You may not be able to get him the Paul Newman Daytona of his dreams, but these expertly-selected gifts will go a long way to pleasing the watch fan on your list.
Rimowa Watch Case
As anyone with a serious interest in watches knows, travelling with a valuable timepiece means more than just rolling it up in a pair of socks and hoping for the best. Protect your precious collection (and match your hard-sided German luggage) with Rimowa’s new limited-edition watch case. Made in Italy from an engineered grooved aluminium exterior shell and a microfibre interior, it’s a safe and stylish choice for any frequent flyer.
Watch Repair Kit
Much like doing surgery on yourself, undertaking DIY repairs on a fine timepiece (or even just opening it up to take a look inside) is rarely a good idea. That said, for those with an adventurous spirit – and hopefully a cheap watch to practice on – these Italian-made tools will get you started in fine form.
Batmobile Desk Clock
For anyone who was into cars and/or superheroes in the late 1980s, there was nothing cooler than the Batmobile from 1989’s Batman. Driven by Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton-directed film, it featured an afterburner and a couple of machine guns that pop out of the hood. This one doesn’t have any of that stuff, but what it does have is a mechanical Swiss clock movement with a 30-day power reserve and a “bat signal” winding key.
HSNY Watchmaking School
How much can you really know about watches until you learn how to build one yourself? Immerse yourself in the world of horology with the Horological Society of New York’s Virtual Horological Tutoring, available in the form of small group theory classes and one-on-one tutoring. Learn the theoretical side of watchmaking in their award-winning classes from the comfort of your own home with 60-90 minute sessions, where a team of professional watchmakers walks through the disassembly and reassembly of a complete mechanical movement on live video.
Panthère de Cartier Throw Blanket
You may not always feel like wearing your Tank or Santos around the house, but true Cartier fans will appreciate the timeless look of this cashmere and merino wool blanket draped across the back of a sofa.
New Balance x Franck Muller Sneakers
Watch brands are a bit late to the fashion collab scene, making these New Balance 996 sneakers even more unusual. Outfitted in a gold or silver exterior embellished with the Swiss watchmaker’s signature motif, these are almost good enough to put on display. They are available exclusively at Franck Muller boutiques in Japan, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
EBW Watch Roll
The good folks at EBW are passionate about watches and spent years testing out the best watch rolls in the world before putting their accumulated wisdom into this Italian leather travel case. Made out of Italian leather and lined in suede, with a secure snap closure, this discreet case will keep your watches safe wherever your travels take you.
Wolf Axis Triple Watch Winder
Sitting in a drawer can be murder on watch movements, so the larger a collection gets (or the less an individual watch is worn) the more attention should be paid to making sure it stays wound. A winder like this doesn’t just keep watches smoothly running, it also makes a handsome display piece on its own.
Bamford London Strap Tool
Of course, once you’ve got that new strap, you’ll need a specialized screwdriver to install it correctly – and without scratching the watch’s lugs. This one from London’s Bamford Watch Department will do the trick in style.
Buben & Zorweg for Bugatti Grande Illusion Chiron Multifunction Safe
Part sculpture, part safe, part clock, this spectacular piece is designed to appease the world’s most serious collectors, whether used for watches, supercar keys, or both. Weighing 215 kg, it unlocks using a biometric fingerprint sensor or transponder chip, which causes the safe and its contents to elegantly slide upwards.
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A Man and His Watch by Matt Hranek
Every watch tells a story, and this coffee table-worthy tome collects some of the best of them. Featuring interviews from race car drivers, chefs, artists and other men from all walks of life, Matt Hranek and photographer Stephen Lewis have assembled a stunning tribute to the love of horology.
Jaeger-LeCoultre x Marc Newson Atmos 568 Desk Clock
A collaboration between one of the world’s most prestigious watch brands and one of the world’s most revered industrial designers, this work of horological art is powered by a virtually perpetual mechanical movement. Housed in a shapely Baccarat crystal case, this is a desk clock deserving of its own desk.
Patek Philippe Cufflinks
The perfect complement to the classic lines of the Patek Philippe Calatrava (or any fine gold dress watch) would certainly be these stately yellow gold cufflinks.
Chopard Classic Racing Brescia Ballpoint Pen
Much like Chopard’s Mille Miglia watch, this pen’s red carbon fibre barrel and palladium-plated cap pay tribute to the classic autos of the famous annual road race from Rome to Brescia.