Compared to a lot of other presents scribbled down in your list when mulling over just the right present over for her, a watch is really something that can be forever. Therefore, it's all the more important to choose just the right timekeeper. To ensure that your Valentine’s Day, wedding reception, or her birthday doesn’t end in an ‘oh, how nice’ dud, we’re here to help you out at Montredo with our ultimate guide for giving the right ladies watch as a gift.
1. Reflect your Taste
The first and most important rule for gift-giving also goes for watches: Never give a ladies watch as a present that doesn’t represent your own taste, but don’t just make a blind leap of faith either. Ladies watches today are very diverse, compared with a few years ago. There’s more mechanical timekeepers then ever before and the days dominated by just gold and flashy bling have made way for a more thoughtful and deliberate watch genre tailored to just about every kind of taste. The golden rule “control yourself” plays a big role here guys. Ladies watches aren’t big toys for big boys and specs like water resistance capabilities, balance springs, and a helium outlet valve are going to impress her about as much as a screen door on a submarine.
2. Use Indicators: Jewelry and Accessories
If you’re unsure about what type of style the watch should have, try using her jewelry and other fashion accessories as indicators. If she doesn’t already own a watch, jewelry can be a major factor in figuring out the right direction to start heading in.
It’s not only a good giveaway of her refined tastes, but you’ll also be giving yourself a high-five down the road for picking out a piece that she’s going to combine with her wardrobe. For all those that like it clean or stripped down, we’ve got good news.
Most women that don’t wear earrings, necklaces, or bracelets still usually like to strap a timepiece on their wrist, nor are you necessarily at a disadvantage when choosing just the right one either. If she doesn’t wear a watch, then she probably hasn’t nailed down her exact tastes yet and this reduces any probability of a style fauxpas when selecting her gift.
3. Play it Safe
Here’s a solid piece of advice: When you’re giving a present, avoid unnecessary risks. The challenge is pulling off a slam dunk here and not wiping out. Unless you’re certain that she’s going to love something really unusual, it’s probably best to avoid gaudy forms and colours. As a rule of thumb, you can generally get tired of something a lot faster when it breaks rank and a watch shouldn’t fall into this category.
Another hazard could be two coloured, gold and steel cases. Once really popular back in the 80s, they are still pretty trendy today. However, in many people’s perception bi-color watches suffer from a stale image. Believe us when we say that she won’t want to be out-of-date when showing off her watch to her friends.
4. Be Attentive: Size and Style
These days, women also like to wear watches in larger sizes. However, unless you know of a specific size preference of hers, we suggest not winging it. A ladies watch has an average case measurement of about 28 to 33 millimetres, although it can also be heavily dependent upon the style of the watch.
Answer this question: Is the watch going to be for everyday wear and tear or just for her more refined and elegant occasions? Keep her dress style in mind and use it as a springing board to choose the right piece. Sporty styled timekeepers usually have a measurement of more than 30 millimetres and often also have one or more additional features next to the time display.
Usually, elegant styled watches are delicate in nature, have clean dials, as well as simple forms and colours. While sporty timepieces are usually composed from stainless steel, the cases of the more elegant variety can also be made of solid or plated gold. If you’re still deliberating on the exact style, here’s another tip: While there’s a certain element of risk when choosing the right sporty model, in almost every woman’s closet, there’s a dress that would fit just right with an elegant dress watch. Two plus two can equal four.
5. Choose the right Brand and Model
A lot of watch brands have fleshed out an extensive renommée for the production of high end ladies watches. With its famous models Ballon Bleu, Pash, Tank, and Santos luxury brand, Cartier has always placed a large emphasis on ladies watches. Next to Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rolex also recognised early on the importance of ladies watches and reacted accordingly.
Other brands that offer a broad selection of ladies watches are TAG Heuer, Longines, Omega, and Bulgari. For a few years, the manufacturer Frederique Constant has been breathing fresh air into the genre. It offers luxury watches, with many ladies models, at very affordable prices.
6. Take Precautions and Prepare in Advance
Regardless if you decide to buy the piece over the internet or by your friendly, local jeweler around the corner, there’s a few things you should take into consideration before you fork over your hard earned cash. Make sure the watch strap is the right size. The standard is about 19,5 - 21 cm (including the watch case). Additional metal links and a longer leather watch strap can be re-ordered, just in case the strap ends up not being the right size. Metal watch bracelets can also be configured to fit the right wrist dimension and come, of course, with any links that have previously been removed.
Time your purchase accordingly, so that it hasn’t been acquired weeks or months in advance, just in case of the eventuality of a necessary return. At Montredo, we have a 14 day return policy that begins as soon as you receive the timepiece. Once you pick out the right watch, check the delivery time and make sure that it doesn’t show up weeks before it's going to be given as a present.
We also recommend not engraving the watch, at least not during the return policy period. While endearing and personalised messages on the case can make your watch very unique, it will negate any possibility of a return if she ends up not liking it. Either way, as long as you take into consideration all of the aforementioned points, the chances are pretty good that you’re going to be able to navigate this mine field.