Looking for the perfect gift to complement your Valentine’s unique personality and style? A thoughtfully chosen luxury timepiece is always the right answer! At Watches of Switzerland Australia we are pleased to offer a carefully curated selection of the best luxury watch brands the world has to offer. Each with its own distinct characteristics and design traits. To aid you on your journey to discover the ultimate Valentine’s gift, our expert team have selected some of their favourite timepieces from across eight different brands. Of course, these suggestions reflect only the tip of the iceberg of what is available both in-store and online. It’s also worthwhile noting variations – in case material and size, dial colour and watchband – to those suggested here may be available. As such, please do not hesitate to contact our Client Services team to assist you further.
Many of the timepieces on the list have fascinating histories behind their conception. Such as the Breitling Navitimer, considered by many to be the ultimate tool watch for pilots and, in many ways, the first (analogue) smart watch. Or the Lepine “pocket watch” design that inspired the IWC Portofino. Intriguing and, in some case historically significant, these stories add an extra element to your gift. Giving the receiver the opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of their new timepiece, whilst subtly allowing you to demonstrate just how much thought has gone into your selection. So, let’s look at the watches.
Rolex Lady-Datejust 28mm – 18k yellow gold/ white dial
Unveiled in 1957, Rolex’s quintessential women’s watch stands for style and technical performance. The perfectly proportioned Oyster case, crafted from a solid block of 18k gold, is guaranteed waterproof to 100m (10 bar/ 330ft) and is finished with a delicately fluted bezel. This timepiece is worn on a comfortable yet stylish Jubilee bracelet, featuring Rolex’s elegantly concealed Crownclasp.
A refined dial makes reading the time an effortless yet enjoyable experience. Among the oversized Roman numerals, the watch’s namesake – the date – is helpfully magnified by Rolex’s patented ‘Cyclops’ lens. Inside is the in-house developed and manufactured calibre 2236. Fitted with Rolex’s patented Syloxi hairspring. The self-winding mechanical movement provides approximately 55 hours of reserve power.
Cartier Tank Solo Large Model 34.8×27.4mm- 18k pink gold and steel/ light silvered opaline dial
Achieving the purest shape possible, Cartier’s signature rectangle needs no introduction. Inspired by press pictures of the first army tanks in 1917 (viewed from above). The design follows a clear graphic principle: brancards for the treads, case for the turret. Naturally-forming lugs birthed a new and fundamental principle: the seamless flow between watch and strap.
In this case, the strap is a round-scale alligator skin, with ardillon buckle in 18k pink gold. In timeless Cartier style, oversized Roman numerals border the central minute chapter. While sword-shaped, blued-steel hands match with the spinel set in a beaded crown. Quartz-powered.
Tudor Royal 41mm – steel and 18k yellow gold/ champagne-colour, sunray-finish (diamond-set) dial
Tudor’s newest sport-chic model gives a nod to the brand’s historical emphasis on superior quality, uncompromising design and accessible pricing. The 41mm version comes with the self-winding mechanical T603 (approximately 38 hours power reserve). Its distinctive day display in addition to the date delivering added functionality.
These share the dial with Roman numeral appliqué and diamond hour markers. The notched bezel of alternating cut grooves and polished finish is presented in 18k yellow gold. As are the intermediate links of the “five-link” integrated bracelet, and screw-down crown with Tudor logo. Waterproof to 100m (10 bar/ 330 ft).
Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 – stainless steel/ black dial
Built for real pilots, Breitling’s classic offers a strong link to aviation for aeronautical enthusiasts. Vintage aesthetics are preserved in the case and lug shapes, and ratcheted bezel. The latter rotating the bidirectional slide rule, which pilots employed for in-air calculations. Sunken sub-dials and date aperture (nestled at 4:30) underscore the dial’s depth.
The Panda style dial – black with silver sub-dials – indicates the use of a manufacture calibre (visible through a rear sapphire). The COSC-certified self-winding mechanical B01 provides a minimum 70-hour power reserve. The column-wheel and vertical clutch design ensures smooth chronograph action. Red highlights and a thick alligator strap finish the look.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One 40.1x20mm – stainless steel (diamond-set)/ silvered grey dial
In Art Deco style, this icon from JLC carries a story from early last century India. Conceived for polo matches played by British Army officers, its unique reversing case protects the clock face whilst also offering the opportunity for personalisation. The solid-steel rear face becoming a blank canvas for a secret engraving, setting or enamelling.
Rectilinear lines are offset by seemingly hand-drawn Arabic numerals. Framed above and below by a row of (~26 ~0.29 carat) diamonds for precious sophistication. Blued steel dauphine hands are complimented by an alligator leather strap in a similar hue. A quartz movement means no winding required.
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph IW391028 42mm – stainless steel/ silver-plated dial
Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, the uncluttered aesthetic of the Portofino has made it one of IWC’s most successful watch families. Here, its design merges with chronograph stylings of the 1960s. Elegantly sporty pushers flank the prominent crown. While chronograph sub-dials are carefully balanced with the purist dial layout.
Featuring (rhodium-plated) Roman numerals and simple hour markers. A small hacking seconds sub-dial is positioned at 9 o’clock, offset by a day date function at 3. The cool but snug-fitting Milanaise mesh bracelet gives timeless character. The proven self-winding 75320 calibre provides 44 hours of reserve power.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Ladies 32mm – stainless steel/ white mother-of-pearl (diamond-set) dial
The sporty appeal of this TAG Heuer classic is not just for show. 300m (1000ft) water resistance and lume-filled hands make it as good in the water as on the beach. Its minimalist design is both attractive and versatile, pairing well with casual chic, sportswear or swimwear.
11 diamond hour markers set into the dial leave space for a date window at 3 o’clock. The unidirectional turning bezel features the distinctive six ‘claws’ design. The case, 3-row bracelet and folding clasp (with double safety pushbuttons and diving extension) all showcase alternate finishing for a unified aesthetic. Powered by a quartz movement.
Panerai Luminor Mariner PAM01316 44mm – AISI 316L brushed steel/ blue sun-brushed dial
Along with sister-model, Luminor Base, this flagship dive watch shares a cult following beginning in the 1990s. When Panerai transitioned from military supplier to public sales. Created in 1950, its hulking 44mm design with cage-like crown guard was at the time unconventional. But has since become a key hallmark of its success.
This modern reinterpretation is presented on a steel bracelet. Updated to the P.9010 automatic movement, with three-day power reserve. The minimalist dial with oversized Arabic numerals epitomizes its bold yet refined Italian style. The Marina’s differentiating feature being the additional small seconds display. Water resistance: 300m (30 bar/ 1000ft).
To find out more information about the models listed above, and to discover our full luxury watch offering, please explore our website, all online purchases qualify for complimentary secure, insured shipping within Australia. Or visit your nearest Watches of Switzerland Australia Boutique. Our friendly and well-informed staff are ready and waiting to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift.