It is always a good time. Because it is about time. If you need to buy time, here are some ideas.
Time To Cherish
It is that special occasion around the corner, for the significant person in your life. You want to get something that is special, unique, romantic and perhaps enduring. If you are searching for an item that can convey love, commitment, perseverance and daily reminders of your love to him every time he looks at it, on the wrist, you would definitely buy time.
For the special love in your life and the precious offspring who might inherit this timepiece, you would probably go for a watch maker brand that “you are merely looking after it for the next generation”.
This gift would be purely emotional and from the heart with no thoughts or need for ever trading in nor sale as a pre-loved item; however, if ever it comes to that end, with a financial facet in play, one would likely choose a timepiece that is from a reputable watch maker with a possible capital gain.
Most would agree that the oldest watch makers originate in the mid to late 1700s.
Blancpain was founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in Villeret, Switzerland; while later in 1755, Jean-Marc Vacheron founded watch brand Vacheron Constantin, and introduced the first complication in 1770.
Contrary to the popular belief that the third generation heirs would squander the company away, Antoine LeCoultre in 1833, founded a small watch making store in Le Sentier, Switzerland, with his grandson, Jacques-David LeCoultre partnering Paris-based watch maker, Edmond Jaeger, to produce the thinnest watch in the world in 1907, with the birth of Jaeger LeCoultre.
In 1851, Polish watch maker Antoni Patek joined French watch maker Adrien Philippe and founded the ever popular Patek Philippe.
Baume and Mercier first began as Freres Baume in 1830 by two brothers Louis-Victor and Celestin Baume. It was only after partnership with Paul Mercier in 1918 that Baume and Mercier was coined.
Youngest watch maker founder Georges Favre-Jacot at age 22, in 1865, founded Zenith.
During the late 1875, Audemars Piguet was founded in Switzerland.
A. Lange & Söhne was founded in Germany, in a town called Glashutte, in 1845; they produced the best quality pocket watches at that time.
IWC is the watch brand founded by an American, Florentine Ariosto Jones, in 1868, he combined the Swiss craftsmanship with the American made mechanism parts, and hence, the company name.
Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davies in London in 1905, which later moved to Switzerland in 1919.
If you are entertaining the idea of an enduring, classic and perpetual timepiece, the jury is still out, any watch from the list of above named watch maker brands would be ideal; unfortunately, in life, nothing is ideal. You would have to consider his age, his likes, his daily attire and of course (most importantly), your budget. Whether we admit it or not, these 3 factors are actually intertwined. If he is more senior, in all likelihood he would be more successful and would be wearing smart semi-formal (shirt and tie) to work daily, and the more likely that he would prefer a classic watch that would is reliable, attract some attention and perhaps command some respect.
Time Of Your Life
“Since 1735 there has never been a quartz Blancpain, and there never will be…” If your man is a strong believer that time and tide should wait for no man and should not be ran by a battery, an automatic watch is a sure bet. The Blancpain complete calendar moonphase is extremely charming and a true classic. The serpentine curved date hand that travels around the dial adds a certain panache to the timepiece.
The Breguet Tradition is one of the most iconic in their collection. If your man is a true devotee to you (of course) and the mechanics of time, due to the architecture, he would be able to marvel at the movement components and its innards on the dial-side and appreciate the uniqueness of each piece with its 4-digit serialized dial. This is indeed a perennial talk piece with a lot of pride for its wearer.
The Portofino collection over the past 30 years is by far the most successful of the IWC family. The Portofino hand-wound day and date is a perfect combination of practicality and classic design. The 8-day movement runs with great accuracy for 192 hours fully wound, and the power reserve on the dial, adds in the complicated yet peaceful calmness to the time piece.
Ultra-thin watches are nothing new to Jaeger LeCoultre, despite the thin 7.45mm case, the ultra-thin has made little in the way of compromises. The ultra-thin moon is the embodiment of perfect finesse, the dial is simple, discreet and elegant.
A. Lange & Söhne
Established in Saxony, A. Lange & Söhne is undoubtedly the epitome of all classic and luxury timepieces. Established in its original hometown in Glashutte, Germany. Since 1994, the A. Lange 1 has been the face of A. Lange & Söhne. Its distinctive dial with the second hand dial, power reserve and jumping outsize date makes it a horological perfection.
The Rolex has a “crown for every achievement”. It has become synonymous with luxury and achievement. In 1910, Rolex became the first watch maker to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. The Rolex Oyster in 1926 was the world’s first waterproof and dustproof watch. The Rolex Daytona has been, for some, dubbed as the true man’s watch; perhaps linked to the iconic Daytona worn by Paul Newman, given to him by his wife of 50 years (in 1969), with the words “Drive Carefully Me” engraved behind it.
Dedicated to the Italian sculptor, goldsmith and musician, Benvenuto Cellini, in the 16th century, the Rolex Cellini series has evolved into the most classic and gentlemanly watch with full confidence without the ego.
The true horological Harmony comes only from Vacheron Constantin. The distinctive cushion shaped dial with a contemporary appearance integrates the aesthetics and technical expertise harmoniously as one.
The Zenith El Primero, the world’s first most accurate automatic chronograph was manufactured in 1965. The multiple colours on the dial made it tantalising, distinct and yet fun. To Zenith, because time counts, it takes nine months to make just one watch and after 40 years since its launch, it is still the only time piece capable of measuring short times to the nearest tenth of the second.