While you can get away with wearing just about any watch with a suit, if you’re one to sweat over the details then it might be time to rethink your wrist-wear come your next formal event. So what makes a good dress watch? Unlike a dive watch or a field watch, which have pretty cut-and-dry requirements (water resistance and legibility, respectively), it’s a little unclear. Many folks suggest going for something thin that’ll easily slide under your shirt cuff. As for complications, they’re fine; but because you’re wearing something to complement your attire, simplicity is something to strive for. And that’s pretty much it — from there, look for an aesthetic that works for you. But should you still be unsure of what to get, read on: we’ve amassed some of our favorite dressy watches of the last year.
A Customizable Dress Watch for the Casual Generation
Martenero’s take on the dress watch is perfect for the new generation of the workforce donning smart casual in lieu of business suits.
5 Classy Dress Watches Under $1,000
Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.
The Small, Square Watch Is Back and It’s Perfect
The NOMOS Tetra is only 29mm, but it’s square — and for looks and style on your wrist, that makes all the difference.
The Art of the Ultra-Thin Watch
The best thin watches for men come in at less than 10mm and are dressy, comfortable and incredibly well engineered.
In Bulgari’s Octo, a New Sleeper Classic
Gérald Genta’s overlooked design is a watch full of contradictions. And that’s a good thing.
An Endorsement for the Groom Watch
Buying the groom-to-be a watch as an engagement gift is a new tradition. If you aren’t sure what to get him, consider one of these six.
Germany’s Most Sought-After Watchmaker Has a New Entry-Level Timepiece
At $14,800, A. Lange & Söhne’s downsized dress watch is an affordable and beautiful entry point to Germany’s storied watch brand.