The holidays are near, and while a new watch or two (or three or four) may be on the minds and lists of many WatchTime readers, most of us are also interested in other accessories for the good life outside of the watches themselves. Throughout the year, we found several of these fine products, some made by top watches maisons, others by some of our other favorite partners and friends. For this year’s last-minute holiday summary, we’ve selected a selection of these items to inspire some luxurious gifts.
Breguet fountain pen
Almost all watch collectors are aware of Breguet’s watchmaking prowess, and many are also aware of the brand’s forays into jewelry making, but few of us know the brand’s experience in a third realm: writing instruments. The company founded in 1775 now offers a wide variety of writing tools – from mechanical pencils to classic ballpoint pens, to much more refined fountain pens, to complete sets, including the three. The variety allows for some space when purchasing a gift that will quickly become a valuable family heirloom.
The price of writing instruments starts at $ 1,700, although a purchase consultation is required if you work directly with the brand. Breguet
Did you know that Omega produced and sold rings? Neither have we, until recently. In fact, the Swiss watchmaker manufactures a wide variety of accessories not related to watches, including wallets, watch cases, planners, winders, cufflinks, sunglasses, bracelets, belts and even colonies. Most of these small products have their design influences from Omega’s range of iconic watchmaking designs, and Omega rings are no different.
The main influence of the design of the Omega rings is the unidirectional scalloped bezel of the Seamaster, with each model made to be combined and paired with one of the brand’s watches. Omega offers four different rings – brushed titanium, brushed steel, polished steel and black ceramic – with prices ranging from $ 170 to $ 280, depending on the material option and available through consultation and at Omega boutiques. The rings can be a little difficult to locate, but once found, they are certainly an excellent and unique gift for any hardcore Omega fan. Omega
Holidays call for gifts, and we found a handful of very special spirits made in the USA. Created especially for Flaviar, the largest spirits club in the world, Corn Trooper 2020 United Craft Bourbon ($ 71.00) is a mix of seven artisanal bourbons, aged 2 to 12, from seven U.S. states – Kentucky, South Carolina, New York, Michigan, Colorado, Texas and Washington – each participating distillery contributing their own signature elements. Robust and powerful, but with a smooth balance, the 101-proof spirit offers notes of maple syrup, vanilla, orange peel and spices among its complex flavor profile. • Made from 100% pure, untreated beer malt and distilled into small batches of heavily carbonized oak barrels to ensure optimal quality control, Devil’s Share American Whiskey ($ 152) is a single malt experience unlike any other, with enveloping flavor notes of vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom and licorice, enhanced with notes of oak and pepper. • The winner of a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Contest 2020, Templeton Barrel Strength Rye ($ 59.99) is taken from a small selection selected from the best Iowa-based still kegs, which are separated and collected together. Non-chill-filter and bottled at 113.1 proof, it is a practical sip whiskey, full of richness and balance, with notes of dried fruits, orange peel and exotic spices.
Continuing the trend of watch accessories, we arrived at Bremont, based in England, and its distinctive cufflink collection. The watchmaker currently offers three different models, including the MB T-Bar links that have their influence on the MB and U-2 watches, complete with their orange or brown details and distinct serrated surfaces.
Bremont also offers the somewhat similar MB Barrel links that are inspired by the same models, but here they present a more circular design, together with reddish or dark brown accent on the protrusion. Finally, the most visually exclusive offer is the radial rotor cufflinks designed to look like the ALT1-C watch rotor, although they are fixed rather than rotating freely.
MB T-Bar and MB Barrel links are priced at $ 165, while Rotor Radial links are priced at $ 185, all available directly from the brand’s online store. Bremont
Despite its very impressive footprint in the world of fine watchmaking, Montblanc is obviously best known by most of its fans not for watches, but for fine pens. The Hamburg brand, in fact, has become a versatile supplier of all types of luxury goods and accessories, so, as we have already highlighted Breguet in the pens category, we will focus on another great gift option from Montblanc, from his collection of leather goods produced in Florence.
With leather goods starting at $ 70 for a stationery notebook and up to $ 1,500 for travel bags, the luxury manufacturer offers an excellent range of equipment to suit many different budgets and tastes. Our favorite? These smooth Meisterstück wallets, which although available in several different styles, are best characterized by full-grain cow leather and smooth as butter and extreme durability, capable of withstanding years, if not decades, of daily use.
