Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 11 watches and clocks for time-keepers

Find the perfect way to countdown to next year's Christmas with these superb tickers

Horology is a perplexing fascination. Is it the endless ticking? The pleasing circularity of time? No-one knows, but we all have a friend (or several) who love a good watch or clock (or both).

Save precious seconds by perusing our list of top tick-tocking gifts. Best of all, these should be presents that stand the test of time.

Fossil Q Marshal (RM1036)

Does it really take a watchmaker to design a good smartwatch? A matter of taste I suppose, but the Fossil Q Marshal is certainly a pretty timepiece that’s smart too. It’s powered by Android Wear so it works just like the others, only way cooler.

Buy the Fossil Q Marshal here

Analog Watch Co Carpenter (~RM665)

Analog Watch Co’s wooden Carpenter range might be made of old trees, but there’s no need to count its rings to work out the time. It's got good old-fashioned hands for that.

Our pick is the makore and red sanders model - but you can also choose teak and bamboo, silverheart and maple, or leather and blackwood, depending on your timber of preference.

Buy from the Analog Watch Company here

Swatch Sistem51 (RM560)

Your dad's Rolex might get him noticed at the golf club, but this is a genuinely nice piece of modern design.

A fiendishly brilliant movement of 51 parts held together by a single screw make this a proper, self-winding, mechanical watch - Swiss-style.

Unlike other proper, self-winding, etc etc Swiss watches, though, it's colourful and fun and doesn't cost (that) much.

Buy the Swatch Sistem51 here

Casio Edifice EQB-500D-1AER (~RM1670)

Just because you connect your phone to your watch, doesn’t mean you have to spend all day getting buzzed each time you get a text. Casio’s Bluetooth tickers connect to an app that lets you set alarms without faffing around with tiny dials and buttons, or make your phone ring so you can track it down if you can’t find it.

Buy the Casio Edifice EQB-500D-1AER here