Father's Day is almost here and we have to ask...do you have the perfect gift? What could be more perfect than watches for Father's Day?
Father's Day is an opportunity for women to celebrate the father of their children – the man with whom they've spent years creating and nurturing a family. And what better way to honor that time than to give him the gift of time itself?
We've put together our choices of the 7 most amazing watches for Father's Day, covering different styles, materials and complications; at least one is going to be perfect for him. So, take your pick for your man!
1. Vacheron Constantin 41mm Patrimony Traditionelle Automatic
A dress watch is a must-have for every man! The Vacheron Constantin 41mm Patrimony Traditionelle Automatic watch is a brilliant example of a dress watch that pays tribute to the past while being rooted in the time and style of today. The clean, simple surface (with nothing but the hour and minute hand) merely hints at the technical perfection beneath the surface. It definitely personifies "less is more"! For a detailed review, check this out.
At a diameter of 41mm (one of the contributors to its "modern" feel), this rose-gold watch is quite perfectly sized for most men's wrists. With a thickness of 7.26mm, it has the enough height for a dress watch, without being ostentatious...this one's definitely not gonna snag on his shirt cuff! And best of all, the Patrimony is an extremely wearable watch that looks as great with a suit and tie as with jeans and a t-shirt.
Vacheron Constantin is a part of what is considered the holy trinity of fine watchmaking, so this watch is a guaranteed piece of excellence...perfect for a man who knows pedigree!
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Automatic 43075/000R-9737
2. Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days
If he's a watch collector, or appreciates them even if he hasn't gotten around to collecting, then he'll love the Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days! Why?This rose gold, hand-wound watch is one of the few from Panerai that comes with a completely in-house movement, the P.5000, which debuted last year. And as every watch aficionado knows, that is a big deal! Besides this, its next great calling card is an 8-day power reserve! An absolutely fantastic quality in a manual watch.
Sized at 44mm, the Luminor Marina is armed with the traditional Luminor case and locking crown, and water-resistant to a depth of 300m. It is the quintessential Panerai!
Gift him this watch and introduce him to the world of the Paneristi! If the rose gold model is a little beyond budget, you can opt for the steel model, which is available for $7,300. An in-house movement Panerai priced like this is something you shouldn't let pass you by!
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro Rossi 44mm PAM00511
3. A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone
If he's a traveler and you want to remind him of home and the people waiting for him, then the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone is what you're looking for. With a diameter of 40.9mm (perfect for accommodating so many subdials) this watch still has a thinness that allows it to slip easily beneath your shirt cuffs, and the curved lugs lend the watch a fine, firm fit on the wrist.
At first glance, the dial appears somewhat busy, but it quickly becomes second nature to pick out the time at home and whichever timezone you're in. It comes with a power reserve of over 72 hours when wound; since it's a manually wound watch, 72 hours is a pretty good reserve!
While this watch has been around for quite a few years, this white gold model is a fairly recent addition to the collection. Unlike the earlier pieces, this watch has luminescent hands and markers, making it easy to pick out the time in the dual time zones display, along with the day and night indicators...perfect for timing those late night calls home!
If the white gold model doesn't quite suit your fancy, similar pieces are available in yellow and rose gold, and platinum. For a detailed review of this watch and some history on the brand, visit this link.
A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Timezone 116.039
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is another option in dress watches. This watch is perfect for a man who considers himself a seasoned watch lover and craves the distinction of being among the few who own a limited edition piece! For this man, this 18k white gold watch will be an extreme joy – a gift that will be very hard to top!
Unlike the Vacheron we discussed, this watch has a minute repeater and flying tourbillon, complications that really appeal to horology-lovers! While the flying tourbillon showcases JLC's watchmaking excellence, the minute repeater is an extremely charming complication that brings a touch of the distant past to today. For more details on this watch, read the review here.
This watch is available in only 75 pieces this year, so if you want one, you'll have to move quickly! If you don't get it though, you can always consider the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon and the Master Tourbillon Dualtime.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon 1313520
5. Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish
The Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish is aimed at a man who loves presentation and performance, and lives for the great outdoors. Whether your man loves the open skies or the ocean depths (especially the open depths), this latest offering from Breitling will call to him!
This 44mm steel bracelet watch is clearly a diving watch (whether the diving happens in the deep blue sea or the deep end of the pool) and comes with the usual screw down crown, locking chrono pushers, ratcheting bezel and thick sapphire crystal. A new variation divers in this model is that the numbers have been embedded with rubber. With a day and date display and easy visibility of the display, this watch will transition well to casual wear as well. For more information on this watch, read the review here.
This model is priced at $6,250, although three rubber models ranging between $5,750 to $6,050 will be coming along shortly. This watch will be the perfect accompaniment for whenever you decide to explore the Great Barrier Reef together...or something equally exotic!
Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish
6. IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
Every man has once dreamed of being a fighter pilot (especially after watching Tom Cruise do it!) and tearing through the skies at incredible speeds. The IWC Big Pilot Top Gun watches are a way for him to have a small piece of this dream!
Inspired by military style and staying true to IWC's Pilot Watch legacy, the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar and Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar are the perfect accompaniment for a man who is drawn to the prestige and appearance of all things military and navy! You can check out our previous post to get a better idea of what these watches offer. For more options in the Pilot watches, visit this link.
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002
7. Calibre de Cartier Diver watches
Another great range of options in dive watches is the Calibre de Cartier Diver series. These watches are a great blend of the functionality that a diver's watch should have, with the sheer aesthetics that the luxury brand Cartier is famous for!
With a diameter of 42mm, perfect for all wrist sizes, and a thickness of 11mm, these watches have the distinction of being the slimmest diving watches currently available. Available in a steel and steel and rose gold case, and paired with either a smart black rubber strap or a bracelet, these watches transition well from water to land, and from work suits to bathing suits!
Calibre de Cartier Diver watch W7100052
So we think these are great choices for you and your husband's celebration of fatherhood this year. If you loved these pieces, or want to know what your other options might be, contact us today. Better yet, if you're in La Jolla, visit CJ Charles Jewelers for some hands on assistance.