While square, rectangular and tonneau-cased watches were all the rage in the 1920s through the 1940s, they took a back seat to the plain ol’ round dress watch in the mid-20th century and haven’t exactly come back yet with a vengeance. That being said, it’s hard to argue with the elegance and timelessness of a wristwatch case of the tonneau(-ish) variety, of which the Hamilton Boulton is a prime example.
First introduced in 1940 for both men and women, the new versions of the Boulton call to mind the elegance of that period but introduce some modern upgrades. What you get here is a distinctive case that’s sort of an amalgamation of rectangular and tonneau shapes, a white/silver dial with pearlescent finish and black lacquered Roman numerals, a sub-seconds register, blue steeled hands and a sapphire crystal.
There are two sizes available: a medium version at 23.5mm x 27.4mm, and a large at 27.3mm x 31.1mm, each of which is available with either a midnight blue, ruby red or mahogany brown calf-leather strap with crocodile print pattern. Currently only a quartz version of the Boulton is being produced, but maybe if we all show up at Swatch Group headquarters with torches and pitchforks, we’ll get a mechanical version in the future.
Pricing for both versions, which will be available in mid-October, is $595
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