Roses and candy are nice, but they don’t last. A luxury replica timepiece, on the other hand, will last for generations. Chopard, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz and Harry Winston know how to win a girl’s heart on St. Valentine’s Day with diamonds, rubies and a romantic interpretation of time.
The dial of the Harry Winston Premier Precious Love Automatic is set with 10 heart-shaped rubies, surrounded by 47 diamonds against a pink mother-of-pearl backdrop overlaid with a grid of white mother of pearl. The 18k white gold case and lugs are set with 57 diamonds. The buckle on the pink satin strap is set with 17 diamonds. In total, the watch is set with 2.64 carats of diamonds. It contains the automatic Caliber HW2014 and will be produced in a limited edition of 14 pieces.
Every year since 2001, Blancpain has created a special-edition St. Valentine’s Day watch, usually with a heart motif. On the 2017 Ultraplate St Valentin, the heart is outlined by a cluster of 19 buff-top cut rubies set into the dial. The bezel and lugs are set with 68 diamonds in a steel case. It comes with two interchangeable alligator straps, one in red and the other in white. The watch contains the ultra-slim automatic Caliber 913. This is a limited edition numbered from one to 99.
Five mobile diamonds and five mobile rubies cut into heart shapes do a dance of love in Replica Chopard’s Happy Diamonds Joaillerie. The gems move freely between two sapphire crystals over the dial. The moving gems and the diamonds on the bezel are prong-set, as they would be in jewelry, to allow light to penetrate the pavilion and create more brilliance as it is reflected out through the top. The case is 18k white gold and the strap is red alligator.
In a less literal interpretation of St. Valentine’s Day, the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite glows with a pink dial made of astorite surrounding a mother-of-pearl hour-and-minute subdial. Astorite is named after John Astor, an American businessman who perished on the Titanic and who once owned a mine in Colorado where the mineral is found. The 35mm case is made of 18k pink gold and the bezel is set with 232 diamonds totaling 1.23 carats. The movement is the automatic Caliber 2653.P, with a 68-hour power reserve. The watch is limited to 28 pieces.