A proper timepiece has the uncanny ability to tie an entire outfit together and exude style, class, and elegance in one (sometimes) tiny package.
From Italian leather bands to more obscure wood or meteorite accents, the available variety of watches is nearly endless and sifting through the sea of options can leave one’s head spinning. To help relieve a bit of the stress related to holiday shopping, we’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite watch brands that are sure to delight anyone’s wrist this season.
Here are our picks for this year’s watch gift guide:
MVMT The 40 – $120
Simple, streamlined, water resistant, and gorgeous, The 40 from MVMT is a classic watch that can be dressed up or down depending on a man’s mood. The contrasting red second-hand adds a pop of color and hint of hidden aggression, making this watch a bit of a sleeping lion.
Shinola Runwell 41mm – $600
You can’t go wrong with things built in America, and thanks to Shinola, this gorgeous watch is just that. The rose-gold case offset by the dark blue dial is an of-the-moment style that is classic enough to stay relevant for years to come. This is definitely a pass-down piece and any man would appreciate this on his wrist.
Fossil Commuter Stainless Steel Three Hand Watch – $135
The black-on-brown look of Fossi’s Commuter watch means it can blend into any outfit seamlessly. It’s also water-resistant, meaning a little rain on your ride to work won’t cause a breakdown, giving this watch true commuting cache.
Woodgrain Galaxy Automatic – $275
The opposition in this timepiece between the wood material used to build the case and the peak at the metal machinery within makes this a striking statement on any arm.
Timex X Todd Snyder Military Watch – $138
Making the list again this year is the fantastically styled Timex X Todd Snyder Military watch. It’s got a quartz movement and is water-proof up to 50 meters, so tell the man you buy this for he’s free to play Navy SEAL all he wants.
Weiss Limited Edition American Issue Field Watch – $1,995
A true piece of American craftsmanship, the American Issue Field Watch by Weiss is limited to only 200 pieces, so if this is the type of thing the guy in your life covets, act fast. Why’s this so special? Master watchmaker Cameron Weiss builds each CAL 1003 mechanism by hand in Los Angeles, making this a truly unique piece.
Linjer The Minimalist – $249
Linjer’s The Minimalist really does live up to its name. This timepiece is sort of the platonic ideal of “watch.” Simply, attractive, dignified, it tells the time, the date, and looks good while doing it. What more could a man ask for?
AVI-8 Flyboy AV-4021-0F – $350
AVI-8’s classic Flyboy comes calling this year in an all-black everything monochrome color scheme that screams power, competence, and reliability. At 43 mm, this is a big watch, so it needs a big forearm to pull it off.
Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph $1,800
Inspired by vintage motorsports, the Monoposto Chronograph features an oversized dial reminiscient of classic car gauges, with a red-line marker a bold throwback to old-school rev limiters that were painted onto RPM dials by racing coaches. While pricey, this bad boy is a stunner that won’t ever go out of style.
Omega Olympic Pocket Watch 1932 – Price Upon Request
We know, this is a pocket stop watch that can’t be worn on the wrist and which probably also costs a small fortune. But we couldn’t not include this genuine-imitation-antique. With sexy curves, functional time-keeping mechanisms, and heft 18k white-gold weight, this gift is just in-time for the rich Olympics fan in your family.
Rolex Cellini Moon Phase – Price Upon Request
If you have to ask, you can’t afford. And oh how we wish we could. Seriously, this thing is just straight up gorgeous. An 18k rose-gold case encloses a white lacquer dial with a blue enameled disc featuring a full moon (made of a meteorite applique!) that rotates in accordance with the actual moon’s phases, and an outer date indicator noted by a blue hand with a crescent moon at its end. And, if that’s not enough for you, the strap is brown alligator leather. Oh, also, it’s a Rolex.