You know the feeling. It’s happened to us all. Don’t worry about it. You’re not a bad person, you’ve just been working too hard, pushing yourself as the nights draw in, desperately scrabbling around to tick every last box on your to-do list so that when the holidays begin you can kick back and relax and really enjoy the festivities.
Only you’ve forgotten to buy your partner a present and the clock’s ticking (ironically) towards the moment the shutters fall on the shopping season.
Fear not: Your friendly neighbourhood Watchmaker is on hand with his top tips for a last-minute Christmas gift.
An Eighties Stalwart Reborn
Cartier is one of the greatest jewellery maisons in the world, and their watchmaking pedigree has grown on the back of their reputation as an expert manufacturer of finery in general.
This year saw the return of the Panthère Watch for women (or particularly bold men, who place an appreciation of forms above norms). This is an avant-garde piece that is so consummately crafted it will never go out of style. It will forever sway between vogue and retro chic. Simply put, quality never gets old. Impress that special person with a watch that simultaneously screams class and sass this Christmas. The Cartier Panthère pictured (REF: WGPN0011) retails around $35,000 (£26,164).
Believe in Breguet
It took me a while to fall in love with coin edge cases, but as soon as I did I became somewhat obsessed with Breguet watches in a way I never had been before.
The Breguet Classique 7787 is an absolute peach. With a grand feu enamel dial, a beautifully executed moon phase complication, exquisitely heat-blued hands (in the iconic Breguet style, of course), and a weighty white gold case, this is a piece for the ages.
If you’re looking for something that is as much an heirloom as it is a last-minute Christmas gift, this is the ticker for you. The Breguet Classique 7787 retails for around $30,000 (£22,426).
About the Author: Fell Jensen is a Swiss-trained watchmaker working as an industry analyst.