There’s one date in the calendar you either love or hate: 14 February. Yet, resist as you might, greetings-card companies concur that only Christmas beats Valentine’s Day when it comes to the number of cards – around a billion globally last year – that are sent to mark the occasion. If, however, your preference is for a love token that’s slightly more substantial and significantly longer-lasting, we have a few ideas for you. We’ve selected some ladies’ watches guaranteed to make your significant other smile. After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like an iconic timepiece – but, equally, a handsome watch can make a very good present for yours truly, should you feel it’s time to show yourself some appreciation.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day
This Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day for ladies will find favour with any Valentine. The Rendez-Vous collection was originally released in 2012, the Night & Day addition coming five years later. Its name refers to the semi-circular aperture at 6 o’clock, which rotates between a blue steeled sun and a moon surrounded by stars to indicate whether it’s morning or evening. It also hints at the piece’s versatility – the 34mm stainless-steel case and legible face makes this model a practical choice by day, but the design is also elegant and eye-catching enough for any soireé.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Night & Day is an exquisite gift for the lady in your life this Valentine’s Day (£12,200)
The signature large Arabic numerals have an aesthetic as well as a functional purpose. A guilloché dial complements the hour markers and blue sword-shaped hands. These blue accents are echoed in the deep blue alligator-leather strap – an attractive palette that really enhances the halo of glistening diamonds around the dial. A sapphire crystal case back allows the 204 parts of the automatic movement to be seen (£12,200).
Ballon Bleu de Cartier
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a model that needs little introduction. The modern classic made its debut in 2007 and is now available in several sizes and in both mechanical and quartz varieties. Its design is effortlessly timeless and yet unusual in its shape and aesthetic – it’s characterised by its spherical case and distinctive sapphire-cabochon crown. The steel bezel of this 33mm model is set with 50 brilliant-cut diamonds, and surrounds a silvered flinqué sunray-effect dial featuring bold Roman numerals and deep blue sword-shaped steel hands. An outstanding example of fine jewellery (£9,550).
This stunning Cartier Ballon Bleu model features a shimmering diamond-set bezel that’s guaranteed to turn heads (£9,550)
In 1847, King Edward VII called Cartier ‘the jeweller of Kings and the King of jewellers’ and the brand embraced the endorsement. It’s still the go-to choice for many members of the monarchy today, with both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex choosing to wear a Cartier timepiece. Kate Middleton’s most oft-worn watch is the 33mm Cartier Ballon Bleu in stainless steel – it’s assumed to have been a gift from her husband, Prince William, in 2014, for their third wedding anniversary. It would have held a special poignance for the couple – her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, was also a lover of Cartier.
Forget champagne and roses – we challenge you to up your game this Valentine’s Day. After all, what could be more romantic than a gift that will remind her of you each time her wrist catches her eye?
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