Watch gifts no matter how old you are…
Your first Valentine’s Day together is a rite of passage for most couples, especially if it goes so smoothly you wonder how you ever lived without each other. But what about the gift?
Chocolates, teddy bears and flowers are all well-and-good, but nothing says more than a carefully chosen watch.
To give you some inspiration, we’ve used our sleuth shopping skills to select the right watches for your relationship milestones; whether you’re one year in or 20 years.
We reckon the trick is to up your spending as the years go by, kicking off with £100 or less and moving to a blow the budget mentality when you hit the 20 year marker!
One year together
You’re in the honeymoon phase, but don’t let those loved-up feelings sink your bank account. Stick to £100 and under for a generous, but not too generous, gift…
Ladies with a rock ‘n’ roll edge will love the 60s-inspired style of British brand Henry London. The black face on this Edgware number is perfect for chunk knits and leather jackets. If she’s got a softer side, opt for this Olivia Burton with a floral decorated dial and classic black leather strap.
Henry London Edgware RRP £99.95 Shop
Olivia Burton Painterly Prints RRP £80 Shop
If he’s got a hipster streak treat him to this Swatch with a sun-brushed gold-coloured dial and a matte black case. Or if he likes to climb mountains and bike across muddy fields this Sekonda may be what’s in order, with its tough khaki green nylon strap and bold numbers.
Swatch Seeing Circles RRP £47.50 Shop
Sekonda 3341 RRP £34.99 Shop
Five years together
You’ve decided you’re probably in it for the long haul, so now’s the time to whip out your credit card and invest in something a little bit special, but still affordable if a mortgage, marriage or babies are on the cards!
We adore the red satin strap on this Junghans Max Bill Damen, but its the striking white dial and red hour markers that have us smitten. If she’s not a big jewellery wearer this Shinola with a double wrap leather strap will give her wrist a makeover. It’s crafted in stainless steel and has a super on-trend midnight blue dial.
Up-and-coming brand Farer knows how to pack a punch with the multi-coloured hands on this Carter design. Built for those with a sense of adventure it combines a stainless steel case with a matte black two-tone dial and a bronze-coated crown for that final finishing touch. If he’s a tad more traditional, this Tissot with a stainless steel bracelet and blue dial is just the ticket.
10 years together
You know everything about each other, you’ve Christmassed with the in-laws, been to a few family weddings, been on holiday together and probably had one or two blazing rows. What better way to show how much you appreciate each other than with an oh-so-special treat…
Spending a bit extra is great, but if she’s only going to wear it once-a-year to a black tie dinner what’s the point? This Longines has the whole package – classy, sophisticated, interesting and wearable, with a self-winding mechanical movement. This Rado is equally lovely with its mother of pearl dial, rose gold finished stainless steel strap and diamond hour markers.
If you’ve caught him looking at watches with a ‘seen it all before’ glint in his eye, then try him on this Sekford with a vibrant orange strap and rhodium-plated hour markers. The same goes for this TAG Heuer automatic timepiece, which has a sleek and sporty look inspired by cars…men like that sort of thing, right?
20 years together
Goodness gracious! You’ve seriously made it (you can’t hear us applauding through the computer screen). Blow the budget for your life-long love with our pick of some very luxurious watches…
It doesn’t get much more elegant than this Cartier, with its curvaceous bezel, guilloché enamel dial and deep blue cabochon crown. We promise she’ll love the 11 brilliant-cut diamonds and self-winding movement too. If you’d rather go all-out, this 18ct rose gold Piaget dress watch has a whopping 37 brilliant-cut diamonds, off-set with an interchangeable strap.
Maybe he wants to show off a bit by casually lifting his shirt sleeves to reveal one of these gems? Others will certainly be impressed by this Zenith with its legendary El Primero movement that can be seen through the front of the dial. If he’d prefer something a little more colourful, the IWC Schaffhausen Le Petit Prince features an innovative jumping star display for the day of the week, plus a deep blue dial and brown leather strap.