It’s Bonus Season – Treat Yourself

2017 was a good year—maybe even a great one, now that bonus season is kicking in. You labored tirelessly to meet or exceed your goals last year, and it paid off. Now, you deserve to kick off 2018 with a reward for all your hard work. It’s time to celebrate the efforts that helped you meet your sales numbers, get a promotion, cash in your dividends, or even make partner. Whatever good fortune the New Year brought you, treat yourself with something special that you’ll enjoy for seasons to come and that might just impress your coworkers: a stunning timepiece. No matter how big your bonus or what type of watch you’re looking to invest in, we’ve rounded up our favorite picks to blow your bonus.

Your First Bonus: Watches Under $3,000

Bonus Season: An image of a Breitling Superocean with a blue dial

The Breitling Superocean is a contemporary watch with a vintage touch. The first model debuted in 1957 and draws inspiration from the decade. However, its taken on a more modern look over the years. It now features a 42mm oversized case and Breitling’s own Caliber 17 self-winding mechanical movement.

Bonus Season: An image of a Tudor North Flag with a black dial

The North Flag is a newer addition to the Tudor family of watches. It debuted in 2015 as the first model to feature the brand’s first ever in-house movement, the Caliber MT5621. Although the North Flag is distinctly modern, its name is inspired by a British expedition to North Greenland in the 1950’s. During this expedition the explorers wore Tudor watches.

Bonus Season: An image of a Tag Heuer Carrera with a white dial and blue hands

The Carrera is one of the most iconic watches in the TAG Heuer lineup. Its name comes from a famous border-to-border race called the Carerra Panamericana. Since its inception in 1963, the model has evolved from a more mainstream chronograph to pushing the limits of high-end watchmaking

You Got Promoted to Management: Watches $3,000 – $8,000

Bonus Season: An image of a Panerai Luminor with a black dial and rubber strap

The Panerai Luminor is the ultimate sport watch, yet it’s versatile enough to wear on your next fishing trip or with your suit and tie at the office. It features a modern oversized 44mm case paired with a rubber strap for the perfect balance of sophistication and ruggedness.

Bonus Season: An image of a Rolex Submariner with a black dial

The Rolex Submariner is the epitome of a timeless and classic timepiece. It flawlessly combines the function of a tool watch with the design of dress watch, making it ideal for entertaining clients on the golf course or the steak house.

Bonus Season: An image of an OMEGA Speedmaster with a black dial

The Speedmaster was the first model to feature Omega’s now iconic triple-register dial, but that’s not what made it famous. It’s affectionately nicknamed the Moonwatch for its role in the historic moon-landing of 1969. This solidified the brand’s longstanding partnership with NASA and the space program.

You Cashed in Your Dividends: Watches $8,000 – $12,000

Bonus Season: A Rolex Yacht-Master with a silver dial

The Yacht-Master is one of the most recent additions to the Rolex lineup. This particular variation first debuted in 1999 as the brand’s first stainless steel and platinum iteration, a combination called Rolesium. It also features a contrast dark Rhodium dial, giving this watch a distinct look and maximum legibility.

Bonus Season: A JLC Geophysic with a white dial

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic is a watch with a rich history. It first debuted in 1958 in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the brand. It was also the world’s first “International Geophysical Year” when the Geophysic made its limited edition run. Due to it’s popularity and cult following, the brand revitalized the watch in 2014.

Bonus Season: A Vacheron Constantin with a white dial

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is a departure from the typical timepieces made by the brand. It was their first-ever sports watch and their last, making it an incredibly unique model equipped with a modern, oversized 40mm case and the brand’s own Caliber 1137 self-winding mechanical movement.

You Made Partner: Watches over $12,000

Bonus Season: An image of a Patek Philippe with a white dial

The design of the Patek Philippe Calatrava draws inspiration from the minimalist principles of the Bauhaus art movement, which boasts the idea that form follows function. Since its inception in 1932, the Calatrava has become the signature collection for the brand, representing understated sophistication and horological precision.

Bonus Season: An image of a Lange 1 with a white dial

The Lange 1 is one of the most distinctive models in the A. Lange & Sohne family of watches. When it debuted, the model was considered to be a bit of a departure from Lange’s typical style. This is due to its more avant-garde design. However, it still remains true to the elements of traditional watchmaking.

Bonus Season: An image of a Royal Oak with a blue dial

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph is the ultimate luxury sports watch. It features the one-of-a-kind octagonal case that has become a trademark of the brand as well as their own Caliber 2385 self-winding mechanical movement.

There’s no better gift you can give yourself than an awesome timepiece. This year, blow your hard-earned and well-deserved bonus by ringing in the New Year with a new watch. If you’re still having trouble deciding which model is best, we’re here to help you choose the perfect watch for you. Start shopping, and treat yourself!

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Caitlyn is the founder of Grey Ghost, a New York City-based boutique content marketing agency with a passion for artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups. She believes in quality over quantity, creative thinking, and, above all, using language as powerful tool to build lasting connections.

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