Buying gifts for people is notoriously difficult at the best of times, let alone when their passion is something about which you know relatively little. Watch collecting is one such passion, which has a number of roots but is nonetheless inscrutable to many. If your loved one is a fan of watches – whether due to their engineering, history or aesthetics – you may be wondering what to gift them for their next special occasion.
The most obvious way to meet your giftee’s love of watches is to buy them a new watch; known brands like Tag Heuer are an excellent option for a watch upgrade, or simply an addition to an ever-growing collection. However, if you are relatively unfamiliar with the watch world yourself, you may not want to run the risk of making the ‘wrong’ purchase. With this in mind, what are some solid gift ideas for you to get the watch-lover in your life?
The new watch enthusiast in your life might be juggling watches between the boxes in which they came – which can have its own aesthetic advantages, but also be an inefficient and unwieldy way to store watches that receive regular use. A great gift idea in this regard would be a watch box, which can display a number of watches next to one another – and make accessing them all the easier on a morning when getting ready.
If you have a little more money to spend on your watch-loving giftee, then you could step things up a notch and buy them something with real practical utility: a watch winder. Watch winders are instruments that are used to keep automatic watches wound and in time – thus extending their lifespan and keeping them operational.
For the uninitiated, automatic watches are watches with self-winding mechanisms, wherein counterweights inside the watch rotate through movement and rotation inspired by the movement of the wearer. This automatic winding keeps the watch ticking. A watch winder is a mechanism that keeps the watch wound, by moving and rotating it according to the specifications of the watchmaker. It is a luxury device, but one that can make the life of your watch-love much easier with regard to their hobby!
A Trip to Geneva
Lastly, and perhaps a little less obviously, you could think less about tangible gifts for your watch-lover, and more about experiences. Gifting your loved one a trip to Geneva could be one of the more thoughtful ways to achieve this; this is because Switzerland is the cradle of watchmaking, and Geneva home to a number of the most world-renowned watchmakers.
The trip could come with its own itinerary, including a general tour of Geneva’s watchmaking pedigree and individual tours of some of the more prestigious watchmaking brands. You could even factor in some days for travel towards Basel, in order to take in yet more brands like Cartier and Bucherer.