Father’s day is coming up and what better way to surprise that rock in your life than with a watch? Functional, practical and very personal: it is in many ways the perfect gift. But which watch to get him? That depends on the type of dad you have! Here are a few suggestions:
The Fashionable Dad
Chanel, especially No.5, must rank as one of the most popular gifts for Mother’s Day, but for Father’s Day it is often not the first brand one thinks of. With the Monsieur de Chanel the brand changes the game. A jump hour watch, with a movement made by Romain Gauthier, in that timeless, elegant style that Chanel is so well known for.
The Active Dad
Some dads simply can never sit still, so don’t give them a watch that might slow them down. The Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military might be right up his alley. With its 24-hour military dial and chronograph function, it will sure please dad. Also nice to know is that although the Breitling is 50mm in diameter, the case is made out of “Breitlight,” which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium, yet stronger than steel.
The Away-For-Work Dad
Especially when your dad has to travel a lot for work, a watch will be the perfect gift. Even away from home, it will be a constant reminded of your love for him, and when you make sure that the watch has a second time zone, he also knows exactly at what time he can phone home. Hublot’s recently introduced Big Bang UNICO GMT does just that and will serve as a practical and stylish travel companion for dad. Now all you have to do is decide whether your dad is more into titanium or carbon fiber.
The Classic Dad
A Patek Philippe might be a bit of a selfish gift, as the brand has one of the most successful slogans in the industry: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.” It is, however, also one of the gold standards when it comes to watches. The only challenge will be: which one to choose? When it comes to classic dress watches the Calatrava is an icon, and for a good reason! Not only because of its timeless lines, but also due to the incredible movements Patek Philippe fits these watches with.
Yes, they exist Dad’s who don’t care about watches, either because they have already retired and don’t feel the need wearing one anymore, or because they have the latest iPhone on which they check the time. Either way, resist the impulse to get them an Apple watch but get them a classic, like an Omega Speedmaster. The combination of history (it was the first watch on the moon!) and a mechanical movement might not strike a cord at first, but believe me, after they wear it for a couple of weeks it might just ignite.