A pair of socks, a filofax (even though you haven’t taken hand written notes in 20 years), perhaps a power drill accessory and some after shave; that’s what guys get for Christmas in the real world.
But imagine for a moment you are handed a weighty and beautifully gift wrapped package.
You open it fully prepared to thank Auntie Maud for her annual box set of Old Spice, but no, as the wrapping paper falls to the floor, the box just looks way too fancy to be another supermarket bargain buy…
Carefully opening the gleaming box before you in all its resplendent glory is a true masterpiece of horology.
With a self effacing shrug Auntie Maud says “Well, it’s probably my last Christmas, I’ve got more money than I know what to do with so…enjoy.”
Imagine if the watch before you is one of these:
Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon US$495,000
This brand new men’s Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon is an extremely rare and limited edition luxury watch.
Only twenty of them have been produced and as such they are very hard to find.
The case, crown and back plate are made from 18K white gold and zalium, which is a light zirconium-based metal.
The skeleton dial is completely unique and features a tourbillon display.
The lower part of the dial features an unusual analog hour function.
A yellow arrow hour hand points to rotating black numeric markers.
Harry Winston is nothing short of a collection of watch experts that produce only limited edition luxury watches and jewellery.
They are, without a doubt, in a class of their own.
Breguet Classique Pocket Watch US$473,000
Scouring the internet your Aunt decided maybe you would like a pocket watch. She settles on the the Breguet Classique. What a pocket watch! It features a self-winding movement with date, power-reserve indicator, and phases of the moon. This watch is one of the most popular models of the Breguet collection. The silvered gold dial is hand-engraved on a rose-engine and has a sapphire case back. Breguet was founded by master watchmaker A.L. Breguet in Paris in 1775 and is considered one of the finest watchmakers in the world.
Patek Philippe 3450 18k Yellow Gold Perpetual Calendar US$395,000
Someone tipped Auntie Maud off about Patek Philippe being probably the most exalted of all Swiss watch manufactures.
On Ebay for the first time in her life, she sees this up for auction: Extremely rare original men’s Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch in 18k yellow gold with yellow gold bezel.
The watch has a silver dial with yellow gold markers and matching hands.
With a moon phase and leap year indication the watch comes on an original Patek Philippe burgundy colour crocodile strap with an 18k yellow gold buckle.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Forged Carbon Mens Watch US$182,000
Suddenly she notices this auction is just about to end: This is the latest timepiece to showcase the use of forged carbon, a technique that Audemars Piguet has been experimenting with for a few years and that’s unique to the company’s manufacture.
Here, the case itself is forged carbon, which is a light and strong carbon compound with a look unlike other watch-case materials.
Audemars Piguet enjoy one of the best reputations in all of Switzerland for the quality and technology behind their watches.
Parmigiani Kalpa Tourbillon 30 Seconds Chiaroscuro US$149,998
Or maybe, courtesy of your dear aunt, you could be feasting your eyes on this: Platinum mechanical 30 seconds tourbillon equipped with a PF 501 entirely hand-made manual winding movement with a one-week power reserve and double barrel.
Parmigiani Fleurier cartouche rhodium-plated by layer-by-layer electro- deposition on dial, ‘delta’ shaped hour and minute hands, Parmigiani Fleurier skeleton in blued-finish steel, centre second hand and power reserve also in blued-finish steel, Hermès Havana alligator skin strap with folding buckle.
Just 30 pieces ever made.
Well, we all know it’s not going to happen, but we can still dream… Pass the Old Spice.