They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what about men? And do women really like diamonds all that much, or is that just the latest Facebook hype? It seems that the real gift to look for, is the gift of time. This is why, if you find yourself in New York or other major center, you might want to look at buying a Rolex instead. Do be careful, however, that if you buy this as a surprise, you don’t get busted by having the receipt emailed to your joint email address. You do need this purchase confirmation to prove you didn’t but the watch after some sort of heist. So why do people like Michael Briese believe watches are the ultimate gift?
Michael Briese on the Tradition of Men’s Watches
The very first men’s watches were worn by royalty and wealthy individuals only. The first were developed during the Protestant Reformation, and they were awkward and large. They had to be worn around the neck, with a large chain. The Protestant Reformation started in the 16th century with Martin Luther, and this actually played a huge role in luxury watches developing. When the movement reached France, people had to leave the country if they rejected the Catholic Church. Many of these people went to Switzerland, still a global watch capital to this day.
Meanwhile, the Huguenot faith was developed by John Calvin. He was the ruler of Geneva and he was incredibly strict. He saw jewelry as a pointless “adornment”, which meant that Huguenot jewelers started to focus on watches instead, as those were necessary items. Their work was so good that, to this day, Swiss watches are still the standard for all manufacturers to obtain.
Modern Luxury Watches
Perhaps the best known brand of designer watches is Rolex. However, Citizen, Cartier, Winston, and Movado are also very good. A diamond Rolex watch can set you back some $17,000, if not more. If you want to give the gift of time, therefore, you may want to consider one that isn’t adorned with diamonds and other gems. You can still expect to pay at least $1,000 for these, however.
Should You Shop Online?
If you are looking for a man’s luxury watch, you are likely to be able to find a good deal online. The problem is, however, that you can also fall victim to some sort of scam. If a price simply seems too good to be true, it is likely that it is. Perhaps that Rolex isn’t a Rolex at all, or maybe it was recently stolen from someone. At the same time, however, you can expect a Rolex to cost less online than it would in store. That is because it is much cheaper to run an online store, which doesn’t have as many overheads. And if they are genuine, they will be more than happy to provide you with the watch’s serial number, so that you can check its authenticity with the manufacturer.