2018 Valentine Gift Guide for the Man You Love
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. With so many cheap, forgettable gifts being thrust at you in every store aisle, on every online ad, it’s not hard to find a gift, but it’s harder to find a meaningful token of your love that will last for years to come. Here, at Secrète Fine Jewelry in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, MD, we recommend choosing one special gift and forgoing the singing greeting cards, the over-priced chocolates, and the cheesy knick-knacks that will only be disposed of in a few days. We have our top 5 picks for Valentine’s Day gifts for the man who makes your heart sing.
1. Hamilton’s Jazzmaster Open Heart Gent
The Jazzmaster Open Heart watch will really... (don’t hate us for the pun) open his heart. This is a beautiful automatic watch from a classic American company that features a semi-skeletonized face so that you can see the movement (AKA the heartbeat) that keeps the watch going. Not only is this watch a beautiful gift for a Valentine with the metaphor of the design, it’s a very well-made watch and a stylish addition to any collection. It boasts one of Hamilton’s in-house movements packing a forceful 80 hour power reserve, so it’s built for function as well as style. At 42mm with classic lines and a subtle visual interest with those skeletonized details, this watch would be an amazing dress watch for any man-- watch collectors and novices alike will appreciate the versatile design which can go from boardroom to night club and everyone will love the value of this amazing piece. Under $1200, this elegant Swiss-made watch makes it an accessible Valentine’s gift for many. Available at Secrète Fine Jewelry’s DuPont Circle store.
2. Oris’s ChronOris Date
Oris recently re-launched this classic motor-sport inspired watch that hearkens back to its 1970 racing watches. This watch is a perfect mixture of sporty and vintage, suitable for the style-conscious man in your life and also for the more casual. Its cool mix of black, white, orange, and rugged leather make it a perfect casual watch that is stylish enough to be worn to work or on a date. In a 39mm sunburst brushed cushion-shaped steel case, it stands out-- but not too much. It’s an interesting, unique watch without being too big or too flashy. This is a great gift for your one-of-a-kind love. Like all Oris watches, the price of the ChonOris is a steal- since they rely on cult-following rather than expensive ad campaigns and still run their indie-factory all in-house, it’s available for under $1800. Find it at Secrète in DC.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s as classy as he is, try a beautiful pair of 18k gold cufflinks handmade by our master craftsman, Mr. Soo, in our Bethesda workshop. With styles in rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold, with diamonds, gems, mother-of-pearl, or enamel, there are so many choices for the man you love. Pop by our Bethesda, Maryland, or Washington, DC stores today to browse the collections or to talk to the designer.
Handmade cufflinks by Secrète Fine Jewelry in 18k white gold, mother of pearl, and diamonds.
4. Kronaby’s Apex
There are a lot of wearable tech-gadgets, but not every man wants to walk around talking into a plastic rectangle on his wrist--we won’t judge those who have fully embraced their inner-nerds, but some of us still prefer the elegance of a traditional timepiece. Kronaby’s Apex watch is a perfect gift if your Valentine is both Stylish and techy.
Swedish watchmaker Kronaby does what many other watchmakers have tried to do-- to offer the convenience and functionality of a smartwatch combined with the look and feel of a traditional analog watch. Other watchmakers have created attractive but hard-to-use connected watches that offer few functions beyond telling the time and take serious studying to understand. Kronaby’s watch is long-awaited solution with plenty of user friendly functions including call notifications, GPS features, fitness tracking, and music and camera controls. With free IFTTT (“if this, then that”) features, he can actually connect his Kronaby any connected device. And he never has to plug it in to charge it.
If you stop by our DuPont location of Secrète, you can see the whole line ranging in price from $400-$700. Then, when you’re feeling romantic, your suave sweetheart can use his Kronaby to dim the lights and turn on a little smooth jazz, all with the flick of a wrist.
5.Graham’s Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Limited Edition
This statement timepiece from English watchmaker Graham is another throwback style, recreating their famous World War 2 pilot style watches, with the signature clip-operated chronograph functions. In a 44mm aged steel case with a black riveted dial, the Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Limited has some amazing industrial and military style. This numbered limited edition of 250 is a watch-lover’s watch, for sure, with historically accurate details like the onion-shaped crown, and special marks like the RAF-Halifax emblem on the case-back. This 25 jewel automatic watch will stand out in any horologist’s collection, and is a gift of lasting love that will be cherished for generations. Our Secrète team in DuPont Circle will happily assist you in choosing an heirloom timepiece from Graham for your Valentine this year.
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