Valentine’s Day watches for men Cupid’s three Cs.
An unusual selection, with an unusual colour for the most romantic day of the year.
If you read my editorial earlier this week, then you may have noticed a mild dig at the Swiss watch industry’s lack of originality as far as its Valentine’s Day selections are concerned. Many of them are directed solely at ladies, as if they are the only ones worthy of a gift, even in these days where sexually equality is dominating the news. Surely if women should be entitled to equal pay, then men should also be entitled to be gifted a watch for Valentine’s Day?
Joking aside, I’ve decided to present a thoroughly unconventional selection of Valentine’s Day watches this year. They are grouped around two themes: the first is the all-black look, which remains popular, whether for a generously-sized and thoroughly sporty watch such as the Cvstos Sea-Liner Chrono Regatta, or a resolutely classic design such as the Czapek Quai des Bergues. The second theme is more of a coincidence, since all the brand names below start with the same initial as Cupid, whose arrow is responsible for so many hits and misses today. All three offer a design and a level of exclusivity that are guaranteed to attract admiring glances and strike conversations.
Cvstos Sea-Liner Chrono Regatta
This watch is the perfect gift for the avid sailor who takes part in the odd regatta. Its large tonneau case in black PVD coated steel is a signature design trait of Cvstos, the dial has a nautical teak base and the Cvstos 577 automatic chronograph movement includes a regatta countdown function that indicates the successive five-minute cycles that lead up to the start of a match racing regatta. Retail price: 22,000 Swiss francs.
Sea-Liner Chrono Regatta © Cvstos
Cyrus Klepcys Chronograph Skeleton
There are three different versions of the all-black Cyrus Klepcys chronograph. I naturally chose the one with red accents as the only concession to the usual colour theme of Valentine’s Day. For 15,900 Swiss francs you get an in-house chronograph movement developed in conjunction with Jean-François Mojon (Chronode) that offers 48 hours of power reserve. The case is a combination of steel, titanium and black DLC and its symmetrical crowns at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, rather than the usual arrangement of three pushers on the right-hand side of the case, set it apart from all other chronographs on the market.
Klepcys Chronograph Skeleton © Cyrus
Czapek & Cie Quai des Bergues “Black Prince”
The darling of high-end watch brand crowdfunding has a horological prince for you for Valentine’s Day. Featuring Czapek’s unique “double ricochet” engine-turned decoration on the dial, the Black Prince model comes with a black-coated titanium case and black galvanic dial (over the hand engine-turned decoration). Czapek’s exclusive SXH1 seven-day movement is hand wound and displays the small seconds at 7.30 and the combined power reserve and days of the week at 4.30 on its signature dial design inspired by an historical pocket watch design by François Czapek. This is a limited edition of just 25 pieces that retails for 16,800 Swiss francs.
Quai des Bergues Black Prince © Czapek & Cie
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