‘Twas the week before Christmas…. And we all know what that means for watch magazines and websites: watch buying guides, last-minute gift ideas, lists of accessories for the hard-to-buy-for watch lover and lots of scouring of shipping small print to make sure it will arrive before the big day. We’ve ummed and aaahed about how to commemorate our first ever Christmas and we thought we’d go to the only list that matters at this time of year, the list kept by the bearded fat man in red.
Instead of give you our picks for the year, in a handy list, we’ve gone out to some of our most vocal and knowledgeable followers and asked them this one, very simple, question.
What watch do you want from Santa this year?
But of course we have to have a contingency, because there’s no guarantee that our cognoscenti have been well behaved in 2014, so we asked what they would like if they find themselves on the NAUGHTY list – a sensibly priced watch – and also a more optimistic, and expensive, choice presuming they make the NICE list.
That doesn’t mean, by the way, that the NAUGHTY watches aren’t NICE. Many listed here are just as tempting as those at the top end of the scale. And as for the nice watches, well they’re – on balance – priced high enough to be, in the words of Austin Powers, very naughty indeed. Oh behave.
As always, we were glad we came to you guys, our community and brains trust. The choices range from bolts from the blue to bolts of lightning, where we were reminded of some of the year’s highlight pieces that we’d completely forgotten.
Lastly, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of us at Time+Tide. Thanks for making 2014 incredible.
Andrew, Felix and the Team
THE TIME+TIDE NAUGHTY OR NICE XMAS LIST (UPDATED)
“If I’ve been erring on the naughty end of the spectrum I’d probably hit him up for a Seiko Monster. Now, if I’ve been eating my veggies, walking old ladies across the street, etc, then I’d aim for a Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscape Chronograph. If the latter’s not hard enough for ya, then you can replace it with an AP Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication. (I’d probably have to rescue a bunch of nuns from a burning building to rate that :)”
NAUGHTY: Seiko Monster
NICE: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscape Chronograph
NAUGHTY: Hamilton Pilot Pioneer Automatic Chrono
NICE: Patek Philippe 5712
“Very naughty would be the NOMOS Zurich Worldtimer True Blue. Really think I’m going to pick this one up in the New Year. It made me very happy when I tried it on in at Salon QP.”
NAUGHTY: NOMOS Zurich Worldtimer True Blue
“I’m a sucker for grand comps like miute repeaters and splits but also love useful comps like chronos, alarms and even rotating bezels.”
NAUGHTY: Tissot Heritage Chrono
NICE: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, circa $189,000USD in Rose Gold, $213,000USD in Platinum
“Sorry for the delayed response, last night was a wild one. For my naughty list I would have to go for a Sapphire Sandwich Speedy because it should have already been in my rotation. For the extremely nice list, I think I would be silly not to ask for something sporty and practical like the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Dark Knight.”
NAUGHTY: Sapphire Sandwich Speedy please
NICE: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor DLC Titanium
“For the naughty one I would definitely go another Tissot Couturier and I don’t really fancy super expensive watches as they’re usually too busy but would love the ceramic Panerai Luminor 1950 with brown leather band.”
NAUGHTY: Tissot Couturier
NICE: Panerai Luminor 1950
“After much deliberation I’ve settled on my choices….”
NAUGHTY: Swatch Sistem51 (blue and black please)
NICE: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon
NAUGHTY: “I’ve been naughty, so I’ll settle for a Snoopy Award Speedmaster.” Sacha
NICE: “I’ve been nice, so a Patek 5204 in platinum.” Roy
NAUGHTY: “Well if I’ve been naughty I’d be happy with the Benarus Moray 40.”
NICE: I’ve been good this year I’d be stoked with a Blancpain Bathyscaphe (not 100% sure which one yet though..)
NAME: Bernard Fung, Monards, @bernardfung88
NICE: Well I think I’ve been nice so I’d love to see a Jaquet Droz Petite Hours with enamel dial under the tree.
NAUGHTY: Corniche Heritage 40
Nice: Grönefeld Parallax 1912 Tourbillon
NAME: Lidia Emmi, General Manager, The Hour Glass Australia
NICE: I’ve been extra nice this year so picked a Patek 5990 and the MB&F SpacePirate
NAME: Eric Van Der Griend, Executive Chairman, Watches of Switzerland
NAUGHTY: Well if Ive been naughty I‘d be happy with the Baume & Mercier Classima.
NICE: As a huge fan of Genta’s designs it’d be hard to pick between AP and Patek but I reckon a classic Nautilus in steel would be a great start to 2015.
NAUGHTY: Bell & Ross BR 123
NICE: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore grand complication
NICE: A. Lange & Sohne Double Split
NAUGHTY: VDB Troop in bronze
NAUGHTY: A vintage Rolex day-date
Hopefully Santa leaves something watch shaped under the tree for you this Thursday, and we hope all our readers have safe and happy holidays.