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Stuck for Christmas inspiration? Keep up-to-date with our weekly Christmas list, showcasing all timepieces naughty and nice. T minus 8 days people.

Have you hit play on the Christmas tunes yet? Have you had a mince pie? We might’ve been playing ‘Deck the Halls’ since Halloween was over but it’s volume on full from here on out. There are two types of person when it comes to Christmas, those that plan in advance with gifts wrapped and ribboned by November, or those who are frantically scrambling together pages of a 3 month-old newsletter as wrapping paper. That shoe definitely fits. 

To raise the hype for the holiday season, we’ve put together a weekly wish list of all things naughty and nice. The criteria? £ or £££££, subtle or daring. It’s up to you, or Santa that is. A selection amongst the TNH team, discover the favorite models on our wish list this Christmas from TAG Heuer to Greubel Forsey, as selected by the TNH team: Scarlett Baker, Michel Jeannot and Nina Rosa. Please, Santa. 

NICE: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Green

Courtesy of Bucherer and Vinicius Amnx Amano

Since its launch in 2017, Carl F. Bucherer’s Manero Flyback chronograph has quickly found its way into collections and since then, it has become one of the brand’s bestsellers. This is not really a surprise, as this vintage-inspired chronograph is one of the most successful in its category for itss classic look and perfectly proportioned design. For sure, its new version with an olive green dial will also seduce the amateurs of this type of piece. It is a very nice alternative for those who are tired of those chronos with white or blue dials. For our part, we would like to see it under the Christmas tree. The two greens would go well together!

Price: $6,200 

NAUGHTY: Greubel Forsey Balancier S2

Courtesy of Greubel Forsey and Designecologist

Greubel Forsey has undergone a metamorphosis since the arrival of Antonio Calce as CEO two years ago. With a new style of communication for greater visibility, new products that are more in tune with the times (even if it means looking a lot like another successful brand), new original concepts (Renaissance of a Watch), and new positions on interesting subjects (plant-based straps), the brand has clearly evolved to become more “hot”. The Balancier S2 unveiled at the recent Dubai Watch Week is an illustration of this evolution. This limited edition in titanium isolates the most powerful elements of the original Balancier S and accentuates and modernises them. Instead of soft curves and a discreet overall aesthetic, the Balancier S2 is all about contrast and power. It shares the movement of its predecessor but introduces a new case, new finishing and new design codes.

Price: $266,000 

NICE: Ochs und Junior Calendario Cent Anni, ‘CCA’

Courtesy of Ochs und Junior and Luke Hodde

Under a hyper minimalist appearance, this ultra-sophisticated watch can track the date and time for 100 years. Available in 3 variations – my favorite is the black dial with Arabic character – the calendario cent’anni, known as the CCA, belongs to Ochs und Junior’s array of “uncomplicated” complications. This 100-year calendar is based on Dr. Ludwig Oechslin’s ingenious simplification of telling time by a system of dots rotating around various parts of the dial. The result is a classic and understated design, along with an accurate display of useful information: hours, minutes, and seconds in addition to the correct date (28, 29, 30 or 31 days), month, leap, or non-leap year. Inside the ultralight case in grade 5 titanium case, a mechanical Ulysse Nardin UN-320 Movement. This sober design reveals nothing of its mechanical prowess, but this module can display the correct number of month dates for 100 years, without needing correction for the length of any month (including February in leap years), via a traveling, rectangular dot on the date spiral. The month and leap years on a central rotating disk, the leap year and the three following years are displayed on a decentralized disc, rotating together with the position of the month-display, and the central hour and minutes with the seconds rotating on a small disk at 6 o’clock. Do you still follow? What you need to realize is that this elegant watch appears very simple, but this is the result of Dr. Oechslin’s more than 30-year quest to simplify mechanical movements to the maximum. It commands respect, right?

Export Price: CHF 15,230

NAUGHTY: TAG Heuer Connected x Super Mario Limited Edition

Courtesy of TAG Heuer and Jack van Hel

Fans of Super Mario and gamers don’t get too excited! The watch was sold out within a few days! And when TAG Heuer and Super Mario join forces, the result is a dynamic and creative luxury smartwatch, starring the intrepid Mushroom Kingdom hero, combining sport and technology. Starting their collaboration, TAG Heuer and Nintendo have created this limited-edition featuring Nintendo’s iconic character, to appeal generations of gamers who have grown up with Super Mario (more than 370 million Super Mario games sold worldwide since 1985). With his red cap and blue overalls, Super Mario has since become recognized the world over. According to Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer, “the inspiration came from our desire to gamify and bring excitement to our new wellness application and Super Mario instantly came to our minds, because Mario is the ultimate super-active character whose perseverance and tenacity get him out of every situation.” The result is a chronograph-inspired timepiece with a custom-designed digital experience geared towards performance, as it encourages the wearer to get out and about and step up their physical activity with Mario, to be rewarded by the pleasure and satisfaction of marking their progress. Move if you want to get your bonus: the Super Mushroom, the Pipe, the Super Star or even the Goal Pole! 

Price: $2,150

NICE: G-Shock Classic Style GA-2100-4AER Carbon Core Watch

Courtesy of Watch and Rithika Gopalakrishnan

For seasoned TNH readers, you’ll know that our Editor-in-Chief, Scarlett, has an undying affinity for Casio G-Shocks and Baby-G’s. To the point, simple yet bold in statement, a Casio does exactly what it says on the tin. Let it be known that the Casio G-Shock is just as regarded as the more elite mechanical watches, pictured on the likes of Kanye West and Justin Bieber. This G-Shock watch has a carbon case 45mm in diameter and is fitted with a plastic, resin strap. Inside the case lies a movement and the watch features a mineral crystal. You can bash your wrist about with as much carefree spirit as you want this holiday season, and should you find yourself wanting to venture into ice cold waters for a New Years Day swim, the watch is 20ATM, meaning dive away until your hearts content and your watch will still keep ticking for you. 

Price: $90

NAUGHTY: Jacob & Co. Full Baguette Rubies 

Courtesy of Jacob & Co. and Pierre Bamin

The antithesis to the G-Shock, this Jacob & Co. typifies elegance and delicate watchmaking. Modestly dubbed as “brilliant” in its title, the 44mm 18K rose gold case is invisibly-set with baguette-cut precious stones. Covering the dials of the timepieces are anti-reflective sapphire crystals while the solid gold case backs are satin-finished and engraved with the specifics of each timepiece. A reactionary model, the Brilliant Collection was launched in response to the lack of diversity in women’s watches. “For too long, women have had to choose from restyled men’s watches. Jacob & Co. developed the Brilliant collection for the woman who wants something beautiful to adorn her wrist, but appreciates the convenience and high-precision of Swiss quartz timekeeping.” Recognising that women care about watches too, this model is a powerful statement in ruby red that watchmaking is for all. 

Price: On request

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Scarlett is a writer, editor, and creative consultant specializing in art, fashion, culture and digital strategy. Drawing on her work from previous titles including Dazed, LOVE Magazine, The Perfect Magazine, AnOther and 1 Granary, as the Editor-in-Chief of The Next Hour, Scarlett is leading the editorial vision toward new territories providing an alternative lens of social commentary to recontextualize the world of watchmaking for the next generation.