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The Best Watches for Milestone Birthdays

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Mark the time with a new watch.

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Throughout one’s life there are milestones and reaching various certain ages is considered something worth noting. There isn’t a more appropriate way to award a special birthday than with the gift of time. Since the moment the pocket watch became accessible to the masses, watches have been given as gifts to mark life’s important moments. The gold watch given for one’s retirement or the newly appointed partner of a law firm gifting himself a Rolex are classic examples. Today, watches come in every form imaginable ranging from fashion accessories to digitally powered smartwatches to mechanical pieces that offer a timeless appeal. Whether giving a gift or rewarding yourself, each watch listed below is appropriate to mark a milestone birthday.

13th Birthday: Garmin Venu Smartwatch with OLED Display

Garmin Venu Smartwatch with OLED Display

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Some say the future of watches will combine the classic timekeeping features of a mechanical watch with the digital technology in smartwatches. The most talked-about way to achieve this is through Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode display technology. Better known as “AMOLED,” it is already common in smartphones and laptops and is gaining acceptance on TVs. Watch brands believe it is the key to combining mechanical and digital functions in a way that is seamless and can be done on command. There are already a few smartwatch companies using this display technology. One of them is Garmin. Its newest 43mm watch is housed in a 43mm fiber-reinforced polymer case with black silicone band. The 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, with 390 x 390 resolution, offers simple navigation and clear visuals. It does many of the things that are common for wearables, such as keeping track of messages and emails, tracking heart rate, GPS-based navigation and customization in how you want your information displayed. This is an opportunity to provide as a gift an introduction to what could be the future of watches at an affordable price.

18th Birthday: Baume 42mm Automatic

Baume 42mm Automatic

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By age 18, it’s time to own a real mechanical watch, but one with the values that you find important. Enter Baume, the newest watch brand from Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods holding company that owns iconic brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc. The executives who manage Baume say it isn’t just younger consumers but also those with a certain mindset. However, this watch uses sustainable manufacturing processes and is quite customizable, so it is tailor-made for a younger consumer. It is affordable enough to be purchased with part-time earnings. There are four choices of watches that can be specified to one’s preferences: automatic, retrograde, moon phase and small seconds.

21st Birthday: Baume & Mercier Classima

Baume & Mercier Classima

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This is a watch created as a reward for young professionals, whether it’s graduating from college or landing that first job. The classic design is available with automatic and quartz movements. The Baume & Mercier Clarissima has a 42mm steel case that houses a blue dial with grain d’orge guilloche decor, Roman numerals and a central hand dual time function. This piece is powered by the ETA 2893-2 automatic movement.

30th Birthday: Nomos Tangente Neomatik 41mm

Nomos Tangente Neomatik 41mm

NOMOS

By 30, you’ve reached an age where you may have done some traveling and now you want to show your appreciation of international design and your newfound worldliness. A watch by Nomos Glashütte is one way of doing this. This is a German watch company founded on the Bauhaus design concepts of radically streamlined forms based on rationality and functionality. The Tangente has been its most popular style for 25 years. This version, the Tangente Neomatik, recently received the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the most prestigious award a watch company can receive, for its groundbreaking in-house DUW 6101, with automatic movement and an innovative date ring that runs along the edge of the dark-grey ruthenium dial with Bauhaus-inspired hour markers. It is completed with a Horween Cordovan leather strap. Shop Now

40th Birthday: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph

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Omega is one of the most popular–and durable–watch brands in the world. This “Moonwatch” and the nostalgia it inspires for those who follow NASA space missions make this for some the purchase of a lifetime. This 42mm stainless-steel chronograph features a black dial with a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. The black bezel features a tachymetric scale. The Omega mechanical caliber 1861 is the legendary manual-winding movement worn on the Moon. This timepiece is offered with a special Moonwatch presentation box that contains an additional “NATO” strap, a strap for astronauts and a tool to exchange the stainless-steel bracelet for one of the other straps. Shop Now

50th Birthday: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

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You might not be able to buy that Lamborghini you always wanted, but at 50 you can probably purchase a high-performance watch that reflects your taste in rare Italian sports cars. Built in collaboration with the designers at Lamborghini and named after its famed super car, the 45mm forged carbon watch has a skeleton dial with rhodium-plated 18kt PVD-gold Super-LumiNova hands. An Alcantara and rubber strap withstands regular wear. It is powered by the caliber RD 103SQ hand-wound mechanical movement with 45-degree double-sprung balances inspired by the legendary V12 engine. Highly technical features include an autonomous stability program. A jumping second became part of the movement in order to emphasize the ultimate precision of this caliber. Shop Now

60th Birthday: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe

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Founder Michel Parmigiani’s attention to detail and quest for innovation have made his brand and his career in horology a success. This Tonda Metrographe features this type of artistry and workmanship that one grows to appreciate with age. This 40mm stainless steel timepiece has a deep navy chronograph dial with silver Super-LumiNova coated hands and rhodium-plated hour markers. The watch is powered by the PF315 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Shop Now

65th Birthday: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony

VACHERON CONSTANTIN

This has been the traditional retirement age, but at 65, you may not be ready to retire. In fact, professionally you’re still on an upward trend. But you wouldn’t mind having a classic gold watch. You could do no better than Vacheron Constantin. Founded in 1755, it is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted watchmaking history since its founding. Its specialty is crafting classic watches that one day turn into precious heirlooms. The 40mm 18kt pink gold case of this Patrimony is inspired by styles from the 1950s found in its archive. It’s powered by a caliber 1400 hand-wound movement. The cream-colored dial has 18kt pink gold hour markers. It’s completed with a brown alligator strap. Shop Now

80th Birthday: IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

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By the time you’re 80, you can buy whatever you want as long as you can afford it. In this case it wouldn’t be a leap to purchase a watch that is both beautiful and has exceptional functionality. This piece is IWC’s first model that combines a mechanical chronograph and lunar phase display in a single subdial (at 12 o’clock). The silver-plated dial continues with hour, minute and second hands; a perpetual calendar with displays for date, day, month, year and perpetual moon phase. There’s a stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds. 18kt red gold hour markers and a blue hacking second hand. The watch is housed in a 43mm 18kt red gold case and completed with a Santoni dark-brown alligator strap. It is powered by a caliber 89630 mechanical chronograph mechanical movement with a 68-hour power reserve.

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