A great timepiece can and will last a lifetime if taken care of. Sometimes they can even last two, three, or even more lifetimes! A luxury timepiece can mark a special milestone in one’s life. It can become a family heirloom, or become symbolic of a treasured moment. Some of this year’s new releases were not only the kind of classic watches meat to be an everyday style statement, but they also came packed with historical significance as well. Some of the watches we go over below are not only approachable, but collectible also.
Whether you opt to go with an Omega or even Breitling or decide to splurge on a limited edition Blancpain or Montblanc, the gift of time is always a meaningful, significant and ever-lasting. Below are a handful of highlights we go over from this year to tick off your holiday gift list.
Breitling SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph
A gift for those that are environmentally conscious, Breitling’s new 44mm SuperOcean Heritage II B01 Chronograph helps keep the world’s ocean and beaches clean. How so? The watchmaker, Breitling is donating part of the proceeds of the diver watch to the Ocean Conservancy, and NGO that is dedicated to cleaning up the world’s beaches and creating a healthy ocean. Breitling has teamed up with Ocean Conservancy not only to donate the proceeds from this timepiece, but also to play an active and crucial role in some of the NGO’s initiatives, such as beach cleanups and recycling collected trash. To date, Ocean Conservancy has collected more than 230 million pounds of trash.
The SuperOcean collection, based on a design that was originally released way back in 1957. This was actually introduced in 2017, however the 2018’s version features the caliber B01 movement. This is great news if you or your loved one focuses on watch movements. It took a whopping 5 years for R&R to process this movement and when it was first introduced in 2009, it was considered a technical feat.
Omega 1948 Seamaster Limited Edition
For watch enthusiasts that are fans to retro-style timepieces of WWII-era watches, the Omega 1948 Seamaster Limited Edition watch that was introduced this year is the perfect gift and it comes with serious historical gravitas. This is because this year is Omega’s 70thanniversary of the Seamaster collection and these timepieces pay tribute to the very first models. Both are extremely limited and will be gone fast, so act quickly.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Selfwinding Watch in Steel
The Vacheron Constantin is a very rare thing. This year, the watchmaker aimed to approach a new audience with a very approachable price point. Vacheron Constantin was able to offer a simple steel hours and minutes self-winding watch with a day date in its new Fiftysix Collection. At such an enticing price point, because the watch uses a supplied movement and does not include the Geneva Seal hallmark.
This is an incredible opportunity to own a Vacheron Constantin at a new price point, and it makes for a seriously impressive gift. However, if you are seriously considering upping the ante, and still receive great value, you may opt for the roe-gold Fiftysix Tourbillon with peripheral rotor, the watchmaker’s lowest price to date for such a high complication.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape
Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms dive timepiece is an under-the-radar favorite amongst watch collectors. This year’s Bathyscape Quantieme Annuel Introduction, while not exactly easy on the pocket, it does come with some extremely interesting bells and whistles. The new 43 mm satin-finished steel model houses a new movement, the automatic Caliber 6054P, based on Blancpain’s in-house twin-barrel 1150. It also features an annual calendar function with the day of the week at 2 o’clockl, the day date at 3 o’clock, and the month at 4 o’clock.
This year also marks the 60thanniversary of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms, making it a particularly collectible year for the model. The latest introduction is a tribute to the watchmaker’s best-known model from the late 1950’s.
About Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry has been providing quality products and professional services to the metropolitan Denver, CO area since 1951. The very first watch repair and service facility ever opened in Colorado. Dan Matheu, watchmaker, pioneered watch repair and services in Colorado. Today, Scott Matheu is at the helm steering Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry. With his vision, Scott opened a watch store in Highland Ranch and has made Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry not only one of the largest watch stores to provide watch repair in Castle Rock, CO but also the entire state.
Whether you need watch repair in Castle Rock, CO, watch engraving, or even if you have an antique watch that you would like appraised, you can count on Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry to provide you with superior service each and every single time. All of our watchmakers are factory trained and we have CW21 Certified by the American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) on site. This certification has the most stringent standards for watchmakers performing repair, restoration, and service work on watches. With one of the largest service centers in the metropolitan Denver, CO we are not only able to provide watch repair in Castle Rock, CO but to the entire 50 states as well.
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry is also a factory authorized service center for Cartier, Tag Heuer, Philip Stein, Swiss Army and many more brands. When you use Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry for your watch repair in Castle Rock, CO, you can rest assured knowing that you will receive our (3) three-year warranty on major watch repairs that we provide. If you are looking for the best watch repair service center throughout the United States, you cannot go wrong when you choose Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry. With certifications from not only AWCI but SAWTA too, we not only stand out from the pact; we lead it.”