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2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE…

by Hours and Minutes Australia

The holiday season is almost here and like every year, with our holiday gifting guide we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s for an avid watch collector, or somebody just starting out, the right watch is one of those timeless gifts you’ll always be remembered for…and if they’ve made it on this list, it means that they’re unmatched in coolness, guaranteed to wow you in every way and, most importantly, we want them ourselves 😉

Baume & Mercier

Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition

This watch honours a motorcycle racing legend – Burt Munro. The chronograph model has special details that commemorate Munro. For example, his yellow number 35 badge is conspicuous in the chronograph seconds counter; the cursive “I” of the Indian logo forms the counterweight to the red chronograph seconds hand, and the sandblasted finish on the silver-colored dial mimics the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Munro’s record was set. The 44mm stainless steel case has a tachymeter scale on the bezel, with 184 mph, highlighted on it; in honor of Munro’s record-setting 184-mph ride. Recalling the year that Munro set his iconic record, it is a limited-edition of 1967 pieces. A homage to the god of speed!

Bulova

Curv 

Curves look good on a watch…and this one is proof enough! The main feature of this watch when it was launched was a curved chronograph movement. It’s this curved shape that allows the watch to sit very comfortably on the wrist. The use of titanium, the deep blue stylish dial and the grey accents add to this aesthetic. It’s perfectly clean and legible as well. The case back gives a glimpse into the in-house 5-handed quartz chronograph movement that hums along at a super-accurate 262 kHz and promises to keep you on time and hold you tight while doing it.

Breitling

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green

This Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley celebrates Breitling’s partnership with one of the great names in luxury motoring. It features a 42 mm stainless steel case and is powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01 in-house mechanical movement, which is visible through a unique transparent caseback with a metalized Bentley logo. The watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve. These timepieces also have an engraved plate with a “Bentley” inscription. Inspiration for the design of the plate was taken from the dashboard of the historic supercharged 1929 “Blower” Bentley. The watch is distinguished by its striking British racing green dial and is available with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a British racing green leather strap that matches the dial. Contrasting subdials are positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock, and a date window is located at 6 o’clock.

Chopard

Mille Miglia Racing Colours British Racing Green

This year Chopard and Mille Miglia celebrate 30 years of a shared love of fine mechanics and performance. To commemorate this partnership, the maison is presenting a new collection composed of five Mille Miglia Racing Colours watches: Rosso Corsa (For the Italians), Speed Silver (For the Germans), British Racing Green (For the UK), Vintage Blue (For the French Bugattis and Talbots) and Speed Yellow (For the Belgians); colours allocated to the various nations competing in the world of motor racing. Limited to 300 pieces, the watch is finely crafted in a 42mm steel case and features a COSC certified self-winding chronograph movement, ensuring chronometer-worthy precision throughout the 42 hours of its power reserve. The leather strap is interesting as well with stitches reflecting the racing colours of the various competing nations while the rubber lining is inspired by 1960s Dunlop tyre tread.

Omega

Seamaster Aqua Terra Jewellery

Following the celebrated transformation of the Seamaster Aqua Terra collection, OMEGA is pushing the bounds of beauty once again, with a new model that elevates design through a captivating selection of radiant jewels. The simple beauty and watchmaking expertise involved in setting these radiant jewels, reaffirms Omega’s keen eye and steady hands.  The symmetrical 38 mm case has been crafted from 18K Sedna gold. The diamond-paved bezel and the 12 marquise-cut red rubies at every hour cement this look of a jewellery watch. But, there’s more…The impressive dial celebrates the undulating rhythm of the ocean through the silvery guilloché waves interspersed with waves paved in gold and diamonds. The glossy red leather strap completes the look. This unique addition reflects the brand’s endeavour to not only provide a useful accessory but set a powerful reminder to all the women of their uniqueness and contagious charisma.

Rolex

Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31

This 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31mm has a regal emerald green-coloured malachite dial and a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds, adding just the right dose of sparkle and glamour. The precise gem-setting serves to demonstrate the refined abilities of the gemologists and artisans at Rolex, who painstakingly place each stone in a manner that best shows-off its beauty and lustre. In striking contrast to the bright green dial, the watch has 18K gold and diamond-set applied Roman hour markers at 6 and 9 o’clock. It is fitted, for the first time with an in-house automatic movement 2236 and indicates the hours, minutes and seconds with gold central hands. While some of you may feel that green is a colour not meant for everyone, after seeing this piece with its outstanding green malachite dial, we have no choice but to disagree.

TAG Heuer

Formula 1 Lady

When in doubt, go RED! Symbolising power, passion and glory, a touch of RED can go a long way; and when combined with watchmaking, boy you’re in a whole new dimension. The brand new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady is completely redesigned, with an interchangeable strap, a new feature that allows the wearer to change the strap in just one click. Available in brown, blue, white, red or black leather, or in metal, the choice of materials and colors gives the collection a casual yet stylish look appreciated by today’s busy women. The tonneau shaped case carries hints of the sporty heritage of the brand. The entire curve of the case and lugs have been refined. Another new feature of this model is the double-plate system on the dial, which adds contrast, improves readability and creates an interplay of colors: blue sunray or silver-plated dial, total full black look, resolutely rock or set with diamonds for a dash of glamour. The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady is available in a range of modern, on-trend colors.

Ulysse Nardin

Classico Jade 37 mm

The delicate and demure size of this exquisitely feminine watch is enticing enough…but with a pop of colour and swirling waves of diamonds it becomes just fabulous to the core. The watch has a new round case shape and classic hour, minute and second hands powered by the flagship UN-815 caliber. You will see a synthesis of Haute Joaillerie techniques and a feminine allure. Ten diamonds in a delicate leaf-like wave motif adorn the lower left quadrant of the round mother-of-pearl dial; 76 more sparkle on the bezel. The garnet red leather strap with red numerals adds the finishing touch.

Vacheron Constantin

Fiftysix Complete Calendar with moon phase

Amongst the horological complications most appreciated by true connoisseurs, the Complete Calendar with Moonphase variant of the FiftySix collection is a veritable jewel in its crown. Powered by an entirely in-house developed and manufactured self-winding calibre 2460 QCL/1 movement with a power reserve of approximately 40-hours, this timepiece bridges the gap between ‘entry-level luxury’ and the very finest in haute horlogerie. Like the other models in the FiftySix collection, the movement of the FiftySix Complete Calendar with Precision Moonphase includes a 22-carat gold Maltese Cross oscillating weight. The precision and accuracy of the movement ensures that the moonphase function of the timepiece requires adjustment only once in 122 years. The collection’s characteristic dual-faced dial in grey or silver, depending on the model has two windows at 12 o’clock to display the day of the week and the month. The outer minute-track is replaced in this timepiece with a date-ring and the date in shown by a fourth blue-coloured gold hand. Three sword-shaped hands indicate the hours, minutes and seconds, and the moonphase indicator is located at 6 o’clock on the dial. The disc of the moonphase indicator shows a deep-blue night sky embellished with 18K gold moons.

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