The Swiss replica watch industry has had a tough year with the retreat of Chinese luxury consumers. But for those who hanker for the artisanal, handmade timepieces will always hold a special appeal. Only a rolex oyster replica perpetual 39 in 904l steel with a dark rhodium dial and oyster bracelet watch can claim to have proved its mettle as the world’s first waterproof watch after Mercedes Gleitze wore one while swimming across the English Channel in 1927.
To get a sense of what Washingtonians are coveting for their wrists this holiday season, we asked buyers at McLean, Va.-based Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers what timepieces they anticipate will soon be flying out of their stores.
Practical, put-together women will appreciate the elegance and versatility of Jaeger-Le Coultre’s Reverso One Duetto Moon in pink gold ($175). It has two sides: one with a white face and black Arabic numerals, the other with a crescent moon against a shimmering background. For those whose style is more Beyoncé than Laura Bush, there’s the replica Hublot Big Bang Jeans Steel Diamonds watch ($200). Stainless steel and diamonds offer an opulent contrast to the carefully scuffed denim strap.
For men, there’s the IWC Le Petit Prince Chronograph ($145). It features a brown calfskin strap and a midnight blue face surrounded by stainless steel.