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The new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Tourbillon Nanograph is a lot of buzzwords in a beautiful package

Almost every word in the name of TAG Heuer’s new watch – the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph – is important. Carrera connects it to TAG’s long history of chronographs while Calibre suggests a handmade watch made with some technical prowess. Tourbillon means you can expect this thing to cost more than a car (about $25,000 when it goes on sale) and Nanograph suggests that this thing is doing something quite unique. And it is.

TAG Heuer loves experimenting with new materials and the Nanograph features a new hairspring design that is unique to TAG. The hairspring, which is made of carbon-composite, is lightweight and unaffected by gravity or shock. It also offers “perfect concentric oscillations” and is completely antimagnetic. Couple that with the rotating tourbillon and the suggestion is that this watch will remain accurate under all sorts of pressure.

Further, rest of the movement includes carbon fiber and aluminum which reduces the effects of temperature and looks pretty darn cool. It doesn’t do much – it basically shows elapsed time – but it does it in a decidedly sexy way.

“This new interpretation of the TAG Heuer Carrera with its advanced in-house technology underscores our legacy in achieving watchmaking excellence and proves that we remain true to our values of performance, disruption and avant-garde,” said TAG CEO Stéphane Bianchi.

It is quite fascinating to note the range materials that went into this little mechanical marvel are surprisingly new. Not many manufacturers are using carbon fiber in this way and the fact that it’s going into a chronograph mechanical watch for less than $100,000 is surprising. Now you just have to convince yourself to spend $25,000 on a watch.

The best UK deals for Wednesday: Hugo Boss watches, Amazon devices, Philips toothbrushes, and more

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Gifts to make anyone happy.
Gifts to make anyone happy.

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Much like Santa’s elves at this time of year, we have been keeping very busy concerning ourselves with gifts. 

With Christmas fast approaching, we understand that this time of year can be stressful as you mull over what to get those notoriously difficult-to-please family members. We are here to help, and have tracked down 20 fantastic gift ideas that could please even the toughest of recipients.

We have sourced the best offers on grooming products, Baylis & Harding gift sets, Hugo Boss watches, and Amazon devices. Personal care items like the Philips Sonicare CleanCare+ electric toothbrush and a Baylis & Harding men’s citrus lime and mint grooming tin gift set make wonderful Christmas gifts, so long as you aren’t insinuating the recipient needs to improve their grooming habits. If they are particularly sensitive to the potential implications of a gift, then maybe a watch or a smart home device is a better option.

The pick of the deals from this round up is the Echo Plus (1st Gen) with built-in smart home hub that’s now available for just £89.99. That’s a massive £65 reduction on the list price of £154.98.

These are the best deals from across the internet for Dec. 12.

Amazon devices

All-new and waterproof.

All-new and waterproof.

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Hugo Boss watches

For the classy individual.

For the classy individual.

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Baylis & Harding gifts

Grooming gift sets make excellent stocking fillers.

Grooming gift sets make excellent stocking fillers.

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Grooming and personal care

Reduced to £89.99 from £299.99.

Reduced to £89.99 from £299.99.

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MQT builds classy Swiss watches for the truly debonair

Ah, wonderful to see you again, sir. The usual? Kool-Aid Grain Alcohol Martini with a twisty straw. Of course. And I see you’re wearing a new watch. The MQT Essential Mirror. Quite striking.

I see the watch has a quartz ETA movement – an acceptable movement by any standard – and a very elegant face and hands combination. What’s that? It has a quickset date? Of course, no watch over $200 would skimp on that simple complication. $251 you say? On a silver mesh band, also known as a Milanese? A relative bargain, given its pedigree.

Of course, sir. I’ve spoken with the chef and she’s preparing your Ritz crackers with Easy Cheese as we speak. Do tell me more about this watch. It seems to be one of your only redeeming features.
What was that? No, I said nothing under my breath. Do go on.

Made in Berne, Switzerland, you say, by a pair of watchmakers, Hanna and Tom Heer, who left their high-paying jobs to make watches? And their goal is not to create a beautiful quartz piece that is eminently wearable yet quite delicate? Laudable, sir, laudable. I especially like the thin 41mm case. It’s so light and airy! Not unlike your Supreme baseball cap.

No, of course sir, we still give away all the mints you can eat after the meal. If you’d like I can tie that lobster bib around your neck. There we are. Nice and snug.

And they make a marble version? Wonderful! That hearkens back to the Tissot Rock Watches of yore. A delight, truly.

You’ve got a bit of cheese in your beard. Let me get… oh. I’m sorry to say that my hand got into the way of your pendulous tongue. I’m very sorry, sir.

Well, it’s been wonderful chatting with you. I’ll leave you to your Rick and Morty comics. What’s that? Caviar in an ice cream cone? With sprinkles? Of course. I’ll see what I can do. I do commend you, sir, all things being equal, on your taste in watches.

Defakto releases the stunning Mitternacht minimalist watch

Last year, Defakto released the limited edition Stille Nacht (Silent Night) in collaboration with artist Friederike Bellman. The watch featured a hand-painted star field throughout the dial. Now, the independent German watchmaker is back with the successor to the original: the Mitternacht (or in English, the Midnight). It’s even better than the original.

Like the original each time piece features a star field airbrushed by hand making each watch unique. But this time, the dial is even darker allowing the stars, painted in Superluminova, to shine even brighter. The new version’s hands are now also coated in lume to make it easier to read in the dark of midnight.

The watch features a 40mm face, a sapphire crystal and a Swiss-made Ronda 712 Quartz movement. It retails for around $400 US after conversion from EUR, without import duties.

As detailed in John’s excellent piece on the modern state of timepieces, traditional watches have survived the smart watch onslaught and some brands are seeing sales increase. Defakto is among the growing number of independent watch makers emerging without the massive might behind the biggest names in watches. While technology has paved the way for a smartwatch, it has also allowed independent companies to access parts and services traditionally guarded by legacy watchmakers.

This watch brand is giving back to worthy causes around the world, and you can too

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Style and substance.
Style and substance.

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Our planet is in trouble and we all have a responsibilty to help out where we can, before it’s too late.

This is a message that is beginning to get through slowly, to both individuals and large organisations.

Nordgreen is a new minimalist watch brand, based in Copenhagen, that wants to give back to worthy causes around the world through the Giving Back Programme. With each watch sold, a Nordgreen owner can enter their watch’s serial number and identification number on their Giving Back Programme page and donate to a cause that means the most to them. Customers can:

  • Provide one month of clean water to a person in Central African Republic

  • Provide two months of education to a child in Africa

  • Protect 200 ft² of rainforest in Latin America 

Not only is Nordgreen a socially responsible brand, but it’s a stylish one too. Nordgreen is all about minimalism and functionality in its designs. Something you’d expect from a Scandinavian company.

So in buying a Nordgreen watch and giving something back, you can look and feel good all at once. You can also benefit from Nordgreen’s ‘Halloween Mystery Deals‘ by using the code MYSTERY. Who knows what you’ll get as a reward?