A dress watch should do three things: tell time, fit under your shirt cuff and look handsome. Any other details — complications, gratuitous depth ratings, luminescence — are superfluous. The goal is to complement your attire, and feature enough unique character to stand out ever so slightly. That’s hard to come by, but a watchmaking formula does exist: design a slim case, cast it in understated pink or rose gold, give it a simple two- or three-hand movement, then finish with a minimalist dial. It may be a formula, but those who follow it still make it their own, with stunning results.
Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial
The original Trésor dress watch, originally launched in 1949, returns, now packing Omega’s vaunted antimagnetic co-axial movement. But aside from the top-notch innards, the new De Ville Trésor makes a case for itself with its “Clau de Paris” dial, domed sapphire crystal and shapely Sedna gold case.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Second
Jaeger’s Master line is at its best in ultra-thin form. Its shapely 38.5mm by 7.58mm case is perfectly proportioned and expertly sculpted in 18k pink gold. A super-thin automatic movement isn’t bad, either.
Zenith Elite 6150
Zenith originally released the ultra-thin Elite 6150 back in 1994, where it won “Movement of the Year” at Basel. In 2015 Zenith brought it back, tweaked it, and increased the power reserve to a very impressive 100 hours, then put it in a rounded, minimalist package.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin 37
A. Lange & Söhne is, for most, a top-of-the-top watchmaker — which is why the announcement of brand’s most affordable watch, the Saxonia Thin 37, gained so much hype. But take a look at the beautifully finished 2.9mm-thick movement, the rose gold case, or classic and minimal two-hand dial, and you’ll find it’s far more than just a “budget” offering.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
An impressive representative from the “Swiss Big Three.” The lovely Patrimony dress watch in rose gold packs Vacheron’s 2.6mm-thin manually-wound movement bearing the Hallmark of Geneva.
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