Lovestruck – 10 Ways to a Jaw-Dropping Valentine's
Candlelight dinners and generic boxes of candy are yawn fests. Here are 10 ways to keep things hot on February 14, or any other day of the year. For good measure, we recommend you toss the flowers – unless you're going origami, with your own hands
Watches for Him and Her - Rolex Datejust II Rolesor & Datejust Lady Rolesor 31mm
We explored the realm of paired timepieces some years ago and decided to add this pair of Rolex watches to the list. Given that time is very much in short supply, the experience of sharing it with someone who chooses to return the favor is perhaps the most romantic of all gestures. Indeed, we would argue that the gift of time goes beyond any mere gesture. Both the Rolex Datejust II Rolesor and Datejust Lady Rolesor 31mm share the bimetallic Rolesor combination of 18k yellow gold and 904L steel, obviously, but more importantly also share Rolex's commitment to quality and reliability. The Datejust II features an in-house Rolex movement, calibre 3135, with the tell-tale Parachrom spring while the Datejust Lady is powered by the redoubtable Rolex calibre 2235. The Datejust Lady can be set with either 24 or 46 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel.
A Watch Just for Her - Chopard Happy Sport Starry Love
Collecting watches and building an appreciation of fine timepieces is very much a masculine passion. Having said that, a collector might want to share his passion with his passion, so to speak, and this offering from Chopard and specialist watch retailer The Hour Glass is worth serious consideration. The Happy Diamonds collection is already renowned for adding a dash of humor and fun to luxury watches and the Chopard Happy Sport Starry Love adds a fresh new dimension. For 2010, the fourth edition of The Hour Glass exclusive watch features a midnight black ceramic case (aluminum bezel and titanium caseback), glittering starry dial and of course the iconic free-roaming diamond-encrusted heart. There are two versions of the watch, a limited edition of 150 pieces (pictured here) and 10 pieces with full pave-set bezel.
An Adventure for Two – La Mamounia, Morocco
Described by the Smiths (that's the Mr and Mrs of the famous travel service, not the band) as the equivalent of entering the world of the fabled One Thousand and One Nights, this has to be one of the most romantic hotels to shack up in. As a bonus, it's in magical, mystical and mysterious Morocco. Good to visit all year round, if you manage to make it for Valentine's Day itself the Grand Old Dame has a special weekend experience on offer. The sequence of events runs roughly as follows: get a complimentary transfer from the airport and head straight for a couples massage and the La Mamounia hammam treatment. Relaxation is followed by libations at the Majorelle Gallery – which shows a mural by painter Jacques Majorelle on the ceiling – and dinner at the swarthy and brooding L'Italien by Don Alfonso. The Big Finish for this weekend is a 45-minute helicopter ride over the magnificent Atlas Mountains. This offer is only valid till February 16 but do check on the hotel's exquisite picnic offer, which is itself well worth experiencing.