A nice Audemars Piguet Replica Watches can last a lifetime sometimes even two or three. It can mark a special milestone, become a family heirloom, or become symbolic of a treasured moment. Several of this years new releases were not only the kind of classic, clean watches meant to be an everyday style staple, but they also came packed with historical significance, accessible new price points, and philanthropic ties. Some are not only approachable, but collectible.
Whether you opt for an Omega or Breitling under $8,000 or splurge for a limited-edition Blancpain or Montblanc for up to $30,000, the gift of time is always meaningful and lasting. Below are a handful of highlights from 2018 to tick off your holiday gifting list.
A gift for the environmentally-concerned, Breitlings new 44 mm SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph ($7,665) helps keep the worlds ocean and beaches clean. The watchmaker is donating part of the proceeds of the diver watch to Ocean Conservancy, an NGO dedicated to cleaning up beaches and creating a healthy ocean. Breitling has teamed up with Ocean Conservancy not only to donate proceeds from the watch, but also to play an active role in some of the NGOs initiatives, such as beach cleanups and recycling collected trash.
The SuperOcean collection, based on a design originally released in 1957, was introduced last year, but this 2018s introduction features the caliber B01 movement. Thats big news if your loved one geeks out on watch movements the caliber was the result of a 5-year-long RD process and was considered a technical feat when it was introduced in 2009. While the B01 movement ups the price, the B01 was also designed to be easy to service, which is to say, this watch should be easy on the wallet in the long run. Its a gift that keeps on, well, ticking.
For fans of retro-style or WWII-era timepieces, the Omega 1948 Seamster Limited Edition timepieces introduced this year are the perfect gift and they come with serious historical gravitas. This year marked the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster collection and these two watches a small seconds version on a brown leather strap ($6,420) and a central seconds model ($5,900) on a sturgeon navy leather strap pay tribute to the very first models. Both are limited to 1,948 pieces and come in a soft brown collectors box containing a spare NATO strap in Admiralty gray.
The original Seamaster was born as a commercial take on timepieces developed in partnership with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) between 1940 and 1945 for use by the Royal Air Force and other branches. Omega introduced the Seamaster to civilians in 1948.
The new timepieces improve on the original with a larger size (enlarged from 34 mm to 38 mm), a water resistance of up to 200 feet, and a brand new caliber 8804 movement. And in a reference to its historical ties, the sapphire crystal caseback comes engraved with a hand-lacquered Chris-Craft boat the watchmaker created boat motors and crafted 12,000 small boats for the U.S. military during WWII and a Gloster Meteor aircraft, the first fighter jet used by the Royal Air Force.
If youre feeling extra generous this season, you may also spring for the platinum version of the 1948 Seamaster, which was just released this month and retails for CHF 39,500 (or $39,277 at current exchange) for the small seconds model and CHF 39,000 (or $38,000 at current exchange) for the central seconds model.