Choosing A Luxury Watch For An 18th Birthday | The Watch Hut
An 18th birthday calls for a special gift. Choosing a luxury watch the birthday girl or boy can treasure as they embark on their journey into adulthood is perfect.
Before you start
If you want to keep the watch as a surprise gift, so would rather not ask the kind of thing they'd like, take some time to consider their style or your chosen watch could end up gathering dust.
Look at their current jewellery or accessory collection, and consider their personal style. Do they love vintage? Do they never wear certain metals, such as gold? Do they prefer formal or are they more casual? You might even want to discreetly ask their close friend or partner for advice.
Just because a watch has a higher price tag, doesn't mean that they'll automatically love it. Finding a piece they'll wear is more important than splashing your cash. Set a budget, and try to stick to it. Then you won't have parted with more money than you'd like if it gets misplaced or they don't like it.
Traditional 18th watches
There are certain watch styles that are especially suitable as gifts to mark a special occasion - whether that's an 18th birthday, a big anniversary, or another important milestone. Classically styled metal watches are often the way to go; their weight makes them feel substantial, the materials mean they'll last, and the traditional looks will outlast decades of trends.
Men's Mühle Glashütte Teutonia II automatic chronograph (RRP £2,935)
For guys, a metallic sports watch is a great traditional piece that can be worn with a range of outfits and for a variety of occasions. A stainless-steel bracelet and case looks luxurious without being overpoweringly formal.
This automatic chronograph from German manufacturer Mühle Glashütte (RRP £2,935) is an ideal traditional watch for an 18th birthday. Created by one of Europe's favourite watchmakers, the watch mechanism is a work of art, and the bright, clear face keeps the otherwise classic design looking fresh and modern enough for a young adult to wear today.
Ladies' Ebel New Wave diamond watch (£2,395)
Traditional occasion watches for women might also feature metallic detailing and design, but tend to include additional luxury features. Diamonds are quite commonly used across the face and case, as well as 18ct gold and mother of pearl.
The Ebel New Wave diamond watch (£2,395) is a watch that will last a lifetime, thanks to the narrow bracelet and timeless design. The diamonds add subtle glamour and sparkle, and the mother of pearl dial creates a design depth that makes this piece stand out.
In recent years, the luxury watch sphere has expanded to include high-fashion pieces from big fashion houses alongside the traditional Swiss and German manufactured pieces. Fashion watches are available for most budgets, but for something really special, consider the more exclusive timepieces by brands such as Gucci or Versace.
Ladies' Versace Reve chronograph (RRP £1,080)
For a soon-to-be 18-year-old who loves to make a statement, there's nothing quite like a bold fashion watch. Bright colours, outlandish features, and luxurious materials such as gold and diamonds will let her unleash her inner fashionista, and frame her fully in the spotlight.
The Versace Reve (RRP £1,080) is a glamourous watch that perfectly blends feminine detailing with a wide case and bold design to create an outstanding timepiece. The boldness of the silver and cream colour scheme is typical of Versace design, and mother of pearl detailing adds some warmth.
Men's Versace V-Race chronograph (RRP £1,680)
Men's high-fashion watches are typically a little more understated than women's, but it doesn't mean that they don't make an impact. High-fashion brands have typically targeted women in the past, but today's modern man is also catered for in the market.
Just like the women's selection, Versace leads the way in high-fashion watches, with the Versace V-Race (RRP £1,680) a stunning example of the designer's ability to create gorgeous men's watches. The watch is plated in blue ion for a masculine finish, with the gold touches add that certain something extra that shows the wearer loves luxury accessories. One for the birthday boy who likes the finer things.
Vintage and retro fashion made a comeback years ago that still lasts, with many fashion-conscious youngsters choosing to take inspiration from decades gone, rather than buying into new trends.
Men's Junghans Meister Chronoscope automatic chronograph (RRP £1,660)
Men's vintage style usually includes rich colouring, minimalist iconography, and subtle metallic shades that hark back to the classic masculine style of the 1950s and 1960s. This is ideal for any man who loves the elegant design that favours timeless style over more short-lived fashion trends.
Junghans Meister chronoscope watch (£1,660) is a beautiful example of vintage-inspired design. The dark leather strap has a timeless elegance and guarantees comfort. The clean dial employs a stunning minimalist design that makes timekeeping a breeze, with the whole piece suitable to wear with both laid back and dressier outfits.
Ladies' Vivienne Westwood Burlington watch (RRP £245)
Women's vintage-inspired watches include many of the same design features as men's, though often include a little more adornment. Dark colouring gives subtle glamour, while features in metallic tones help to add light to the watches.
The Vivienne Westwood Burlington watch (RRP £245) features a soft-textured leather strap in black, which grounds the gold face. Allowing these two colours to lead the design, and keeping everything else very minimal ensures this watch stays on the right side of classical, unlike it's more modern counterparts.
These luxury watches for men and for women are great examples of the main types of designs available. Similar styles can be found on a smaller budget, so explore the full watch collection to find a timepiece they'll love, and remember their birthday for the rest of their lives.