5 Watches that make for great wedding gifts1:53 pm
Venue. Check. Arrangements. Check. Clothes. Check. Honeymoon. Check. Jewellery. Before you check that off, we’d like to quickly revisit the modern day scenario. Gone are the days where weddings were defined by traditions and the ‘do-what’s-meant-to-be-done’s. The bride and groom today want things to be different, with an edge. They want simple, elegant and they want that wow factor in every molecule associated with their wedding. This brings us back to the jewellery (accessories for men). Like we said, different is the choice today and watches are topping the charts, and they make for great wedding gifts.
Watches are essentially synonymous with weddings. One chic watch and you can break the monotony with a more contemporary mod look. And if you’re still not ready to adopt the change, here are 5 watches that will give you reason enough to experiment during your wedding week! And might we address the grooms more specifically – shopping for a wedding watch is for men too and this list has classic watches that you will want to buy (or be gifted) without further ado!
1. The IWC Portofino Automatic
Let’s start with the men. Grooms, here’s your first reason to not feel left out – the IWC Portofino Automatic. It’s everything that a Schaffhausen product should be – timeless, precise and reliable. The classic appeal of this watch is a perfect fit for your wedding and other associated ensembles. An 18-carat red gold case, dark brown alligator leather strap, three hands and an understated date display. The ‘simply classic’ formula gives this watch a unique and underlying luxurious charm.
The collection has an interesting history too, that began in the late 1970s. It gets its name from the former fishing village of Portofino in Italy, a destination that has drawn the rich and famous from across continents for decades.
The picturesque harbor and the laid-back lifestyle of the town have a captivating pull on the jet-setters. And the elegant Portofino is a subtle reflection of this indulgent lifestyle; the engraving on the caseback is just the perfect representation. To give you a better insight into the tech specs of the Portofino Automatic – the watch has a 40mm case and a minimalist silver-plated dial. A self-winding mechanical movement gives the watch a 42 hour power reserve when fully wound. It is protected by a convex Sapphire glass that’s anti-reflective on both sides. The timepiece is also equipped with central hacking seconds and is water-resistant to 3 bar. The Portofino is that missing link needed to complete your distinct look for the special day.
2. The Breitling Chronomat 44
For the grooms who, come what may, must retain that innate masculine look, the Breitling Chronomat 44 in steel and gold is the watch to sport for your wedding week. It’s powerful, bold, yet sophisticated enough to complement that formal attire. The allure of gold, the smooth finish of steel and the brand name Breitling are reason enough to choose this piece as a representative accessory for your wedding.
And apart from simply the looks, let’s give you some more reasons to seal the deal on this one. The Chronomat 44 is a leading collection from Breitling, one that is driven by performance and precision. Typically built as a pilot’s chronograph, the watch is solid as a rock! The sturdy 44 mm two-tone steel & gold case, houses the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 (a robust self-winding mechanical movement) with a power reserve of a staggering 70 hours (minimum) and is water-resistant to 500 m. The screwed in caseback, the screw-locked crown and the cambered sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides, all go to ensure that your watch remains soundly protected. You want your style to be unique, then we’d suggest you look no further.
3. The Omega De Ville Ladymatic
Brave to gaze here and you will be left spell bound! This watch, ladies, is a dream-come-true, with an almost fairytale-like allure. The red gold on red gold De Ville Ladymatic is a mesmerizing blend of beauty and finesse, one that every bride would be ever too happy to adorn. While the red gold (18 k) colour of the watch will complement your clothes well, its 34 mm size will sit pretty on your wrist. The white mother-of-pearl dial is decorated in a ‘supernova pattern’ and has stunning diamond set indexes. The sheer sight of this piece is delightful!
The bezel is resplendent with exquisite diamonds in a snow-set pattern, and as if such magnificence was not enough, the Ladymatic also features a gorgeous wave-patterned gold ring with a white ceramic inner casebody that decorates the side of the case. Like we said – dream come true!
Not only is this watch a stunner, it is also technologically sound. The Omega Co-Axial calibre 8521 movement powers the Ladymatic, which means more precision, stability and durability, and a power reserve of 50 hours. Need we say more?
4. The Omega Constellation for Men
Now here’s a watch that’s really appealing. Understated and eye-catching, the blue dial with the dramatic design of the Omega Constellation collection for men, is a winner all the way. The lot of you grooms who want their look to be more simplistic during the wedding shenanigans, pay attention here because this Constellation gets it right. Anyone familiar with the collection would know that it is characterized by the “griffes”, or claws and of course needless to say, the striking dials. The shade of blue on the ‘embossed lozenge patterned’ dial (as the brand calls it) is such that it balances well with the palette of colours that are preferred by many for their outfits – the blues, greys, earthy browns and of course, black.
Coming down to why this watch is a wise lifelong investment – well for starters, it’s an Omega. The quality, performance and the customer satisfaction that you would get out of this buy is worth every bit the moolah spent on buying it. From a more technical standpoint, the watch is powered by the very precise Co-Axial calibre 2500, a self-winding chronometer movement with rhodium-plated finish that is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. At 35 mm, the steel watch is of course, protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment inside and is water resistant to 100 m.
5. The Ballon Bleu De Cartier
Cartier is a much loved brand, especially by the starry-eyed brides! A brand that gives us every reason to adore it the way we do, Cartier is synonymous with class and delicacy. And the Ballon Bleu De Cartier is a watch that immediately makes you want to replace that jewellery during your wedding week. A 28 mm case in 18K pink gold with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds (totaling 0.97 carats) on the bezel make for a spectacular combination. The signature blue cabochon and the blued-steel sword-shaped hands give an elegant air to the Ballon Bleu. The Roman numerals on the guilloché dial are placed in a uniquely curved design. This piece by Cartier is meant for those extraordinary occasions and special moments, a.k.a. your wedding!
Have something to add to this article? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments section below!
By Neha Chadha
Contributing Editor, The Watch Guide
With a keen interest in the art and science behind Haute Horology, Neha oversees the creative and content for Ethoswatches.com.