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Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Gráinne Ahern

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Question: What do you get the girl that has everything (that’s me) and is slightly allergic to flashy jewellery – besides the odd hoop?
Answer: A watch

Yes, the perennial Christmas gift is now a staple pressie all year round. But why wait to be treated, why not gift yourself? Self love being big love and all that.

Watches are the perfect piece to show off your style, from the discreet and very expensive to the loud and proud budget buys (or indeed a bit of both). No time like the present, here’s our pick of the best:

Irish brand Ansley do a sterling line in classical ‘heritage inspired ‘ watches made from an array of materials; leather, rosegold, and stainless steel. The watches are lovingly handcrafted in Meath, so as well as investing in an elegant timepiece you are supporting local craft masters. Hi ho sailor, I love this one

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 Sailor Series, rose gold, €150, www.ansleywatches.com

 

Let your inner artist out with this fantastically, amazingly, gorgeous, expressionist-inspired time piece. Not for the faint hearted but fabulous.

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Komono wizard print expressionist watch, €70, www.thisgreedypig.com

 

Oh look, this one makes tea for you …. Well not quite but it does have a built-in Heart Rate and it will track your distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run. It’s chunky enough to fit in with the utility sports luxe trend that will not go away. The only problem is that it won’t get off the sofa for you….

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 TomTom Cardio Runner GPS watch, €269.99, Harvey Norman

 

Push watches are designed in Ireland by the designer and architecture duo Andrew & Michael. With an emphasis on clean lines and simple aesthetics – this is a crowd pleaser of a watch.

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Push watch, €50, Designist

 

 

Ok, we mightn’t be getting one of these anytime soon, but we can look and love and lust…. It’s the ultimate classic – the Chanel J12 in black. Time to start saving.

High_res_Chanel_J12_Moonphase_watchChanel J12 38 mmm Moonphase watch, €6900, Appleby Jewellers

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Gráinne Ahern

Gráinne Ahern is a Series producer/ director across all TV genres from documentary to entertainment. She headed up Ireland's most watched fashion magazine show, Off the Rails for three years and is now taking her love for all things sartorial online - enjoy!



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