Mondaine's Horological Gift Guide

Ask someone where they got their watch, and chances are they'll tell you a story. Timepieces are deeply personal, and people remember how, when, and from whom they received them every time they put them on. Well-crafted watches become endowed with the memory of that moment, and carry it with them through years - even generations - of use and ownership. It's easy to see why watches are a favorite present for celebrating holidays, birthdays, milestones and special events, the trick is picking the right watch for the right person. When it comes to something you wear every day, there's no one-size-fits-all. Thinking about the person you give it to, their lifestyle, fashion sense, and personality is exactly what makes the gift so personal and considerate. With the holiday season in full swing, Mondaine is here to help you thoughtfully select the perfect style for that special someone. Here are 10 perfect pairings for the characters in your modern life.  

1) Your Fashion Blogger Niece: The Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Light Graphic Edition

Delight the style-savvy with this new twist on a minimalist design. Featuring linear, modern accents in grey and a grey genuine leather band, the Graphic Edition also comes packaged in a beautiful gift box. 

2) The Crossfit Instructor: Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart in Black Stainless Steel and Silicone 

Help your favorite fitness fanatic reach his or her fullest potential with the latest MotionX activity and sleep tracking technology. The sleek all-black design translates easily from the gym to dinner, while the soft silicone band stays dry and comfortable with prolonged wear and activity.

3) Your Little Brother at SCAD: Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Regular with Milanese Mesh Band

Congratulate him on acing his Modern Design 201 final with an architectural timepiece that exudes intelligence. He'll be impressed by your sense of style and the pedigree of Swiss innovation that inspired the watch.   

4) Martha Stewart's Doppelgänger : Evo Petite

She hosts the big family dinner every year, complete with homemade place cards and a flawlessly roasted turkey. Show her how much you appreciate her attention to detail, good taste, and hospitality with a design that's feminine and understated with a pop of color. 

5) Your Dapper Dad : Mondaine Pocket Watch

He's the one who taught you how to shave, shine your shoes, and select the perfect tie. Celebrate his timeless style with a traditional pocket watch loaded with personality. He'll be glad to see you've been taking notes. 

6) Your Cousin Who Owns the Entire Criterion Collection: Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Regular Hand Winder Edition 

For the one who appreciates a classic, the Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Regular Hand Winder is a perfect fit. Its honest mid-century look is beautifully contrasted by a transparent case back to reveal the inner mechanism of the watch. They'll love getting an inside look at horological technology perfected over nearly 600 years of craftsmanship. This style is available exclusively through Tourneau

7) The Bar Trivia Champion: Stop2Go

They'll probably be able to tell you all about the iconic design as soon as they've opened the box. And if they can't, they'll love learning. Based on the style and unique movement of the famous Swiss Federal Railways Station Clock, the Stop2Go is a stylish conversation starter.

8) The Friend Who Wears All Black: Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Light in Black and Gold

Everybody has one. Effortlessly cool, they manage to look simultaneously as though they've just rolled out of bed and just come from their personal stylist. Add a little more drama to their look with the most elegant and mysterious style of the Helvetica family.

9) The Couple Who Moved to the Suburbs: Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 New York Edition

Give them something to remember their urban days by, with watches inspired by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's famous subway map and graphics standards manual for the New York City Transit Authority. Even though they traded apartment life for a backyard in the 'burbs, they'll be happy to have a token of their once daily commute to carry with them. Available in Light (blue for the A,C,E line), Regular (Green for the 4,5,6 line), or Bold (Red for the 1,2,3 line - pictured). 

10) The Socialite: Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Light Holiday Edition 


She's always dressed to the nines with someplace to go. Give her a festive bit of glamour to wear on New Year's Eve as she counts down the final seconds of 2015 with the precision of her new Swiss timepiece. Even better - she'll arrive on time and in style to the other 3 parties she's attending that night. Available here December 2nd. 

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