Winter is a season of celebration, a time to toast new beginnings and embrace the loving relationships we share with family and friends. Among the glitter and the parties is often the exchange of gifts -- some lavish in artistry or price, others rich in significance or sentiment. The key is to choose wisely, to be selective, to invest great consideration for the gift and the recipient. Whether it’s something shiny and chic for the wrist or wardrobe or something high-style and high-tech for the home or the highway, this year’s holiday GIFT GUIDE
is a venerable showcase of the world’s most beautiful designs. Many are handmade by renowned craftsmen using time-honored techniques or incorporating the latest technology. Others are constructed from exotic skins, rare woods, or a special selection of precious gems and metals. Nevertheless, all of the magnificent items on the following pages share an uncompromising regard for quality.Timeless Treasures
Old-world Materials mix with modern technology this season to inspire a new generation of exquisite gifts for the home.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:CARTIER
office-style desk clock, $10,500, cartier.comVERSACE
Vanity espresso cup and saucer, $120, and matching bread-and-butter plate, $80, versace.comDAVID WISEMAN
cast bronze lattice vase, $15,000, r20thcentury.comHome Sweet Home
These prized pieces are sure to spark lively conversation.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:LOUIS VUITTON
customizable leather Whiskey Cave, approximately $16,000, louisvuitton.comDUNHILL
solar- and magnetic-powered ever-rotating Sentryman globe, $945, and shagreen sterling-silver games compendium, $45,500, dunhill.comDAVID LINLEY
walnut and rosewood Precious Time hourglass, approximately $495, davidlinley.com