Shopping shouldn't be confined by gender categories, and this applies to shopping for luxury watches, too. Whether you're searching for a timepiece to own or a gift to give this holiday season, there are plenty of options in the market that will satisfy anyone's taste. Here, we present one item from each of the world's most sought-after luxury brands:
1. Cartier Tank Louis Cartier
Arguably one of the most iconic pieces from Cartier, the Tank was worn by Louis Cartier himself and consequently set the tone for the art deco movement in horological design. It features a wearable case size in stunning 18-carat yellow gold and classic blued-steel sword-shaped hands. The brown alligator-skin strap makes it easy to transition from day to night. Also, the rectangular case's rounded edges make it a universally flattering design.
2. Patek Philippe 5212a-001
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For those who are fond of self-winding watches, you might want to consider one of Patek Philippe's latest models. The sophisticated, vintage-inspired design indicates the day and date, perfect for the world traveler. The steel case houses a silvery opaline dial and blackened gold hour markers. At a diameter of 40mm, it's ideal for women who gravitate towards larger timepieces.
3. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m
James Bond has been sporting the Omega Seamaster in every film since 1995, but that doesn't mean the design is limited to men. Anyone will find the watch appealing, what with its classic chocolate brown leather strap and 18-carat yellow gold case. Although the design was inspired by the luxury of sailing, it suits any lifestyle.
4. Rolex Submariner Date
Diver or not, it's hard to ignore a Rolex watch, especially with distinctive elements like the iconic Oyster bracelet and the lavish blue dial. Other highlights include the gold hour markers to avoid tarnishing, as well as the rotatable bezel in matching bold blue. If your day-to-day activities include work, sports, and fancy evening parties, this watch will make a great companion.
5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding
If you're overwhelmed by the plethora of colorways in the watch market, know that a stainless steel piece is a safe bet. This one from celebrated brand Audemars Piguet features a silver-toned dial with a cool "Grand Tapisserie" pattern that sets it apart from others. The sleek, seamless design houses an exceptional self-winding calibre that will please the most discerning of watch collectors.
6. IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic 36
Pilot Watches are an indelible part of IWC's story, and this particular piece tells an interesting bit. The Automatic 36 was inspired by the iconic Marx XVIII design from 2016. The wearable diameter of 36 millimeters represents a return to the original size of the Mark 11 navigation watch, a design produced for the Royal Air Force in 1948. For added functionality, the black dial and rhodium-plated hands illuminate in the dark, while the glass is built to withstand drops in air pressure-pretty cool, even if you're not in-flight.
7. Longines Master L.2.6220.127.116.11
With its vintage appeal, it's surprising that this model was only created in 2015. The design catapulted into Longines stardom since then, befitting the name, "Master Collection." The brown alligator strap, stainless steel case, and blue hands make it the perfect timepiece for men and women who prefer discreet yet sophisticated watches. It's an investment bound to become an heirloom.
8. Tissot Heritage 1948
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Another timeless item is Tissot's Heritage model, aptly named after a design that dates back to 1948. While this stainless steel Milanese bracelet seamlessly blends with the rest of the watch, it adds a modern touch to an otherwise plainly classic piece. But, if you'd like to take the nostalgia to the ultimate level, opt for the leather straps that make for the ideal business watch.