Timepieces for Valentine’s Day

A gift guide from Oris, Bulgari and Vacheron Constantin.

Oris

Oris, the Holstein, Switzerland, based timepiece brand was founded in 1904. They are proud of their history and heritage, and they keep this in mind when designing new movements and watch designs. They ensure an Oris timepiece is “built to last and provide a lifetime of enjoyment.”

“Meticulously fashioned with accuracy and ardor, every timepiece embodies the lasting connection between two souls. Whether it be traditional styles or modern innovations, Oris has a watch to suit every taste and preference.”

Oris has several timepieces that would be ideal for a Valentine’s Day gift. We have selected two timepieces from their selection.

For Her: Aquis Date. 

The Aquis Date is a versatile diver’s timepiece that is available in a choice of mother-of-pearl dials, in Blush Pink, Aegean Blue, and Seafoam Green. Whichever dial version one chooses, it is perfect for most casual and semi-formal settings, as well as an active lifestyle. The dial version featured here is Blush Pink.

The Aquis Date displays the hours, minutes, centre seconds, and date at 6 o’clock. It has a 36.50 mm multi-piece stainless-steel case, minutes scale bezel, and a rubber strap with a stainless-steel folding clasp. On the dial side, it has a sapphire crystal, domed on both sides, with anti-reflective coating inside. On the caseback side, it has a see-through mineral glass. It is water resistant upto 30 bar or 300 metres.

Oris 733, an automatic calibre, powers this timepiece. In addition to the hours, minutes, centre seconds and date, its features include an instantaneous date, date corrector, and a stop-second function. It has 26 jewels, beats at frequency of 28,800 VPH or 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 38 hours.

Reference: 01 733 7770 4158-07 4 18 66FC

Price: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED): 9100

Website: https://www.oris.ch/en-AE/watch/aquis-date/01-733-7770-4158-07-4-18-66fc


For Him: ProPilot X Calibre 400.

The ProPilot X Calibre 400 is a pilot’s timepiece which features a blue dial, a new generation Oris high-performance calibre, anti-magnetism, and a five-day power reserve. Its handsome yet understated looks ensures it is versatile enough for most settings, be it casual, semi-formal, or formal. It is the perfect gift for him.

The ProPilot X Calibre 400 displays the hours, minutes, centre seconds, and date at 6 o’clock. It has a 39.00 mm multi-piece titanium case with a multi-piece titanium metal bracelet with a folding clasp. On the dial side, it has a sapphire crystal, domed on both sides, with anti-reflective coating inside. On the caseback side, it has see-through sapphire glass. It is water resistant upto 10 bar or 100 metres.

Oris 400, an in-house automatic calibre, powers this timepiece. In addition to the hours, minutes, centre seconds and date, its features include an instantaneous date, date corrector, and a stop-second function. The calibre has 21 jewels, beats at a frequency of 28,800 VPH or 4 Hz, and has a power reserve of 120 hours.

Reference: 01 400 7778 7155-07 7 20 01TLC

Price: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED): 18100

Website: https://www.oris.ch/en-AE/watch/propilot-x-calibre-400/01-400-7778-7155-07-7-20-01tlc


Bulgari

Bulgari, founded in 1884, is a prestigious Italian luxury brand. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, it has a legacy of iconic designs and creations in luxury categories such as jewellery, timepieces, accessories, fragrances, cosmetics, leather goods and hotels.

We have selected two Bulgari timepieces which would make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts.

For Her: Lucea.

“Exquisitely feminine, Lucea not only tames the light, but also captures and holds the gaze. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the watch’s jewelry-inspired lines have been elegantly refined, gently and ever so closely embracing the wrist. Beyond its diamond-set dial, Bulgari unveils new facets of Lucea’s personality through the artistry of mother-of-pearl Intarsio and malachite inlay.”

This gorgeous timepiece is as much a piece of jewelry as it is a timepiece. For the woman who loves precious and semi-precious stones, exquisite craftsmanship, elegant design, and seeks them all in a versatile timepiece, the Lucea is the perfect gift for her.

The Lucea displays the hours, minutes, and centre seconds. Its dial is a symphony of green malachite Intarsio, with hour markers set with 12 diamonds. Its 33 mm case is crafted in steel and rose gold, and its bezel is set with round brilliant-cut diamonds. It has a rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut synthetic sapphire and diamond. This timepiece has a total of 56 diamonds, about 1.3 carats. It has a polished and satin-finished steel and rose gold bracelet with folding clasp. It is water resistant upto 50 metres.

It is powered by an automatic calibre, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 42 hours. It is visible via a sapphire crystal caseback.

Reference: 103731

Website: https://www.bulgari.com/en-int/lvmh-watch-week.html


For Him: Octo Finissimo Yellow Gold Automatic.

“Sleek, elegant, and technically at the cutting edge: Octo Finissimo revolutionizes watchmaking codes and conventions. The icon’s aura, ever timeless and contemporary, gains an unsuspected intensity thanks to the magic of yellow gold, and in a rare steel version with a salmon dial.”

