Matching watches for St. Valentine’s Day
Functional, chic and sentimental a watch is a perfect choice this Valentine’s Day. It’s much more romantic than kitsch chocolates and flowers. So, if you are really looking to spoil your significant other give a gift that withstands the test of time.
Originally created in 1904 for now legendary aviator Santos Dumont. This was the world’s first pilot’s watch, but also the first-ever men’s wristwatch. The first iteration of the watch which launched in 1978, took the original square case with the benefit of a sturdy steel bracelet and the watch’s iconic screw details which has gone on to transform Cartier into the recognisable brand it is today.
With subtle but appropriate updates, the Santos de Cartier has been taken seriously. The original case was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and still echoes French elegance, this time with a softer and more curved fit on the wrist. The bezel now extends out toward the strap which has the ability of easy changing thanks to Cartier’s new QuickSwitch system. The watch comes with two straps and in two sizes, a 35.66mm and a larger 39.8mm, the larger piece features a date window at 6 o’clock.
Unique to the brand since it’s invention in 1931; created for British officers playing polo in India, the iconic Reverso collection still maintains a timeless aesthetic. With it’s Art Deco styling and peerless swivelling case, this is a watch that can not only transcend time but also capture unique moments with its solid case back, which can be personalised with bespoke engraving and lacquering.
The timepiece was designed to withstand the rigors of a game of polo, but also had to appear formal enough to be worn with the players military dress uniforms. An elegant dress watch, but with the ability to slide and flip over the watch face, was the result. The watch was a huge commercial success, so huge that the partnership of Jaeger S.A. and LeCoultre was born, creating the luxury watch brand Jaegar-LeCoultre.
TAG Heuer Formula 1
The Formula 1 was the first watch from the series to be quartz-only and to this day there has never been an automatic model. The Formula 1 watch often has a synthetic case with low cost movements and bright colours throughout making it one of the most affordable watches of the luxury world.
In class Longines fashion, the Record automatic models combine elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. There is no shortage of arguments for these exceptional timepieces, whose movement includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties. A first for Longines, it is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a designation awarded to all of the pieces in the Record collection.