Matthew Ashton

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Matthew Ashton

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Updated 14th February 2024

Have you heard of an engagement watch? While you might not have, the idea is familiar. Traditionally, engagement watches were gifted exclusively to the groom from their future bride-to-be. Still, in recent years, they have enjoyed a resurgence as both men and women look beyond the engagement ring to commemorate their proposal. We’ve put together a list of popular watches for him and her.

Engagement watches for him

Omega Seamaster

Celebrate your groom-to-be in style with a classic from the Omega Seamaster range, favoured by astronauts and deep-sea divers alike for their exquisite mechanical precision.

Rolex Day-Date 40

Few names conjure up luxury quite like Rolex. Crafted in 18-carat yellow gold and featuring the brand’s signature President bracelet and fluted bezel, the Day-Date 40 says ‘I love you’ in all the right ways.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche

Red accents, a calfskin bracelet and 18-carat gold make this TAG Heuer x Porsche creation a worthy companion for any groom’s wrist.

Engagement watches for her

Bvlgari Serpenti Tubogas

Resembling a snake, the Bvlgari Serpenti Tubogas elegant wraparound watch immediately becomes the star of any show. To make a daring statement, gift this Bvlgari creation to your future wife.

Piaget Treasures High Jewellery Watch

The Swiss watchmakers at Piaget describe themselves as jewellery ‘alchemists’, and the High Jewellery collection – which expertly blends feminine elegance and craftsmanship – shows us why.

Cartier Rose Gold Clash [Un]limited Watch

The [Un]limited is a bold statement piece from the French jewellery house Cartier. It features a bracelet with a beaded centre, an elongated watch face, and a burnished rose gold presentation.


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Written by Matthew Ashton

I started working in the insurance industry in 2004. Four years later, I left to focus on theological studies, working as a youth worker and then as a ministry director in Seattle, USA. When returning to the UK, I had an opportunity to work for the late Andrew Marchington. I joined his firm as a sales advisor when it had around ten staff members. Within three years, I was Head of Ops with a staff team of over 30 people. After a chance encounter in 2019 with Rachel Living and Will Cooper, I co-started Stanhope to build a high-value home, luxury watch, and jewellery broker synonymous with trust. I love being with Donna, my wife, and four kids when not working, cramming in the odd row, or running when I can. I am fortunate to love what I do and consider it a blessing to grow the Stanhope brand.

Matthew Ashton

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