With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, give your significant other what is most precious; the gift of time with one of these exquisite Valentine watches. With a long-standing culture of His and Hers models, watches have been a strong but understated symbol of love dating back decades.
Even without a matching pair, a watch makes a powerful statement and exquisite timepieces, for both men and women are an elegant way to declare your love for someone special. This specially curated list of classic and modern icons of haute horlogerie has something to suit every taste.
The Eternal Symbol
Audemars Piguet’s newest reimagining of their classic Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph marks a return to the use of yellow gold, a universal symbol of power. The 18K 41mm gold case features 3 gold-toned subsidiary dials for the hours, minutes and the chronograph. These are set against the regal blue dial with the brand’s characteristic ‘Grande Tapisserie’ pattern.
A tribute to history
In a fitting homage to its founder, A.L Breguet’s position as Chronometer Creator for the French Royal Navy, the House of Breguet introduced the Marine Equation Marchante 5887 in 2017. Much more than just a Valentine watch, the dial is etched with a representation of ocean waves and features two separate minute hands. One hand tells civic time, which is the regular hours and minutes, while the second hand, embellished with a golden sun tells true, or solar time, which marks the motion of the sun and was originally read on sundials. Marine enthusiasts and watch aficionados alike, particular those with a penchant for horological history will be sure to add this timepiece to their collections. The 43.9 mm casing with an alligator leather strap is available in a rose gold version with a silvered dial and anthracite movement, or a platinum version with a blue dial and rhodium-plated movement.
Two years after the Laureato returned to the Girard-Perregaux collection, the Laureato Chronograph is making its mark as a timepiece known for its versatility, comfort and sporting chicness. Available in either steel or pink gold, this watch has a silver, black or blue dial featuring the brand’s signature ‘Clou de Paris’ pattern and two counters, as well as a small second sub-dial. The iconic octagonal bezel of the Laureato Chronograph surrounds a 42mm or a 38mm case, with each variation bearing its own unique characteristics and lending itself to a universal watch. The ideal gift for a man with impeccable taste and an interest in culture and aesthetics, this manifestation of watchmaking accomplishment comes with a steel bracelet, steel bracelet enrobed in pink gold or an alligator leather strap. The leather strap version is also accompanied by an additional rubber strap.
Fusion of Art and Creativity
The Classic Fusion Tourbillon Berluti Scritto King Gold, one of two exclusive timepieces unveiled at the historic Place Vendôme in Paris in December 2017 marks the creative partnership between Hublot and Berluti. A truly exclusive timepiece, this limited edition of only 20 pieces features a statement making 45mm satin-finished case in polished 18K King Gold with a Berluti leather dial bearing the Scritto motif and Berluti signature. Featuring a tourbillon, crafted by the highly-skilled engineers of the Hublot Manufacture, this limited edition masterpiece finds its place in the collections of the most discerning connoisseurs of haute horology. A Valentine watch truly fit for a king!
With its debut in 2017, the Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer brings back the distinctive minute-track style dial first seen on a 1968 Speedmaster, marking the model’s link to its motor racing inspiration. The Master Chronometer comes in stainless steel with a matte-black dial, or a beautiful 18K SednaTM gold version with a blue dial and blue alligator strap. Equally well matched with a suit as it would be with a casual ensemble, the 44.25mm case of the new entrant into Omega’s Racing collection is thinner than previous models and marks the height of watchmaking precision and skill achieved by the brand.
A Radiant Dream
A truly exclusive 5-piece limited edition, the Diva’s Dream Minute Repeater from Bvlgari is much more than just an exquisite jewellery watch. This romantic marvel of horological artistry features the thinnest minute repeater in the world, a demonstration of Bvlgari’s precise technical skill in the art of watch making. Delicately set in 18K pink gold and adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds, this timepiece is the ideal complement to a modern, refined wardrobe. A special element of this timepiece is the diamond-set fan motif on the side of the case which lends added elegance to the piece. The deep-brown lacquer dial is speckled with gold, lending an almost magical charm to this Valentine watch while the black alligator strap and diamond-set 18K pink gold clasp completes the haute joaillerie effect for which Bvlgari is known.
Classic beauty, with a thoroughly modern avatar, the new double or triple wrapped bracelets of the Panthère de Cartier are the ultimate in sensuality. Available in steel as well as 18K yellow, white or rose gold, with selected rose gold models paved entirely with diamonds, this elegantly excessive timepiece also comes in a dual toned variation with rose gold and steel, with something to suit the impeccable taste of today’s elegant woman. Cartier’s reimagined icon features the original’s signature square case and comes in different sizes to fit every wrist.
Winter is coming
A symphony in white, Chopard’s Happy Snowflakes watch captures the essence of a winter wonderland, complete with dazzling diamond snowflakes and swirling snow. The exquisite details of this timepiece extend to the delicate snowflake motif etched on the sides of the 18K white gold case, and the snow effect crafted in diamonds on the bezel. Every woman deserves to be treated like a queen, and this gorgeous watch will definitely make its wearer feel truly regal. The pristine white alligator leather strap is the ideal finishing touch to the watch that includes the brand’s signature moving diamonds on the dial. The limited edition of 25 pieces is also available with a white gold bracelet with a snowflake-shaped mobile diamond.
Phases of the Moon
The newest addition to IWC Schaffhausen’s Da Vinci Collection, the Automatic Moonphase 36 Edition “150 Years” marks the brand’s return to creating beautiful jewellery watches. The 50-piece limited edition has an 18K white or yellow gold round case reminiscent of the 1980s. The white dial, in striking contrast to the black alligator strap has a moonphase display at 12 o’clock and blue hands. The case and moving lugs are paved with 206 diamonds, weighing a total of 2.26 carats.
Diamonds and Pearls
The entirely diamond paved Pearlmaster 39 is the very definition of sophistication and elegance. Rolex’s iconic oyster case measures 39mm is encrusted with diamonds and features the screw-down case back and winding crown of the Oyster architecture. The decadent timepiece with its diamond paved dial and bezel is the ideal Valentine watch and the perfect accessory to complement an elegant evening gown. The 18K white gold bracelet is also set with diamonds in some models of this striking horological wonder.