Three criteria determine what makes a good gift. The present must be stylish, practical, and convey the giver’s good taste. This trifecta is hard to come by, which could explain the deluge of uninspired presents come Christmas time when people panic and make decisions in a rush. Enter Daniel Wellington watches to solve the problem. These timepieces are so simple, elegant and wearable that they fulﬁl all three demands and make excellent gifts.
In design, simplicity is one of the most difﬁcult things to get right, which is why Daniel Wellington watches have become a modern classic. The Swedish brand’s uncomplicated looks are best summed up as contemporary and tasteful – which means that when you give them as gifts, you know they’ll be appreciated and worn often. Here are our picks:
While black is a classic colour for a watch, you can opt for something equally elegant but completely different with Daniel Wellington’s Bondi collection (from $239). The Classic Petite Bondi features an eggshell-white face and a white leather strap. It makes a discreet but strong statement and looks just as good paired with an evening outﬁt as with everyday gear.
THE CLASSIC PETITE 28MM COLLECTION
If you prefer a smaller watch face, the newest member of Daniel Wellington’s popular Classic Petite range now comes in a 28mm dial (from $179). This smaller dial on an ultra-thin watch makes a big impact, and is a combination of contemporary and sophisticated. It’s a must-have in any watch wardrobe, and the mesh straps in the Classic Petite Melrose 28mm – Rose Gold, and Classic Petite Sterling 28mm – Silver watches are especially fetching.
Just released this year is the Ashﬁ eld collection ($249), a sportier addition to the Classic Petite range. The Ashﬁeld collection combines the ultra-slender cases – just 6mm thin! – and feminine 32mm size of the popular Classic Petite line with daring black dials and matte black mesh straps. The watch offers a minimalist and contemporary look, imbued with attitude.
For a more traditional style, try the Classic Cornwall (from $229). Its white dial and black Nato strap make it a perfect example of effortless understatement – simple enough to wear with anything and become part of your daily style. The larger Classic watch has slender indices, giving the dial a smidgen more detail and a finish reminiscent of heritage dress watches. It comes in two sizes: 36mm and 40mm – together, they’re ideal as a gift for couples.
The best part of Daniel Wellington watches is the brand’s variety of interchangeable straps, giving you different ways to wear and style your watch. You can choose timeless leather straps in smooth and embossed ﬁnishes – the latter meant to resemble alligator leather; elegant mesh straps that encapsulate a spirit of modernity; and Nato straps in simple, solid black or sportier coloured stripes. Because the watches are so reﬁned, they look great paired with any of these strap styles, so there’s truly something for everyone.
Where to buy:
#B1-K4 Raffles City Shopping Centre (tel: 6338-2094); #01-357 Suntec City Mall (tel: 6337-0961); #01-22 Tampines 1 (tel: 6509-9218); Level 1 Tangs Vivocity (tel: 6303-8688); #01-16 Westgate (tel: 6592-4468); #01-K31 Vivocity (tel: 6252-0801); Level 3 TANGS at Tangs Plaza (tel: 6737-5500). Shop online at: cocomi.sg
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