Nomos Glashütte Orion 309

Top five dress watches under €2,000

What is a dress watch? A watch that can be worn with a dinner jacket or other formal wear. Today, celebrities do what they like with the classic black tie format, but the rules still exist, and you can look good even with a suit that complies with the most rigorous standards. It’s as if…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

The Saxonia Thin has been part of the A. Lange & Söhne collection since 2011, and since then a number of different versions have been introduced. This year’s piece is a 39-millimetre watch, just 6.2 mm thick. Its size makes it accessible to both men and women, and the aventurine glass dial, deep blue strewn…

Tom Ford 001

Tom Ford launches a new watch

The Tom Ford 001 is the fashion brand’s first watch. It has a rectangular case, a quartz movement, and interchangeable strap. It is an attractive timepiece with a case that is curved when seen from the side, so that it rests nicely on the wrist. The case has integrated lugs with the strap simply sliding…

Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595

Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595

The C5 Malvern 595 by Christopher Ward is a really lovely watch. The 595 in its name refers to the thickness, which is just 5.95 mm. The Malvern case is 39 mm in diameter, with sleep sloping lugs and polished finish. The opaline dial comes in two variants, white or grey, with sloping hands and…

Seiko Presage Cocktail Watch

Seiko Presage Cocktail Time

The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time was originally launched in 2010. Its name reflects the fact that the watches are based on a partnership with mixologist Shinobu Ishigaki, who runs the Ishinohana Bar in Tokyo. A new series of watches was launched in 2017, with two basic designs, a three-hand watch with date window, close to…

Chopard L.U.C XPS

Chopard L.U.C XPS

The new versions of the L.U.C XPS by Chopard are dress watches with a modern style. Four versions give today’s gentleman the possibility of selecting his preferred look, which ranges from the most classical gold with silvered dial, to the now popular blue-dial trend. The four models have different prices, ranging from €7,790 for the…

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

The Classics Index Automatic is a dress watch by Frederique Constant, at an entry-level price starting at 950 Swiss francs, €850. “Let more people enjoy luxury,” say the brand, and they also make the daring claim that this watch helps turn a man into a true gentleman. The watch is made in two versions, steel,…

Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830

This watch is interesting in several ways. It shows that Baume & Mercier, a brand that has dedicated a lot of effort to reducing the prices of its entry-level watches, is also committed to movement innovation in higher-end pieces. The Clifton Manual 1830 is in red gold and has a new movement with a hairspring…

Mido Baroncelli Heritage M027.407

The 2017 version of the Mido Baroncelli Heritage is even closer to the idea of an entry-level dress watch than last year’s piece. The 39 mm polished 316L steel case is very slim at just under 7 mm, and the white grained dial has minimalist baton hour markers and a discreet date window at 3…

Archimede Klassik 36 BIC dress watch

Archimede has presented a new dress watch, Klassik 36 BIC. Dress watches are usually a male accessory; the Klassik 36 BIC is 36 mm in diameter and so is ideal for women, or for men with smaller wrists, though in actual fact it looks fine on just about anyone, and 36 mm was the classic…

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860

The L.U.C XPS 1860 by Chopard is a slim dress watch in two versions, in rose gold and steel. Their basic design is very similar, with differences in dial finish and movement. It celebrates the L.U.C 1860 launched 20 years ago, the first watch made by the Chopard Manufacture with an in-house movement, the result of…

Mido Baroncelli Calibre 80 Chronometer Si

Mido Baroncelli Calibre 80 Chronometer Si

Mido is working hard to add value to its watches without increasing their price. The Mido Baroncelli Calibre 80 Chronometer Si is a classic dress watch, 40 mm in diameter and very slim, with a COSC-certified movement providing 80 hours power reserve, at a price starting from €1,050, so about €100 more than the Mido…

Mido Baroncelli Heritage

Mido Baroncelli Heritage

OK, it doesn’t have the prestige of a Piaget, but the Mido Baroncelli Heritage is nonetheless admirably thin at 6.95 mm, and works very well as a dress watch at a price of €880 in steel and €980 in rose gold PVD-coated steel. It was launched in 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of the…

Rolex Cellini Time

Cellini is Rolex’s dress watch, so without the Oyster case, but with great elegance, symmetry and simplicity. The new 2016 version has a redesigned white enamel dial, with elongated hour markers that are interrupted by the minute track, so that the hour hand corresponds to the inner extremities of the batons while the minute hand…

Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I

Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I

This year, Sinn are celebrating their 55th anniversary, and the 6200 Meisterbund I is their anniversary model. The name “Meisterbund” means “company of masters,” and it refers to the three different German companies involved in the watch’s production. The movement is made by Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD), the case is by Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte (SUG), while…

Frederique Constant Classics Art of Porcelain dress watch

Frederique Constant Classics Art of Porcelain

Watches with white dials and painted black markings have a supremely classic, dress watch appearance, but enamel dials are subject to a slow process of ageing which over time creates that slightly off-white, yellowish appearance that gives them the patina of old age. This is not really a problem, as we’re talking about decades. In…

Zenith Elite 6150, rose gold

Zenith Elite 6150

The Zenith Elite 6150 was released in 2015 as a steel dress watch. It is now also available in rose gold. The cambered dial has a sort of Bauhaus purity, with engraved baton hour markers and narrow leaf-shaped hands, and nothing (not even a date window, a commendable and courageous move) disturbing the classical elegance.…

Speake-Marin Resilience Black Dial

Speake-Marin Resilience Black Dial

The Resilience was first launched in 2012, and in 2016 Peter Speake-Marin has introduced it with a black dial, in his signature 42 mm Piccadilly case in red gold. The black enamel dial has gold-coloured Arabic numerals and the Speake-Marin topping-tool logo above the numeral 6. The PVD gold-plated hands are in the Speake-Marin “Foundation”-style.…

Raymond Weil Maestro Frank Sinatra

This is a limited-edition watch dedicated to Frank Sinatra, part of the Raymond Weil Maestro collection. The watch is a classic three-hand automatic, with hands, indices and the edge of the date window highlighted in blue, against a silver dial. The very classical design, with the 39.5 mm steel case just 9 mm thick, makes…

Tissot Vintage

With this watch, Tissot adds a gold case to the Powermatic 80 movement that it uses in its more expensive and lower-priced Chemin de Tourelles collection. The case, in pink or yellow gold, is 40 mm in diameter, with 3 bar/30 metres water resistance, and at 9.3 mm in thickness, it becomes a classic dress…