Us women, we take every opportunity we get to preach about feminism, gender equality and women’s right… yet how many of us would hesitate even for a moment before accepting that extravagant rock of an engagement ring from our dearly beloveds? And no, I’m not referring to cold feet about whether he’s ‘The One’ or not (though that too, is a valid consideration; remember ladies, there are plenty of fish in the sea, if you’re not sure!). I mean, we’re living well into the 21st century, so isn’t it only right that we break the shackles of conservative traditions, and make the whole game of ‘engagement’ a level playing field? Of course, I’m not suggesting we do away with the diamond ringaltogether (surely, we must preserve some traditions in good faith… and it definitely helps that said tradition is sparkly!). But,how about we present our grooms with something just as thoughtful and beautiful as ourengagement rings?
If you’re wondering what that special something could be, let me stop you right there. Sure, there are a million different personalised items you could gift your hubby-to-be, but there’s really only one thing that could match up to the symbolism and sentiment behind the engagement ring –and that, my dear ladies (and gentlemen hoping to leave this blog mysteriously withinreading-distance of your ladyloves)… is a watch. Not just any watch- a watch that speaks to her personality. You should go for the likes of Cartier and Rolex now available at retail outlets like Ethos Watch Boutiques. Gift this watch to your man and trust me you will make him feel like a millions bucks without much effort. This particular watch is your secret passage to your man’s heart.
Just as you’re likely to wear your engagement ring proudly for (hopefully) the rest of your life, you want to be able to give him something that he too, can always keep close to him.And really, there are only twos permanent features on a man’s daily get-up–a wedding band and a watch.A watch is the quintessential men’s accessory. But more than that, it’s a symbol of time –quite literally (so our EQ-challenged men don’t have to work too hard to figure out the hidden symbolism here!). So where does one acquire such a ticker? Vintage shops and auction houses are a great place to discover valuable timepieces rich with history –the perfect kind of watch you can see him passing down to your kids. Today, with retailers online, it is a matter of a few clicks!
Check out these stunning timepieces that may just give your engagement ring a run for its money, and will most definitely melt your grooms-to-be into a puddle of eternal gratefulness, love and devotion:
IWC Portofino IW356511
Old-school pocket watches are all well and good, but here’s a chic spin that bodes beautifully with the modern day groom.And while the golden rule of groom’s watches has been keeping it simple withwhite and cream dials, I’m sure any man would be more than happy to make an exception for a beauty like this! Think of it this way: the distinctive grey dial can be a unique reminder of your special bond.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Q1358420
He might have his eyes set on that chunky new sports watch, but there’s no way that’s appropriate for your big day, and the years to come. A wedding watch isn’t about a hobby or passing fad –you’ve got to give him something that’s really special. And when I say special, what I really mean is –a classic dress watch, slim, sleek, sophisticated and timelessly stylistic. He may not wear it everyday, but on those special occasions, a dress watch is what he needs. This is just one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s many fabulous designs that stands out for the occasion; you’re free to browse through the rest at Ethos Watch Boutiques for a better look at the brand’s luxurious offerings.
Lange &Söhne Lange 1 117.032
The rule for wedding watches is generally ‘neat and clean’ dials, but since we’re all for breaking the rules today, let’s go ahead and add this gorgeous ticker to the list. In fact, what makes this timepiece stand out –apart from the brand’s renowned appeal—is the display of complications itself. For the kind of man who loves his horology rich with complications, this is the kind of design you want to lookout for
Cartier Tank W5330001
Finally, let’s make room for a little traditional favourite –the Cartier Tank collection that’s been making ripples in the world of horology since it’srelease way back in 1917. Inspired by military tanks from the era of WWI, for the dewy-eyed lovers, the Tank can be a symbol of strength and endurance, of how love conquers all.