Buying the one you love a watch for Christmas is the ultimate gift – whether you’re purchasing for your partner or family member. It can be tricky trying to choose a timepiece for someone else, as it is a piece of jewellery they will no doubt wear every day, and it needs to suit their style, so only attempt this if you know them very well! Here are 5 tips to help you choose the perfect watch every time.
Do your homework
Browsing in shop windows is all very well, but if you really want to impress the one you love, you need to know a bit about what’s hot, and what’s not. The best way to stay on top of current watch trends is to purchase a watch magazine or go online and visit some luxury watch retail sites. This way, you’ll be able to find out which brands and styles are up and coming, and which are so last season.
Assess their style
Buying a super-glamorous luxury watch studded with diamonds is a great idea if you’re looking for a dress watch for your partner, or if they are the type of person who is always dressed up for social events. However if they prefer to dress more casually, be aware that their new watch might not be worn very often. Take a look at their wardrobe to see what their favourite outfits are and use the styles and colours as inspiration to choose their new watch.
It can be tempting to choose the most expensive watch in a bid to impress at Christmas, but some people may feel uncomfortable sporting such an extravagant piece of jewellery on their wrist on a daily basis. A watch which costs hundreds of thousands is likely to only be worn for special occasions, whereas a more understated watch that costs a little less could be worn everyday.
Opt for quality
Rather than choosing a high fashion watch which isn’t high quality, opt for luxury timepieces that have well-made movements and are constructed from durable materials. Remember, a watch should last for years to come, and it’s probably the most important accessory a man or woman can wear, so quality is key.
Think about durability
It’s important to consider how durable the watch you are looking at will be for daily wear. For example, white gold is beautiful, but it is rhodium plated, which means the plating will gradually wear off. If your partner or family member works in a physical job, a more durable material may be more suitable, or at least one which does not require replating, such as platinum, for example.