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The Clifton Club collection combines new world features like water resistance (up to 50 metres) and 48-hour power reserves with traditional precision Swiss-made chronographs and vintage speedster style. Whether your loved one races the track or pounds the pavement, he will adore the rugged good looks and enduring performance of both the Clifton Club 10404 (top left) honouring motorcycle racing legend Burt Munro and the Clifton Club 10342 (top right) which celebrates the high-speed pedigree of the retro fabulous Shelby Cobra convertible.
Founded in 1988, this Geneva-based company is a relative newbie in the world of luxury watch brands and it integrates cutting-edge software to create details like the pin-thin hobnail pattern on the face of the Runabout Automatic (top left). Just as impressive, The Ladies Automatic (top middle) features a “Heart Beat” opening at the 12 o’clock mark so intricate inner workings are clear to see, and each watch sold benefits DonorsChoose.org, which supports public classrooms across the U.S. Polished and powered-up, the Classic Carree Ladies (top right) has a 26-jewel mechanism—the more jewels, the better the performance—all housed in an art deco-inspired design.
This watchmaker’s pedigree makes any one of its watches a must-give. To achieve timepiece perfection, the production of its timeless luxury watches can take up to 60 hand-finished steps including the guilloché process to etch delicate grooves on the metal’s edge or setting high grade diamonds one by one. Topping the wish list is the 5230R World Time Watch (left) which shows off the hours in all 24 time zones; the 6006G Calatrava (middle) remains ubiquitous with its elegant engineering and Bauhaus-inspired design; and the 5119G Calatrava Small Seconds hides a caliber 215 PS movement. Translation? It’s one of the thinnest mechanisms on the market, making it sublime for a streamlined design.