Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the panic surrounding what to buy your loved one can often result in something a little cliché. So, here’s a suggestion. Why not buy her a Christopher Ward watch?
It’ll certainly win you more brownie points than a few roses or a candle-lit dinner – and she’ll have it on her wrist long after the memory of that evening has faded. What’s more, she might even let you borrow it occasionally. A definite win-win if ever there was one!
That just leaves the question of what watch will do the best job of winning her heart. Men’s watches have become increasingly popular with women as the trend for more masculine designs has gathered pace. We’re now at a point where there is no such thing as a watch that’s “exclusively for men” – style is becoming increasingly androgynous.
This means is that you could probably buy her something quite chunky and masculine and get away with it. But if you’d like to play things a little safer something more unisex is probably your best bet. Helen, our Head of Marketing, and her assistant Hannah, have put together a short list of their top picks for Valentine’s Day.
The Malvern 595 is a thing of beauty, both aesthetically and technically. At just 5.95mm it’s one of the world’s slimmest mechanical watches, as well as incredibly light – perfect for a more delicate wrist. This is an amazing achievement when you consider that the elegant case conceals a Swiss-made ETA 7001 movement that ensures outstanding accuracy and durability.
The range offers two face options, five strap/bracelet options and two case options. The steel case C5 Malvern 595 with Opalin White face and Milanese mesh bracelet, or the version with a Rose Gold case and Oak Leather strap, are both popular with our female customers. Unisex and unfussy, but tough and business-like with it.
The other big (small) attraction is the price. Other wafer-thin mechanical watches are not suitable for those of slender means; Ours however has a price as pared down as the profile – £595 (or £680 with the bracelet).
It’s a classic, meaning that it’ll never go out of fashion. Everything about this Trident, from the brushed and polished stainless steel case to the ‘Old Radium’ luminescent paint on the dial, and the anti-reflective glassbox sapphire crystal to the stark simplicity of the face, is beautifully functional and yet elegantly minimalist. The look is vintage, evoking the clean lines and sharp design of the 1960s, whilst remaining strikingly modern.
Powered by an industry revered Sellita SW200-1 movement it’s dependable and accurate, with a self-winding mechanism and a 38-hour power reserve. Available with three strap options and as a bracelet, just 38mm in diameter and weighing 60gm, it’s the perfect everyday watch that’ll sit comfortably on a smaller wrist.
A very attractive dress watch whose slim and graceful case discreetly combines brushed and polished steel surfaces, aided by contoured ‘light catcher lines’, to elegant effect. On the other hand it sports some unmistakeable touches of motorsport DNA which betray the fact that our original Malvern watches were inspired by an Aston Martin dashboard.
Behind the C3’s twin-flag-engraved backplate sits a Ronda 3520.D Swiss movement that offers supreme accuracy. Clever innovations include the battery-saving mode with the crown stem pulled out (reduces battery consumption by 70 per cent), as well as the dual function chronograph eye at 12 o’clock which allows the watch to be measure from tenths- of-a-second all the way to 12 hours. These features set it apart from traditional women’s watches, which tend to be more decorative than practical – perfect for those who are both chic and capable. However, priced at a mere £395 you may feel you should be spending a little more on the love of your life!
For many years women have been eschewing more delicate and feminine watches for bolder, chunkier and more masculine styles – with dive watches being spotted on many a celebrity wrist. This particular pick from the Christopher Ward collection, offering a dramatic contrast between the black bezel and white face, combined with a stainless steel case and bracelet, makes a very eye-catching but chic statement. The fact that, unlike most women’s watches, it has a mechanical movement is also part of the attraction and adds to the romance of the watch (think of it as a beating heart). Add in the fact it’s water resistant to 600 metres and you have a watch whose quality is beyond question – perfect for women who want style with substance.
You may have already bought some of our watches for “other halves” in the past, or maybe just for yourself (if you consider yourself the better half!) – either way, we’d love to the hear feedback from your gifts.