Gift Guide: Eight Classy and Contemporary Watches Perfect For The Grad In Your L

Gift Guide: Eight Classy And Contemporary Watches For The Grad In Your Life

Whether it’s a graduation from high school, college, or medical school, few gifts rise to the magnitude of the occasion better than a fine timepiece.

By Victoria Gomelsky

Not only is a wristwatch a functional and refreshingly analog way to keep time, it also sends the perfect message to a young graduate: This watch is both a reward for time well spent and a harbinger of the good times that lie ahead.

At WEMPE, the prestigious German watch and jewelry retailer with its North American flagship store located in the heart of midtown Manhattan on the corner of 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, the selection of upscale watches appropriate for a recent grad includes all the usual suspects. “From Cartier to Patek Philippe,” says WEMPE US president Ruediger “Rudy” Albers.

What constitutes the perfect graduation watch, however, is “very relative,” he cautions.

But whether the graduate in your life prefers a watch that’s sporty or sophisticated, minimalist or diamond-set, masculine or feminine, these eight timepieces have you covered and are available right now at WEMPE Fifth Avenue.

For Minimalists

His: NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus 38 Absolute Gray

The Club Campus collection from German watchmaker NOMOS Glashütte is expressly designed for anyone celebrating a life milestone: The brand offers a free personalized engraving on the watch’s stainless steel caseback.

Emblematic of NOMOS’ trademark minimalism, the new 38.5mm Club Campus 38 Absolute Gray model is equipped with a manually-wound Alpha caliber with a 43-hour power reserve, offering a perfect introduction to the world of mechanical timepieces.

Hers: NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus

Housed in a slender 36mm stainless steel case, the Club Campus model from NOMOS Glashütte exemplifies the brand’s reputation for producing elegant hand-wound timepieces with a contemporary look and feel.

Like all Club Campus models, this model boasts a stainless steel caseback that serves as the ideal canvas for a personalized engraving.

For Style-Setters

His: Longines HydroConquest

Between its olive-green dial and ceramic bezel, 41mm stainless steel case, and all-purpose green rubber strap, the HydroConquest from Swiss watchmaker Longines is more than a trusty dive watch.

Powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of approximately 64 hours, the model is a chic style statement in watchmaking’s 2021 color of the year. In other words, green is good.

Hers: Longines Présence

Dress watches don’t get much more elegant than the Présence from Longines. With its black Roman numerals, 38.5mm stainless steel PVD-coated case, and black alligator-skin strap, the automatic timepiece is simple, easy to read, and versatile, guaranteed to work seamlessly, from a daytime professional meeting to a night out on the town.

For Practical Types

His: Tudor Black Bay 41

Once overshadowed by Rolex, its better-known sibling, Tudor has come into its own over the past few years, thanks in large part to the overwhelming success of its Black Bay collection.

Now available in three sizes – 32mm, 36mm, and 41mm (shown here) – with a blue dial that evokes Tudor dive models of the 1950s, this sporty but sophisticated stainless steel timepiece is equally suited to the beach and the boardroom.

Hers: Tudor 1926

Named for the year Tudor was founded, the new 1926 watch now comes in a swanky black dial edition featuring diamond-set hour markers.

With a 28mm stainless steel case, the model is at once feminine and sturdy, with a self-winding mechanical movement, the Calibre T201, that’s as reliable as they come.

For Adventurers

His: WEMPE Glashütte Iron Walker Automatic Diver

The new Iron Walker Automatic Diver from WEMPE Glashütte is the perfect go-anywhere timepiece.

Water-resistant to 30 bar and equipped with an internal rotating bezel that meets all the criteria of the ISO and DIN standards for diver’s watches, the model looks equally good on land (or hovering above New York City). There, its 42mm stainless steel case, matte black dial, and on-trend integrated bracelet give it a stylish flair.

Hers: WEMPE Glashütte Iron Walker Automatic Women

Designed for women who want an elegant timepiece with a no-nonsense vibe, the Iron Walker from WEMPE Glashütte takes its name from the steel construction workers who built New York City’s skyscrapers in the 1920s.

The automatic watch, which comes in a 36mm stainless steel case, features sporty accents such as baton hands coated with Super-LumiNova, and a water-resistance to 10 bar. The black dial and three-row stainless-steel bracelet elevate the piece, making it ideal for an evening out.

How To Purchase

You can visit WEMPE Fifth Avenue in New York City at 700 Fifth Ave (at the corner of 55th street and Fifth Avenue).

Alternatively, you can call the WEMPE team at 212-397-9000 or email Learn more by visiting WEMPE's website.

(Photography by Watchonista)

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