Love is about to take a whole new meaning this year. Cast aside the cliché’s and make it extra special this Valentine’s Day. Whether its your wife, girlfriend, fiancé, or that special someone in your life, these exquisitely crafted timepieces speak the language of love in so many different ways. So allow us to play cupid and assist you with choosing the perfect timepiece that will not only woo her this Valentine’s Day, but also define the person she is.
Blancpain Villeret Women Quantième Phases de Lune Ref. 6126-2954-99A for ‘Valentine’s Day 2019’
This year, Blancpain has dreamed up a refined exterior for its calendar with moon phases, one of the most romantic complications gracing feminine models in its Villeret collection. This one has it all; a natural white mother-of-pearl dial, eight brilliant-cut diamonds serving as hour- markers, carefully set and secured to the mother-of-pearl, whose extreme fragility leaves no room for mistakes. Swept over by slender matching cut-out sage leaf-type hands, the chapter ring is complemented by applied red gold numerals marking 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. The seconds are pointed to by a central hand shaped like a Cupid’s arrow, while a fourth hand tipped with a red- lacquered heart indicates the date. The moon phase appears at 6 o’clock, through an aperture with rounded edges and a golden rim. This distinctive depiction of the moon characteristic of Blancpain’s feminine timepieces bears a playful face distinguished by a mouche placed at the corner of its smile. Thus named in French for their resemblance to flies, these artificial moles or ‘beauty patches’ were originally used as decorative elements by the women gracing European courts in the 18th century.
The heart of this “Valentine’s Day 2019” special edition – its 913QL.P movement – is housed in a 33 mm red gold case set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs. Endowed with a silicon balance-spring and a 40-hour power reserve, this self-winding movement features flat bridges ensuring a more generous case-back opening and incorporating a broader oscillating weight. Also crafted in red gold, the latter is engraved with the symbols of love. Issued in a series of 99 individually numbered and engraved timepieces, this model is teamed with two interchangeable alligator leather straps. Its lucky owners will thus be able to switch from flaming red to pristine white simply by pressing the functional catches located beneath the straps.
Date Moon Phases, moon phases, seconds, secured movement, mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds, Case: 18kt red gold, Total diameter 33.2 mm, Thickness 10 mm, Water resistance: 3 bar, 18ct red gold bezel and lugs set with diamonds, buckle set with diamonds, self-winding calibre 913QL.P, 246 components, 40hr power reserve, 20 jewels, sapphire crystal caseback, limited to 99 pieces
Chopard Happy Hearts (Exclusive to Chopard Boutiques)
The most distinguishing feature of the Happy Hearts is its incorporation of floating or dancing diamonds. These diamonds float between the two layers of the sapphire crystal protecting the dial. This year, Chopard has decided to orchestrate an encounter between two of its most iconic collections. The Big Heart of the Happy Hearts collection finds its place on the playful dial of the Happy Sport, the watchmaking success that has been leading diamonds in a merry dance for over 25 years, in a perpetually renewed spirit of Joie de Vivre. The result of this union is an even airier interpretation: a Happy Hearts timepiece enlivened by three freely dancing diamonds, a red heart as well as a diamond-set heart.
Case: Stainless steel, Total diameter 36.00 mm, Thickness 10.455 mm, Water resistance 30 metres, Polished stainless steel crown set with a blue sapphire 6.00 mm, Stainless steel cabochons, Polished stainless steel bezel, Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Movement: Quartz movement, Total diameter 26.20 mm, Thickness 2.50 mm, Number of jewels 7, Dial and hands: White dial, Three dancing diamonds, a dancing red heart in 18-carat white gold and a dancing heart in diamond-set 18-carat white gold, Rhodium-plated and cone-shaped hours and minutes hands, Central rhodium-plated sweep-seconds hand
Functions: Central hours, minutes and seconds hands, Date between 4 and 5 o’clock, Strap and buckle: Strap in red alligator leather, Universal stainless steel buckle for interchangeable strap, Ref. 278582-3005 – In stainless steel, Exclusive to Chopard boutiques
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite Ruby Heart
Dainty, discreet and delicately feminine, the Lady 8 Petite by Jaquet Droz is an ideal showcase for the unique geometric crystal structure of the mineral.
Issued in a limited series (Numerus Clausus of 28 pieces), the signature figure 8 dial reveals a ruby heart topped with a ruby ball bearing that swivels freely, slipping through the fingers like passing time. A bezel set with 68 diamonds coils around this gleaming fairytale of a timepiece and is complemented by a buckle set with 23 diamonds. This 25 mm piece is powered by a Jaquet Droz self-winding movement. The red gold oscillating mass is engraved with a wave pattern that echoes the romance of its beating heart.
Ref. J014603273, Ruby heart dial, 18-karat red gold case set with 68 diamonds, clasp set with 23 diamonds, total of 0.64 carat, Bead at 12 o’clock and crown cabochon in ruby heart, Diameter: 25 mm, Self-winding mechanical movement, Power reserve of 38 hours, Numerus Clausus of 28, Individual serial number engraved on the case-back, 30m water-resistance, 18kt red-gold hands, rolled-edge hand-made burgundy alligator strap, Buckle:18-karat red gold ardillon set with 23 diamonds (0.12 carat), Total number of diamonds: 91, Total carat weight: 0.64 carat, Jaquet Droz 615 self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, 18-karat red gold oscillating weight, 38 hr power reserve, frequency: 21,600 v.p.h
Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade
The Classico Jade, returns this year with a smaller diameter of 34 mm and a limited edition that puts love center stage. The delicate and demure size of this exquisitely feminine watch is enticing enough…but with a pop of colour and swirling waves of diamonds it becomes just fabulous to the core.
The watch has a new round case shape and classic hour, minute and second hands powered by the flagship UN-815 caliber. You will see a synthesis of Haute Joaillerie techniques and a feminine allure. Ten diamonds in a delicate leaf-like wave motif adorn the lower left quadrant of the round mother-of-pearl dial; 76 more sparkle on the bezel. The 8, 7, and 6 hour-markers have been replaced by the numerals 5, 2, and 0. In China, a country with a strong attachment to numerical superstition, “520” means “I love you.” The reason for this is its pronunciation, very close to that of . “Wo ai ni,” or “I love you.” For that matter, the date of May 20th—5/20 in China—has recently become a sort of second Saint Valentine’s Day.
The Classico Jade is a way to express a subtle message of love, with the “520” delicately revealed by a wave on the dial and enhanced by a diamond-set border. The embodiment of timeless femininity, the Classico Jade “520” is a love letter to be worn on the wrist. The garnet red leather strap with red numerals adds the finishing touch.
Limited Edition: Ref. 8153-230BLE/60-06, Movement: UN-815, Functions H/M/S, self-winding movement, Power reserve: Around 42 hours, Case: Steel, diamond-set steel, Diameter: 34 mm, Dial: White mother-of-pearl, diamond-set, Water-resistance 30 m, Caseback: Engraved with the UN anchor, Strap: Burgundy Alligator leather