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A Holiday Gift Guide for the Collector Who Has Everything

What do you get for the person who has everything? After all, anything they want, they can afford to buy themselves. However, there are some luxury Swiss watches so rare and so coveted that even men and women of means have difficulty procuring them—and they aren’t necessarily grand complications with million-dollar price tags. If you manage to get one of these timepieces for your loved ones, you’ll have not only their gratitude, but their esteem and admiration as well.

IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”





IWC Tribute to Pallweber "150 Years" IW505002
The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” has been procured in very limited quantities: just 25 pieces for the platinum model, 250 pieces in red gold, and 500 in stainless steel.

Back in 1884, IWC introduced a groundbreaking innovation to their pocket watches: a digital hours and minutes display. The time was shown through hour and minute windows, with the numbers placed on rotating discs. This year, IWC celebrated their 150th anniversary by incorporating this historic display into a wristwatch for the very first time. The result is an eye-catching  that manages to exude both modern appeal and retro charm at the same time.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 comes in a variety of colors and finishes to suit any connoisseur’s taste.

The word “iconic” gets bandied about quite a lot by watch guys, but the Royal Oak is one of those models that truly deserves this accolade. At a time when Swiss watchmakers were struggling to respond to the quartz crisis, Audemars Piguet commissioned legendary designer Gerald Genta to come up with something drastically different: a luxury watch made of stainless steel, rather than the usual precious metals like platinum or gold.

Released in 1972, the watch’s distinctive octagonal bezel, visible hexagonal screws, “tapisserie” dial, and integrated bracelet were a clear departure from the design codes of the time. In fact, the Royal Oak is widely considered the first luxury sports watch.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A is an immensely popular model, with its stainless steel case and black-blue dial.

In 1976, Gerald Genta came up with another classic, this time for Patek Philippe. If the Royal Oak’s design was inspired by a deep sea diver’s helmet, the Nautilus took its design cues from boats. Its rounded hexagonal bezel is inspired by portholes, while its horizontally embossed dial is reminiscent of teak wood boat decks.

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic
The Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic is available in various colors and finishes, making it appropriate for any occasion.

There’s a growing number of women who are just as passionate about mechanical watches as men, and Patek Philippe has responded to this development by updating their Twenty~4 line with 5 new models. The Twenty~4 Automatic’s self-winding caliber 324 S C features Spiromax balance spring in Silinvar and bears the Patek Philippe Seal—a hallmark of quality that supposedly has more stringent requirements than the COSC and Geneva Seal put together.

Unlike previous Twenty~4 models, this new iteration features a round case and Arabic numeral in a font reminiscent of a Pilot’s watch. The result is a timepiece that appeals to today’s modern, go-getting women.

Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710BLRO

GMT-Master II
The GMT-Master II’s red and blue Cerachrom bezel is a nod to the original GMT-Master, which was released in 1955 and featured the same colors.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Professional steel models have become notoriously hard to obtain over the past few years, and the new GMT-Master II is no exception. The latest iteration of Rolex’s beloved travel watch has become an instant hit, thanks to its iconic “Pepsi” dial which was combined with an Oystersteel case and Jubilee bracelet for the first time in the manufacture’s history. The GMT-Master II houses a new Calibre 3285, which features the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116500 LN

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The Cosmograph Daytona’s iconic two-tone dial appeals to novices and experts alike, and looks especially fetching in white and black.

Even if you happen to be too young to know who Paul Newman is, you’ve definitely heard of his watch. The actor and race car driver’s timepiece fetched a record-breaking 17.75 million dollars at auction last year, and another “Paul Newman” Daytona Ref. 6263 made a much-talked-about cameo in the film Crazy Rich Asians. While the Cosmograph Daytona met a negative reception when it was released in 1963, it has since turned into one of the world’s most desirable watches, especially when it comes to steel models like the Ref. 116500.

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