True Romance: Our Favorite Timepieces That Say I Love You
If you are here, we know you love watches. We hope you love your significant other more. If you want to share that passion with your partner, we’ve gathered a list of timepieces that you can gift this Valentine’s Day.
Flowers and a fancy dinner are nice, but they are fleeting gifts. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love with the gift of time! A watch says that your amour is eternal. And it’s a more thoughtful gesture in our modern times. After all, a box of chocolates might not go over with a lover of keto diets.
The following recommendations (mostly for men and women alike) still incorporate the symbolism of traditional V-Day gifts, but with a horological twist – a rose gold case instead of roses, say. We’ve also supplied some sentiments that you can write on a card or engrave on a case back.
Please note if you are anti-Valentines, this group also doubles as a wishlist of watches you can give to yourself (self-care) or to me (my birthday is also in February).
Everything’s Coming Up Rose Gold
Collectors have a lot of affection for rose and pink gold. And every brand has some offering with this precious metal’s warm and flattering glow. But there’s two timepieces that really make my heart skip a beat: The Bulgari Octo Finissimo with a sandblasted 18k rose gold case and bracelet and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in Frosted pink gold. The textured finishes of these otherwise classic designs give these watches a little extra quirk. Tell your love that it reminds you of the warmth of their embrace and the sparkle in their eye and they will swoon!
As Morrissey once sang “I wear black on the outside cause black is how I feel on the inside”, Bell & Ross’s pre-Basel BR 03-92 Bi-Compass has a matte black finish that lets you read the time quickly and accurately. Misanthropes and goths got love to give, they just express it differently. This limited to 999 piece edition lets you say, “I see you. Let the lume on this watch be the light in your darkness.”
The Moon and the Stars
Watch journalists are always saying that the moonphase is the most poetic complication, but we don’t always explain why. It’s partially because it’s not a tool that most of us need in our everyday life — since our ancestors navigated without GPS and were more concerned with cycles of planting and harvesting rather than cross-Atlantic conference calls. Keeping track of lunar cycles back then was kind of a big deal. Today, watching the moon wax and wane is a more romantic pursuit and right now it’s hard to come up with a purer expression of poetry than Hermès’ new Arceau L’Heure de la Lune. It says, “I would move heaven and earth for you.”
Chocolate has long been touted as an aphrodisiac and Cadbury introduced the heart-shaped box back in the 1860s. Back in those days, confections were treated like edible works of art. And Richard Mille’s Bonbon Collection, introduced at SIHH 2019, takes a similar approach to watchmaking. So this year, you can skip the candy and still spark the joy with one of these sweet timepieces (if you are thinking of what to get me for my birthday, the Marshmallow is my favourite).
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. Notable cool guys from Frank Sinatra to Jay Z have been known to rock the rocks (Beyoncé once gifted Mr. Carter with a $5 million dollar Hublot Big Bang. Right now we’re partial to the Classic Fusion Titanium Full Pavé because it just lots and lots of diamonds on a black alligator bracelet. It’s an investment to be sure, but consider it an investment in your relationship.
H. Moser & Cie. has a reputation for engineering elegant timepieces that turn the concept of timekeeping on its ear. With the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, introduced at SIHH 2019, it literally tells the time without displaying it. The glossy black dial features a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock. And nothing else. To find out the time, you need to use your ears. The message this watch sends is “I only have eyes for you.”
The gift of lingerie is a racier Valentine’s Day tradition. With its gold threads, net, silk and feathers, Dior’s Grand Bal plume et nacre shares many characteristics of delightful delicates. But unlike unmentionables, you can wear this watch outside of the bedroom any time of day. And if its tricks of the watchmaking trade that turns you on, the functional oscillating weight swirls around like a petticoat. The sentiment? “Let’s dance!”
Music is the food of love. And Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Slate is a virtuoso when it comes to conducting superb hand finishing techniques. The grey guilloché dial is decorated with a pattern based on the Fibonacci spiral (mathematicians use the right side of the brain, artists the left while musicians use both). The coin edged bezel, open-worked hands, applied Arabic numerals serve to punctuate the poetry of the dial. This watch was one of SIHH 2019’s most beloved timepieces and will surely tell your loved one that they are also top of your charts.