by Agatha Gilmore | November 26, 2014
The holidays are upon us, and every gift giver can rejoice in the array of stunning timepieces on the market. This season has ushered in sparkling additions such as diamonds and mixed metals for her and bold, eye-catching designs such as all-black dials for him.

Take the Wittnauer ladies' watch from Bulova (WN4026), a glittering timepiece with 338 individually hand-set crystals on a sparkling pavé dial that is outlined by a circle of square stones. Made of stainless steel with a brushed and polished finish, this shimmering design includes a signature Wittnauer bracelet, scratch-resistant sapphire glass, second hand, and water resistance up to 164 feet. $325, [email protected]

Meanwhile, the exquisite Citizen L Sunrise (EM0324-58D) wows with a reverse two-tone bracelet, soft gradient dials draped with seven diamonds, as well as three additional diamonds floating along the bezel, and a white mother-of-pearl dial with champagne gradation. It is water resistant up to 164 feet. $875, [email protected]

The Seiko Solar RECRAFT Series (SNE882) features a two-tone stainless-steel case and bracelet, a mother-of-pearl dial with Roman numeral markers, and a date display. The timepiece also does not require a battery as it is powered by all types of light and provides energy-efficient movement with a 10-month power reserve. It is water resistant up to 328 feet. $295,

For men, the bold, striking Gucci Interlocking Collection men's watch (YA133206) features a 42-millimeter black PVD case with an anthracite sun-brushed dial and black leather strap. $1,150;

Seiko's GPS Solar Astron - Novak Djokovic Limited Edition (SSE022) -- the world's first GPS Solar watch -- is striking thanks to its black ceramic bezel, extra-strength black silicon strap, and rose-gold steel case. The case back carries Novak's name and signature with each watch's own serial number engraved beneath. Luminous hands and markers are featured on the black dial, protected by a durable, scratch-resistant, anti-reflective-coated sapphire crystal. A perpetual calendar corrects to the year 2100. It is water resistant up to 328 feet. $1,925,

In honor of the 130th anniversary of the Swiss Army Knife, its parent company, Victorinox, introduced I.N.O.X. (241682.1), a new watch that pays tribute to the history and industrial know-how of the brand. Named after the French word for stainless steel, I.N.O.X. is capable of withstanding extreme conditions, such as eight tons of compression under a hydraulic press; temperature shocks from -70.6 degrees to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (the same standard set by the U.S. Army for missile manufacture); salt-spray corrosion or chemical attacks by all kinds of fuels, oils, solvents, cleaning products, and insecticides; a fall of 321.5 feet (or a three-story building) onto a smooth concrete surface; exposure to a flame at a distance of five millimeters for more than one minute; and a stratospheric altitude of more than 69,850 feet, which is twice the height at which airplanes fly. $525, [email protected]

The Wittnauer collection men's chronograph (WN3049) from Bulova is dazzling from any angle, with 135 individually hand-set crystals on the case sides and bezel, set in stainless steel with a sophisticated brushed and polished finish. The timepiece features the signature Wittnauer bracelet, a gunmetal sunray dial, big date window, small sweep, luminous-tipped hands, hand-applied markers, scratch-resistant sapphire glass, and water resistance up to 164 feet. $550, [email protected]

The Tag Heuer Formula 1 (WAZ1118.BA0875) from Tourneau offers a striking 41-millimeter quartz watch with a white dial and stainless-steel case and bracelet. $1,250; (800) 424-3113;

Adventurous types will love wearing Citizen's Navihawk A-T chronograph (JY8030-83E). Thi timepiece features atomic clock synchronization via radio signals that are received both automatically and on demand in North America, the U.K., Europe, Japan, and China. The watch also has a perpetual calendar; a stainless-steel case and mesh bracelet; a black dial that shows the world time in 43 cities; two alarms; and a special shock-sensing function. $695, [email protected]