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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 Ressence to Nomos Glashütte, as selected by the TNH team: Scarlett Baker, Michel Jeannot and Nina Rosa. Please, Santa.
NICE: Tudor Black Bay Chrono
It looks a bit like a Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, but that’s certainly not its only asset. If you are looking for a reliable, versatile and affordable model, this Tudor Black Bay Chrono is for you. Equipped with a MT5830 caliber (a Breitling movement modified by Tudor). Incorporating a silicon hairspring, this chrono provides a water-resistance to 200m. With its vintage look, but resolutely modern, it’s clearly one of the most interesting offers of the year. And its “Panda” version (white dial with black sub-dials) is our favorite. A nice way for Rolex’s sister brand to mark in 2021 the 50th anniversary of the birth of Tudor chronographs.
NAUGHTY: Ressence Type 1 RED
If you have some money and want to wear an original watch from a really innovative brand, this Ressence Type 1 RED (produced only in 2021) is definitely the right choice. The brand launched 10 years ago by Belgian designer Benoit Mintiens is probably one of the most interesting advances in watchmaking in a decade. A new way of displaying the time with its three small satellites turning smoothly thanks to the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS) for a brand that is quietly – but surely – digging its own path. No false steps, no arrogance, just a product that speaks for itself. In addition, this Ressence Type 1 RED will be matched with the Santa Claus suit. I need one !
NICE: Nomos Glashütte Autobahn Director’s Cut Limited Edition A7
What caught my eye right away was this original and contrasted blue-yellow combination, which – because it’s a Nomos watch – remains high class. Its name, Autobahn, meaning highway, also appealed to me. Not very sexy, and striking idea to get inspired by a straight and boring highway to finally give life to such a daring yet elegant design. Probably because this creation is signed by the “famous” German furniture-designer, Werner Aisslinger, known for his experimental and artistic approach, and his use of unusual materials. Here, the designer’s intention was to appeal “the fans of 60s and 70s chronometers, who will love the blue and yellow contrast of the A7 watch”. A few more words about the watch name “Autobahn Director’s Cut Limited Edition A7”: Autobahn is the name of a Nomos collection, here named after a major freeway in Germany, the A7, with a length of 963.6 km, crossing Germany from North to South. With its eye-catching colors and new bracelet, this collector’s piece is Werner Aisslinger’s “Director’s Cut”. Interpreted in a modern and dazzling way, the limited edition reminds the ‘60s and ‘70s vehicles in Germany. Finally, this slender watch has a self-winding neomatik caliber, a lean and elegant design, and is legible in the dark thanks to its bold luminous ring. Cherry on the cake, the bracelet with its characteristic openings, also created by the renowned designer, is only available with this special version. Since the watch is sold out online, try your luck at a retailer!
NAUGHTY: Seiko 5 Sports X Japanese Comic Series One Piece Luffy model SRPH65
It’s always fascinating how well some watch brands can feel how to ride the wave of a global success. Here’s a perfect example with Seiko, which is partnering with popular Japanese manga series One Piece and presenting a limited edition, inspired by the comic’s characters, Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Law, and Sabo.
For those like me who know nothing about manga, One Piece had over 490 million copies in circulation worldwide, making it the best-selling manga series in history, and the best-selling comic series printed in book volume. It is also one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. The Seiko 5 Sports five limited editions capture the comic’s central concept, “Inherited strength of will”, and the Street Style design. Here, I selected the Luffy model, mixing elegant dark red and grey tones, inspired by the main character who dreams of being the king of pirates. The dial is designed with a pattern that resembles the steam that appears when Luffy unleashes Gear, the scales on the bezel, which gradually increase in size, express Luffy’s strength as he moves up the gears, at 12, a mark suggests the “D”, and the crown is marked with the motif of the scar under Luffy’s left eye. Finally, the case back features the mark straw hat left to Luffy by the red-haired Shanks and Luffy’s words “I’m gonna be… king of the pirates!” Limited to 5,000 pieces, this collaboration model has a steel case with black hard coating, a manual winding caliber 4R36 and a silicon strap. It is offered with a special box with the marks of the five characters and a download card allows to get an original illustration created for this collaboration.
NICE: Mr Jones ‘A Perfectly Useless Afternoon’
Given the rising state of Omicron and its ghastly effects on the world, it doesn’t look like I’ll be in a swimming pool in the soleil anytime soon. So this Mr Jones watch is as close as I’m going to get. Dubbed as ‘a watch to encourage you to take a break’ designed by Belgian illustrator and author, Kristof Devotes. It’s a polite encouragement to tell you to actually pause and enjoy life. How do you read the time? Well, the relaxed legs show you the hour, while the duck floats around to show you the minutes. Commenting on the creation, Devos notes: “Ironically, it took time to change the way I look at time. A couple of years ago, I read a quote by a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and philosopher Lin Yutang that I’ve kept close to my heart ever since:’If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learnt how to live.”
NAUGHTY: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Monoface
The Jaeger-LeCoultre watch has had a lasting impact on my memory ever since I began playing with the model on my Grandad’s wrist from an early age. It fascinated me just how a watch face could spin and conceal itself, and be returned to its original fitting at the same time. It was, in my childhood mind, simply magic. While it’s price tag positions itself – to first time buyers like myself – as an investment piece, I’m quite certain it would be my daily go-to watch. Personal history aside, the Reverso has its own unique story. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a legend that arose from a practical need. In the early 1930s, a group of Polo players asked César de Trey, a watch dealer, to create a timepiece robust enough to survive to the brutality of their sport; a request that César de Trey sent to Jacques-David LeCoultre.