Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Our RecommendationsWritten by Melissa Kong
No better present than time.
It’s that time of the year again when, if you have a significant other in your life, you’d be starting to panic right about now because you haven’t bought the all-important Valentine’s Day gift, upon which your relationship will be judged. As always, we’ve come to the rescue because we’re nice like that. So here are some options for you to score some serious brownie points with.
1. Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2020
Taking inspiration from a cocktail watch owned by Marilyn Monroe, the Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2020 is just as sexy as the screen siren with its white gold Art Deco case festooned with 84 diamonds surrounding a mother-of-pearl dial with two hearts and two butterflies, in diamond and ruby hearts. This feminine looker boasts the new rectangular Calibre 510, a manual-winding show-stopper revealed in all its glory in the transparent caseback. Limited to just 14 pieces.
2. Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton
For the moneyed couple who enjoys being out and about AND in the spotlight, Franck Muller’s Vanguard watches help lavish the necessary wrist presence. For the ladies, the Vanguard Lady Heart Skeleton dressed in blinding diamonds that frame heart-shaped motifs against a see-through dial is a show-stopper. The men’s Vanguard Master Banker Skeleton, though more subtle in a sexy raven case and dial, is just as seductive with a handsome demeanour matched by three-time zone functionality.
3. Tissot T-Wave Bicolour
If classic simplicity is the order of the day, this Tissot T-Wave Bicolour ticks all the boxes. Mother-of-pearl dial, check. Elegant Roman numerals, check. Feminine rose gold and steel combo, check. And to add a sophisticated edge, the crown is topped with a white agate stone. Equipped with a quartz end-of-life movement, the seconds hand will skip four seconds with each tick when the battery is low, hence maintaining accuracy but also reminding her when it’s time to juice up with new batteries.
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large DuoFace Small Seconds
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Small
Couple tees, no. Couple watches, yes. And what we like even better is if the two watches aren’t just the same timepiece in different sizes. Because you’re two different people, right? For the jet-setting gent, the Reverso Classic Large DuoFace Small Seconds in pink gold makes a dapper travel buddy with a second-time zone on the reverse. For the stylish lady, the Reverso Classic Small (also in pink gold) channels a dainty vintage feel that sits perfectly on a smaller wrist.
5. TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Sporty couples, this one’s for you. A veritable workhorse and quintessential tool watch, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer is both classic and sporty. The ladies’ version features a quartz movement and beautiful mother-of-pearl dial while the men’s version comes in a self-winding calibre with a power reserve of 38 hours. Available at Sincerewatch.com, these timepieces also come with two exclusive TAG Heuer shawls.
6. Swatch You’ve Got Love
Known for its quirky designs, Swatch does it again with its Valentine’s Day special edition, numbered and limited to 5,020 pieces. A red envelope on the dial holds a white card with a calendar window that features different emojis like a heart, diamond, flame, and lightning bolt icons, amongst others. And because packaging is almost as important, the watch comes in an adorable red envelope box, which means you don’t even need to gift wrap it.
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".