I'm having a bit of a dilemma that hopefully some of the members can help me with. Some female input would be extra appreciated.
I'm getting married in a few months, and would like to get a watch for my bride to celebrate the occasion. I'm looking for something timeless and elegant, that she can have hopefully still have 20-30 years from now. She supported me buying a nice watch a few months ago (a Speedy Pro), and I'd like to return the favor and get her something equally nice.
My girlfriend is not necessarily into watches, but one brand that she always mentions liking is Michele. For the last year every time the subject comes up, it's Michele this or Michele that. Here's an example of the one she likes, the Michele Deco:
Now, I don't think the Michele watches are particularly ugly (although some of the definitely get blinged-out too much for my taste), but I have a sense they are a definite trend these days. I see them in every watch shop and department section, and in-the-wild sightings are not uncommon. The check out girl at the grocery store yesterday had one.
So here's my dilemma. There is no doubt in my mind that she wants a Michele watch, and if this was a regular birthday gift, I would get it for her. However, I would like this watch to be something that lasts, and I'm not convinced that Michele is the way to go. I feel like it is trend that in 2-3 years will most likely be a little passe and I'm a tad uncomfortable spending a grand on a fashion watch.
So, the question is, do I bite the bullet and get the Michele, or buy her something that is similar in style, but perhaps more elegant and from a brand with a little more watch cred?
While my budget has always been under 2k, my initial thought was to stretch my limit a bit and get her a JLC Reverso, as in watch terms its hard to get any more elegant and timeless! But one day when i was browsing some watches online, and casually asked her opinion, she dismissed it and said it was too old-fashioned….. so that was that. I've seen them in person and I think they are stunning, but I'm not going to invest 4k in a watch she is ambivalent about!
I then landed onto the Cartier Tank Solo, which is similar in shape and style to the Michele, but of course has a little more history behind it. While Cartier isn't necessarily the watchmakers watch, it's a nice combination of history and of course offers brand recognition that a non-WIS would appreciate. She does like that one as well (her boss had one and she mentioned it one day.) At the moment, it's my favorite for her, but part of me is still unsure if I should forget about the future, value for money, and all that reasoning and get her the Michele.
The Cartier Tank Solo:
So what would you do? I know the prevailing opinion is to get them what they want, but keep in mind that I'm not in the financial position of spending thousands on a watch every year, so this one should count for the long-term.
Do any members here have any experience with Michele watches? What are your opinions on them? Do you see them being a long-term watch brand, or just a passing fad?
I also wouldn't mind a few other suggestions if people have them. If so, keep in mind the following criteria:
- Rectangular/ Tank-style shape
- Elegant and timeless as possible
- Under 3k
- Stainless Steel case and bracelet
- A little bling is ok, just nothing obnoxious.
Thanks in advance for any guidance or opinion....