By Maria Doulton
Are you still looking for Mother's Day ideas? Are you searching for something beyond the conventional offerings of a handbag, flowers or scarves, and hoping for something that will bring her joy every minute of the day? Then the Ralph Lauren Stirrup Petite-Link watch is the perfect candidate.
A luxury watch that she can wear day in, day out to consult the time and - putting its practical functions aside for one moment - something so feminine that it can be worn as a piece of fine jewelry. A gift she will value for years to come.
The Stirrup collection of Ralph Lauren watches, inspired by the American designer's passion for equestrian style, is characterised by the iconic stirrup-shaped case and is already a classic, appearing in countless declinations for both men and women since its debut in 2009.
The beauty of this particular Stirrup Petite-Link watch is its balanced blend of practicality and femininity: practical thanks to its stainless steel case made for daily wear, and feminine with its mother-of-pearl dial and glamorous jewelry bracelet made up of elegant, smooth interlocking links.
In keeping with today's marked return to smaller-sized ladies' watches to fit more delicate wrist dimensions, these Ralph Lauren watches measure just 23.30 x 27mm and sit beautifully on the wrist thanks to a fluid jewelry bracelet made up of chunky links.
Mother-of-pearl dials are also enjoying a renaissance in women's watches today, and the lovely iridescent glow of the Stirrup Petite-Link with a mother-of-pearl dial endows this watch with a warm, milky-white shimmer. The Roman indices on the dial add a touch of classic sophistication, and hours and minutes are kept in perfect time thanks to a Swiss quartz movement decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes. A quartz movement is not only more accurate than a mechanical automatic or manual-winding movement, it allows the wearer to forget about winding the watch for at least 60 months before the battery needs to be replaced.