For the ladies out there, are you still pondering on what to get for your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Look no further because the answer to your question rests on the wrist. Yes, we are referring to watches, a style foundation of any man and picking one could almost be considered an art in itself. We have curated a list of classic watches below that have proven to be timeless and well-loved by many.
Rolex Datejust 41
Make a strong yet subtle statement with this classic watch model from Rolex. The watch makes a perfect fit with a suit and tie when going for formal meetings yet casual enough to be worn for an intimate date night. What’s more, Apart from the sartorial aspect of donning a Rolex watch, buying a watch from the revered Swiss watchmaker is akin to owning a piece of royalty because the watch’s value increases over time thus making it an excellent choice for investment.
Panerai Radiomir GMT 45mm
The Radiomir model has its history stretching back to the 1930s when it was made for military use. While Panerai’s Luminor models are more well-known due to its signature crown lock, the Radiomir models have your classic watch shape which is sleek and easy to be styled.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
If there’s one watch that fits the bill of stylish yet sporty, chic yet casual, it would be Cartier’s Santos de Cartier watch. Constantly on the wish list of all the dapper gentlemen out there because legend has it that this model was the first wristwatch for men, so who wouldn’t want to own a piece of “history”? Boasting a QuickSwitch system that allows for easy changing of bracelets, it adds more fun into the mix and overall, it makes it even more attractive.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch seamlessly blends timeless looks with unparalleled reliability and accuracy. This iconic design traces its lineage back to the timepieces worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts during the 1969 moon landing. The polished steel case looks sleek while the exhibition caseback highlights the beautiful movement that powers the watch. Though your significant other may not be landing on the moon anytime soon, a gift like this will certainly take him over the moon.
Tudor Black Bay Dark
The Black Bay Dark is an unashamedly modern take on the Tudor dive watches of old. While the venerable Black Bay Fifty-Eight was a faithful vintage recreation, the Dark takes the basics of those designs and modernises it. Apart from the markings on the bezel and dial, everything is blacked out, creating an understated yet eye-catching design. The in-house automatic movement, domed sapphire crystal and 200m water resistance ensure that the Black Bay Dark is both reliable and beautiful, making it THE watch for all situations.
Hemès Slim D’ Hermès watch
Sometimes, less is more. With a simple, uncluttered design, the Slim D’ Hermès has an ageless grace about it. The restrained black on white catches the eye then draws you in with the unique numerical markers, specially designed by French graphic designer Philippe Apeloig. The small, slim casing makes it wearable on any wrist without looking obnoxiously flat. Paired with a matte Havana alligator strap the Slim D’ Hermès is at home in all social functions, boasting ultimate versatility
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A
Patek Philippe’s iconic Nautilus series is synonymous with sporty elegance. While most sports watches sport a range of additional features, Patek Philippe stripped it down and combined it with their signature porthole construction to create this distinctive timepiece. Encased in brushed stainless steel with a simple textured dial, the Nautilus 5711/1A combines the best features of dress and sports watches. However, Patek Philippe announced in January that this coveted model would be discontinued, so hurry if you wish to own one!
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X 42mm
This bold offering embraces the proud tradition of watchmaking and puts it on display for the world to see. The watch’s striking Caliber UN-371 Manufacture movement comprises 173 individual parts, all working in unison to make the watch run. The skeletonised dial takes advantage of this and enchants all who gaze upon it. Ulysse Nardin married this striking feature with a titanium case, fusing watchmaking tradition with futuristic materials and design.
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