Getting Dressy: 7 Of The Very Best Dress Watches You Should Buy
The scene is set – you are about to enter the ball room of some swanky hotel for a classy night of dinner, drinks and dancing. You are dress in your best tuxedo and have a gorgeous girl on your arm. Before entering the ball room, you look down onto your wrist and realise to your horror that you are wearing your deep sea divers watch. I know there are worse problems in the world to consider, but wearing the right watch for different situations is so important these days. If this is a networking event, then believe it or not nine times out of ten men would pick up on this – meaning losing that crucial deal. Don’t worry! Luxe Watches is here to help with this comprehensive list of the very best ten dress watches on the market to date.
Cartier Drive De Cartier Extra Flat
The fantastic Cartier Drive De Cartier Extra Flat model has to feature on this list. The timepiece oozes elegance with its sleek curves, cushion shape and clean silvered satin-brushed dial. The watch measures in at just 38mm and is cased in 18K white gold, giving you a watch that is not understated yet powerful on the wrist. The watch comes with all the unique touches you would expects from cartier – blue steel sword shaped hands, sapphire crystal and a brilliant alligator strap in semi-matt grey with a 18K white gold buckle. The watch is powered expertly by the manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, Calibre 430 MC. Not only is this watch a boss on the wrist with a tuxedo, but the watch is also limited to just 200 pieces, making the watch a great conversation piece for the dinner table.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5116R-001
Nothing speaks class more than Patek Philippe, and this particular timepiece is one of the greatest watches for dressier occasions. The classic round design of the 5116R speaks volumes of the Swiss manufacture Patek Philippe, who always manage to walk a fine line between contemporary and traditional timepieces so easily. The watch measures in at 36mm and is cased in 18K rose gold with a traditional hobnail-patterned bezel. The watch is powered by a manual winding movement Calibre 215 PS, which powers minutes, hours and a seconds sub-dial counter at 6 o’clock. The 5116R also features sapphire crystal front and case back, black roman numerals and authentic enamel dial. The watch looks great in a black ‘square scales’, hand stitched and shiny strap. This watch is sure to draw attention, with a classic elegant look that is unrivalled.
Rolex Cellini Time
The Rolex Cellini collection offers an elegant dress watch in what is a sports watch brand. Although Rolex watches are world renowned for their excellent sports watches, Rolex should be on the map for their exceptional dress watches. Although there is an incredible selection of Cellini models, one of my particular favourites is the Rolex Cellini Time in 18K rose gold and white dial. The round shape and classic 39mm diameter of the Cellini Time represent marks of tradition – rather a contemporary celebration of classicalism and the eternal elegance of classic timepieces. The watch features a mechanical perpetual self winding movement Calibre 3132 developed and manufactured by Rolex. The watch is finished beautifully with a brown alligator strap and a double fluted and domed bezel. Much like the Patek Philippe 5116R, this watch simply oozes elegance, and is easily amongst the best dress watches on the market to date.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin are a Swiss watch manufacture synonymous with elegance and style. For stylish yet elegant dress watches, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony has to be featured amongst this list. The classic round 40mm face is cased in 18K rose gold with a metallic cream dial. The watch is powered by the manual winding automatic Caliber 1400, which powers minutes and hours. The movement also beats at 28,800 VpH (4Hz) with a 40-hour power reserve. This classic watch is finished expertly with a dark brown alligator mississippiensis strap with a 18K rose gold ardillon buckle.
Jaquet Droz Astrale
For those that don’t know Jaquet Droz is a fantastic elegant watch brand specialising in traditional timepieces specifically dress watches. They are renowned for their Ateliers D’Art watches, as well as Grande Seconde watches, however, in this instance the Jaquet Droz Astrale Astrale Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Ivory Enamel has to feature on this list. The watch measures in at 43mm in diameter and cased in 18K rose gold with an ivory Grand Feu with 18K rose gold indexes and aperture. The mechanical self-winding movement, Jaquet Droz 1150.P, beats at 28,800 VpH (4 Hz) and powers minutes, hours, sweeping seconds and a date display at 6 o’clock. The watch is finished with a rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap and 20mm 18K rose gold ardillon buckle.
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino IW356511
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino collection represent timeless elegance in consummate form. The Swiss watch brand are renowned for their pilot watches and their chronograph watches, but for dress watches we have to include the highly popular Portofino collection to the list. The IWC355611 is cased in 18K rose gold and measures 40mm in diameter. The watch features a beautifully contrasting slate-coloured sun-patterned finish dial with IWC iconic 18K rose gold hands. The watch is powered by the automatic self-winding movement Calibre A35111 which powers minutes, hours, seconds and a date display. The watch beats at 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and has a 42-hour power reserve. The watch is completed with a dark brown alligator strap and a solid 18K rose gold case back with a decorated engraving of the Portofino harbour.
Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia
To pick up this watch would be quite the talking piece for those special occasions. The watch is only available at the Omega boutique in Venice and is a very rare timepiece. Nonetheless, the watch represents the very best of the dress watches on the market at the minute. The watch is 39.5mm in diameter and is cased in 18K rose gold with a silver dial and ‘leaf style’ rose gold hands. The watch is powered by an automatic self-winding movement Calibre Omega 8801, with a 18K rose gold balance bridge and oscillating weight. The movement helps to power the minutes, hours, sweeping seconds hand and date display. This is certainly a watch that not only looks elegant and stylish, but also has an interesting back story and is wholly unique.