This year, the Swatch Group went all out for Valentine’s Day — creating some of the most sumptuous (and expensive) watches that honor romance and love. Here, we take a look at a few of those watches that will definitely break the bank, as well as one highly affordable one. Here, we check out — in alphabetical order so as not to play favorites — five Swatch Group Valentine’s Day watches that definitely have chocolate beat.
This Blancpain Ladybird Valentine’s Day 2022 watch boasts a white mother-of-pearl dial with an inner ring of diamonds and bright red stylized Arabic numerals. The seconds hand, a slender and somewhat poetic pointer emulates cupid’s arrow piercing a red heart. The 18-karat 3 m white gold case and lugs are meticulously set with diamond brilliants and a red leather strap finishes the look of this almost 35mm watch that houses a self-winding movement developed by Blancpain. Just 99 pieces will be made.
This Reine de Naples watch 18-karat gold oval watch boasts a bezel that is meticulously set with 128 diamonds. The crown is set with a ruby cabochon and the mother-of-pearl background encircles moon-phase indicator, a power reserve indicator and an offset time-indication dial. The subsidiary seconds dial is in the shape of a stylized heart. A self-winding mechanical movement with high-tech silicon balance spring powers the watch. Just 28 pieces will be made.
This Glashütte Original Lady Serenade 36mm stainless steel case boasts a mother-of-pearl dial set with eight heart-shaped pink sapphire crystals interspersed with Roman numerals. The bezel sparkles with 52 diamonds and is complemented by a cabochon cut diamond on the crown. The watch is powered by a mechanical movement bad in house that offers 40 hours of power reserve. Just 50 pieces will be made.
The Harry Winston Premier Valentine’s Flying Hearts Automatic 36mm watch features a dial decorated with a bouquet of heart-shaped balloons crafted in either red, pink or white cabochons. Seven balloons boast diamond backgrounds, three are set with rubies and another two are set with pink sapphires. The final two are fully diamond-set. The balloons are tied together with twisted white-gold threads with two heart-shaped rubies at the bottom. The 18-karat 36mm white gold case and lugs are set with 57 diamond brilliants. A mechanical movement with 72 hours of power reserve powers the watch. Just 14 pieces will be made.
The single truly affordable Valentine’s Day watch that comes in under $1000 is the Swatch Valentine’s Day piece. Each of the three versions are made of biosourced materials and glow in the dark. Buy two watches, get a “Break Glass” box. $80 each.