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Christmas watch gifts: five ideas for the man in your life that will suit every budget

From a stocking-filler Swatch to an over-the-top Omega, timepieces to suit everyone

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 December, 2017, 12:17pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 3:54pm

Christmas is coming and if you’re still drawing a blank on the perfect gift for the special guy in your life, then you can’t really go too far wrong with a watch. OK, a bottle of Scotch might also elicit the same level of enthusiasm, but a watch is for life (theoretically) and not just for Christmas (unlike the Scotch). There are a bewildering number of watches out there, so here is our guide to five great watches to suit every type of budget.

The everyday timepiece

Swatch Sistem 51 Irony

Price: HK$1,600

The Swatch Sistem 51 is a modern marvel, a mechanical watch that’s entirely made by machines. The 51 in the name refers to the number of components, and it has an impressive 90-hour power reserve. Swatches aren’t for everyone, but if you want a nicely priced secondary watch that you don’t mind being a bit rough with, this is it.

The smartwatch

Fossil Q Control Sport smartwatch

Price: HK$2,800

When it comes to smartwatches, very few people, it seems, look any further than Apple and Samsung, but there are some great pieces on the market. A watch for active guys, the Q Control Sport’s claim to fame is that it’s Fossil’s first swim-friendly touch screen smartwatch and features an optical heart rate monitor.

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The entry-level mechanical watch

Dufa Van Der Rohe Chrono

Price: HK$3,207

If your man needs an injection of elegance, or he’s attending a wedding sometime next year and needs a dress watch, then German brand Dufa should be your next port of call. The brand has stacks of heritage and a strict modernist aesthetic, which is perfect for a dress watch. Best of all, the prices are so affordable you’ll wonder how they do it.

The hipster’s choice

Lip Mach 2000 Chrono

Price: HK$5,550

Designer watches were once the preserve of posers in black polo necks, but nowadays (non-poser) hipsters are sporting conceptual timepieces. The Lip Mach 2000 Chrono, by French industrial design legend Roger Tallon, is a must for anyone with a sense of flair and who wants to be noticed.

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The fancy watch

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Price: HK$44,300

Let’s be frank, high-end horology can be exorbitantly expensive, so unless you have an unlimited budget (or you really, really, really like this person) you are not likely to go all out and spend hundreds of thousands on a watch for a gift. If you can push the boat out, however, the new Seamaster Aqua Terra is a classy watch that functions just as well at the office as it does on a lazy weekend of yachting.