Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with Black Ceramic Bezel
Although I am by no means a Daytona fanatic, there’s no doubt that the model first shown at Baselworld this year is close to chronograph perfection—and, when I’m told that the waiting list is something like three to five years, I want it now.

Good luck sourcing this one, Santa.

Bulgari Serpenti 1960s
Born as the Tubogas in the late 1940s, the Serpenti took on its snakey guise in the 1960s.

Golden and double-branded with one of the companies supplying its movements (to make life easy I will happily take Piaget, Vacheron Constantin or Jaeger-LeCoultre), one of these bejeweled and enameled beauties would make my stomach flip every time I look at it.

Roger W. Smith Series 3
A 40mm yellow-gold case with engine-turned dial featuring unique hands and a retrograde date indicator, the Roger W. Smith Series 3 is pretty close to horological nirvana.

Add to this the fact that Smith is the only apprentice the late George Daniels ever trained, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the piece is 100 percent hand-made in Britain, and who with an ounce of taste and discrimination wouldn’t want one?