There’s always that one ideal dress watch to go with every outfit or dinner party.
It’s time for the festivities to begin, and many watch lovers are on the lookout for the perfect dress watch to go with their party and ball outfits. On the contrary to what some may think, dress watches need not be austere and conservative-looking. What is more important, is to find a watch that reflects one’s unique personality, and at the same time, is versatile and timeless. Here are some of our picks of dress watches to go with every look or occasion.
Travelling for the holidays? The Chopard L.U.C. GMT One will be the perfect companion. This very practical watch allows you to tell time easily with the highly legible dial, as you count down to the new year in a foreign time zone. Its unique and timeless design is also very versatile and will work whether you are in athleisure outfits or a dapper suit.
Besides symbolising growth and abundance, green is also often associated with peace and rejuvenescence. What better way to celebrate this joyful season than pairing your chic ensembles with this striking Chopard Imperiale watch? It features an interesting combination of steel, ethical rose gold, a bright green dial and lush green alligator straps, and will take you effortlessly from day to night. It is fitted with a reliable automatic movement from Chopard, which will power the timepiece throughout all the partying and festivities.
The Grand Central Tourbillon is Franck Muller’s latest masterpiece, and in itself is an enthralling sight to behold. Besides being the first timepiece ever to feature a tourbillon positioned at the centre of a tonneau-shaped case, the way it tells time is intriguing too – hours and minutes are displayed using arrows on a circular ring that rotates around the tourbillon. The second hand indicator, on the other hand, is in fact part of a single bridge that suspends the tourbillon. Originally designed as a larger watch, this recently-redesigned Grand Central Tourbillon (CX36) is encased in a slimmer case that fits more snugly around slimmer wrists.
Abundance, prosperity and joy are words that come to mind when one sees beautiful flowers in bloom. Franck Muller’s Vanguard Rose Skeleton also captures the essence of love and romance that roses embody. The hand painted roses on the dial seem to be growing from the meticulously skeletonised bridges and have all been seamlessly integrated into the construction of the watch movement. The diamond-set roses, case, crown and buckle make this exquisite timepiece the ultimate ladies’ dress watch.
H. Moser & Cie.
This bright green Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green by H. Moser & Cie. has a dial unlike any other. Three different types of green pigment were melded together on a patterned gold base to create the green Grand Feu enamel dial, giving it depth and luminescence, and at the same time putting a novel and artisanal spin on the brand’s iconic fumé dials. Minimal-looking on the outside, the watch is orchestrated by the HMC 200 automatic movement which features a bi-directional pawl winding system and 3-day power reserve. If you’re looking for a dress watch that will spark off conversations and turn heads, this is it.
Bulgari’s Lvcea watch seamlessly integrates the brand name together with its skeletonised movement, and the result, is a uniquely eyecatching timepiece. Featuring red alligator straps, and a crown set with rubellite & diamond, this dainty beauty will jazz up any outfit and make it party-worthy.
Blancpain’s Villeret Quantieme Complete (complete calendar) is a classic men’s dress watch that is both functional and timeless. The clever dial layout allows the month, date, day and time to be seen clearly all at once, with the addition of a moonphase display. The caricature-like face of the moon adds a whimsical touch to the seemingly sombre-looking timepiece, and never fails to bring a smile to its owner.
When it comes to the quintessential ladies’ dress watch, one can never go wrong with the classic combination of gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl. With a case diameter of just 35mm and thickness of 9.2mm, the Blancpain Ladybird Colours houses an in-house automatic movement that offers an impressive 100-hour power reserve. It is as beautiful on the outside, as it is robust on the inside.
If you can’t decide between wearing a sports or dress watch, why not choose the Zenith Chronomaster Original? Crafted in a 38mm rose gold case, its elegant design pays homage to the historic A386 model that Zenith presented in 1969. Featuring Zenith’s emblematic tri-coloured sub-dials, pump-style pushers and chic brown leather straps, its high frequency (5Hz) El Primero 3600 chronograph movement, accurate up to 1/10th of a second, is also one of the watch industry’s most lauded calibres.
Sophisticated, and subtly glamorous at the same time, the devil is in the details for the Zenith Elite Moonphase. In addition to its textured, sunray-patterned dial and a bezel set with 75 brilliant-cut diamonds, it also features a small-seconds that injects subtle motion, while the tranquil, blue moonphase display adds soul to the understated timepiece. Beneath its surface, is an automatic Elite manufacture movement that beats at 4Hz and offers 50 hours of power reserve. Not to mention that the grey colour is a great alternative to black, that will go well with a plethora of outfits.