Is it Christmas yet? Because I’m counting the days- actually the hours.There’s so much to love about everyone’s favorite holiday season. The tree, the jingles, the lights, the mistletoe, the festive cheer not to mention the gift exchange. I mean who doesn’t love to gift and be gifted? As much as I love shopping for myself, I love shopping for others, especially my loved ones. And now that I have a little family to call my own, I find myself taking a long pause, trying to figure out, what to get my husband and my son. Baby Luca is 13 months old, should be fairly easy right? Not really. Toddlers have a short attention span, one minute they’re really into the new train set and the next it’s the laundry basket that’s intriguing the most. So I decided to buy him a plastic bucket… just kidding. But I did get him a kid’s toy shopping cart full of produce which he can drag around the house and pretend he’s at the grocery store. It’s not exactly a present he’ll hold on to forever but I think it’s guaranteed to keep him busy for at least a day.
But it’s my husband that deserves the real prize this Christmas, as we bid farewell to a very busy year and get ready to welcome 2017. He’s been an absolute dream father and husband. Someone I can truly count on despite his very demanding career. I never once doubted just how great of a life partner he’d make, his hedonistic side is equally balanced by his utter dedication to anything he puts his mind to. As a first time parent, lord knows we’ve had our fair shares of struggles, but he never faltered, even when I did, he always kept it under control, and made sure the anchor holding our ship never drifted.
So it only made sense that the end of our first year as parents was marked by something special, something memorable that would help us look back and bookmark this beautiful year that turned our lives around. The year we learned to cherish time more, and understand just how scarce it is, how fast it flies and how precious it ought to be treated. Because this year it was no longer about passing time together as a couple, but about witnessing our son hit his first milestones, and feeling grateful over and over and over again for this blessing.
I also wanted our gifts to match somehow. So when I thought of something that would last forever it was between a timepiece or tattoos. We opted for the timepieces. And as a proud ambassador of Baume & Mercier in Lebanon it was the obvious choice when shopping around.
Sami usually tends to lean towards the usually more classic Clifton models but this time, a stunning Classima caught his eye. Don’t mistaken the name for the style, although it is indeed a classic, the contemporary twist makes this watch appeal to a younger generation of men looking for a luxurious yet accessible model. The Classima is understated, without being conservative, something that was important for Sami. He settled for the 10274, my favorite, with a 40mm round steel polished look, and his personal favorite; self-winding movements with the date and second time zone covered with sapphire crystal glass. The strap also elevates this model, dark brown alligator curved to fit the curve of the case.
As for me, and now that I secured my Petite Promesse, it was time to move on to something more delicate, yet distinctive. I decided to stick within the family and opted for the big sister Promesse Collection, the initial inspiration behind the Petite Promesse.
The model I chose, (10178) is a steel 34mm natural white mother-of-pearl bezel, with 8 gorgeous diamond-set dials, decorated with the brand’s renowned “drape” guilloché pattern, which it describes as “a visual interpretation of the ripples produced by a drop of water.” I love the overall feminine feel to it and masculine touch of the stainless steel strap, perfect for both day and night.
I hope one day, when these watches become vintage pieces, Luca would ask me about them. I’d love to tell him the story of how these beautiful Baume & Mercier timepieces represent a milestone in our lives that was so special to us, and worth investing in; his. Even more I know one day, Sami will want to pass his down to Luca, and perhaps one day I’ll be lucky enough to have a daughter and do the same.
Merry Christmas from ours to yours!