Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and regular readers of this site certainly don’t need me to tell them that watches make great gifts. We decided to put together a list of watches that make great gifts for all kinds of moms at price points that run the gamut, but don’t exceed $1,500. We have gifts here for all levels of horological enthusiasm, from right here in the USA to the Land of the Rising Sun. These watches will do everything from track mom’s workouts on a daily basis, to sit patiently in a jewelry box until just the right event, when it will be ready to serve. Enjoy the gift guide, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever gifted your mom a watch.
(Editor’s note: some of the brands and models featured in this guide are sold through the Windup Watch Shop.)
Nomos Tangente Duo
We’ll start off with a modern icon of watch design that was just released in a smaller size with a minimal and elegant dial configuration in a new colorway. The Nomos Tangente is, in many ways, the flagship Nomos watch. It’s the most pure evocation of the brand’s design ethos, and has stood the test of time, being a force in their lineup since the inception of the company. The Tangente Duo, which made its debut at Baselworld earlier this year, is the smallest Tangente available at just 33mm, a great traditional size for a ladies’ watch. The Duo lacks the small-seconds register you would normally find on a Tangente, which dramatically changes the whole vibe of the watch. It instantly becomes dressier and more refined without the visible moving piece ever present on the dial, and warm tones of brown and gold further calm down the whole affair.
The Tangente Duo is not only a classy gift, but if your mom happens to appreciate the art of real watchmaking, the Duo has that in spades with its in-house, hand wound movement. The Duo retails for $1,440, putting it at the top of our self-imposed price limit, but that includes custom engraving on the caseback by Nomos, adding to the heirloom quality of the piece.
More information on the entire Duo lineup can be found here.