In a few days it’s Father’s Day in Canada and many other countries around the world. It is the time to remember all the moments we spent with our Dad, how we looked up at him and how continue to consider him as the most extraordinary man in our life.
You want to thank him with a gif, you can’t go wrong with a timepiece, but which one? There are too many styles, at a wide range of prices, it might be hard to pick the right one. That’s where we’ll try to help you with this story.
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph
My buddy and WatchPaper contributor, TimeCaptain, when asked him what watch he would give his father, he told me that his Dad who is British, old fashioned with a taste for quality would be happy with a Rolex Daytona Chronograph.
Rolex Cellini Time
Since we’re at Rolex, let me share with you one my favourite model from this year, the Cellini Time with white gold case. Introduced at the 2014 Baselworld, it is meant to show the time, there are no extra functions to interfere with the elegant simplicity of the dial. I can imagine it on the wrist of a person who appreciates luxury, not the noisy bling, but the inconspicuous timeless elegance.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Another friend, FormulaTime, would go with something classy, timeless and old-school, like a Patek Philippe. Patek has many timeless and classy pieces, but I immediately taught of Calatrava, and especially the Ref. 5227, which has an uncluttered dial, influenced by the Bauhaus philosophy. There are three versions, white, yellow and rose gold.
Raymond Weil square Maestro
My Dad is a classical music buff, so what other brand than Raymond Weil would suit him better. The Maestro with a 40 mm square stainless steel case, sunray guilloché decorated dial, Roman numerals and a date window gives this piece a vintage look, yet still being modern.
Rado HyperChromo Automatic Chronograph
Some superficial watch-snobs might discount Rado as a brand; they are wrong, don’t listen to them. Rado – who is part of Swatch Group, the owner of brands like Omega, Longines, Breguet, Jaquet Droz, just to name a few – stands out as a highly innovative company. Their turf is ceramic watches and the HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph is yet another example of a piece made from a highly advanced material.
The monobloc case, injected at high-pressure, is a groundbreaking construction. As a single piece of ceramic, it contains no steel cage as many ceramic timepieces do. This makes it lightweight as well as super scratch-resistant and comfortable to wear.
I could see this piece on the wrist of an engineer or anyone who will be happy to wonder beyond the cool looks of this piece and enjoy the advanced technology used to make it.
Hamilton Flintridge Gent
Presented this year at Baselworld, the Flintridge Gent is the perfect piece for the hyper-active dad who keeps smashing his watches. The folding flap, not only serves as a protective cover, but it also has a really distinguished look thanks to the Clous de Paris decoration.
Inside you’ll find beating the brand new H-40 calibre with 80 hours of power reserve.
Great value and fantastic timeless design, that’s what you get when you go with Hamilton.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Night & Day
We’ can’t be talking about rectangular sport watches inspired by pieces from the 1930s, without mentioning the JLC Grande Reverso. Announced in January, the Night & Day is the latest chapter of the Reverso saga. The 46,8 X 27,4 mm case, comes in two versions, stainless steel or 18k pink gold and it is powered by Calibre 967B with 42 hours of power reserve.
More at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body B04
Is there a Bentley in his garage? If yes, he would be happy to have this titanium Breitling travel chronograph. Its rotating inner bezel bears the names of 24 cities, enabling at-a-glance readings of all time zones around the world. The COSC certified Calibre B04 has over 70 hours of power reserve, plenty of time to forget about it over the weekend and still show proper time on Monday.
Carl F. Boucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual Limited Edition
The perpetual calendar is one of the most complex and sought-after complications in watchmaking. Anyone with a mechanical watch with a date display is familiar with the inconvenience caused by months of different lengths. A simple calendar watch will always switch the date from the 30th to the 31st, this is solved by a perpetual calendar mechanism, like the one found in the Manero ChronoPerpetual, as it will be able to handle correctly the date, even factoring in leap years.
I can’t imagine anyone saying no to such a gift.
More about the Manro ChronoPerpetual or to discover other models by Carl F. Boucherer, head over to www.carl-f-bucherer.com
This list could go on and on, but time is ticking and Father’s Day is around the corner, so you better head down to a respectable watch shop and check out what they have to offer.
Is there anything missing from this list that you think would a dad happy? Please share your suggestion with us by leave a comment.
Happy shopping and happy Father’s Day!