The dress watch , an accessory that each man needs is the least complex however most elegant kind of watch. Refined, watchful, visually basic yet mechanically satisfying, they are all about elite materials and completing, balanced extents and sumptuous however not ostentatious appeal. As 2020 comes to an end, here’s a choice of five of our favorite high-end dress watches of the year.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold
Part of a set of three of watches introduced to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Saxon brand, A. Lange & Söhne presents the 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F.A. Lange” , which is a brand new model in this assortment – its development has just been utilized in the Saxonia assortment up until now. This elegant ultra-thin 38mm dress watch comes in a restricted edition of 175 pieces in Lange’s select Honeygold alloy, with a polished white enamel dial – something rare at ALS, especially for time-just watches – and special completions on its hand-twisted development, with its German silver extensions showing matte surfaces. Brilliantly refined, both inside and out!
Quick facts: 38mm diameter x 6.3mm stature 18k Honeygold case – white enamel dial – hand-wound caliber L093.1 in-house – alligator leather strap on Honeygold pin clasp – restricted to 188 pieces – EUR 33,000
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity
With its Infinity assortment, Girard-Perregaux has introduced several of its most famous watches dressed in totally dark, reflexive onyx. Among these is a 40mm steel Girard-Perregaux 1966 . Its unadulterated lines and graceful elegance paired with the profound black dial capture the elegance of a black-tie soirée. Turning the watch over, the display caseback reveals the automatic caliber GP3300 fitted with a pink gold rotor.
Quick facts: 40mm diameter x 8.90mm stature – stainless steel case – black onyx dial with pink gold files – automatic caliber GP03300-1402 in-house – black alligator strap with collapsing steel clasp – restricted to 188 pieces – CHF 9,100
Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin
With the Classic Origin , Laurent Ferrier celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dress watch showcasing the pared-down elegance you have come to anticipate from the brand. At 40mm in diameter, its soft case is made of cleaned grade 5 titanium. This time-just model with small seconds at 6 o’clock comes with an elegant dash of energy, with hints of burgundy and gray on its silver opaline dial. Inside is the amazingly completed hand-wound Caliber LF 116.01, with its signature long-blade spring and iced, dark-coated extensions. Also available with a sportier dark green dial .
Quick facts: 40mm diameter x 10.70mm stature – grade 5 titanium case – white silver opaline dial – hand-wound caliber LF 116.01 in-house – calfskin strap with titanium pin clasp – CHF 28,500
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Hand-Wound Blue
If there’s one model that impeccably characterizes the idea of an elegant, ultra-thin dress watch, it is the Piaget Altiplano. Refined, attentive, mechanically fascinating and visually understated, this symbol created in 1957 has stood the trial of time to become an unmistakable reference. This year, the brand added another 18k pink gold and blue dial rendition to its assortment of Altiplano 38mm, giving this usually restrained model a seriously striking appearance. Without shock, the watch is controlled by the paper-thin Caliber 430P, the signature motor of ultra-thin Piaget models.
Quick facts: 38mm diameter x 6mm stature – 18k pink gold case – blue lacquered dial with sunray-brushed pattern – hand-wound caliber 430P – alligator strap with gold pin clasp – restricted to 188 pieces – EUR 18,600
Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen
Schwarz Etienne enrolled the talent of Kari Voutilainen to create an elegant time-just watch showcasing a portion of the rare and remarkable crafts by the Finnish watchmaker. The heavenly hand-guilloché dial is manufactured in his facilities. Turning the watch over, the miniature rotor Schwarz-Etienne Caliber ASE 200.00 appears in another light, also decorated in collaboration with Voutilainen. Introduced in a 39mm stainless steel case, the watch is released in two restricted editions of 50 pieces each.
Quick facts: 39mm diameter x 11mm stature – stainless steel case – hand-guilloché dial, made by Les Ateliers Kari Voutilainen – automatic miniature rotor caliber ASE 200.00 – leather strap with steel collapsing clasp – 2 restricted editions of 50 pieces – CHF 27,400