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Christmas gift guide Our Christmas gift guide for 2014 brings together a selection of watches chosen by different themes by our international contributors, suggested by the CEOs of the brands themselves and completed with valuable tips on buying watches provided by the world's leading watch retailers.

Christmas gifts Christmas for women struggling to make up their minds

You’re wavering between a small and big model, between a quartz and a mechanical movement, between a decidedly different kind of watch and a classic timepiece. Follow our lead…

Is indecision a woman’s prerogative? It must be admitted that women often demonstrate a chronic inability to make clear, final choices. A rather sweet flaw that is especially prevalent when it comes to selecting fashion, jewellery, accessories or watches. But at the end of the day, why should one have to choose?

Maxi vs mini

The trend is towards over-statement. Oversize or mini, XXL or XXS… extremes rule in both fashion and watchmaking. At Piaget, a certain taste for extravagance is expressed through the Extremely Piaget Reversible Cuff Watch. This creation embodying a cross between a watch and a piece of jewellery features twin faces graced with natural opal on the front and natural onyx on the back.

 

 

At the opposite end of the size spectrum, the miniature Faubourg watch by Hermès is a model of discretion. Its chief quality lies in the exquisitely dainty 15.5 mm diameter of this model radiating supremely simple elegance on a white mother-of-pearl dial adorned with a single diamond set at 12 o’clock.

 

 

 

White vs colour

For those who haven’t yet succumbed to the charms of a white timepiece, Louis Vuitton garners universal approval with the Damier Absolu. Topping the 28 mm white gold case, the oversize bezel surrounded by three rows of invisibly set baguette-cut diamonds offers a wonderful reinterpretation of the Damier (checkerboard) motif so dear to the heart of the Maison. The mother-of-pearl marquetry dial is as hypnotic as a precious kaleidoscope.

 

 

At de Grisogono, bewitchment and refinement are embodied in the Grappoli watches which pay tribute to colour stones. Blue or orange sapphires, emeralds or mauve-hued amethysts are displayed through a brilliant composition that combines mobile briolette-cut stones and fine snow setting.

 

 

 Simple vs complex

An uncluttered watch for every day and every occasion… Baume & Mercier’s Promesse watch is a marvel of simplicity. With its mechanical movement, 30 mm round case, oval bezel highlighted by diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial, it is and will remain entirely in tune with the times.

 

Promesse de Baume & Mercier

 

Timelessness is also the hallmark of Montblanc’s Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery watch, although in this instance in a complicated version. Sophisticated from every point of view, this timepiece blends Fine Watchmaking and High Jewellery. The chic diamond-set pink gold exterior of this model is enhanced by the Montblanc Diamond on the crown, while at its its heart beats a mechanical self-winding movement powering displays of the months and leap-year cycles, along with the date, moon phases and day of the week. All this in an easily readable and completely reliable manner requiring no manual correction until…2100!

 

Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery.

 

Classic vs original

When Vacheron Constantin offers a new take on its classics, one can be sure of a pleasing result. An ode to tradition with a subtle modern twist, the Patrimony small model hovers between aesthetic purity and mechanical excellence. Pink gold, a circle of diamonds on the crown, a finely gem-set chapter ring, a useful and much appreciated date indicator… Vacheron Constantin knows exactly what it takes. When it comes to originality, all eyes are on Century and the Couture watch. Born of the fusion between jewellery and watchmaking, Century watches highlight the distinctive nature of the famous sapphire Century. This model is no exception to the rule and displays a resolutely non-conformist attitude compounded by the soft mauve colour of this model, enhanced by an iridescent calfskin strap featuring a pearly shimmer and embossed with a geometric “pampille” motif.

 

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Baume & Mercier

“Life is about moments”: with this motto as its signature, Baume & Mercier expresses its desire to design timeless watches that forever safeguard the emotion of shared moments.

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de Grisogono

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Hermès

“La Montre Hermès” has adopted an epicurean philosophy that values the creation of sober, contemporary timepieces.

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Louis Vuitton

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Montblanc

Montblanc has always been committed to the same values: the pursuit of quality and craftsmanship.

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Piaget

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