THE COUNTDOWN: Where to Celebrate New Year's

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New Year's Eve Begins at 12:01am on December 31 worldwide.

New Year's traditions span the globe, from eating grapes at midnight (like they do in Spain) to carrying an empty suitcase around the corner (a Colombian tradition). To get you in the mood, we're highlighting unique New Year's celebrations from around the world. And since timing is everything on New Year's, we've paired these celebrations with TAG Heuer's signature GMT timepieces. Each has dual time-zone capabilities, so you can ring in 2019 again and again.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland

In winter, temperatures on the Scottish moors can dip to near freezing. But things heat up (literally) on December 31, as bonfires and fireworks illuminate Edinburgh during the Hogmanay festival.

Though its origins date back to Norse winter solstice celebrations, Hogmanay became popular in the 16th century and is still celebrated throughout Scotland today. The festivities begin Sunday, December 30, with a torchlight procession through Edinburgh's Old Town to Holyrood Park, where wicker sculptures are set ablaze. On Monday, there's a Franz Ferdinand concert, a street party and silent disco, and a traditional ceilidh (Scottish song-and-dance celebration) under Edinburgh Castle. After midnight fireworks, it's time for quaaltagh, or "first-footing," when the first guest to cross a family's threshold is seen as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.

Arrive on time for the merriment with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 GMT Chronograph.

The Polar Bear Swim on Coney Island, New York

A new year usually means taking a plunge—getting in shape, buying a house, starting that screenplay. In Brooklyn, though, hundreds of courageous swimmers take that challenge literally, diving into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on New Year's morning to usher in 2019. Dating to 1903, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's plunge is the oldest in the world and, aside from the thrill-seeking aspect, costumed participants also raise money for charitable causes, including the New York Aquarium and the Alliance for Coney Island.

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New Year's Day Classic Gathering car show in Surrey England

At the turn of the 20th century, the Brooklands was a major UK racetrack and aerodrome, the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit and one of England's first airfields. It closed in 1939, but today the Brooklands Museum is dedicated to the history of British motoring and aviation. On January 1, Brooklands welcomes more than a thousand vintage and luxury automobiles for its annual New Year's Classic Gathering. Guests can also view the collection of historic vehicles and planes and enjoy live music and a winter barbecue.

Arrive in style sporting the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 7.