We Made a List and Checked it Twice… These are very, very nice.
2020 has made us wish for a lot of things. It’s also been a year of hobbies and daydreams as we’ve stayed home and worked to keep our friends and families safe. We’re undeniably excited to welcome the holidays, because while they’re different this year, they still give us an opportunity to celebrate the people and things we love, while welcoming in 2021–which has to be better, right?
Since 2020 has been marked by escapist hobbies and interests, we asked the Cesium133 team what they’ve been dreaming about getting their hands on, from #goals to holy grails. This holiday, we’re celebrating art, engineering, and craftsmanship.
Our wishlist may surprise you, or even give you an idea for a gift for a special someone. If that’s the case and you need help finding the perfect piece, shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our team will get in touch right away.
Happy reading and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
P.S. If you haven’t checked out our holiday giveaway yet, now’s the time. Follow us on Instagram for all the giveaway details. The winner will be announced on December 11th, just in time for you to gift yourself or someone special with some truly great prizes that would top anyone’s wishlist!
Cesium133: If you could receive any watch as a gift, which one would you choose and why?
Blas, CEO: The Casio G-Shock DW6900TF Optimus Prime Edition. Because...Optimus Prime, Y’all! And it represents the whimsical side of watchmaking in a tough and rugged model that is loved by (almost) the entire watch world.
Photo Credit: www.gshock.com
Dave, COO: The LeCoultre Moonphase Triple Date SST. I've always loved this watch. I think Picasso had one.
Photo Credit: quillandpad.com
Lisa, CSO, Director of Market Development: A Cartier - Ballon Bleu 42MM, rose gold and steel. I'm a sucker for Cartier and Roman numerals, and anything two toned.
Photo Credit: cartier.com
Rachel, CMO: The first omega wrist-chronograph limited edition with vintage 1913 restored calibre 18''' CHRO movement. I love the design, in particular the hollowed arabic numerals, and the historical significance of the piece. I can't get over the way that past meets present in the inclusion of one of only a few original movements from 1913. You're carrying a piece of history on your wrist, inside a modern tribute.
Photo Credit: Omegawatches.com
Elliot, Director of Supply Chain Management: A Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538, as worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger. This watch embodies everything I love most about the vintage Submariners - no date (playing to my love of symmetry), puffy painted lume plots on a matte black dial with simple lettering and logoing, avoiding the overly busy design aesthetic of modern Submariners with their massive engraved rehauts, applied lume, and laser-engraved sapphire, and bubble-like plexi crystal, giving the watch an all-around 60s feel. This explains why I love the Oris Divers 65 model so much.
Photo Credit: Iconicalternatives.com
Toney, Director of Client Services: A Bremont Hawking - I’m a sucker for the appreciation of science. Also, meteorite is awesome.
Photo credit: us.bremont.com
Jordan, CFO, CLO: A Rolex 6542 GMT “Pussy Galore”. Why this watch? I can’t put it any better than our company Co-Founder Blas Catalani did in his article about this reference. Together with its history this watch is the “essence of cool”.
Photo Credit: phillips.com
Cesium133: If you could get your hands on any car, which one would you choose?
Blas: 2010 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Special Edition. This car oozes supercar looks with the refined elegance that only a British automaker can provide. And because who doesn’t want to drive a car worthy of James Bond?
Photo credit: caranddriver.com
Dave: Easy. 1974 Volvo 164E. This was my first car and I've always regretted selling it. I did sell it to go to Turkey, so not so regretful.
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Lisa, CSO: A 2015 / 2016 or 2020 Koenigsegg Regera (I'll take any of the 80 that have been made or any they will make.) It’s probably the most powerful and fastest hybrid car made. It’s eco friendly and may be street legal in the U.S. unlike some other Koenigseggs that are in existence.
Photo Credit: www.koenigsegg.com
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Rachel, CMO: A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. This car is just another example of my interest in style from the 1950s. I've always been enthralled with the design, in particular the tailfins. To me, it speaks to a time when life was more intentional and deliberate, and the ultimate luxury would be cruising around in one on a sunny fall afternoon.
Photo Credit: www.gmauthority.com
Elliot,: A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Silver Birch.
Yet another throw-back to James Bond of the 60s, the Aston Martin oozes cool. Classic British design, hood mounted mirrors, six-cylinders, 4.0 liters, and pumping out a very impressive (for the time) 282hp and 288 lb-ft of torque.
Photo Credit: www.classicthrottleshop.com
Toney: 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT - I had one in high school and always regretted selling it.
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Jordan: A Porsche 917K. Why this car? Only two points need be made here: 1. LeMans (Check); 2. Steve McQueen (Checkmate).
Photo Credit: www.thedrive.com
So what should you keep in mind when shopping for something special for yourself or a loved one? Here are our key takeaways from our collective experience buying, gifting and selling watches for all walks of life. (If you’re thinking of buying a car, that’s a different story. Contact us @cesiumspeed because we’ve got resources for you too!)
- Buy something that fits their style, not something that you want for yourself. If you can do this one thing, we believe you can’t go wrong, regardless of the budget or the buy.
- When you’re trying to figure out that style, look at what that person already has and take your cues from that. If all their watches are Stainless, you probably want to keep to that. Also, it never hurts to have inside info from a friend.
- Know your audience, beyond what they wear. Pay attention to what they talk about. You can tell a lot about what someone values by the little everyday things they find worth noting.
- Don't look for the most expensive watch you can afford or the most expensive one you think they'll like. Price tags don’t necessarily correlate to what someone will value the most. Look for one with an aesthetic that reflects what you admire about the recipient (in addition to what their personal style and preferences are), a message that will be a gift unto itself.
- Remember that the (wo)man maketh the watch, not the other way around. Are they more calm and easy-going or are they constantly engaged in a million things at once? Match the watch to the person and you give them more than one gift: the watch and the knowledge that you care enough to know what matters to them.
- If you’re shopping for a woman, don’t limit yourself to “women’s” watches. Find something that suits her character and lifestyle, don’t default to something small, shiny and bedazzled–unless that’s what she wants in which case, go for it!
- Don’t force it. If you can’t find something you know is right, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a more “seasoned” watch enthusiast to get the job done! (We can help there. Find us at email@example.com.)
- If you’re still not sure, then be sure the place you got it from has a good return policy! In all seriousness, look for a place that is focused on selling the person, not the watch. Find someone who the recipient will enjoy working with on an exchange.