The tradition of gift-giving as a declaration of love has long been a staple in engagement proposals. Most of us will associate rings as the go-to symbol of eternal love but there appears to be an emerging trend in accessories as engagement presents – the rise of the engagement watch.
Lyst, the world's largest global search platform, has recently released its 2021 Wedding Report, and among the findings on trending dresses and shoe styles is news about the evolving popularity of engagement watches. Lyst reports that you should "expect to see the rise of the engagement watch [in 2021]” and that “looking at the category as a whole, terms such as ‘couple’, ‘engagement’ and ‘wedding’ have started to appear more frequently over the past year, resulting in a 42% increase in searches for pieces including these terms."
So what seems to be driving this surge in watch desire? As traditions evolve, so seems to be the way we approach our gift-giving. Cherished timepieces symbolise a gender-neutral option, with as much attention to enduring value and craftsmanship as other pieces of jewellery.
On the look for a unique engagement gift? We’ve selected our prized picks for the best engagement or wedding watches in a stunning range of styles.
Open your heart to this gorgeous Greenwich skeleton timepiece. A radiant golden movement is exposed in the dial, complemented by a silver-tone base beneath romantic Roman numeral hour markers. A brown leather strap helps make this watch a classic standout, perfect for a loving gesture.BUY IT NOW
Playful and supremely elegant, this Kensington timepiece breathes romance from the very first look. A classy mother of pearl dial gently shimmers and enhances the rose gold PVD stainless steel bracelet. For a luxurious touch, Austrian crystals frame the 29mm case.BUY IT NOW
A watch that will never go out of style, this Oxford Chronograph offers a timeless design with a nostalgic impression. With a vibrant blue second hand that pairs with rose gold markers against a white dial, this timepiece is a unique but versatile accessory that was truly designed to be a gift.BUY IT NOW
If you’re in need of some his and hers inspiration, look no further than this charming pair of Ultra Slim timepieces. Crafted in beguiling gold PVD stainless steel, these watches feature a silver white guilloche dial that exudes romance. These classically designed watches fit in neatly beneath sleeve cuffs, resembling more like jewellery than their bulkier counterparts.BUY FOR HIM
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A stunning unity between modernity and tradition, this unique Cambridge model features an exposed heart and 21 jewel movement within its classic white Clous de Paris dial. Breguet hands, Roman numeral markers and a gold PVD stainless steel case help elevate this timepiece to a timeless level.BUY IT NOW
With its silver white and blue detailing, this Cambridge watch may seem like an unusual choice for an engagement gift but who says that engagement watches have to play by the rules? Its rectangular case makes for an elegant silhouette, whist the colourful Arabic hour markers offer a playful twist on the otherwise classic feel of this timepiece.BUY IT NOW
Sporting an unusual shape that stands out amongst the Rotary watch range, this charming Cambridge watch features a discreet case made with rose gold PVD stainless steel. A silver white guilloche dial is rimmed with small diamonds, grounding the watch with a grace that makes it look and feel like jewellery.BUY IT NOW