Valentine’s Day 2018: His And HersWritten by Melissa Kong
Up your couple game with these matching timepieces.
Breguet - Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 and Tradition Dame 7038
No better way to bare your heart than with an openworked dial, right? Which makes this pair of Breguet Tradition timepieces ideal couple swag.
Launched in 2005, the Tradition collection has grown to be one of Breguet’s most beloved collections with beautiful display of bridges, gear train, escapement and all the intricacies behind the iconic watch. While the men get a silvered 18K gold dial in an 18K white gold case, the ladies get a white mother-of-pearl dial set in an 18K rose gold case with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel.
Both come with a self-winding movement (Calibre 505SR1 for the gents and Calibre 505SR for the ladies) and 50 hours of power reserve—enough to get you through a romantic weekend away.
Franck Muller - Crazy Hours 15th Anniversary Asia Exclusive
For the spontaneous couple who likes a bit of fun, this Crazy Hours pair is the horological equivalent of matching couple tees. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Crazy Hours was devised by founder Franck Muller while vacationing on the island of Mauritius. And while you may think the hour markers are randomly placed, the hour hand actually jumps five positions each time in a thoroughly intelligent complication.
The Asian Exclusive collection includes new dial options like this grey version for him in a sunburst finish and a complementary ladies’ timepiece with red numerals and a diamond-encrusted bezel. Both come in striking scarlet straps—apt colours for a celebration of love.
More on the Crazy Hours story here.
Glashütte Original - PanoMatic Lunar and PanoMatic Luna
Granted, German engineering and precision don’t immediately spring to mind when you think about romance but this pair of handsome PanoMatics will certainly steal your heart. For him, the classy 40mm number comes with off-centred small seconds sub-dial, moonphase display and Panorama date at four o’clock, all housed within a stainless steel case.
For her, an elegant 39.4mm stainless steel case is set with 64 brilliant cut diamonds around the bezel, while also featuring a small seconds sub-dial, moonphase and Panorama date. The watch is paired with a patterned white rubber strap for versatility in all occasions.
In our opinion, a moonphase display is the perfect tool for guys who want to whisk their date off to a romantic evening when you can be sure the lunar orb is at its brightest. This Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon not only does the job brilliantly with its astronomical moonphase complication at six o’clock, it’s also a dapper accompaniment with its red gold case and ivory grand feu enamel dial.
And because you’re a gentleman and want to give your lady the better things in life, she gets a tourbillon set against a gorgeous mother-of-pearl dial. Armed with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, the movement is resistant to temperature changes and magnetism. Plus, the watch is limited to just 88 pieces, making it extra special for her.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".