THE XMAS LIST: Time+Tide’s Naughty & Nice Watch List for 2014, starring…. YOU

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Ask yourself a question… What list will you be on this year? Better plan for two types of watches this Christmas…

‘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)

NAME: @craniotes

“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

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Seiko Orange Monster from rubinary.com

NICE: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscape Chronograph

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Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscape Chronograph

 

 

NAME: @kicktoc

NAUGHTY: Hamilton Pilot Pioneer Automatic Chrono

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Hamilton Pilot Pioneer Automatic Chrono circa $1895USD

 

NICE: Patek Philippe 5712

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Patek Philippe 5712/1A Steel

NAME: @uppercrustlife

“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

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NOMOS Zurich Worldtimer True Blue. If you can get this by being naughty, then let the badness begin…. Swoonnnnnnnn $6300AUD

NAME: @spanishrob

“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

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The fetching Tissot Heritage 150th Anniversary Automatic Chronograph

NICE: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, circa $189,000USD in Rose Gold, $213,000USD in Platinum 

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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar

NAME: @wristi

“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

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Pic from Reno on Watchuseek

NICE: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor DLC Titanium

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor DLC Titanium. $1.1millionUSD of watch. Because, black.

NAME: @witkodavid

“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

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The Tissot Couturier Chronograph, pic by uhrforum.de

NICE: Panerai Luminor 1950

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Panerai Luminor 1950 Ceramica, circa $12,400AUD

NAME: @bridgeandbarrel

“After much deliberation I’ve settled on my choices….”

NAUGHTY: Swatch Sistem51 (blue and black please)

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For $185 AU the price on the Sistem51 is very nice.

NICE: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon

NAME: @Davidoffbrothers

NAUGHTY: “I’ve been naughty, so I’ll settle for a Snoopy Award Speedmaster.” Sacha

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Award

NICE: “I’ve been nice, so a Patek 5204 in platinum.” Roy

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Patek Philippe 5204 Split-Seconds Chronographs With Perpetual Calendar – Circa $318,000USD

NAME: @jeep99dad

NAUGHTY: “Well if I’ve been naughty I’d be happy with the Benarus Moray 40.”

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At $720 US the Benarus Moray packs a punch well above its price point. Ho ho ho.

NICE: I’ve been good this year I’d be stoked with a Blancpain Bathyscaphe (not 100% sure which one yet though..)

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Blancpain Bathyscaphe 50 Fathoms, pic by Watch-Test

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.

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Craftsmanship like this doesn’t come cheap – expect to pay somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 for one of these.

NAME: @patchstyle

NAUGHTY: Corniche Heritage 40

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The Corniche Heritage 40, yours for $370 US.

Nice: Grönefeld Parallax 1912 Tourbillon

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Grönefeld Parallax 1912 Tourbillon in Red Gold

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

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MB&F SpacePirate, $230,000USD worth of Christmas-goodness

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.

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Depending on the model and movement, expect to pay between $2-5000 for this Baume & Mercier Classima

NAME: @twelvetailors

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.

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Want this under your tree? Maybe giving your loved ones access to roughly $25,000 and it could be yours.

NAME: @watchcollectinglifestyle

NAUGHTY: Bell & Ross BR 123

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For $3,300 AU the Bell&Ross BR123 beauty could be yours.

NICE: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore grand complication

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore grand complication

NAME: @thehorophile

NICE: A. Lange & Sohne Double Split

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How nice is this? Around about $130,000 US of nice, that’s how nice. Pic by Monochrome

NAME:  @wristmachine

NAUGHTY: VDB Troop in bronze

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Best get Santa to contact Vintage VDB directly – these limited run watches (while not brutal on the pocket) are hard to find.

NAME:  @Watchthisspace11

NAUGHTY: A vintage Rolex day-date

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Hopefully Santa leaves something watch shaped under the tree for you this Thursday, and we hope all our readers have safe and happy holidays.