Holiday Gift Guide 2016: 5 Luxury Gift Ideas

by W. Andrew Powell
Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II

Spread the cheer this holiday season with special luxury gifts from some of The GATE’s favorite brands, including two special timepieces from Hamilton Watch, the latest Samsung Curved 4K SUHD TV, Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine, and cognac from Courvoisier.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II | $4995

The design is like nothing else. The limited edition Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II is a bold timepiece with a clever design that allows the watch face to be flipped to show off one side of the iconic watch face, or the other. One face of the watch includes a pulsometer, tachymeter, and telemeter, while the other side of the watch face features the time and two movements. The watch has a gorgeous black leather strap with turquoise accent, and curved lugs to make the otherwise large watch fit snugly along the wrist so it can be worn under just about any sleeve.

The open case design means that you can actually see through the watch along the edges, giving the timepiece real depth and intensity as light plays across the face. Despite the bold watch design, the Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II is elegant, complex, and beautiful. True to Hamilton’s style and craftsmanship, the limited edition timepiece is a beautiful gift for any loved one who enjoys stylish, but also adventurous design.

Samsung Curved 4K SUHD TV with Quantum Dot Display | Paired with Dolby Atmos Soundbar & Ultra HD Blu-ray Player | $3798

Samsung Curved SUHD TV

Upgrade your family’s viewing experience with the gift that keeps on giving all year round–whether you’re watching movies, television, or gaming. Samsung’s Curved SUHD TV with Quantum Dot Display is a stunning experience, and the curved screen provides a cinematic experience like no other television with incredible picture quality that brings colours to life. The smart television includes built-in apps that bring Netflix or YouTube, plus games and social media, right to your finger tips. The television also features High Dynamic Range, bringing scenes shot in HDR to life with much truer-to-life lighting.

When combined with Samsung’s Dolby Atmos Soundbar, and the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, this is a complete home theatre experience that will transport you into the story on screen. The Atmos Soundbar includes wireless speakers so you don’t need to worry about cables, and it projects sound to fill the room with every music note, voice, or explosion. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Player provides perfect 4K picture for any new 4K Blu-rays, but it also upconverts standard Blu-rays or even DVDs with surprisingly great results so you can watch just about anything on your new television.

The amount of 4K content is also growing month-by-month, so it’s a great time to bring a 4K television home as more and more companies bring 4K content to your home. That includes cable packages, Blu-ray, and of course, online.

Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto | $1820

Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto

Traditional design and a flash of colour combine in the new Khaki Navy Frogman Auto, a reimagining of Hamilton’s first watch for the big screen when they designed a timepiece for the 1951 film, The Frogmen. The new watch features a 46mm titanium case, with the vibrant red aluminum bezel, and can withstand pressures of up to 100 bar, or 1000 meters under water. Whether you’re gifting for a diver, who needs a watch that can last, or shopping for someone who loves a solid, bold watch that makes a statement, the Khaki Navy Frogman Auto is an exceptional timepiece that is most of all incredibly comfortable.

The incredible watch strap is also a big highlight for the watch, not only making sure the timepiece does not move during normal wear, but the design is one of those things that some people will likely even want to reach out and touch.

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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine | $799

The Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine is really one of the major highlights of my kitchen. As an espresso fanatic, the state-of-the-art machine makes it quick and easy to make cappuccinos, Americanos, or just a great double espresso. The Barista Express combines a powerful fully adjustable conical burr grinder, to grind beans on-demand and with the best flavour, with the espresso machine, and the milk frothing wand and a hot water outlet.

Fine-tune the Barista Express settings and get the perfect grind, with just the right amount of coffee, plus you can adjust the temperature of the espresso for extraction, but thanks to digital temperature control, you probably won’t need to.

The Breville Barista Express Espresso is a machine that will satisfy even the most meticulous coffee fanatic, and it’s made to last years and years for that perfect cup in the morning, or to impress guests at your next get-together.[/column][column size=one_half position=last]

Courvoisier VSOP | $89

Courvoisier VSOP cognacThere is a Courvoisier cognac to suit any fan of the delicious French liquor, with Courvoisier XO topping the list, and right in the middle there’s Courvoisier VSOP, a wonderfully luxurious cognac that is the right price whether you’re gifting for a friend, a loved one, a client, or a boss.

The rich, velvety flavour of Courvoisier VSOP has an aroma of caramel and dried fruits, with a touch of vanilla, and on the palette hints at orange and toasted almond. It’s a wonderfully balanced liquor that is delicious neat, or mixed in a premium cocktail like a top-shelf Sidecar 75, or a twist on the Old Fashioned. The best part is that a bottle of Courvoisier VSOP can last quite a while as a special treat after a great meal, or for a special evening with friends and family.[/column]

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