Need a gift idea for Father’s Day? Show your dad exactly how much you appreciate your time together with a fine watch from River Oaks District. A handsome timepiece is a great gift for many reasons. Steeped with symbolic significance, a watch will become a treasured personal belonging for years to come. The slogan of the Swiss watch brand Patek Philippe is: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation.” In other words, a watch is a lovely way to create a family heirloom that will be cherished by present and future generations.
Newly introduced in 2016, the Drive de Cartier is an innovative new watch shape that’s sure to become an instant classic. The 41mm 18K pink gold case houses a Cartier movement, a silvered dial with calendar window at three, small seconds at six, and blue sword-shaped hour and minute hands. The strap is semi-matte brown alligator. It’s perfect for the dad who appreciates fine craftsmanship and fine watchmaking. Available at Cartier, $24,400
Perfect for the dad who loves vintage automobiles, the Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition from Chopard is a limited edition based on the classic cars that zoom each year through the Italian countryside during the legendary Mille Miglia (1000 mile) car race. A COSC certified chronometer, this self- winding 46mm steel watch features ultra-precise stopwatch functions and an impressive 60-hour power reserve. Available at Chopard, $9,800
The 42mm Midnight Big Date from Harry Winston is an ideal watch for the hard-to-impress dad. The silvered hour and minute dial is counterbalanced by a large date aperture at six, with an automatic movement featuring an impressive 72-hour power reserve. The watch features an exhibition case back made of sapphire crystal, making it easy for dad to admire this stunning rose gold watch’s incredible craftsmanship. Available at Harry Winston, Price Upon Request
Combining a love of luxury with cutting-edge technology, the Apple Watch Hermes Double Tour combines the groundbreaking functionality of the innovative timepiece with handcrafted leather straps made in France by Hermes artisans. Perfect for the modern dad who loves practicality and a bit of modern wit and style. Available at Hermes, $1,250
The self-winding Calatrava Reference 5153J from Patek Philippe is a a gorgeous watch that any dad will love. The 30mm yellow gold case features a silver opaline dial with a hand-guilloched center (the central rays) and applied gold hour markers. Yellow gold experienced a surge in popularity at the 2016 watch fairs, and the luminous precious metal of this beauty pairs up beautifully with a matte brown alligator strap. Available at Patek Philippe at deBoulle, $32,300
For the style conscious dad, a 42 mm Pierre Arpels from Van Cleef & Arpels would be the ideal choice. A pink gold watch with white lacquer dial that looks as sharp and crisp as a starched white tuxedo shirt. The crown is set with a round diamond, making this the ideal watch for black tie evenings or formal nights on the town. The manually wound watch features a 60 hour power reserve, making this watch as serious as it is handsome. Available at Van Cleef & Arpels, $16,400