Two months after finding the perfect gift for the hardest person to buy for, your mission should you choose to accept it is to select the best timepiece for Valentine’s Day from our carefully created shortlist below. We have picked our best watches of 2016 and we have something for everyone from the traveller to the fashionista regardless of your budget.
Frederique Constant | Horological Smartwatch
In 2015, Frederique Constant became one of the first Swiss watch companies to launch a smartwatch. Combining a classic display with the latest technology, this new version of the Horological Smartwatch confirms the runaway success enjoyed by the Geneva firm’s Haute Horlogerie connected watches. Powered by the MotionX® platform, the Horological Smartwatch accurately tracks the wearer’s daytime activity and sleep patterns.
The smaller dial at 6 o’clock shows the percentage of activity or sleep against a pre-defined goal in real-time. This data is synchronised with the MotionX-365® app, available for iOS and Android, and displayed with easy to understand graphics.
Price: £800 to £950
Calvin Klein | Step Watch
The graphic and contemporary Calvin Klein step watch flaunts a certain vision of elegance. Inspired by urban architecture, its round case and its perfectly carved steel lines make a perfect fit on any wrist. Interpreted through four men’s models and four feminine variations, Calvin Klein step plays on contrasts, combines materials and appears in a multitude of colours. This city timepiece features an extremely pure metallic grey, silver-toned or petroleum blue dial framed by a case in two diameters also displaying a variety of styles. Available models are ladies and men (below).
Whether sporting an aura of casual chic as a polished and brushed steel model, Calvin Klein Step displays the hours, minutes, seconds and date with quintessential simplicity. Its chief asset lies in a truly timeless appeal.
Price: £200 approx
Oris | Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Bronze makes a noteworthy entrance into the Oris collection with this commemorative model paying tribute to Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American master diver. Previously little used in watchmaking, this metal is notably distinguished by its oxidation giving it a unique patina. Initially bright and shiny, the case of the bezel and the unidirectional rotating bezel gradually darkens over time, according to its owner’s habits, thereby making each timepiece in the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition truly unique.
Clearly referencing the history of deep-sea diving, this eminently legible and functional model – a nod to the deep-sea diving helmets from the 1950s – is ideal for underwater exploration, since the 2000-piece limited edition is water-resistant to a depth of 100 metres.