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Timeless Gifts We see the same problem every Mother’s and Father’s Day, children furrowing their brow in front of the display cases trying to figure out what to buy. To ensure satisfied and grateful parents this year, I’ve scoured the world of Horology to bring you the hottest trends in fine watches. T e x t by B e au H equ in Ph otos co ur t e sy o f M o r ays J e w eler s T he watch you are wearing has evolved into something more than just a fashion statement or an accessory, it has become a representation of who you are as a person. Timepieces are so very personal now that buying one as a gift may prove to be difficult; especially if it’s for Mom or Dad on their special day. This year, dads across the country will be sporting various vintage-style watches. Many brands have reached into their own history books to bring consumers a taste of the past. One of the coolest retro designs available is Omega’s Seamaster Bullhead Limited Edition ($9,600). A throwback to the original Seamaster Driver launched in 1969, it remains one of the rarest Omega’s in the vintage collector’s market. The demand for this classic spurred Omega to release a collection of 3 different color schemes each limited to 669 watches to commemorate the year the Bullhead’s were first launched. But what if your dad is “hip” and “with it” and doesn’t want something that reminds him of his age? Have no fear, Living true to their motto “Only The Exceptional,” Harry Winston’s Project Z8 ($20,300) was the star of this year’s Basel World Watch & Jewelry Fair in Switzerland. As the latest installment in the immensely popular Project Z series, the Z8 has a lot to live up to. The watch has plenty to offer its owners from a horological and innovative viewpoint. Powered by a Blancpain movement featuring a flat silicon balance spring which eliminates inaccuracy due to magnetism, it also boasts retrograde dual-time displays. Retrogrades can generally only be adjusted clockwise, but the Harry Winston watchmakers reworked the movement to accept adjustments in both directions via an extra clutch. Then there is the use of Zalium in the case, a proprietary zirconium-base alloy that gives a gunmetal coloration that plays well with the orange and blue in the dial applications to give a striking sporty look to the timepiece. The Project Z8 is limited to an exclusive 300 pieces worldwide. Then there are fathers who have just as much appreciation for the luxury of the finest Swiss timepieces as they do for the ruggedness of the great outdoors. After creating a huge buzz during the unveiling of the redesign earlier this year, Audemars Piguet is calling for 2014 to be the year of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (Starting @ $25,600), a watch that originally changed the face of the traditionally conservative luxury watch scene when the line was introduced in 1993. This year’s iterations of the 26470 model pays homage to the technical prowess of the brand by giving view to the Calibre 3126/3840 with its 22-carat gold rotor through an exhibition case back. The robust timepiece now features black ceramic push pieces and crown to make the watch more durable for dad’s off-trail adventures. Each version comes on a luxurious “hornback” leather or rubber strap when extra durability is required. The rose gold model 119