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12 New Luxury Watches Perfect for Christmas Holiday Gifts 2021

fine watches are in short supply, but these 12 new luxury watches for men and women perfect for Christmas holiday gifts 2021 are actually available

You’ve probably heard that the Great Supply Chain Snarl of 2021 threatens to ruin our holiday gifting plans. Some days it feels like everything is stuck on a cargo liner somewhere. And that its already too late to even think about getting our loved ones the perfect gift this year. Well, we have news to the contrary, and reason for hope. While there are audible moans over the lack of luxury Swiss watches available right now, we’ve uncovered some terrific options that are actually available. So, while fine watches are in short supply, our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of 12 new luxury watches for men and women perfect for Christmas holiday gifts 2021 that are available right now. So as long as you don’t delay, your watch guy or gal will find just what they want under the tree this year.

What are the new luxury watches actually available to gift this holiday 2021?

From cars to dishwashers to must-have toys and coffee beans, there are shortages across practically every industry these days. Even high-end wristwatches.

fine watches are in short supply, but these 12 new luxury watches for men and women perfect for Christmas holiday gifts 2021 are actually available

Fine watches are in short supply, but these 12 new luxury watches for men and women perfect for Christmas holiday gifts 2021 are actually available.

Fueled by limited production, supply chain disruptions, unprecedented demand and an increasingly hot resale market, luxury watch brands like Rolex and even Patek Philippe are seeing increasingly long waitlists for their products. Up to years in some cases!

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Which is why if you’re planning on gifting someone special in your life a luxury timepiece for the holidays, now is the time to start shopping.

To help expedite your search – and avoid potentially further wait time – we’ve explored the latest luxury watch designs for both men and women coming from Switzerland this year that are actually available right now.

From minimalist dress watches to ultra-feminine gem-set timepieces to badass racing-inspired pieces, here are 10 luxury watches that will make for a timeless gift this holiday season.

The latest designs of luxury watches for men and women in 2021

1. longines dolcevita

A tribute to both the Art Deco era and the Italian notion of the “good life,” the rectangular DolceVita from Longines just might be the perfect timepiece for 2021. It’s ideal for enjoying the roaring 2020’s. Inspired by a vintage watch model from the 1920’s, in addition to clean lines it features an interchangeable leather strap. This can be swapped out for a variety of other hues, including navy blue and cheerful yellow.

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2. rolex datejust 36

Considered the classic “starter Rolex,” the 2021 edition of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 is here. The new watch comes in a sophisticated yet sporty Oystersteel and yellow gold combination bearing a golden dial with a pretty fluted motif. Take the model’s signature Jubilee bracelet as an invitation to celebrate.

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BUY NOW – from $11,700.

3. jaeger-lecoultre reverso one monoface

Created as a sleek solution for polo players who wanted a watch that wouldn’t shatter mid-play, Jaeger Le-Coultre’s iconic Reverso One Monoface is a gorgeous option off the field, too. It features an elegant square case that slides out of its frame and reverses. In celebration of the brand’s 90th anniversary, Jaeger Le-Coultre debuted a new burgundy edition. The caseback can also be customized with your own message. Perfect for commemorating a special date or occasion.

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4. chopard happy ocean 40

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds watches, with their trademark floating diamonds, have been a house staple since 1976. The latest iteration of the collection includes the Happy Ocean ($8,370) model. The blue faced beauty is a colorful (and sparkling) reminder of summer holidays spent snorkeling, sunbathing or dancing on the beach.

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5. cartier tank must

Despite gracing the wrists of some of the most glamorous women in the world, Cartier’s Tank Watch actually has a more masculine origin story, inspired by the shape of a WWI tank. The Tank Must model is part of a new, innovative take on the legendary Tank collection, featuring the classic qualities of the well-known model (not-so-) simply dialed up in size. Its iconic, rectangular facade features the Tank’s classic roman numeral clock as well as steel sword-shaped hands, bracelet and case.

 

best luxury watches for men and women actually available for holiday gift 2021

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6. omega seamaster 300

Omega’s new heritage inspired collection includes a reimagination of the legendary Seamaster 300 (from $6,500) in stainless steel and a bold 41mm frame, domed with sapphire glass and treated with anodized aluminum for enhanced hardness. Popular among divers, militaries and scientists working at sea, the original Seamaster was built for performance and is improved by today’s technology in Omega’s latest rendition.

BUY NOW – from $6,500.

7. iwc schaffhausen big pilot’s watch 43

The true essence of aviator watches, IWC Schaffhausen’s Big Pilot’s is an icon in style and function. The latest iteration, the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 ($8,400), is named for the watch’s ergonomic 43mm stainless steel case which features a brand new simple quick-change system for a variety of strap options, making it an ideal choice for travelers.

BUY NOW – $8,400.

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8. rolex oyster perpetual explorer

Returning to the size of the original Explorer model from 1953, the 2021 Oyster Perpetual Explorer (from $10,800) combines Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold and is again built to endure extreme adventure. The 3, 6 and 9 hour markers illuminate dark environments and shine bright courtesy of a Rolex exclusive luminescent material.

BUY NOW – from $10,800.

9. bulgari octo roma worldtimer

Introduced at the Geneva Watch Days show, the new Octo Roma WorldTimer tells time around the world the Bulgari way. A pair of rotating disks – one for the 24 time zone reference cities and the other for a 24-hour scale – allow instant reading of the time around the globe.

BUY NOW – from $8,550.

10. breitling top time classic cars capsule

While many luxury watches are in short supply for holiday 2021, Breitling has it covered. The brand looks to racing history for inspiration with its latest round of new watches. The three watches in the Top Time Classic Cars Capsule Collection take their hue from the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang and Shelby Cobra. Based on the body of the Corvette C2, the Top Time Chevrolet Corvette watch features a red dial and black sub-counters. The Top Time Ford Mustang has a green dial with black sub-dials. And the blue-and-white iteration matches the racing stripes of the Shelby Cobra.

 

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the new luxury watches actually available to gift this holiday 2021

So, while it’s true that some luxury watches for men and women are in short supply, there are fantastic options available to buy right now. These are our ten picks for luxury watches to give and receive this holiday season 2021. Go forth and splurge, dear reader! The look on their face when they open the box will be well worth it.

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This article contains affiliate links to products independently selected by our editors. As an Amazon Associate, Dandelion Chandelier receives a commission for qualifying purchases made through these links. 

Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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