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If you are looking to surprise a family member, friend, loved one, why not consider a luxury watch? Watches are a timeless purchase that never goes out of fashion and add a subtle touch of sophistication and elegance to any outfit. Whether you are shopping for the urban adventurer, fashionista, traveler, loved one or multitasker in your life, there is something special for each. Here is a list of some unique and bespoke watches aim to impress.

Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 Rolex - JR Dunn Jewelers

                                          Rolex Pearlmaster 39. Photo courtesy of JR Dunn Jewelers

JR Dunn Jewelers was started by husband and wife team James Robert Dunn and Ann Marie Pelliccia in 1969 when they converted a small house in Hanover, MA their first jewelry store, The House of Gems. Today, JR Dunn Jewelers has expanded to the 8,000-square-feet showroom in Lighthouse Point – conveniently located between Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale – and is an authorized Rolex retailer. The Rolex Submariner in Stainless Steel which is priced at $8,550 is their most popular watch but the Rolex Pearlmaster 39 in White Gold stands out from the crowd. This crowning jewel is priced at $203,400 and features a full diamond dial and diamond set bezel and bracelet. Made only in 18kt yellow, white or Everose gold, select from exquisite gem settings of diamonds.

Men's classical tourbillon minute repeater watch. Courtesy of Ashford.com

                                                      Men’s classical tourbillon minute repeater watch. Courtesy of Ashford

Headquartered on 5th Avenue in New York City, Ashford.com offers its customers 100% genuine and authentic watches protected by their two-year extensive warranty. Offering both new and pre-owned watches from a number of top brands, one of their current popular styles is the Movado, a bold and lightweight watch void of any numbering. Choose from casual, dress, fashion or sports casual, or go straight for the opulent Men’s classical tourbillon minute repeater watch by Corum, which is on clearance for a whopping $139,012.50. With an 18K gold rose gold case and leather alligator strap, this stunning watch is a limited edition with 25 pieces worldwide. The Bulgari Assioma Watch which is on clearance for $28,051.20 features an 18K white gold case, satin strap with a number of white diamonds surrounding the dial. Search through their collection of over 2,500 selections and receive your watch shipped in its original box with original packing and owner’s guide. For those looking for an exclusive offer, use Promocodes.com exclusive coupon for 15% off sitewide: PROMOCODES15.

Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. Photo courtesy of Omega

                                      Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. Photo courtesy of Omega

Founded in 1848, later incorporating the name Omega in 1903, Omega watches were made famous as they were the choice of NASA and the first watch on the Moon in 1969 along with being the official timekeeping device of the Olympic Games since 1932. Two unique and luxury watches offered by Omega are the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 which retails at $9,750 and the Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition which retails at $6,500. The 44.25mm Apollo 8 piece was inspired by the accomplishments of the Apollo 8 astronauts and the mystique of the Earth’s nightlight. The watch is distinguished by the Super-LumiNova that coats the indexes and markings on its matte black ceramic dial. While the original CK 2998 was released in 1959, Omega has used this sought-after design to make limited 2,998 models. The 39.7mm watch features blacked alpha hands and lightly sand-blasted dial with a driver-style black leather strap.

Railroad edition vortic watch

                                            Railroad Edition Vortic watch. Photo courtesy of Vortic Watch Company

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind wristwatch made from vintage pocket watches (circa 1880s-1950s) there is nowhere else to look besides Vortic Watch Company. Combining authentic antique pieces from American pocket watches with 3D printing technology, Vortic builds less than 1000 custom-built watches per year. Their top-selling watches are the Chicago and Boston series with the most expensive model being the Railroad edition. Ranging from $3,000-$6,000 (dependent on client’s customization), these watches emulate the watches of railroad grade pocket watches with bold, distinctive Arabic numeral dials, a lever set mechanism, 19 jewels or more, and adjustment to temperature and five positions.

 Hook + Gaff. Photo courtesy of Michael Sims, President of Hook+Gaff

                                    Hook + Gaff. Photo courtesy of Michael Sims, President of Hook+Gaff

Hook + Gaff is redefining rugged luxury with stylish sport watches that take you from the boat to the bar, to the golf course and everywhere in-between. While the Sportfisher 2, which retails at $550, is their most popular watch, the Fleetmaster, which retails at $1,995, is the company’s most luxurious option. The flagship automatic mechanical watch is Water-resistant to 200m, features anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a custom-modified Swiss ETA 2836 Automatic Movement for dual-time reading. Customize your watch by choosing stainless steel or the tan alligator or black alligator strap.  Hook + Gaff’s collection can be purchased online or at select retailers. 

New York Yankees watch. Photo courtesy of Original Grain

                                                     New York Yankees watch. Photo courtesy of Original Grain

Baseball fans can thank Original Grain for the new sports-themed series allowing these nine-inning warriors to look good while enjoying some peanuts, popcorn and a beer at the ball game. Made with reclaimed wood from the 1923 New York Yankee Stadium™ Wooden Seats, the limited-edition New York Yankees Watch is a 42mm Swiss automatic watch and is on sale for $1,495. With only 2008 in production, each watch comes in a trophy case with a certificate of authenticity and is set on a premium full-grain black leather band. 

Uri watch courtesy of TUK Watches

                                                                     Uri watch courtesy of TUK Watches

Watches can be more than just beautiful timepieces – they can help with a global cause as well! TUK is a high-end watch company making a lasting impact on water safety as for every watch sold, a water filtration system is made and distributed to school classrooms and families in Cambodia. TUK, which literally means water in Cambodian, features a selection of five men’s and six women’s watches all priced at $195. Thanks to its large black face, gold detailing and rugged coffee leather band, the popular Uri watch is perfect for going from a business meeting to an afternoon happy hour with friends. The 40mm stainless steel case is wrapped in thin gold and topped with sapphire glass, making it water-resistant up to 5 ATM. 

About The Author


Following being published on Fast Company as well as Wired Innovations Insights, Jarone expanded his writing portfolio to cover luxury travel, goods, unique experiences along with restaurants and lifestyle articles for numerous websites. From luxury hotels, all-inclusive resorts and VIP experiences, Jarone has written about exclusive properties only offered to the discerning traveler and consumer. Jarone is a native to Los Angeles and spends his free time traveling, playing sports and is always up for an adventure.

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