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Timely Graduation Gifts in NYC

May 16, 2016 - by Heather Rabkin
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Late spring in New York means that summer vacation is (blessedly) just around the corner, and therefore graduation season is upon us. Gowns and mortarboards are worn, family celebratory brunches are eaten, and a great gift is a necessity. For guys and girls, there’s no more apropos gift than time—or at least a means to track it. Hence we’ve rounded up the best watches in NYC suitable for the wise wrists of high schoolers, college grads, and beyond. Read on for our guide to shopping graduation gifts in NYC.


1.) The Tissot PRS 516 references a fabulous time in Tissot’s history, looking back to 1965 when the watch paid tribute to racing cars. Famous details remain, like the holes in the steering wheel echoed in the cool strap, and floating indices which give a stylish vintage feel. New elements add excitement: the smooth shape case highlights a sleek black bezel and pushers which resemble the pistons of a car engine, while tough materials add a technically impressive edge.

Tissot, 666 Fifth Ave.,

a second chance chanel watch 2.) The J-12 timepiece by Chanel is a beauty of a piece, with a moon phase dial and the French house’s signature white ceramic strap. It is certain to stay in the lucky receiver’s jewelry arsenal forever.

A Second Chance Designer Resale Boutique, 1109 Lexington Ave.,

salvatore ferragamo century 21 watch

3.) Sleek, silver and sophisticated (he’s all grown up now, right?), this Salvatore Ferragamo watch is an ideal accompaniment with suits and casual attire alike. It features a date window and is water-resistant up to 100 feet.

Century 21, 21 Dey St.,

martin dreschel moma design watch 

4.) The Mondaine Helvetica smartwatch by German designer Martin Dreschel is a thing of simplicity—the elegant dial features the world’s most-used font, after all—and innovation. The sub dial provides advanced sleep and activity tracking technology in a discreet and clever analog format.

MoMA Design Store, 44 W. 53rd St.,

nba tissot quickster 

5.) For the diehard NBA fan, it’s best to give ‘em something you know he or she will love. Luckily the NBA Store has custom Tissot Quickster stainless steel watches that come with bands for every team in the league.

NBA Store, 545 Fifth Ave.,

tiffany east west watch 

6.) Tiffany & Co.’s East West watch is a stunning piece to adorn the wrist. It features a brilliant horizontal dial on a calf leather navy strap. Trust us when we say that this piece will go with everything.

Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Ave.,

givenchy 17 watch

7.) Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy dubbed this bold watch the ‘17’ after his lucky number. We love the brushed dial frame and two strap choices (it comes with an interchangeable gray nylon option or a black leather one).

Givenchy, 747 Madison Ave.,

hermes medor collection

8.) For a real showstopper, gift her Hermès’ bracelet-cum-watch from the brand’s famed Médor Collection. The band features a diamond spike cover that gracefully covers the watch face, turning it into a stunning, diamond-encrusted timepiece.

Hermès, 691 Madison Ave.,

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