye-catching reference to the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The Seamaster Aqua Terra’s COSC-certified movement is anti-magnetic, meaning it’s resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. It’s water resistant to 15 bar, and has a 60-hour power reserve.

  • Baume et Mercier Clifton Baumatic Ref. 10436
    ₱159,600

    The Clifton Baumatic made waves earlier this year as Baume et Mercier’s first watch equipped with an in-house movement—as such, it’s a timepiece that any budding watch collector would be proud to wear on his wrist. It contains a COSC-certified movement equipped with a silicon balance spring, escape wheel, and lever, and offers magnetic resistance 25 times higher than the current standard. The Clifton Baumatic features an impressive 120-hour power reserve, and is water resistant up to about 50 meters.

  • IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Ref. IW327009
    ₱217,600

    This timepiece takes inspiration from the iconic Mark XI, which was commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense after World War II and used by the Royal Air Force. Since then, watch enthusiasts have loved the Mark series for its utilitarian design and focus on legibility. Its luminescent hands and large, rounded Arabic numerals stand out against the matte black dial. It features a soft inner iron case for protection against magnetic fields, a crystal secured against sudden drops in air pressure, a 42-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to 3 bar. Get it for the man who dreams of life in the cockpit.

  • Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 Ref. A45340211G1X3
    ₱237,200

    He’ll never have to ask what day it is with this beauty—it displays the day and date at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively. The Breitling Premier Automatic Day & Date channels casual elegance with its white dial, gold hour, minute, and seconds hands, and brown nubuck leather strap. It runs on a Breitling caliber 45 chronometer movement with a 38-hour power reserve and water resistance of 100 meters.

  • Louis Erard Excellence Regulator Ref. 54230AA01.BDC02
    ₱133,000

    This minimalist timepiece makes an appropriate gift for someone who’s into horological history. Its regulator dial features separate hour, minute, and second displays: a central minute hand, an upper subdial for hours, and a lower subdial for seconds. This distinctive design harks back to when watchmakers used regulator clocks to “regulate” the watches they were working on. This manual-winding movement features a useful power reserve display as well, and is water resistant to 5 bar.

  • Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Moonphase Ref. LC6168-SS001-122-1
    ₱131,000

    It’s not everyday you see a beautiful automatic moonphase watch at such a reasonable price point, and the contrasting finishes and colors for the silver minute, hour, and date circles make for a very legible dial. At the center is the moonphase indicator blending into a starry night sky. The Les Classiques Moonphase runs on an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve and is water resistant up to 50 meters.

  • Longines Heritage 1945 Ref. L2.813.4.66.0
    ₱102,800

    This timepiece is sure to delight anyone who’s into vintage designs. As its name suggests, it’s inspired by a Longines model that dates back to 1945. It features a beautiful brushed copper dial, which goes beautifully with the trademark Longines blue hands and distressed beige leather strap. It houses an automatic L609 caliber, and has a 42-hour power reserve.

For Her

  • Chopard
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Omega
  • Longines

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