The joy of unisex
Hands up if you wear a unisex scent. How about if you share a watch with your significant other? Today the lines between gender stereotypes are more blurred than ever. Many brands bypass the topic of unisex by avoiding discrimination arising from the impression that there are social roles for which one gender is more suited than another.
We’ve all seen women sporting a chunky Rolex Submariner or Panerai, and a man in a vintage 34mm Rolex or ultra-thin Patek Philippe Calatrava. All of these examples transcend gender perfectly and are desirable to individuals who share a love or passion for the timepiece.
But the good news is that ‘matching couples’ watches don’t always have to be identical, or indeed the same watch. They could share a common theme. Or be different versions of the same watch.
We have picked out a great selection of our pre-owned watches which share a particular style or theme - ideal for couples looking to share another aspect of their lives together, in time.
Think of a watch...
What is it about the form of a Rolex watch that captures the heart so quickly? In layman’s terms it’s down to the fact that in a Rolex the form follows function. The modern Rolex Oyster Perpetual is not that very far removed from the first iteration launched almost 100 years ago. That’s because both are designed to do one thing really well, and that’s keep water out.
Why buy these?
When it comes to collectability and long-term desirability, these are the kinds of pieces you want to go for. It’s so hard to beat the classic look offered by this family. They make a great introduction to high-end horology, and deserve a place on a very short shortlist if both of you intend to be faithful to the one watch in your life.
Who should buy these?
These two should suit a couple with a busy lifestyle where there’s always a need to move effortlessly from chic to sleek to casual and back again in the minimum time possible. Dress it up with haute couture or down with denim. Is there a more versatile watch than a Rolex Oyster?
The aesthetics of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. This black dialled Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date comes in a 34mm stainless steel case, the absolute sweet spot for both sexes.
Champagne anyone? This bi-metal 31mm case in stainless steel & 18k yellow gold is right on trend right now, as is the slightly ‘vintage-esque’ champagne baton dial and jubilee bracelet.
The simplicity of an original
The Santos is generally accepted as being the first watch designed for the wrist. People were strapping pocket watches to their wrists or fitting old movements into modified cases with straps, but the Santos was, from idea to initial execution, a wristwatch. In 1904, Louis Cartier made a special watch for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviator who needed a watch he could check without taking his hands off the controls of his early aircraft. Cartier obliged, making Santos-Dumont a little gold watch with exposed screws and a square profile...and the rest is history.
Why buy these?
It’s retro, it’s vintage-y, it’s entirely modern. The Santos is a bona fide classic of a design. Dare we say ‘iconic’. It’s one of the styles that made Cartier the internationally renowned brand that it is today. The Santos became the defining watch of the 1980s and Cartier has ensured that it has stayed top dog with subtle tweaks over the years whilst always remaining true to the original.
Who should buy these?
Outdoorsy couples will love the Santos; part sports watch, part dress watch, part lifelong tribute to the art of style. And it’s Cartier. Does it get any more romantic than to wear a watch by the ‘jeweller to kings’?
Don’t let its oversize looks fool you, the Santos 100 works on the average wrist just fine and packs a huge amount of wrist appeal whilst doing it. That bold appearance is just what a lot of watch lovers are looking for these days.
The Cartier Santos Galbee in stainless steel with a white roman dial on a stainless steel bracelet is the watch that changed the way people look at Cartier. And the Galbee has been a staple in ‘La Maison’s’ line-up for nearly 40 years. No wonder.
A marriage watch made in heaven
To differentiate their mechanical offerings from the growing crowd of modernist quartz watches, IWC launched the Portofino line in 1984 as a "pocket watch for the wrist." Indeed, the early Portofinos carried a movement based on that of a pocket watch. The distinctive Portofino silhouette features a thick, rounded case with a prominent crown, a dial design that’s always restrained, and slim feuille hands. Portofino is a benchmark for style whose character is an integral part of the IWC collection.
Why buy these?
The Portofino is solidly built, and while it’s (mostly) unobtrusive it also has enough presence and character to make checking the time what it should be… one of life’s small but distinct and consistent pleasures. It’s charming, durable, and will reward reasonable care with a lifetime of service. It’s hard to imagine what more you could ask from a daily wear timepiece.
Who should buy this?
This set is best for a couple with an attachment to vintage pieces who want all the advantages of a modern watch. Wear them every day, or wear them on special occasions. The Portofino is a social chameleon that knows when to blend in, or stand out.
The Hand-Wound Eight Days is the flagship of the Portofino collection. It features a recently uprated IWC-manufactured calibre hand wound movement, with a power reserve that runs precisely and reliably for yes, eight days.
Diamonds are marmite but they can look fantastic, as here on this 36mm case, 18k rose gold, white mother of pearl with roman dial on a black alligator leather bracelet, powered by an automatic movement.
Man-up. How to wear a women's watch
Most men would baulk at wearing a watch with a diamond bezel or mother-of-pearl dial. So what if you, as a couple, really want to share just one watch or swap between a pair every once in a while? The simplest option – you’ve guessed it - would be to share a ‘man’s’ watch or two (they usually look great on women). Luckily a growing trend for vintage sized watches of 34-38mm means watch lovers of all sexes can be kept happy by a simple steel, gold or bi-metal Cartier, Rolex or IWC.
Shop our full collection of pre-owned watches here.