There are many theories on when and where Valentine’s Day originated. From Roman festivals to depictions of chubby cherubs, whatever it’s starting point, there is no doubt that it has become a staple day in the calendar in which lovers, friends, and even family celebrate the occasion. If you are looking for a token that is more substantial than a card, and longer-lasting than chocolate or sweets, we have a few ideas in our guide. We’ve selected some beautiful timepieces for him, and for her from some of the most prestigious brands in the luxury watch world. After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like an iconic timepiece, whether you’re treating a significant other, or yourself!
The classic Rolex Datejust is the archetype of the modern watch, thanks to aesthetics and functions that transcend changes in fashion. Aesthetically, the Datejust has spanned eras, while retaining the enduring codes that make it one of the most recognised and recognisable of watches. The Datejust has been in the brand’s catalogue since 1945, when it was created to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday, and was the world’s first automatic with a date window that would automatically show the correct date at midnight. This piece would be an ideal choice for anyone wanting to start their luxury watch collection, or wants an exceptional classic to add to an existing one.
Rolex Datejust 41 $12,500.00
Rolex Datejust 41 £10,000.00
The womens Datejust is just as iconic, but with a new spin thanks to the many additional details and features. The piece is made up of a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and a unique aubergine, sunray-finish dial that is adorned with a diamond-set Roman VI. It truly is a breathtaking piece, and is just as powerful as it is beautiful with the Calibre 2236, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology. Like all Rolex watches, they carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Rolex Datejust 36 £14,400.00
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay collection reflects the brand’s rich history in producing world class diving watches that are fully equipped to meet the needs of the timekeeping beneath the waves. This timepiece isn’t just ideal for any sportsmen out there as its distinctive blue and burgundy bezel brings a stylish touch to an athletic design. This would be the perfect gift for those looking for a quality every day model, one that can be worn throughout many occasions.
Tudor Black Bay GMT $4,050.00
Tudor Black Bay GMT £3,040.00
Tudor pays tribute to its origins and watchmaking traditions with its 1926 line, a range of mechanical watches that are timeless, classic and elegant. Available in four sizes with a wide choice of dials, the 1926 line is named after the year when “The Tudor” was registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. The timepiece has stunning features like a silver-tone embossed dial with six sparkling diamonds, and a mix of steel and rose gold throughout its case and bracelet. This piece would delight any Valentine who likes the finer things in life.
Tudor 1926 $3,375.00
Tudor 1926 £2,520.00
This handsome TAG Heuer Carrera would be a great addition to any watch collection, and is comfortable and stylish. The Carrera models, designed in 1963 were homage to the Carrera Panamericana, a sports car race in Mexico and have become one of TAG Heuer’s most iconic collections. This piece is driven by a powerful Calibre 5 automatic movement, and would be the perfect gift for motorsport enthusiasts, or just those who appreciate a quality timepiece that is both powerful in design, and manufacture.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 $2,800.00
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 £2,350.00
The womens version of the Carrera is every bit as powerful, and would also make the perfect gift for the motorsport enthusiast, or those with an active lifestyle. Presented in a sleek stainless steel bracelet, it sits comfortably on the wrist and would be great for every day wear as well as more formal occasions. The addition of a mother of pearl dial is the perfect balance of simplistic and sophisticated.
TAG Heuer Carrera 32mm Quartz $2,300.00
TAG Heuer Carrera 32mm Quartz £1,900.00
The Ballon Bleu De Cartier is truly a piece of art within the horology world, and would be perfect for those who appreciate not only quality in their watch, but detail. The Ballon Bleu has a highly distinctive case, which elegantly curves over the infamous Cartier sapphire crown. The guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet ensure work alongside each other perfectly, resulting in a beautiful timepiece that would be a great addition to any Cartier, or indeed watch enthusiast’s collector.
Ballon Bleu De Cartier $6,550.00
Ballon Bleu De Cartier £6,000.00
The womens version of this iconic timepiece is every bit as beautiful, but in smaller proportions with its 33m case size. It sits beautifully on the wrist, and the styling makes it perfect for formal occasions, or a statement piece for day to day. Much like the mens Ballon Bleu, it features a steel case, fluted crown decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered guilloché opaline dial, Roman numerals and Cartier’s blued-steel sword-shaped hands.
Ballon Bleu De Cartier $5,750.00
Ballon Bleu De Cartier £5,250.00
Characterised by its thin and elegant case, the Trésor line was first launched by OMEGA in 1949 and housed the legendary 30mm calibre. More than half a century later, it continues to impress with one of today’s most advanced mechanical movements. We love the deep blue dial colour and pattern on this piece and think it would be a great conversation starter! The perfect piece for those who love a classic model with modern updates. The timepiece is also presented on a blue leather strap for comfort and style, and is powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8910 and is certified at the industry’s highest standard of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance.
OMEGA De Ville Tresor Co-Axial $6,500.00
OMEGA De Ville Tresor Co-Axial £5,560.00
Much like the mens version, this womens version also boasts the on trend deep blue colour, but with a lacquered white dial lending a fresh contrast that makes for a striking piece. The casing features delicately placed diamonds that curves around the piece, and the oversized numerals give it that Art Deco aesthetic. The crown is polished with red “HyCeram” and set with a single diamond for the final elegant touch. This would make the perfect gift for the artistic Valentine that values unique characteristics.
OMEGA De Ville Tresor $4,500.00
The Jager-LeCoultre Reverso is one of the most unique timepieces throughout all of horology history, and has managed to retain it’s charm for almost a century. First designed in 1931, it was said that a polo-playing Brit had smashed his timepiece throughout the game, and so set in motion the challenge to create a watch that would withstand such pressure. And so, the Reverso was born. It includes a distinctive geometric case that can swivel 180 degrees from back to front. This Reverso Tribute watch sits confidently in a striking 49.7mm stainless steel case and boasts a silver-tone front-facing dial equipped with blue hands and index hour markers and a moonphase sub-dial. Perfect for the history buff, or those with a keen interest in pieces with a history.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon $13,600.00
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon £11,900.00
With its long lines, diamond setting and timeless femininity, this Reverso One Ladies’ Watch also takes inspiration from the first Reverso models, creating an air of vintage charm. Framed by 26 diamonds set within the bezel, the silvered dial plays host to Arabic numerals and blued steel hands. Set within a 40x20mm stainless steel case and secured with a stylish deep blue, alligator leather strap, this high performance timepiece is powered by advanced Quartz movement technology and offers water resistance to 30 metres. Ideal for the women who likes vintage styled timepieces.