If you are toying with the idea of gifting your beloved a luxe watch this Valentine’s Day, here’s a guide that can come in handy.
Watches for Her
Art in Red and White
The new BreguetClassique Phase de Lune 9085 Valentine’s Day Edition is indeed a watch made for romantic souls. This dainty timepiece is generously bedecked with white mother-of-pearl and rubies, making it the perfect accessory in colours of romance. It comes with not one but two interchangeable straps in red and pearly white. Its hand-hammered gold moonphase looks like a midnight blue sky dotted with white gold stars. Calibre 537L powers the movement, and its components are decorated with chamfering and a Côtes de Genève motif, visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The circumference of the chapter ring, like the centre perimeter, features Sauté Piqué guillochage while the minutes track is highlighted with black dots. All in all, if you value sophisticated craftsmanship, go for this timepiece.
Not trying to be mushy, but depth of love and depth of oceans seem to converge in the latest creation from Blancpain, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Valentine's Day 2023. Blancpain has taken the iconic Fifty Fathoms collection to new depths with this limited-edition timepiece. With a satin-brushed steel case, water resistance of up to 300 metres, and a bezel that shines, this watch can be a perfect gift, symbolising the depth of your emotions. The Calibre 1150 in-house movement is hidden beneath a sapphire crystal caseback, showcasing its sturdy construction and elegant design. What’s more, it has a luminous white dial with soft pink numerals and a luminescent heart at the tip of the seconds hand.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Sonatina Peaceful Nature Crane is perfect for a woman who loves Nature. Its asymmetrical design is balanced to perfection — it is as if the sun, the moon and stars are gracefully matching steps with each other, as seen on the watch’s night and day indicator that completes one rotation every 24 hours. The applied numerals are graduated in size and form a crescent around the painting, adding to the watch's charming expression of femininity. But the real showstopper is the crane hovering over a pine tree on the deep blue-green lacquer background. This symbol of happiness, longevity and a soaring spirit is a gentle reminder that every relationship deserves to start with a bit of magic!
Vacheron Constantin's Égérie Creative Edition is crafted with diamonds and gold. This stunning timepiece is inspired by the delicate lace-making traditions of Burano, an island in northern Italy, and features four different Métiers d’Art techniques. The black dial serves as a starry night sky backdrop and the moonphase is finished in plique-à-jour enamel. The lace-like pattern is adorned with 250 sparkling diamonds in a brilliant cut. With an automatic manufacture calibre and 40-hour power reserve, this watch is nothing short of a love letter to your wrist.
If there's one watch that can make you exclaim, "Love you to the moon and back", it has to be the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Xiali Calendar. This Chinese calendar, which brings together a solar and a lunar calendar, sets a new standard for Calendar watches. The full Chinese calendar is housed in a 42-mm stainless steel case with a knurled platinum bezel and a stunning Imperial Red barleycorn guilloché pattern on the dial. It combines millenary calendar traditions with an appealing but sporty Tonda PF casing. The name of the year is shown on the border of the subdial at noon, followed by the appropriate animal and the element. The moonphase subdial is certainly the clincher.
Watches for Him
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Purple Dial White Gold, with its symphony of purple, white, gold and diamonds, will leave your special someone simply awestruck! The rare shade of purple used on the dial and the counters is a warm and inviting hue, much like a glass of mulled wine on a chilly winter night! With its 18 ct white gold case, a slim profile and a diamond-studded bezel, this watch is a true statement piece. And let's not forget the in-house calibre 5134 that beats at an unconventional frequency and delivers a power reserve of 40 hours.
IWCPortugieser Automatic 40 Edition ‘Chinese New Year’ is a 500-piece limited edition that adds a pop of vibrant burgundy to its typically subdued timepiece collection. With a classic dress watch design and small seconds at 6, this 40.4 mm-wide, 12.3 mm-thick timepiece can be the perfect wrist candy for the season of love. And let's not forget the gold-plated, leaf-shaped hands, vintage-style hour numerals and a railway minute track — oh my! But what truly sets this watch apart is the golden rabbit rotor visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in style. So, whether you celebrate the Chinese New Year or not, this deep red dial is bound to steal your heart.
Raise a glass to the SeikoPresage Cocktail Time ‘ Tequila Sunset’ Limited Edition watch! This timepiece is a boozy blast from the past, inspired by Japanese cocktail culture and the sophisticated drinks of the Skybar in Tokyo's Ginza area. With a dial pattern that mimics the light refraction of a cocktail glass and vintage numerals, like the print on traditional drinks bottle labels, this watch will bring a splash of pink fun to your wrist. The eponymous cocktail inspired the Tequila Sunset colour. Cheers!
The Jacob and Co Caviar Flying Tourbillon ‘Tsavorite’ is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that blends the art of watchmaking with the craft of jewellery. Adorned with the rarest of all garnets, tsavorites, this timepiece boasts an 18 ct white gold case with over 300 sparkling gems. The heart of the watch beats with Calibre JCAA43, a sophisticated tourbillon movement with a sapphire crystal caseback. The stones are invisibly set to create a smooth surface, as if simulating ‘floating’ on the case. With a rose-cut emerald on the crown, the Caviar Flying Tourbillon ‘Tsavorite’ can be a timeless gift for your beloved this Valentine's Day.
The Louis Vuitton Tambour ‘200 Years’ is a watch that is both intricate and visually appealing, making it an excellent gift for a watch enthusiast. The 46.8 mm watch is a result of the efforts of skilled craftsmen, combining the elements of science and art. It features a complicated movement and a dial designed to resemble the celestial sphere. The minute repeater function animates the watch, with rotating planets and stars, and a swivelling spaceship. If your special someone has a passion for astronomy, this can be an ideal gift for him.