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The Best Dress Watches
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The Best Dress Watches

There's a watch for every occasion and any discerning watch collector will have an appropriate watch for when each of these times come to call. You may own one of the best dive watches or pilot watches and we're sure it looks great, but it's not necessarily appropriate for all occasions. So if you've received the invite, it's time to find the right time piece.

What is a dress watch?

Quite simply, it's a more formal watch. Designed to complement suits and smart jackets, the dress watch is an elegant time piece usually paired pack and clean-cut in style. Usually quite minimalistic, dress watches tend to be slimline and not too bulky in order to sit comfortably beneath a suit jacket- they're not built for any outlandish activities.

TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

In honour of Tag's 160th anniversary, the watch powerhouse released this limited edition Carrera, a unique chronograph watch that's quite slim and facile.This is a great option for those who want something appropriately formal, but with a bit more to it. It features a silver sun ray dial and the standard three sun-dials. Launching this June there are only 1,860 of these up for grabs.

Case: Steel, 39mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Manual

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral

One of three new releases in this style, which launched first back in 2018, the Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral is a handsome watch in rose gold and brown alligator leather. The floating tourbillon is a striking addition to the otherwise minimal design.

Case: 18k rose gold, 36.5mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Automatic

Omega De Ville Tresor Co-Axial Master Chronometer

This Omega De Ville Tresor is the newest expression of the original Tresor which lanched back in 1949. Great with a tuxedo or blue suit it's a fail-safe dress watch for all formal occasions, featuring an exposed back case which gives adds to what is a fairly simple, classic dress watch.

Case: Stainless steel, 40mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Master Chronometer Manual

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Manual Winding

With over 260 years in the watch manufacturing industry, Vacheron Constantine knows how to turn out a good time piece. Oozing sophistication, this Patrimony watch epitomises a dress watch in that it is minimalistic, elegant and a timeless classic. The hands and minute markers are made of 18k polished white gold, the face of sapphire crystal and it features a classy alligator strap.

Case: White gold, 40mm
Strap: Mississippiensis Alligator
Movement: Manual

Zenith Elite Moonphase

A celestial-inspired watch from Zenith, the Elite Moonphase features a subtle, small running seconds hand at 9 o’clock and a moonphase disk. The details are subtle, maintaining effortless charm in appearance and a luxurious edge from the rose gold and alligator strap.

Case: 18k rose gold, 40.5mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Automatic

Cartier Tank Solo

Would this be a dress watch article without a Cartier? It requires no introduction, from the shape and style the Tank embodies the Cartier style in every sense. A handsome design and clean aesthetic makes the Tank the ideal dress watch.

Case: Steel, 34.8mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Automatic

Rolex Cellini Moonphase

One for the star gazers, this Moonphase from Rolex is a beautiful, celestial watch which not only tells the standard time, but also has a lunar cycle display. We're quite taken by the elegance of this watch, its slim and classy but still has plenty of detail to it and the Everose gold complements the brown alligator strap beautifully.

Case: 18k Everose gold, 39mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Manual mechanical movement

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227

A dress watch article wouldn't be complete without inclusion from Patek Philippe. Originally launched at Baselworld back in 2013 the Calatrava 5227 is a classic style dress watch with finesse and signature Patek Philippe detail. It's a slim watch, only 9.24mm, with a sapphire-crystal case back plus a hinged dust cover, with an unnoticeable hinge. A timeless classic.

Case: White gold, 39mm
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Self-winding movement

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