Christmas is here and if you are a Watch lover, have a Watch obsessed person to buy for or are just looking for some gift giving inspiration I am here to help. This year I was overwhelmed with an epic amount of submissions and amazing watches to feature in my gift guide. It has been exhaustingly hard to pick only a few Ladies and Men's pieces for each category that are unique and special but I have found something for everyone, even your dodgy Uncle! This eclectic mix of new and established brands and some of my favourites from this year really showcase the amazing diversity of the Watch Industry and I hope you enjoy all the fun, fantasy and fantastic pieces I have for you. Remember this guide is really only a teaser, their are so many incredible watches you can pick for Christmas 2016 so make sure you click on through and visit the linked websites. Let the Gift Giving Begin!!!
Fabulous Finds Under $1000: It's Been A Good Year Santa
A Little Bit Splurgy Under $5000: This Year Rocked Santa
I so need this Over $5000: Santa I completely killed it this year!
I want to thank all the wonderful Watch Companies, Distributers, PR Agents and watch loving peeps that I have worked with this year. It has been a real privilage for me to be a part of all the exceptional work that you are doing in the watch industry, I am truly excited to see what 2017 will bring. For all my readers and supporters a huge Merry Christmas to you and your families, may the time you spend together over this season bring you all great joy. Merry Christmas Melinda C
My wonderful Husband flew out to Melbourne this week and even though I spent the beginning of my week in the luxurious tropics of Cairns there was definitely a little pang of jealousy. I am a proud Queenslander (cue Billy Moore moment) but was born in the lush Otways of Victoria so spent my teenage years Greyhounding from the Sunshine Coast through to Melbourne and beyond to spend time with my extended family. My days wandering Melbourne were a treat filled with art, adventure and fashion, it's a wanderlust never forgotten. Sujain Krishanan, a man in love with the urbanity and gallantry of the world's most livable city combined a devotion for watches and design in the place that inspired him the most. After taking a holiday in September 2013 Sujain did the thing we all wish we could do; quit our day job and turn our passion into a full time reality. He created Melbourne Watch Company.
Price accessibility, uniqueness and design are at the core of MWC. Sujain and his team strive to provide their customers with a combination of story and style, its a watch with a purpose. MWC now have eight collections under their belt and have just passed their three year anniversary demonstrating the need for this line of high quality authentic Australian products. Premium materials are prevalent throughout the range including high grade Japanese mechanical movements, 316L steel and sapphire crystal. "We aim to push the boundaries with what we can offer for the price, such as the unique ceramic dials on our Portsea range, or the engraved bezel on our Sorrento collection. While we do offer a few quartz models now, we’re very much steering in the opposite direction from many minimalist fashion brands" says Sujain.
Each collection from MWC is inspired after a landmark or location within Melbourne. You can take a wander through Flinders (the original), Hawthorn, Carlton, Avalon, Parkville, Sorrento, Collins and my favourite Portsea. Always a sucker for a blue dial, I love the swank of the Collins. It is stylish and classy just like the street it's named after. The Portsea (my favourite) oozes a sense of seaside Summer. The dial is classic and articulated and makes me yearn for those trips to the Peninsular.
MWC is decisively working towards bringing more of the manufacturing side of the business locally with a goal to setup a new office/showroom in the city by the end of the year. Staying true to their authentic design core they are actively collaborating with prominent Melbourne businesses including the production of a unique piece with Cox Architecture. Their aim is to capture the spirit of Melbourne in a single time piece which will certainly be exciting to see. Starting at $429 the pieces from MWC are exclusively available from their online store www.melbournewatch.com.au/ until the opening of their new showroom.
I will always remain romantic when it comes to my youthful meanderings through Melbourne but the call of Billy Moore pulls me in the direction of the Sun. At least the Greyhound now gives way to a plane flight so when the call of sneaky laneways, iconic spaces and fabulous watches come I will never be far away.
It's one thing to take your brand and have a crack at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair. It's another to balls-out throw yourself entirely at the mercy of the HongKongers, a people that are tech savvy, fashion engaged and authentically traditional. But that's what David Ericsson and Alexis Holm decided to do. They shared an office located on the ground floor at 15 Square Street in Sheung Wan and each working on their separate brands, David with Void Watches and Alexis on Gram Footwear slowly created a mix of showroom, office and workshop. They created SQUARESTREET.
Alexis brought with him SQUARESTREET, the namesake brand he had created back in his native Stockholm. SQUARESTREET watches mix Swedish minimalism with an contemporary edge and it is this edge that makes these watches just that little bit special. Alexis who believes himself to be a mad scientist of sorts loves experimenting with new materials and processes to create points of difference. "I like to think of our watches as celebrations of design," states Alexis. "They are more like amalgamations of different elements, shapes and materials carefully placed to create that perfect balance.”
What I like about this brand are the acetate cases. The tortoiseshell case with a light brown lizard print band in their distinctive Minuteman design is a stand out for me. Simple but very cool. I am also a fan of the new release, Plano. The Plano is wafer thin with a hairline bezel, 50m water resistant and houses a Swiss 716 Ronda movement. Named after the Spanish word for “Flat”, Plano features an oversized 36mm pane of glass made from hardened mineral, covering almost the entire front of the watch. This lends it both an air of fragility and elegance all at once.
If you are ever lucky to be in Hong Kong a visit to SQUARESTREET should be on your todo list. For the rest of us you can visit both http://www.squarestreet.se/ and http://www.15squarestreet.com/ to purchase and learn all about their amazing products.
MEL'S NOTE: If your not Australian 'Balls-Out' means 'Exuding tremendous effort and trying extremely hard.' We do recommend pants at all times!