I’ve noticed recently, whilst shopping with a client for a Valentine’s gift, fine metal-link bracelets and more streamlined case watches in a selection of shops – very much a revival of the early ’70s/’80s style. I am pleased to say that many of the luxury watch brands and jewellers have embraced this revival, for there’s no competition with classic timelessness in whatever you buy.
I have always liked the elegance and slight dressiness of this style of watch, both on men as well as women, as it gives the wrist a softer look. Back then my father bought one of these for both himself and for my mother: matching his-and-hers Piaget gold watches. He had them inscribed with the words ‘for ever in time….’; I thought then how romantic that was. Who said that romance is dead?
It’s nice to see elegance making a comeback from the more cumbersome watches that are so readily available now. How comforting with fashion that what was popular in bygone years will come back around again, as with everything! In my case I’ve found the bulkier watches a bit of a hindrance when dressing clients, as in many cases the cuff ends up sitting on top of the watch instead of skimming or sitting over the watch. I find the more sportier designs work well in a more casual environment, worn with polo shirts or sweaters at the weekend.
Here are some examples of what’s out there for Valentines gift ideas for your loved ones. Patek Philippe has very beautifully-designed Calatrava men’s and women’s 18ct white gold or yellow gold watches with mechanical manually-wound movement – perfect ‘his-and-hers’ gifts.
Cartier has the iconic Santos de Cartier with a good selection of metal finishes and sizes to chose from; my eye is drawn to the gold and steel link bracelet, with screw design on the bezel of the watch.
And Audemars Piguet has the Royal Oak, for him and her, self-winding with 32 diamonds set in to the bezel.
Just a reminder: think carefully before investing in rose gold as a metal colour; you’ll find it more difficult to coordinate with other accessories and it is very limiting. On a positive note it can look great in certain watch-face styles, such as the Baume et Mercier Hampton, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, and the Cartier Tank Americaine; all three have an art deco feel and look to them, finished off with a chocolate brown leather or crocodile strap. The latter works better as it looks great with age. Also note that some of the women’s collections are semi- and fully-encrusted with diamonds.
This is just a small taster of what is available, and all the watches mentioned have other related accessories for all those other occasions, just to make shopping that little bit easier.