Season’s Greetings! Christmas is here! In this special article, I will recommend 5 presents for the horologist.
1) Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar
Also known as the MUT, this is an ideal gift for a purist. Cased at 39 mm, with thickness only at 9.9 mm, the watch not only features an incredible movement, but also great value. It retails at S$26,600.
2) A. Lange & Sohne: Datograph Auf/Ab in Platinum
This watch needs no further introduction. It is probably one of the best if not the best chronograph made today. The Datograph is the essence of achievement without the fanfare of flamboyance. It is the choice piece of a gentleman who knows his watches and knows the way of life. It retails at S$105900. Deployant’s Peter Chong covers this piece in greater detail in: The Lange Datograph Auf/Ab.
3) Grand Seiko Mechanical Hi-Beat 36000 GMT
Now that we have a perpetual calendar and a chronograph, the third on the list is this Grand Seiko. Armed with a GMT function, it is a consummate travel companion unlike any other. The subtlety of its excellence is a quiet reflection of the wearer’s exquisite taste and appreciation of fine watches. The standard models retails for €6700 (~S$11000) and the green dial limited edition €7050 (~S$11500). More pictures and comparisons are available in Grand Seiko Mechanical Hi-Beat 36000 GMT.
4) Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen
Apart from watches, some other accessories and instruments make brilliant gifts. This gift is highly suitable for the avid pen lover or a sensible man who still appreciates the beauty of handwriting. The Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen is fairly priced at USD$180 (~S$250), and offers a flexible 14k gold nib for a great writing experience.
5) Pocket Square from Vanda Fine Clothing
A Pocket Square is a staple in a gentleman’s wardrobe. A good pocket square is one which is hand rolled and sewn, and uses a good quality fabric. In fact, there is a pocket square artisan right here in Singapore. So what could be a better gift than to get a good square and support local talent, both at the same time. The pocket square shown below retails at S$60.
So here’s my 5 picks. What do you think? Feel free to let me know what’s on your wishlist. Cheers to a merry jolly Christmas!