These are the best watches to gift this holiday season

The Real Deal found the top time-keepers for your most punctual clients and colleagues

These are the best watches to gift this holiday season

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You can’t give anyone more hours in the day, but you can give the busiest of business people a fashionable way to stay on time.

Whether it’s a gift to yourself for clinching a tough close, or for a colleague who needs that subtle reminder to show up on time, a luxury watch is a classic gift that’s both professional and statusy.

To help with your search, TRD has rounded up our favorite timeless watch options.



Best Watches For Luxury Gifts Rolex

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona


A Rolex is the classic starting place for newbie watch collectors. This particular style is historic: Rolex premiered the Daytona signature back in the 1960s. If you’re introducing someone to the world of status watches, this provides more than a foot in the door.


IWC Portofino IW391030



Best Watches For Luxury Gifts IWCFor a more subtle — and slightly less expensive — foray into luxury watches, go with the IWC, which is finely made and stylish. Its stainless steel milanese mesh band contrasts beautifully with a sleek black dial.


Bell & Ross Vintage Ww1


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Best Watches For Luxury Gifts Bell & RossThe Bell & Ross provides contemporary ease and efficiency with a more vintage style. The alligator-patterned leather band is timeless, but the machinery is top-notch and makes it a modern interpretation of the classic.


Panerai Luminor Marina 1950


Best Watches For Luxury Gifts PaneraiThough the Panerai also has a leather band, its heavy silver face and pronounced side dial give it a fuller look than the Bell & Ross. That robust quality makes it a stand-out in the boardroom.


Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez Vous


This is a watch for the Renaissance man. The vintage-inspired numbers, diamond framing, and stainless steel case and band exude elegance and sophistication.


Cartier Santos


Best Watches For Luxury Gifts CartierCartier’s Santos watch takes what could be a common fashion faux-pas — blending metals — and makes it work. The contrast captures the eye, as does the square face and elegant Roman numerals. And of course, the interior workings are impeccable.


Best Watches For Luxury Gifts Patek

Patek Philippe Nautilus


A Patek Philippe watch is so renowned — and statusy — that it got a mention on HBO’s Succession. Its hefty price tag is a reflection of the craftsmanship from the nearly 200-year-old Swiss watch-maker. As gift giving goes, you couldn’t do better.