Dear Santa: Chester’s Christmas Wishlist

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It’s the jolly time of the year when we get our hands on presents and wishful thinking. In the coming articles, our writers share their personal grails for the year end, their Christmas Wishlist. 

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph 

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph is the younger brother of the famous Datograph; the widely accepted icon of German watchmaking and high horology. This chronograph is on the top of my list this year in particular for its unique dial and case combination. The pink gold black dial combination was first seen on the Datograph and purchased by Philippe Dufour. Otherwise nicknamed the ‘Dufourgraph’.

A real fan of the movement layout and finnisage, the Lange chronograph is a must have in a classic collection. This new variant with the pulsometer on the dial is the piece to have for me.

Rolex Daytona in gold

This watch needs no introduction. As compared to the Lange, the serious connoisseur watch, the Rolex Daytona is comparatively lighthearted but with a more sporty flare. You might have begun to realise that gold chronographs are featuring strongly in this year’s picks.

Available in a variety of dial variants, my personal favourite is the Paul Newman dial in a yellow gold case with ceramic bezel. Less flashy than an all out rainbow, but still brightly colored as compared to a full steel Rolex. A gold Rolex Daytona makes my list as the fun watch in the pack.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in Rose gold

Arguably one of the more odd looking Patek Philippe’s in their modern collection, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in rose gold has an unusual appeal. The brown sunburst dial compliments the gold case with matching rose gold numerals. The mismatch of classic and sports, abrupt allusion to Pilot’s watches make for a statement piece Patek Philippe. All these reason enough to make the watch highly collectible and a wishlist runnerup.

These three gold watches top my list and mark a seasonal twist in my collecting preference for the year. Stay tuned for more recommendations from our other writers in the next few days.


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  1. Thanks for the entertaining list, Chester. Currently trying to decide whether it’s worth looking for an old Datograph in black/gold or go the 1815 route…I’m just not sure which one I’d like to live with more! How can one give up the big date so easily?

  2. Great choices, though never liked the PP.

    Love the 1815 chrono and love the Daytona. I want the 1815…love it.