Father's Day 2020: Watches For Every Type of Dad
If you know your father well, you can guess what kind of watches he will like. Here's our cheatsheet for you to snag him the perfect Father's Day gift this year
Dad might have gifted you your first "real" wristwatch—not counting the Mickey Mouse (or any Disney character, for that matter) one that nearly every child gets—at 21 years old. Or he could have been the one to pass you the family heirloom piece during graduation for "a job well done". But have you ever noticed that Dad hasn't acquired a new watch for the last decade or so—he's been simply too busy with the company's business. With Father's Day around the corner, why not reignite his passion for watches—every boy loves a new toy occasionally—by introducing a suitable piece that matches his personal interests? If snagging it for him is a viable option for you, that'd be the icing on his cake.
For the former watch buff
If your father was a former horlophile, who has his passion diluted by work and family commitments over the years, then the Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat is the piece to rekindle the love. It's a sporty yet classic watch that is suitable for both work and play. At the same time, it showcases the high-end watchmaking mastery that the marque has. Take its automatic movement CRMA6, for instance. Designed in-house by the Richard Mille engineers in Les Breuleux, Switzerland, the new calibre measures merely 3.6mm in thickness. Its baseplate and bridges are created from grade 5 titanium and finished with a combination of grey and black electroplasma treatment, adding a subtle touch of swagger to it. With such a beautiful horological masterpiece on his wrist, Dad will surely remember the good old days of him getting excited each time Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld come along and anticipating the new releases for the year.
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For the sporty father
With the entire watch from case to bracelet crafted out of black sandblasted ceramic, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic is one good-looking head-turner. There is a sense of mystery and sportiness with it shrouded in full black. And it's not just a pretty face. It's also among the thinnest full ceramic watch in the market. And here is what makes it special: crafting ceramic is challenging enough but to manufacture a 5.50mm thick case with facets and angles as well as the bracelet links takes a whole new level of skills set—a testament to the superlative watchmaking capabilities the Italian marque boasts. Oh, did we mention that Bulgari also stocks exquisite jewellery in-store and online? Get your dad a handsome timepiece as well as a small bejewelled surprise for the mum too. Two smiling parents in one fell swoop—not bad at all.
For the sentimental dad
You know your father best. If he tears while watching sappy romantic dramas like any new-age man will, you know he is a sentimental man. Or that he has kept every single hand-drawn birthday card your siblings and you have gifted him since young. Then trust us, this Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds will tug at his heartstrings. Especially when the watch comes with an engraved message on its caseback. The Swiss watchmaker allows for personalisation of the message, which can be visualised via an application on its online store. Of course, like everything else at Jaeger-LeCoultre, the creation comes with heritage: the dial of the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds is inspired by the first Reverso model, which was created in 1931. Here's a tip: remember to capture the priceless moment (and upload it on Instagram) when you gift this beautiful piece to Daddy Dearest. Our bet is that he will be sporting tears of joy.
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The techie dad
Dad likes to fiddle with the electronic controls in his supercar and constantly upgrades the audio system at home in order to achieve the high fidelity he desires. And the home computer is a souped-up machine that is used for gaming and its graphics are obviously sharper and better than the high-definition TV in the sitting room. Then the new Hublot Big Bang E will definitely speak to him. Hublot was the first high-end luxury watch brand to release a connected watch back in 2018, and it has looked back since, enhancing the watch with technical upgrades each time while retaining the codes of the iconic Big Bang model. The new version comes in two different editions: one in titanium and one in black ceramic. Besides the regular time display, it also has interpretations of watch complications, such as a perpetual calendar and a second GMT time zone. What's interesting is that the displays and indications are well-presented. Take the moonphase, for instance. It's incredibly precise and presents earth in a very realistic way. Such details will definitely excite the tech-loving father.
For the motorsport lover
With the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2020 cancelled, your motorsport-obsessed father must be feeling a tad upset. After all, the race is quite the highlight of the country's sporting calendar every year. Put a smile back on his face with this Tag Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition. One of the key events of the classic-car racing calendar, the bi-annual Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend is well-loved by its community of owners, drivers and spectators. To pay tribute to the legendary race, Tag Heuer designed the chronograph in a red-and-white colour code—reminiscent of eye-catching sports cars as well as the national flag of the sovereign state. There is a small silver historic car logo of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique at 1 o’clock of the dial. Only 1,000 pieces of the model will be produced with each of them engraved with its unique number and the words “One of 1000”. Snag the number one piece, like how any motorsport fan relishes the winning car grabbing the chequered flag.