Give Mom the Perfect Boyfriend for Mother’s Day – Watch That Is!

Mom may be expecting the perfect boyfriend this Mother’s Day – Boyfriend Watch that is. Yes Mother’s Day is only a few hours away, if you haven’t found a gift for her yet Boyfriend watches are all the rage now.

Fossil Boyfriend watches are available in array of appealing styles and colors sure to captivate the heart of any Mom this Mother’s Day.

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Cecile (Style AM4540) is a multifunction Boyfriend watch that’s sure to capture Mom’s attention. It presents with a 40mm case which is complimented by a turquoise or mint colored dial. The dial features three sub-dials: week day, minute and 24 hours indication. Roman numerals are located at 2, 4, 8 10and 12 o’clock and luminescent hour/minute and hour indication marks. The case and bracelet are finished in a beautiful polished rose gold tone stainless steel. $145

Fossil Cecile Boyfriend - Style AM4555

Cecile (Style AM4555) multifunction Boyfriend watch present with a lovely lavender color dial set in a silver tone stainless steel case and bracelet. The second hand is a lovely violet color and sweeps across the lavender dial. It is as Fossil describes it fresh and fashionable. $125

Fossil Cecile Boyfriend - Style 4549

Cecile (Style 4549) multifunction Boyfriend is another fresh and fashionable watch that captures attention with a bright orchid pink dial which is perfectly contrasted by rose gold tone sub-dials, case and bracelet. The orchid pink dial gives it a perfect feminine touch that’s sure to woo Mom with its timely charm. $145

Fossil Original Boyfriend - Style ES3494jpg

Original Boyfriend (Style ES3494) is Fossil’s tried-and-true classic style watch possessing all the traditional tomboy elements of a Boyfriend watch. It presents with a smoky brown dial complemented by rose gold tone hour indicator marks with sub-dials at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock and a date aperture window located at 4 o’clock. This is indeed a classic Boyfriend watch with a 38mm case in rose gold tone and matching interlinked bracelet. $125

All of the watches have an impressive 11 year warranty. Fossil also has an array of Boyfriend watches with clear stones embedded in the bezel. There is be a Boyfriend watch in the perfect style and color that’s sure to woo your Mom this Mother’s Day.

To view a vast selection of Fossil Boyfriend Watches visit Fossil.com or watchesonnet.com.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires Spins Limited Edition Lucky Charms

If luck is indeed a lady, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Charms Extraordinaires Watch Collection spins such exquisite tales of time that even the ladies are finding it difficult to resist their lucky charm!

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms watch collection made its lucky debut in 2008. Fast forward five years later and Charms’ continues its lucky tales of time which aesthetically unfolds in the details and craftsmanship of an exclusive limited edition watch collection donned the Charms Extraordinaires Collection.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires is a special collection of four limited edition timepieces, artistically translating four distinctive tales of “lady luck” presented in hand-painted guilloche or mother of pearl dials, beautifully embellished with diamonds and precious stoned bezels set in pink rose or white gold cases and Van Cleef & Arpels signature diamond charms which glamorously dangle from each of the round 38mm or 32mm watch cases. All four of these amazing watches features quartz movement with each watch design having a limited edition of only 22 pieces.

 

Charms Extraordinaire Lotus Watch dons a pink lotus flower hand-painted using a complex champlevé enameling technique to give it its lucky appeal. The lotus known for its perseverance to rise from mud and blossom into an exquisite flower also symbolizes elegance, beauty and perfection synonymous with Asian cultures. It features a white gold 32mm diameter case showered with blue sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines and of course a lucky diamond Lotus charm. It is adorned with a baby pink leather strap that accents the overall presentation of this incredible watch.

Charms Extraordinaire Hirondelles Watch features two dark blue lucky swallows against a mother of pearl dial with beautiful hand-painted flowers (swallows are said to symbolize the coming of spring as well as tender love). The round pink gold 32 mm case showcases a bezel with a uniform parade of pink and violet sapphires. It also features a lucky clover diamond charm and is adorned with a purple leather strap.

Charms Extraordinaire Féérie Dandelion Watch casts its lucky tale with a blue mystically hand-painted guilloche dial that introduces a winged butterfly fairy carefully meticulously posed while blowing a wish towards a diamond accented dandelion, associated with luck and the spread of knowledge. A round 38mm diameter case displays bluish sapphires and diamonds in the bezel with a beautiful lucky diamond dandelion charm that gently dangles from the case.

Charms Extraordinaire Muguet Watch radiates with a fairy and her sculpted wings against a mother of pearl dial. Depicted are hand-painted sprigs of lily-of-the-valley flowers, said to make the most precious wish come true. The pink gold bezel is encrusted with breathtaking diamonds and yellow sapphires fashioned in a round 38mm case pink gold case. It features a free flowing diamond butterfly charm and is adorned with a stunning green leather strap.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires limited edition collection was actually presented in February at SIHH, however, if you’re spirit of lady luck is finely tuned you may luck up on one of these incredible timepieces. After all, luck like timing is everything.

Written by Chaz Nash

Bvlgari Assioma Mens White Gold Watch AAW48WGL

Bvlgari Assioma Mens White Gold Watch AAW48WGL by Elizabeth Lowry

 

Although I am not keen on the idea of gold watches for men, I can make an exception for white gold, perhaps because it looks very much like silver. In addition to white gold, this Bulgari Assioma men’s watch includes a white guilloche dial. To those who are not familiar with the term, guilloche is a form of very delicate mechanical engraving, typically reflecting a geometric or architectural pattern. The dial features only two Arabic numerals (12 and 6), while the other hours are indicated by silvery indexes. Further, the pale watch face and 18 karat white gold casing on this 48 mm timepiece are set off beautifully by a black alligator strap. The bezel on this watch is square in shape, softened by curving lines above and below the dial. The section of the casing to the right and left of the dial are textured, but no Bulgari logo appears on this timepiece other than discreetly on the dial itself.

