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The Best Christmas Gifts for Watch Lovers 2020

WOLF Roadster Roll, £219

Wolf 1834 Roadster Roll

The perfect horological travel roll for a grand tour of watchmaking hotspots, this pebble vegan leather number with diamond-satin lining and ebony macassar is an ode to classic British motoring with nods to the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Bristol. With room for three timepieces and a secret, patent pending jewellery capsule inside the roll itself, you’ll never need to decide which of your driving watches to take for a spin again.

Available at WOLF.

Jean Rousseau Bespoke Strap, from £125

Jean Rousseau Bespoke Strap

Nothing sets a watch off like a good strap, and for a particularly special watch it’s worth making sure the strap in question is perfect. Enter the leather maestros at Jean Rousseau, who offer a bespoke strap service starting at £125 for calf leather and going up from there, encompassing a huge number of colours, materials, linings and even gold or platinum hand stitching. After all, for a truly singular timepiece, only the best will do.

More details at Jean Rousseau.

Bespoke Watch Artwork, from £250

Bespoke Watch Artwork

Many of us see watchmaking as an art form but this is taking it a bit more literally. Working with each individual client and using photos of the watch in question, One Hour Watch will transform a humble (or not so humble as the case may be) timepiece into a bespoke commission. Sometimes the end result is relatively straightforward with the watch hands set at a meaningful time; sometimes it’s incredibly abstract, like the one shown here. Either way, it’s always impressive. The illustrations are made using alcohol-based markers and fine-tip pens in a range of sizes.

For more information, contact One Hour Watch on Instagram (@onehourwatch) or at Watchtype.

Bennett Winch Watch Roll, £550

Bennett Winch Watch Roll

Perhaps the finest horological travel companion one could wish for (bar your precious GMT of course), the Bennett Winch Watch Roll is designed to protect your most prized possessions and look damn good while doing so. The exterior is crafted from the softest black Tuscan leather lined with hardwearing moulded Kevlar to keep every drop of water where it should be: somewhere else. The innermost layer is lined with lavish olive Alcantara suede and features a removable holder, for ease of use, with protectors to make sure your watches don’t scratch each other.

Available at Bennett Winch Roll.

Vintage Rolex: The Book, £37.50

Vintage Rolex, The Book

If you’re ever in doubt, talk to an expert, and if you’re planning on delving into the murky world of vintage Rolex then there are few better than David Silver of the Vintage Watch Company. He literally wrote the book on the subject. This photographic archive presents over 1,800 pieces that have crossed the counter of the Vintage Watch Company’s world-renowned store, from early pocket watches to the legendary Daytona, complete with in-depth info on each. One for the die-hard Rolex collectors out there.

Available at Vintage Watch Company.

Benson Black Series 8-piece Watch Winder, €1,099 EUR

Benson Black Series 8-piece Watch Winder

The pinnacle of the Dutch automatic winding specialists’ impressive collection, the aptly named Black Series is a sleek, minimal take on the tech that has made them a watch obsessive’s favourite. With winding space for a battery of 8 watches and additional jewellery storage besides, this piece should cover the majority of your collection and, with 12 layers of paint, LED lighting and plenty of ergonomic touches, will last just as long.

Available at Benson Watch Winders.

Clockwork Club

clockwork club

Designed for those who like their watch purchases monthly, the Clockwork Club is the UK’s largest subscription based watch club. Comprising of four tiers ranging from the more fashion orientated Gentleman Collection to the more serious watch-geek aimed Curator Collection the premise is you receive a new watch every month worth more than the price of your subscription. Working in partnership with well-known and up and coming brands alike it aims to add an element of surprise and spontaneity to watch collecting. Prices start at £39.99 and range up to £7,999.

More details at Clockwork Club.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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