The year 2015 is almost at a close, and we’d like to help wrap it up with an aBlogtoWatch watch buying gift guide – done, once again, a little bit differently. As a publication that tends to help consumers make choices about watches they want to purchase, we dislike the idea of arbitrarily limiting your buying options to a few timepieces that we feel just narrowly beat out others in any given list. So for that reason, we try to stay away from more randomly assorted gift guides that, frankly, also bore us to create.
What we’ve done for this holiday season’s gift guide idea was to ask various members of the aBlogtoWatch team to mention the first watch that comes to mind when presented with a particular question. For example, we asked the question, “What watch would you wear to impress Vladimir Putin?” (a known watch buff and all-around leader of Russia). Each of the questions we asked called for a different type of watch, and we included some of our favorite responses from the aBlogtoWatch team. It’s just a little way of getting into our watch nerd heads and having fun during the holiday season (where, apparently, rest and relaxation is but a myth).
Whether your budget for watch buying is modest or prodigious, you’ll find some interesting timepieces here in each (perhaps unexpected) category that the aBlogtoWatch team feels are worth mentioning – from those suitable for very ordinary occasions to those which might only occur in our fantasies. Please offer your own choices in the comments below if you feel you have some watch choice responses to compliment our own.
Beater Watch Worth Wearing
Let’s start with the trusty everyday watch, something you can knock around and not worry too much about because it isn’t that expensive. With that in mind, it’s also got to be designed well, reliable, and say something about the wearer. Here are our top picks for the “beater watch” category.
Ariel Adams: Magrette Manoa Pacific Professional (Reviewed here)
The Loop was impressed with all the “amazing” sound, CNET had complaints about limited battery lifetime, and also The Independent stated the chip was “lightning-fast. “Apple hasn’t changed the design of the Apple Watch because its 2015 debut, and so the Apple Watch Series 3 is almost identical to the Apple Watch Series 2. It has a curved, rectangular body that is able to snap into a range of interchangeable rings thanks to built-in lugs. At the front, there is a small Retina HD touchscreen display, and at the side, there is a Digital Crown which may be used to control much of the interface along with a side button that brings up an app dock. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in 2 sizes, 38mm and 42mm, to match a variety of different wrists, and Apple also makes it available in a number of different casing materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic. There are two brand new casing options for 2017: aluminium in a fresh shade of gold that’s a little rosier than the previous gold shade and ceramic in a deep grey to accompany the present white ceramic model.At the bottom of this Apple Watch, there’s a ceramic backing with four built-in sapphire-covered sensors that measure heartbeat using green light technologies that tracks the speed of blood circulation beneath the skin. On the Apple Watch Series 3 models, the only external distinction is related to the ceramic financing and the sensors. The rear crystal that houses the sensors was extended by 0.25mm to generate space for additional cellular components. Most consumers are not likely to observe the small size difference when compared with Series 1 and Series 2 models.
Matt Smith-Johnson: Seiko Spirit Smart SCED035 ‘Aliens Ripley’ Watch (Reviewed here)
Victor Marks: Orient Symphony (Feature article “Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?” Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Casio G-Shock Rangeman Camo
Watch That Would Impress Vladimir Putin
Moving on from an everyday beater watch, we take a look at 4 picks for watches that even a massively wealthy oligarch would give a second look. Vlad’s a well-known watch collector, and we think he would happily add these to his shiny, fabulously ornate watch safe.
Ariel Adams: Jacob & Co. Astronomia (Hands-on here)
James Stacey: MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar Watch (Hands-on here)
Patrick Kansa: Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco Da Gama Watch (Hands-on here)
Flamboyantly Designed “Grandly Complicated” Timepiece
There is no shortage of flashy watches and there’s no shortage of highly complicated watches out there. What if you want both, though? Well, we decided to think up 4 watches that we think will get you both attention and horological admiration.
Ariel Adams: HYT H3 (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Richard Mille RM 26-02 Evil Eye (Hands-on here)
Bilal Khan: Antoine Preziuso “Tourbillon of Tourbillons” Triple Tourbillon (Hands-on here)
Mark Carson: Ulysse Nardin Freaklab (Hands-on here)