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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For All Budgets

Every single one is precious.

ROLEX Lady-Datejust

Let’s start way up from the top, shall we? This high-wattage, bejewelled Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust is the brand’s most glittery offering this year and its ‘price on request’ status means that you’d really have to be serious about securing one for mum. This 28mm yellow gold watch may be diminutive but it certainly wouldn’t go unnoticed. Almost every available space on the case, bracelet and dial is set with IF (internally flawless) grade brilliant-cut diamonds – all 1,089 of them sparkling with forthright iridescence and glamour that is bound to make your mother feel like a queen.

CHOPARD Happy Sport

Classy and capricious all at once, there is nothing quite like Chopard’s Happy Sport. A watch famous for its freewheeling diamonds that slide like stars without a care across the dial’s surface, the Happy Sport returns this year with two limited editions that pay homage to the 1993 model, complete with the original dial design, case silhouette and pebble-link bracelet that is just so irresistibly retro. Both models come in 33mm Lucent steel that is anti-allergenic and shines with characteristic brightness while being robust, and are powered by Chopard’s in-house automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve. The version with diamonds on the bezel is limited to 788 pieces. We prefer the ‘plain’ version, which is capped at 1,993, as it allows the nuances of the case and bracelet details to shine. But hey, best to check with mum, yes?

OMEGA Constellation Small Seconds

For an option that’s gilded but not as heavy on the glitter, the 34mm Omega Constellation Small Seconds is a worthwhile consideration. The archetypal Omega’s ladies watch is refined with a touch of flamboyance here, thanks to its charming combination of 18K Sedna gold with trademark ruddy hue, and stunning burgundy dial with sun-brushed finish. Diamonds adorn the bezel, hour markers and dial, adding a bit of vivacity while playing a supporting role to the rich colour combination. The watch’s classy, feminine disposition is backed by Omega's Master Chronometer-certification that guarantees magnetic resistance to up to 15,000 gauss, amongst other top-rated performance virtues. An irresistible show of beauty and strength, just like mum.

TAG HEUER Aquaracer Professional 300

An all-occasion daily beater, this TAG Heuer is an option at the sub-S$5,000 price range that promises mileage in both aesthetic and performance departments. A well-established bestseller in TAG Heuer’s repertoire and known among its fans as a gateway model to the brand, the Aquaracer is reintroduced this year with redesigned case and bracelet for a more ergonomic fit and a slimmer profile; subtle tweaks to its dial for a look that harks back to the original model from the 1980s; as well as automatic movements that power the entire line-up. There are a few 36mm variants in steel, but it is this model with diamond-set hour markers on a blue dial with wave motif that evokes the ocean, which really captivates.

CITIZEN Citizen L x Chan Luu Limited Edition

For a watch with a little something extra, this recommendation from Citizen promises not to break the bank even as it imbues the gift with several nifty surprises. Equipped with the Japanese brand’s famed Eco-Drive technology that powers the watch with any natural or artificial light source, hence eliminating the need for batteries, the Citizen L range of women’s watches has been taking its message of environmental preservation further by incorporating sustainable and conflict-free materials in its production. The Citizen L x Chan Luu Limited Edition sports a beautiful white mother-of-pearl dial with a lab-grown diamond, and a special textile strap made from recycled materials by the designer, who is known to champion the empowerment of women in developing countries. Limited to 1,080 pieces, the watch also comes with a bracelet designed by Chan Luu.

SWATCH Mother’s Day Special

You just cannot go wrong with Swatch for an affordable and heartfelt occasion-ready gift. The self-explanatory Mother’s Day edition, available in pink and blue, goes all out with its bright colours and unabashed ‘Mom’ and heart-shaped cut-outs on the strap that are meant to evoke the times when our mothers would make sure that we did our homework (not sure if those memories are all that pleasant, but time and distance do help with the nostalgia). To complete the gift, the watch comes packaged in a special notebook-style box and a retro-style ruler with the words ‘Love From A To Z’. Isn’t that just sweet?


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