2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

By The Editors on 8 December 2014
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It’s the height of the holiday season, and finding the perfect gift for the diamond guest in your life can present a challenge.

Help, however, is here in the form of the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition.  From cars to cameras to diamond watches, we’ve got all the bases covered.  Read on to see our editors’ top gift picks for this holiday season.


IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase

IWC Schaffhausen’s diamond-studded Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, designed for both men and women, is the ultimate gift for the diamond guest in your life. With the gems set within the bezel and dial, the timepiece captures the elegance of the 1960s albeit with a modern feel.

The moon phase indicator is at 12 o’clock with a stationary plate that depicts the stars set into the dial and a rotating disc with the moon spinning through an opening.

The automatic timepiece is housed in a 37 mm case and features a Sellita automatic movement. It’s available in seven different variants with a choice of dial colors, materials, and gem setting.

$15,000 – $42,000 at www.iwc.com

BMW 535d

Nothing says holidays like a brand-new car, and the BMW 535d is an optimal choice. The 535d is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, 24-valve diesel engine with Bosch common-rail direct injection. It develops 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, 413 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, and has an EPA rating of 38 mpg (6.18 l/100 km) highway.

The 535d is equipped with a new version of iDrive, featuring a cockpit controller with a built-in touchpad that facilitates inputting information for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions.

Outfit your oilburner with LED headlights, multi-contour (“Comfort”) seats, a head-up display, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, perhaps the world’s best automotive audio system. BMW Apps, which connects to an iPhone and gives the car additional capabilities including access to Tune-In Radio, Pandora, Facebook, and Twitter, is standard, as is Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and streaming audio.

$57,100 (base price)/$82,040 (as equipped) at your nearest BMW dealer, or $53,155 (base price) if you take delivery in Munich with BMW’s European Delivery program.

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