Wedding 2021 Report that there has been a 42% rise in searches for ‘couple watches’ ‘engagement watches’ and ‘wedding watches’, which the business says is expected to lead to a rise in sales of prestige timepieces. “Face masks aren’t the only unexpected accessory of 2021; expect to see more fine watches and the rise of the “engagement watch”. Looking at the category as a whole, terms such as “couple”, “engagement” and “wedding” have started to appear more frequently over the past year, resulting in a 42% increase in searches for pieces including these terms,” Lyst says. “This season, more couples have been forgoing traditional rings as engagement presents, instead opting for gender-neutral watches,” adds Morgan Le Caer, a content lead at Lyst. The trend is, predictably, being amplified on social media where hashtags #engagementwatch and #engagementwatches are spreading, not least because savvy watch retailers are starting to adopt the tags.