It’s that time of year to show our appreciation to our family through gifts giving. What better gift then the traditional gift of a wrist watch. In this modern age of cell phones and gadgets a wrist watch is still something that is personal and functional. The feel of a watch around my wrist and that motion and feeling of checking the time always gives me a sense of importance. It’s an extension of oneself, and an acceptable, classic tradition that hints to your status, or pedigree, and at one time navigated maritime ships and wartime fighter planes or timed a Century of births and deaths. Wearing a wristwatch still has that emotion and sentiment of the connection to history that is timeless.
Watches have evolved from function to funky, flashy, hi-tec, complicated, and glamorous wearable art. One of my favorites by Ulysse Nardin is the Classico Automatic 8153-111-2/E3. It has a classic look with roman numerals and date but with a modern feel of an elegant enameled “grand feu” guilloche dial that gives a multifaceted reflection of glorious iridescent blue color. It comes with a blue leather strap however I like the sleekness of a stainless steel bracelet. This is definitely a statement piece.
Another sportier yet modest choice for watches is the Seiko Automatic SKXA35 Diver. It has the date and day along with a bright yellow dial and luminous markers. The bezel rotates and comes with a black rubber strap and 200 meters of water resistance. A watch that can truly take a licking and keeps on ticking.
Of course if you give the gift of time, your automatic watch will need an equally reliable watch winder. One of my favorites in this category is Swiss Kubik’s Tuning Startbox with your choice of colors and skins. I like the "#1 Skull Flowers" skin. As I am a fan of the “Day of the Dead” artwork, this pays homage with its flowered skull in bright lively colors. It is a single unit winder that runs on 2 C-cell batteries and operates up to 3 years. With 1900 rotations per day that’s a lot of punch for this 10x10cm cube. When looking at single unit winders, I also like the Scatola Del Tempo Rotor One HDG Winder with its lilac soft touch Italian leather. This is classy, elegant and durable. It Comes in several colors and finishes along with your choice of protective metal cover in silver or gold.
We also have lovely handcrafted accessories such as our stainless steel rotating globe cufflinks by TF est. 1968 for something unique. Watch/ Jewelry storage cases by the likes of Underwood London make great gifts also. The UN208 leather jewelry roll is convenient for travel as it takes up very little space in your luggage and comes in several colors. A beautiful and thoughtful gift that’s functional.
Wrap these gifts up in brown paper and tie them up with string these are a few of my favorite things.