Most watches are in some way sporty. But what does the man wear in the evening at the opera or on other festive occasions? The 15 most beautiful dress-watches at a glance:
Dress-Watch #1 A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic
With its clearly designed central dial, the Saxonia has always been the classic alternative to the Lange 1 A. Lange & Sons Dial and case modernized and equipped with the new, flat caliber L086.1. Pink gold, 38.5 millimeters in diameter, 22,800 euros.
Dress-Watch #2: IWC Portofino
IWC quite simple: The Portofino Automatic, 40 millimetres in size and 9.5 millimetres flat, offers good proportions, a balanced design and with the red 60 a discreet marking. The stainless steel watch with Sellita movement costs 5,300 euros with a milanaiseband.
Dress-Watch #3 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
A Dresswatch must not only have three hands! A discreet moon-phase display offers a suitable additional function, which can be used with Jaeger-LeCoultre elegantly inserted into a night black dial – especially if it is framed by a hand date. Manufacture caliber 925, automatic, stainless steel, 8.650 Euro.
Dress-Watch #4: Frédérique Constant Slimline
For Frédérique Constant you get elegant watches at reasonable prices. A good example is the Slimline Automatic in stainless steel for 1,825 Euro. With its domed dial and sapphire crystal, the flat 40-millimeter automatic watch exudes the touch of the fifties, paired with current technology.
Dress-Watch #5 Hermès Slim d’Hermès
A Hermès can be as simple as it may be, there is always a very special sophistication. These are the openwork numbers designed by the former Art Director of the Louvre, Philippe Apeloig, the specially designed horns and the hand-sewn croco strap. The typical Hermès-H can be found as a decorative element on the automatic caliber H1950 from Vaucher, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal back. Stainless steel, 5,650 Euro.
Dress-Watch #6 Bulgari Octo Finissimo
The spectacular Octo housing from Bulgari plays with the forms round (bezel), octagonal (dial section) and square (overall impression). That it now exists in an extra-flat version, thanks to the finissimo calibre, which is only 2.23 millimetres thick, gives it a particularly exciting touch. Platinum, manual winding, 26,000 euros.
Complications are not necessary. Simple and flat is the 40 millimetre annual calendar from the Heritage Chronométrie line by Montblanc the watch distinguishes months with 30 and 31 days and only needs to be corrected once a year, on March 1. This is made possible by a movement module mounted on the Eta automatic caliber 2892. The moon phase in front of the southern night sky with star of the south is dedicated to the sailor Vasco da Gama. 238 copies are available in pink gold, each for 11,900 euros.
Dress-Watch #8: Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Calatrava of Patek Philippe is a classic. They have been on the market since the 1930s and come in many different versions. The reference 5227 with automatic caliber 324 SC combines a contemporary case size of 39 millimeters with a traditional hinged lid that lies above the sapphire crystal back. White gold, 31,220 euros.
Dress-Watch #9: Longines Elegant
The watches from the Longines Elegant Collection already carry elegance in their name – no wonder, as it is the big theme of Longines. Anyone looking for a stylish watch at a low price will find it here, for example in the stainless steel model with metal strap and Eta automatic caliber 2892 for 1,480 euros.
Dress-Watch #10: Junghans master manual winding
The charm of the fifties can be so contemporary! Yunghans has a convex midnight blue main dial and a concave sub-dial for the small second, which provide an exciting contrast. Slightly curved hands and fine, thin indexes – that’s all it takes to be elegant. Stainless steel, Plexiglas, Eta caliber 7001 (manual winding), 1,170 Euro.
Dress-Watch #11 Tissot Chemin of the Tourelles Powermatic 80 Gent COSC
The strengths of the Tissot the Powermatic 80 automatic movement is officially certified as a chronometer and therefore extremely precise. It also runs for 80 hours without any additional energy supply. Stainless steel, 995 Euro.
Dress-Watch #12: Piaget Altiplano
For Piaget you can choose between many flat clocks. We choose the Altiplano in a 40-millimeter case because it has a funny and discreet second display at ten o’clock. Pink gold, calibre 838P (manual winding), 17.900 Euro.
Dress-Watch #13 Zenith Elite 6150
This elegant watch has the tradition-steeped Zenith-Automatic movement with an astonishing performance due to its low overall height of less than four millimetres. Thanks to two mainsprings, the watch runs for at least 100 hours without any additional energy supply. The design of the watch convinces with fine details such as the pointed hands and the curved dial from which the slim hour markers are milled out. Stainless steel, 42 millimeters, 7,000 euros.
Dress-Watch #14: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
When it comes to elegance, watches with only two hands are unbeatable. The view of the dial of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony almost makes you forget how merciless time passes. Instead, it allows you to enjoy a few hours without worries. Pink gold, caliber 1400 (manual winding), 19.300 Euro.
Dress-Watch #15 Rolex Cellini Dual Time
Rolex is known for its Oyster sports watches. The elegant models can be found in the Cellini line. At six o’clock, the Cellini Dual Time offers a subtle display of a second time zone, which can be read on a twelve-hour dial with integrated day/night indication. White gold, calibre 3180 (automatic), 17.650 Euro.