The Best Luxury Watches for a Timepiece Fanatic
While you can’t give the gift of time, you can come pretty close with an impeccable timepiece to help track it.
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A watch is truly a gift that keeps giving—even in the digital age, watches are both used and needed every day. And it doesn’t hurt that now there are a plethora of styles to fulfill any palette.
And luckily, this holiday season, there are plenty of options to choose from. Jewelry watches—like the Hermès Faubourg Ring with a diamond-encrusted bracelet and Chanel’s more futuristic Code Coco watch—are ideal for the sophisticated woman in your life, and look best layered with other diamond-encrusted, fine metal pieces for the most breathtaking effect.
And sporty options—from the Chopard Happy Sport automatic to Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra, and Michael Kors' Sofie Smartwatch—are meant for the active, yet style-conscious set. And of course, there are an overwhelming amount of masculine varieties for the horologically-enthused gentleman on your list. Tom Ford’s 001, for example, is multiple watches in one—it has interchangeable straps creating 64 different possibilities.
And for a category all of its own: Richard Mille’s RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure. You may recognize this piece if you’re a hard-core Sylvester Stallone fan. Inspired by the watch the actor wore in his 1982 movie, Rambo, Mille’s latest certainly has the off-the-grid-survival elements.
Developed in collaboration with Stallone, a longtime Mille fan—he wore a similar watch in The Expendables 3—the limited-edition piece is made with lightweight, indestructible titanium and carbon composite. It boasts some familiar features, such as a torque-limiting crown, as well as an interchangeable compass bezel equipped with a bayonet mount, a spirit level for accurate reading of the compass, and even an airtight cache of water purification tablet.
Regardless of your preference, Departures has you covered with a roundup of the best watches to gift and get this holiday season.