The price of Montblanc wallets starts at $ 230 for simpler styles and can reach $ 900 for more complicated travel companions who incorporate space for passports and writing instruments. Montblanc
Tequila Top Shelf
Tequila started its maturation a long time ago from a mixer and shot option in a distillate to be tasted and enjoyed by connoisseurs. We recently discovered and tasted three remarkable bottles. Cutwater Spirits, from San Diego, continued the award-winning 2019 Reposado with this year’s Cutwater Añejo ($ 49.99) edition, produced in a family distillery in Jalisco and made from 100 percent blue agave slowly cooked in traditional brick ovens, double distilled in traditional Mozambican stills and aged for over a year in whiskey barrels imported. The resulting distillate has a rich amber hue and full flavors of caramel, vanilla and pepper notes. • Espanita Artisanal Añejo ($ 32.99) is notable for its use of highland agave plants that are larger in size, richer in sugar content and longer in their growth cycle than the lowland agave found in many other tequilas . Harvested, cooked, fermented and distilled in traditional methods, this mountain-grown agave imparts to the final tequila a floral sweetness and a richness of honey on the palate, along with a touch of wood from its 18 months of aging in barrels. • Taking the name of Mexico’s most famous historical revolutionary, Pancho Villa (whose name was José Doroteo Arango), Los Arangos Reposado ($ 55) has its origins in the 16th century. Los Arangos is made on an ancestral farm near Pénjamo, Mexico; its 100% agave mixture is slowly cooked in adobe clay ovens and bottled in blown glass. The award-winning Reposado offers a nose of white pepper and citrus fruits and caresses the palate with sweet notes of herbs and honey.
WatchTime Magazine subscription
For a serious watch aficionado, one of the best gifts is undoubtedly the gift of knowing about your passion. Each bimonthly edition of Display time magazine includes a fantastic view of the world of watchmaking events. In each edition, you can find detailed observation analysis, tests, company profiles, interviews with some of the main innovators and industry leaders and much more.
The plans start at just under $ 25 for a six-month trial subscription and extend to a three-year subscription for just under $ 100. WatchTime Magazine
Julie Kraulis print
Clock-driven art is gaining new interest in collectors’ circles, and few artists are producing quality work like that of Toronto artist Julie Kraulis. Kraulis, who specializes in graphite designs, is known for his extremely detailed designs and hybrid distortion work, combining incredibly realistic watchmaking visuals with specific piece images. For example, superimpose a pencil-drawn Omega Speedmaster CK2998 with the surface of the moon, or a Rolex Submariner 5513 “Meters First” with light that reaches its peak through the waves that a diver can experience when taking a morning dive.
Kraulis has attracted a lot of attention since he started in space in 2017, even though he was recently mentioned in The New York Times for a piece ordered by FP Journe and later sold at an auction benefiting COVID-19 research.
Many of Kraulis’ prints are available in his online store, with prices ranging from $ 300 to $ 2,400 depending on the piece and size. Kraulis also has some original works and orders available for those who wish to consult by email. Julie Kraulis
Do you really want to give the gift of watchmaking to a watch aficionado? Make them part of America’s first watchmaking guild with an association ($ 100) at the Horological Society of New York, an honor that comes with an exclusive lapel pin and a mention in The Horologist’s Magnifier – HSNY newsletter and one of the oldest watchmaking publications in the world. HSNY members also have priority access to meetings and special events, as well as immediate access to video recordings of the lectures and more.
A man and his watch
Many watchmaking books are dominated by rich images rather than text, but what attracts so many to the watch collection is not just the looks of the watches, but the stories behind them. Few books capture these stories as A man and his watch, a collection of watch-focused memories by travel writer Matt Hranek that explores the more sentimental side of the collection. Interviewing celebrities and influencers from around the world, Hranek captures a series of personal stories of men and their watches, lavishly showing how each of them became a “clock person”. A man and his watch can be found at several retailers, including Amazon, for just over $ 25. A Man and His Watch
Looking for other great book options, though not necessarily available at the moment? WatchTime Senior Editor Mark Bernardo co-authored the recently released (and currently sold out) SEA TIME: Watches inspired by sailing, yachting and diving and the author of the next AIR TIME: watches inspired by aviation, aeronautics and pilots, which hits stores in June 2021 and can be pre-ordered by Rizzoli New York for $ 85.
– Mark Bernardo and Caleb Anderson contributed to this story.