Be My Valentine: Watch Shopping for HerBy Katherine Arteche
The Valentine’s tradition has been around for centuries, yet when it comes to the celebration, we find ourselves looking to up the ante every year. A watch is perfect; but gifting a watch isn’t as simple as gifting one for yourself, and even trickier if it’s for a special someone on Valentine’s Day. We adore watches, but when you’re selecting a timepiece for the love of your life, you’ll need more than a loupe to get the perfect match.
For the Girl Next Door
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite Rubis Heart
She’s a home-style, candlelight dinner type, complete with a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates, and the like. It’s a cliché set up, but it works. We say keep it sweet and simple with a Valentine’s edition of Jaquet Droz’s Lady 8 Petite. Following a romanticised theme in ruby heart red, the 25mm case houses the maison’s smallest self-winding movement in a
Figure-eight case complete with a matching dial, crown and a swivel ruby ball bearing. Limited to 28 pieces.
For the Alpha Female
Chanel Boy.friend H4471
As long as sunlight still blazes through the clouds, time is her source of adrenaline. Her body dutifully follows a curated routine: a psychotically perfect beauty regime in the morning followed by a quick yoga class before work. No small detail slips past her unscathed, which means keeping time is second nature to her. We recommend a manual-winding beige gold timepiece from Chanel’s Boy.friend collection. It’s time kept simple against a clean dial and framed with a diamond-set bezel (66 diamonds) for an elegant look to carry from day to night. And in homage to Coco Chanel and her LBD (little black dress), it’s finished in a classic black strap.
For the Complex Woman
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon
While it seems like “complex” is a nice word for “complicated”, we’re actually referring to the passionate and opinionated thinker, who is able to express herself deeply, sincerely, and often. The one who’s both interesting and interested, expressive yet enigmatic. We’re talking about a lot of layers here. Did you get all that? If you’re the one who believes that opposites attract, then complex women should attract straightforward men. Though we’re not quite sure how that will work out, we believe she’s well deserved of something that has the best of both worlds. Specifically, Piaget’s Altiplano Tourbillon in a stunning meteorite dial. The brand incorporates the best of its jewellery and watchmaking expertise to fashion a clean time-telling piece that shares the stage with a tourbillon fitted in an ultra-thin movement. Intelligent, mysterious and beautiful. And that’s all you need to know.
For the One Who Takes an Extra Dose
Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady
We’re not saying you’re dating a crazy lady, neither are we saying you should go look for one. Get the Crazy Hours for the lady in your life who’s fun, unpredictable, and thrill-seeking. The one who doesn’t live life by the book and eats cereal for dinner. Just like the crazy dial, where you can’t help but keep your eye on where the hour will land next. Turn up the party with a vibrant model in Colour Dreams. We’re sure she wouldn’t mind. The Vanguard case also keeps it more streamlined than its Cintrée Curvex predecessor with a slimmer dial and lugless finish.
For the Leading Lady in Your Life
Richard Mille RM 07-02 Automatic Pink Lady Sapphire
If we could have our cake and eat it too, we’d be telling you to take your pick from Richard Mille’s new Bonbon collection. But time is of the essence here, so here’s a more timely suggestion instead. In a bid to create a female version of the all-sapphire RM 056, Richard Mille developed a pink sapphire version where a special manufacturing process had to be implemented to execute a uniform crystal pink color. Ironically, while Michelle Yeoh plays a lead character that’s hard to read in the Crazy Rich Asians movie, in real life, she bares it all in her Richard Mille choices. We take our hats off to that.
For the Queen Mother
Breguet Valentine’s Reine de Naples 8905
If words don’t cut it, then this should prove that you do put her first. Spare her a watch found among the masses with Breguet’s specially-made Valentine’s piece instead, adorned in pink mother-of-pearl and diamonds. Available in only 28 pieces, the dial bears Breguet’s guilloché craftsmanship with a moonphase indicator against a pink night sky. It’s a regal-looking watch fit for a queen. After all, women were the first to wear wristwatches when Abraham Louis-Breguet created a ladies’ piece for Caroline Murat in 1812, then Queen of Naples. Let the record show that women led the #wristwear game.