Planning ahead for something to splurge on when you receive your bonus this year, but not keen on getting any more handbags or heels? It’s time to invest in a luxury timepiece – a great one not only tells the time, but is also a perfect conversation starter at any occasion.
If you are not sure what would be a good choice, check out these 13 that are well-known for their functionality, design, and value!
1. Cartier Santos-Dumont Watch
If you don’t fancy the look of huge and clunky wristwatches, you will love this classy piece from Cartier. The look is dressy and elegant, but not at all fussy. Like many of the more simple designs from Cartier, the Santos-Dumont watch has a versatility and style that makes it suitable for both formal and casual wear.
For those who are interested in watch movements, you may also be interested to know that watches in this collection uses a quartz movement, thus resulting in a entry-level price point that doesn’t hurt your wallet as much.
Get this at SGD17,300 from Cartier boutiques & licensed retailers.
2. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”
Fans of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Le Petit Prince can’t miss out on this gorgeous timepiece from IWC. It is made from 18-carat hard gold, a special variant of red gold that is significantly harder and around 5 to 10 times more wear-resistant than conventional red gold.
What’s truly unique about this, however, is the perpetual moon phase display on board: on the moon, you will find The Little Prince standing, watching the stars.
Get this from IWC boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet is one of the brands that has always been at the forefront of women’s watches, so it is little wonder that they understand what makes most women tick: white gold and diamonds. The watch comes in two versions; one with baguette-cut diamonds, and one with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Some say that the watch’s design is clearly designed to be dramatic, almost like a freeze-frame image of a detonation in progress, so you can wear this to add a gorgeous pop of bling to an otherwise mundane outfit.
Get this from Audemars Piguet boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
4. Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Discrète
Despite its name, it’s hard not to make a bold fashion statement with this watch from Vacheron Constantin. Designed like a folding fan, the Heure Discrete is named as such as it has a dial for the time that can be hidden. Part of the fan can be closed over the dial to make it “discrete.”
This style of watch for women’s formal attire was popular for a while because in the past, it was not considered “proper” for a women to have a timepiece at certain events. However, women liked having timepieces with hidden dials so that they could discreetly look at the time, making this watch a truly rebellious and powerful symbol.
Get this from Vacheron Constantin boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
5. Blancpain Retrograde Calendar
Blancpain’s Retrograde Calendar may just be the watch of your dreams, literally.
This timepiece’s dreamlike quality is introduced by the moon phase at 12 o’clock, nestled in a starry, diamond-studded sky. It is also set with 40 diamonds, features a mother-of-pearl marquetry, and completed with a classy white strap.
Get this from Blancpain boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
6. Omega De Ville Ladymatic Omega Co-Axial 34 mm
If you identify yourself as a woman who cares as much about the technology in her timepiece as she does its appearance, Omega’s Ladymatic is crafted specially for you.
This exquisite piece features a white mother-of-pearl dial that is marked with diamond-set indexes and decorated in a supernova pattern with a date window. The bezel is mounted on a red gold case that looks every bit as elegant, but more unique than your usual gold and rose gold options.
Get this at SGD31,500 from Omega boutiques & licensed retailers.
7. Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry Folie des Prés Watch
You may better know Van Cleef & Arpels as a jeweller, but their watch collections, which incorporate their beautiful gems, are just as stunning.
This watch is from their Folie des Prés collection, which celebrates nature through a profusion of brightly coloured wild flowers. This combination of a beautiful diamond bracelet and functional timepiece makes this a truly covetable accessory that many of us would be more than happy to splurge on.
Get this from Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
8. Chanel Camélia Jewellery Watch
The camellia is undoubtedly one of the most prominent symbols of Chanel, as Coco Chanel herself had a soft spot for this particular flower.
Made from 18k white gold, diamonds, and cultured pearls, this watch with the symbolic camellia motif is undoubtedly a fashion piece that any Chanel fan would want in their collection. It also doubles up as an elegant accessory which will instantly upgrade any outfit choice.
Get this from Chanel boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
9. Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente
If you prefer a classic design and are not keen on watches that look too fanciful, this one from Hermès will be right up your alley.
Waiting for time to tick by is also no longer a painful task, thanks to its novel and useful ‘reminder’ function. One hour prior to the reminder, a hand commences a 60-minute countdown on a retrograde scale and you can track its progress to, well, relieve your impatience. When the time you’ve been waiting for finally comes, you will hear a pleasant, poetic chime.
Get this from Hermès boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
10. Patek Philippe Gondolo Serata 4972/1G-001
The unique design and distinctly feminine look of this Patek Philippe piece is highly-coveted by the fashion-conscious, and it’s easy to see why.
Rather than the congest the dial with hour markers and sub-dials, the watch’s simple but elegant mother-of-pearl guilloche dial only features two hour & minute hands, and the 12 & 6 markers. Paired with a chic 18K white gold bracelet and immaculately decorated links, it is undoubtedly a modern interpretation of the brand’s historical piece.
Get this at SGD75,100 from Patek Philippe boutiques & licensed retailers.
11. Chopard Happy Diamonds Icon Watch
If you are already impressed by beautiful diamonds on a sleek watch, you will most likely be wowed by this masterpiece from Chopard.
The Happy Diamonds Icon Watch boasts the brand’s signature moving diamonds, so you can see them swirling around the dial within a transparent case. It is a brilliant novelty that does not hinder your view of the time, making this watch every bit as practical as it is endearing.
Get this from Chopard boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
12. Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Titanium Pavé
For women who want a watch that looks similar in form to the men’s equivalent, but don’t want to miss out on the bling that comes with most ladies’ options, look no further than Hublot’s Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Pavé.
Equipped with the brand’s signature rubber & alligator leather strap, and a diamond-adorned titanium case, this watch is undoubtedly the best of both worlds.
Get this from Hublot boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.
13. Rolex Datejust 31
If your bonus this year isn’t as big as you expected, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on a luxury watch you’ve promised to reward yourself with.
Rolex offers a more affordable option, Datejust 31, without compromising on anything that makes for a good luxury watch. You can also get this watch in different coloured dials, according to your personal preferences.
Get this from Rolex boutiques & licensed retailers, price upon request.