Valentine’s Day Buying Guide 2019

Another year, another reason to dig deep and spend some of your hard-earned cash on a little something-something for your better half. Valentine’s Day is, for some, a day of reckoning. Online orders for dozens upon dozens of red roses are sent through at the last minute. Guys are running about frantically, on the phone to their mums and their sisters, asking the age-old question: What do I buy?! Well, fear not, my fellow confused male compatriot, for we have compiled a list of watches that will be sure to leave a lasting impression on you. And leave the doghouse empty.


Tissot Visodate Quartz


Available in a bunch of case and dial colour variations, Tissot’s Visodate Quartz is a really wonderful and well put together timepiece. It has a masculine shape, but with thanks to its twisted lugs and very slim case profile, the Tissot Visodate Quartz really validates itself well as a feminine watch. Its sleek design, elongated seconds hand and undersized crown again do well to really hammer home the point that watches for the average female can be both beautiful and functional.


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Glashütte Original Lady Serenade


Obviously inspired by Valentine’s Day, Glashütte Original’s Lady Serenade is a very beautiful watch befitting of a very beautiful partner. With its 52 luminous rubies on the bezel and the red Louisiana Alligator leather strap, the Lady Serenade is clearly a no-bars-held watch that screams “be impressed by me!”. The mother-of-pearl white dial, diamond hour indices and white gold hands round off a very pretty package, and whilst a female’s watch can often be overlooked from a technical stand-point, rest assured in knowing that your purchase features an exquisitely finished in-house made movement.


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Bulova Futuro


Featuring a stunning black mother-of-pearl dial and 12 individually set diamond hour markers, Bulova has not disappointed with their Valentine’s Day special. The Futuro is not a large piece at all, and at only 26mm in diameter and 6.8mm in thickness, it’s really on the small side, even for a lady’s watch. But, it is a looker. The combination of stainless-steel, the black bezel and the dark dial really pays tribute to just how attractive a watch can be.


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Richard Mille RM 07-03 Marshmallow


Now I can only imagine what kind of person would wear this watch, but if Richard Mille made it, then it’s kind of a given that it will sell. The Richard Mille RM 07-03 Marshmallow features a lavender pink TZP ceramic case with a grade 5 titanium and red-gold hand-enameled dial. Even the crown looks like a piece of candy. And with an eye-watering price-tag of $153,000USD, you’d best bet your bottom dollar that your partner is a keeper.


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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Mother of Pearl


Not a new watch, but it’s definitely one I wanted to feature on this year’s Valetine’s Day buying guide when I first came across it. Two models, each featuring either a white gold case of a pink gold case and a mother-of-pearl dial. Both are exceptionally beautiful, and both are clearly not just all-show-no-go. Powering the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Mother of Pearl is Lange’s manufacture caliber L941.1, a manually wound movement featuring the standard and obviously impeccable finishing we’ve all come to expect from the German atelier, as if that needed to be said.


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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Lady


Romain Gauthier featured their very first lady’s piece last year, and still one year later, it’s right up there as being one of the most beautiful, and one of the most technically impressive. The Insight Micro-Rotor Lady is available in a 39.5mm wide and 12.9mm thick red-gold case, featuring either a Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial or an Australian extra-white mother-of-pearl dial. Both are, of course, very gorgeous. Each piece is made in a limited run of only 10-pieces, and each cost a whopping 83,000CHF, so you best be sure before you whip out your credit card…


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Cartier Panthère de Cartier Manchette Cuff


Wow, just, wow. Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier Manchette Cuff has some serious bling factor to it. A solid gold cuff, a diamond encrusted bezel, and a personality that absolutely screams out at you, the Panthère de Cartier Manchette Cuff is perhaps my favourite watch of the list. It’s stunning, it’s classy, it’s in a way quite subtle, but it’s the kind of watch you need to really know what you’re looking at to fully understand and appreciate. This is an especially beautiful watch that pays tribute to a different era of women’s watches.


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Piaget Altiplano Skeleton


So, you’ve finally found “the one”. You want to bring her home to meet the parents. She’s passed the test of hanging out with your booze-filled mates. She puts up with your crap, and she still takes time out of her day to give you some of ever-so-precious attention. You want to keep her, but you don’t know what to get her? Well, if you’ve got $91,500USD burning a hole in your pocket, then I suggest you pull the trigger on this, Piaget’s Altiplano Skeleton, featuring a white gold case set with 69 brilliant-cut diamonds, a buckle set with 23 brilliant-cut diamonds, an ultra-thin hand-wound gem-set skeletonised movement that’s also been set with 219 brilliant-cut diamonds. Oh, and 8 black cabochon-cut sapphires. Got bling?


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Piaget Altiplano 36mm


Not as ostentatious or love-proving as the Altiplano Skeleton, the Piaget Altiplano 36mm is a more subdued affair. Set in an 18k white-gold case measuring 36mm across, the Altiplano 36mm also features a baguette diamond pave bezel. The blue dial is finished beautifully and features different shades of blue depending on the lighting environment around it. It’s sleek, it’s pretty, and it’s sure to bring a smile to your partner’s face.


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Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon


The Altiplano Tourbillon is the last piece of the list, and with comes the clear and almost palpable idea that Piaget should be crowned king (or should I say queen?) of women’s watches. The Altiplano Tourbillon features a blue meteorite dial, a diamond encrusted bezel and an openworked tourbillon sitting in the top-right sector of the dial. Definitely the most attractive piece of the list, and perhaps the most complicated, the Altiplano Tourbillon is the be all and end all of Valentine’s Day luxury gifts. Thinking of getting this for your girl? Mate, get on your knee already!


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