The version featured here is Yellow Gold.

Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo is a Bulgari icon as well as a horological icon Its aesthetic design and ultra-thin automatic calibre is a unique interpretation of a classical timepiece, one with an abundance of Italian design and flair. For the man who loves classical timepieces “with a twist” and ultra-thin mechanical calibres, the Octo Finissimo is the perfect gift for him.

The Octo Finissimo displays the hours and minutes and has a small seconds function on a subdial between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. It has a blue lacquered dial with a sunburst finish. The hands, hour markers – including the 6 and 12 – are all gilded in yellow gold. The 40 mm dial is crafted in 18K yellow gold. The case is ultra-thin, with a case thickness of only 6.4 mm. Its crown is crafted in yellow gold with a black ceramic insert. It has an 18K yellow gold bracelet with 3-blade folding clasp. It is water resistant upto 100 metres.

It is powered by an in-house extra-slim mechanical automatic calibre BVL 138. The calibre’s microrotor is crafted in platinum. It is 36.60 mm in diameter and only 2.23 mm thickness. It beats at a frequency of 21,600 VPH and has a power reserve of 60 hours. It is visible via a sapphire crystal caseback.

Reference: 103812

Website: https://www.bulgari.com/en-int/lvmh-watch-week.html


Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin is among the most prestigious watchmakers in the world. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1755, it is the oldest continuous watchmaker in existence. Some of the most historical, technically impressive, beautiful, bejeweled timepieces of all time display “Vacheron Constantin” on its dial.

We have selected two Vacheron Constantin timepieces – both from its Traditionnelle collection – which would make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts. Both these timepieces feature a “majestic green sunburst dial highlighted by a pink gold case.”

According to Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s Style and Heritage Director:

“The Traditionnelle collection embodies the full measure of Vacheron Constantin’s watchmaking legitimacy. These are models steeped in history and tradition, endowed with specific stylistic codes reflecting a timeless aesthetic, regardless of the mechanical complexity involved. Through this new dial colour, Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its contemporary vision of the classic approach to design.”

For Her: Traditionnelle manual-winding 33 mm.

The Traditionnelle manual-winding 33 mm is a classical round timepiece. For the lady who loves a classical haute-horology timepiece at the highest level, adorned with diamonds, and a beautifully finished hand-wound calibre, the Traditionnelle manual-winding 33 mm is the perfect gift for her.

It displays the hours and minutes. Its dial is deep green colour and sunburst finished. The dauphine hands and applied baton hour markers are crafted in 18K 5N pink gold, the latter set against a railroad style minutes track. The 33 mm case and crown are crafted in 18K 5N pink gold. The bezel is set with 54 round-cut diamonds, approximately 0.87 carats. It comes with a “deep green Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell, stitched tip, square scales.”  Its buckle is crafted in 18K 5N pink gold, whose design is a polished half Maltese cross – the Vacheron Constantin symbol. It is water resistant upto 3 bar or 30 metres.

It is powered by in-house manual winding calibre 1440, adorned with the Hallmark of Geneva (along with the rest of the timepiece). It has 116 parts, 19 jewels, beats at a frequency of 28,800 VPH or 4 Hz, and has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. It is visible via a sapphire crystal caseback.

Reference: 1405T/000R-H009

Price: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED): 112,000

Website: https://www.vacheron-constantin.com/ae/en/collections/traditionnelle/1405t-000r-h009.html


For Him: Traditionnelle manual-winding 38 mm.

The Traditionnelle manual-winding 38 mm is a classical round timepiece. Among the most gorgeous time-only watches in the world, it is quite versatile, equally at ease with a pair of jeans and with a tux. For the man who loves a classical haute-horology timepiece at the highest level, adorned with a beautifully finished hand-wound calibre, the Traditionnelle manual-winding 38 mm is the perfect gift for him.

The Traditionnelle manual-winding 38 mm displays the hours, minutes, and small seconds at 6 o’clock. Its dial is deep green colour and sunburst finished. The dauphine hands and applied baton hour markers are crafted in 18K 5N pink gold, the latter set against a railroad style minutes track. The 38 mm case and crown are crafted in 18K 5N pink gold. It comes with a “deep green Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with calf inner shell, tone-on-tone, stitched tip, square scales.”  Its buckle is crafted in 18K 5N pink gold, whose design is a polished half Maltese cross – the Vacheron Constantin symbol. It is water resistant upto 3 bar or 30 metres.

It is powered by in-house manual winding calibre 4400 AS, adorned with the Hallmark of Geneva (along with the rest of the timepiece). It has 127 parts, 21 jewels, beats at a frequency of 28,800 VPH or 4 Hz, and has a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. It is visible via a sapphire crystal caseback.

Reference: 82172/000R-H008

Price: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED): 89,500

Website: https://www.vacheron-constantin.com/ae/en/collections/traditionnelle/82172-000r-h008.html

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