Searching for the perfect gift for her for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate just doesn’t cut it anymore, especially with so many people on diets and food restrictions. Flowers are wonderful and can brighten the spirits, but if you really want to tell her you love her, think about giving her the gift of time. Watches are a wonderful gift because they say that you went out of your way to search for something perfect for her.
Today, some of the finest watch brands offer St. Valentine’s Day special editions that boast heart shapes, heart accents, and more. If you find that a bit too over the top, turn to a stunning red watch – one with a red dial and/or a red strap, or even a lovely pink watch. These are the colors associated with love and that message won’t be lost on her. No matter what your budget is, or whether you are shopping for a mom, daughter, girlfriend, partner, or wife (or maybe even yourself), there is a watch that is perfect. Here we take a look at six great Valentine’s Day watches for women from five different brands.
Blancpain Villeret Valentine’s Day Watch – USD 22,500
This year marks the 21st time luxury watch brand Blancpain unveils a special Valentine’s Day series. Created in a limited edition of just 28 pieces, the Villeret Valentine’s Day watch features a stunning white mother-of-pearl dial whose shimmers resemble the clouds. A stylized red heart is affixed to the ultra-slim seconds hand (like an arrow through it) and constantly rotates on the dial sending a subtle message. The 33.2mm watch is crafted in 18-karat rose gold and features diamond markers on the dial. The bezel is also set with diamond brilliants and the watch is finished with a beautiful red alligator strap. It is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement that showcases the date at 3:00 in a curved oval aperture and offers four days of power reserve. The finely finished movement is visible via a transparent sapphire case back.
A master at high-jeweled watches, Chopard regularly works with heart motifs in its collections. This new L’Heure du Diamant jewelry watch, though, features a dial, case, and diamond-set bezel all in the shape of a heart. The look of the watch with its heart shape is enchanting, and even more thoughtful is the fact that it is made using ethical 18-karat rose gold. Chopard is one of the first brands to commit to using only ethically sourced gold for its pieces. The 34mm watch further features a hand-guilloche pink mother-of-pearl dial with a fan shape for ultra-feminine appeal. The bezel is entirely set with brilliant-cut, prong-set diamonds. In total, the watch boasts 5.8 carats of diamonds. It is powered by a mechanical manual-wind movement.
Chopard Happy Hearts – USD 6,440
If the $58,000 for the Chopard L’Heure du Diamant is a little over the top, Chopard has other options. Including this fun, Happy Hearts watch with three dancing diamonds and a mobile diamond heart as well as a moving red-lacquer heart. The watch is crafted in stainless steel.
Harry Winston Midnight Valentine’s Dance Automatic 36mm
Offering a whimsical take on love, the new Harry Winston Midnight Valentine’s Dance Automatic 36mm watch seems playful yet serious in its own right. Harry Winston has dubbed this year the “year of love,” and has even launched a romantic marketing campaign. However, the brand annually creates a Valentine’s Day watch. This one, crafted in 18-karat white gold features concentric circles on the mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds, gemstones, and hearts on them that bring color and love to the forefront. Just 14 pieces will be made in honor of Valentine’s Day – February 14. The 36mm watch is set with red and pink beaded mother-of-pearl cabochons. It features 24 pink sapphires, seven brilliant-cut rubies, and a single emerald-cut diamond at 12:00, in addition to the diamonds. The case lugs and bezel are also set with 140 brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch is finished with a red leather strap. Price on request.
Breguet Reine de Naples Coeur 9825 – USD 46,100
The House of Breguet has specialized in creating women’s wristwatches for years. In fact, Breguet created the first women’s wristwatch for Queen Caroline Murat back in 1812. From its archives, it recreated that watch in 2002 and introduced the Reine de Naples collection. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the brand releases the Reine de Naples Coeur (Heart) edition with creative time tracking and a mechanical movement with four patents. The highly elegant oval-shaped watch displays the hours on an arch in the center of the dial. The minutes are indicated by a small red heart that lies at the bottom point of a larger heart that rotates to indicate the minutes. As the larger heart rotates, it expands and contracts to be able to point to the minutes closest and furthest away from the hand. It is a veritable dance of time on the wrist. Every five minutes on the minute marker track, there is a heart to indicate the time. All of the numerals on this ingenious watch are hand-painted onto the dial and the hour disk. The back of the watch features a sapphire crystal aperture for viewing the meticulously finished movement. Just 28 pieces will be made.
Vacheron Constantin égérie – USD 29,600
If hearts are just a little too whimsical for that special woman in your life, try a stunning Vacheron Constantin gold watch with feminine touches and a beautiful red or raspberry strap. This Vacheron Constantin Egerie self-winding watch in 18-karat pink gold features a dial with a pleated motif that is a nod to pleats on a dress. The 35mm watch boasts a date indication at 2:00 on the dial and the circle aperture that surrounds it is adorned with 34 diamonds. Similarly, the bezel is set with another 58 round-cut diamonds. The crown at 2:00 on the case is set with a moonstone (a nice ode to romance). The mechanical self-winding watch is sold with three interchangeable alligator leather straps for all the variety a woman could want.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.