While the ring is, and always will be, the most important jewelry piece during a wedding ceremony, the wristwatch is becoming an important part in the planning of a couple’s big day. For decades, the wristwatch has been the gift fiancées have been making to their future husbands to celebrate a new engagement. However, the growing demographic of female watch enthusiasts means that more and more brides are getting married with a watch. More on that a little later.
I recently celebrated my wedding on June 7th in the beautiful Bay of Paraggi, next to Portofino, in Italy. It was a very special day for Daniele and I and everything went better than we had planned for or even imagined. Some weeks before our wedding day, I gave my then fiancé a Rolex Daytona Ref. 16520 as well as cufflinks personalized with the logo of our wedding. Daniele already had several Rolex watches, but I knew that this watch was a big dream of his, and I wanted him to wear it during the wedding. Remember, the right choice is always one that comes from the heart.
This particular Rolex has a very rare characteristic: the counters of its black dial have turned brown over the years. Although you would think a ‘fading’ dial would damage the value of the watch, the Daytona actually becomes more valuable as its color scheme becomes unique. Produced in 1994 and price around € 3,000 at the time, the watch Daniele wore on our wedding day is currently valued between € 18,000 and € 22,000.
Wearing a Rolex Daytona is an important achievement for a man. While it certainly looks quite handsome with a suit, it’s much more than a fashionable item. It imparts status. And women want the same thing.
I was very lucky to receive a magnificent pair of diamond earrings to wear on our wedding day. But of course, a Mondani can’t go anywhere without a nice Rolex on his or her wrist, and Daniele proved he knew which family he was joining when he surprised me during our reception by giving me a…green…box.
A Rolex! I opened it to find my own dream watch: a Rolex Day-Date Ref. 118238 in yellow gold that I had seen a few months ago in Parma, and had fallen in love with. I could not believe it! The Day-Date model is one of my favorite Rolex typologies because I find it very comfortable and useful: it is a precious watch that tells you the time, the day of the month and the day of the week. Everything I need to know is on my wrist now.
This watch has become my daily watch and together with my wedding rings, it stays with me every day all day long.
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