Pros: This watch has a 72 power reserve, which is unusually large. It also boasts a power reserve indicator and will keep track of seconds as well as hours and minutes.

Possible cons: For some consumers, the fact that this watch is mechanical with manual winding may present a problem as it needs frequent attention. However, traditionalists may enjoy engaging with their watch in this manner—and may find it interesting to compare their watch’s performance with that of other models. On the plus side, a mechanical self-winding movement is rarer (and therefore more exclusive) than an automatic movement. Be aware that if a mechanical watch remains unworn (and unwound) for a couple of days, its power will begin to dwindle and will need to be re-started. Again, for mechanical movement enthusiasts, this will not come as an unwelcome surprise, but people who are used to quartz movements may find it frustrating. Further, although leather straps are beautiful, they require attention. They shouldn’t get wet and must be carefully cleaned. Alligator straps are not water-friendly, so if your strap gets dirty you will have to try to clean it without using water. The color of the strap will also fade with excessive exposure to the sun and may become brittle in hot dry climates.

Keep in mind that luxury watches are often considered to be works of art rather than practical time-keepers. For this reason, I would say that the $ 24, 800 price tag on this watch is worth it only for those who appreciate fine workmanship and artistry over pure functionality.

Bvlgari Assioma Womens Watch AAW36D1WL

Bvlgari Assioma Womens Watch AAW36D1WL by Elizabeth Lowry

Diamonds are forever. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Or as Mae West once said, “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” It seems as if everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Dolly Parton has had something to say about diamonds….and we’ve all heard a lot of hype about them, but when it comes to cliches, this Bulgari Assioma women’s watch certainly doesn’t fit the bill. With a sparkling line of diamonds framing a mother-of-pearl dial on the left and right, this timepiece is nothing if not distinctive looking. If you are not too dazzled by the glittering gems, you will see that the bezel on this watch is stamped with the Bulgari logo above and below the dial and includes only no numerals; simply small silver-gold indexes. This timepiece also features a white gold casing and an ardillon buckle. For those not in the know, an ardillon buckle is also referred to as a “thumbnail” buckle—although, when discussing a luxury watch, the French word tends to sound a bit more sophisticated. The truth is that an ardillon or thumbnail buckle is simply a basic buckle that curves in the direction of your wrist as you fasten your watch. An another interesting feature of this watch is the fact that the strap is made of what Bulgari calls “technological satin.” This is basically a synthetic material that looks just like satin but is a lot more durable.

Pros: In my view, the fact that this watch has a quartz movement is a huge plus, as quartz requires little to no maintenance. It is about as reliable as you can get.

Cons: The mother-of-pearl dial may mean that the time is hard to read in bright light, particularly since there is no mention of an anti-reflective treatment on the watch’s crystal. Further, this watch only has a minute and hour hand, meaning that if you like to count seconds, this watch is probably not for you. It is also unlikely that this watch is waterproof, so you will need to remember to remove it before bathing.

This watch seems to be a dress watch, and as such, its manufacturers probably does not expect it to be worn every day. Definitely keep this in mind before you decide whether or not you are prepared to spend the $17,800.

Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AAP48BGL

Bvlgari Assioma Mens Watch AAP48BGL by Elizabeth Lowry

This Assioma men’s watch may indeed be attractive to some, but I’ll be honest: I am not a fan of gold watches on men—at least not on men under the age of 65. There seems to be something dated (rather than classic) and outmoded (rather than retro) about a gold man’s watch—even when the gold is more or less limited to the watch’s 48mm casing and folding buckle. However, this is merely a personal preference. To be fair, some men may find this watch appropriate to their needs and consistent with their style.This Assioma creation includes a black dial that is easy to read at a glance. There are Arabic numerals at 12 and 6, and the indexes are clearly marked. Further, a distinguishing feature of the dial on the Bulgari Assioma’s AAP48BGL is its guilloche effect. To those who are not familiar with this term, guilloche is a form of very delicate mechanical engraving, typically reflecting a geometric or architectural pattern. Also, some consumers may appreciate the fact that the bezel on this watch is slimmer and subtler than many Bulgari bezels and forms a square, softened at the corners by a curving gold frame.

Pros: This watch has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours as well as a power reserve indicator.

Cons: A mechanical watch with manual winding needs a great deal of attention as it has to be re-wound and re-set frequently. If this watch is not worn for a couple of days, its power will gradually peter out. Watch enthusiasts and traditionalists may welcome this feature, but others may find it to be cumbersome. For watch connoisseurs, a frequent ritual of winding and setting will not come as a surprise, but people who are used to quartz movements (rather than the more traditional mechanical ones) may find this activity tedious. In short, this watch is made in the old-fashioned way. The old-fashioned way is certainly
respectable, and there is much to be admired about precise traditional workmanship, but contemporary consumers may have more appreciation for a watch that is somewhat more practical.

At $23,600, this is definitely not a watch to risk buying as a gift, unless you are certain you know what the man in question likes. If you are buying this watch for yourself and are aware of the responsibilities that it entails, you may be intrigued by its workmanship.