Oris Big Crown 1917 – S$3,500
This is the kind of casual, retro-chic that dads would appreciate. The folks at Oris went through their archives and discovered a pilot’s wristwatch made by then dating back to 1917. Quite a big deal, too, considering that the timepiece was also one of the company’s earliest wristwatches ever. To commemorate the find, Oris painstakingly re-created the original for this 1,917-piece limited edition collection. Except for the movement, which has been upgraded to a Sellita-based automatic calibre, every millimeter of the re-edition carefully replicates the vintage model.
Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton Auto – S$2,370
Dads with be crooning Can’t Help Falling In Love to this one. Truly one-of-a-kind, the triangular-shaped Ventura hasn’t aged a bit, despite turning 60 this year. Made famous by Elvis Presley, who famously wore the watch on the set of Blue Hawaii, the watch still rocks that avant-garde, sci-fi chic that took the world by storm when it debuted. Of the three commemorative for the anniversary collection, we recommend that you go for the most coveted option – this skeletonised model with automatic movement inspired by Elvis’ microphone.
Longines Heritage 1945 – S$2,700
One can always count on Longines to release re-editions of its heritage timepieces that are packed with vintage verve yet reasonably easy on the wallet, and this year’s offering is a doozy. Essentially an update of a 1945 model, it sits easily on the right side of hipster chic with a convex brushed coppery dial, slender bluish steel hands, and beige nubuck strap. But make no mistake, this is a modern creation as its stainless steel case has been bumped up to 40mm and the original’s manual-winding calibre has been replaced with an automatic one with a 42-hour power reserve.
Aries Gold Inspire Gauntlet Vintage – S$399.70
This is the biggest steal of the lot – and you can get it right here at our online store! Unabashed self-promotion aside, this handsome option by Singapore-born Aries Gold gives you (or your dad, rather) plenty of bang for the buck. The timepiece brims with 1940s-style references, from its classic round case to its Clous de Paris dial decoration, with an open window that offers a peek into its automatic movement. And there are plenty of details to fawn over, too. The contrast between the chocolate dial and pink gold-plated case is simply gorgeous; while the whimsical number ‘8’ among the Roman indexes, which symbolises prosperity in Chinese numerology imbues the gift with extra meaning.
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