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It is important to be ready for all occasions, including special occasions. Looking for dress watch ideas to wear to special events? Here are 7 models, some vintage, others more contemporary, quality pieces that could inspire you, or even end up on your wrist.
1# The Breguet Classic 5157
This watch lives up to its name and definitely gives in to the classic style. The dial is spacious and sophisticated, giving way to the gray background with guilloché finish. Above, the blued hands deceive the black Roman numerals. The essential is there, no need for additional elements.
Another point for elegance, the Classic 5157 falls into the category of ultra-thin timepieces and its 38mm case in 18k rose gold is only 5.4mm thick. It is attached to a beautiful brown alligator leather strap. Two other variations are available: one with a white gold case and black strap, the other with a yellow gold case and brown strap.
At the heart of this fancy tocante beats caliber 502.3, a 35-jewel movement offering 45 hours of power reserve.
Price: from €20,100
2# The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227R
With this Calatrava, Patek Philippe proves to us how simple and incredibly elegant a timepiece can be. The curves are soft, even almost unctuous, the tones rich and warm, the look proud without overdoing it.
The pink gold of the 39 mm case goes perfectly with the brown alligator leather strap and the ivory lacquered dial. To keep track of the time, rose gold also applies to the applied indexes and hands, not forgetting the edge of the date window at 3 o’clock.
This timeless classic houses caliber 324SC, a 29-jewel self-winding movement beating at a rate of 28,800 vph for a power reserve of around 35 hours.
Price on request (> €30,000)
3# The Tank Louis Cartier
The model Tank de Cartier is one of the great references in the field of elegant tocantes, and more particularly this much less known (and worn) black version.
There Tank Louis Cartier is an extremely simple yet very chic and timeless watch. The Luxury House shows us here that the distinction does not always lie in the number of details, but rather in the overall look and in what each piece exudes.
On the wrist, a semi-matte black alligator leather strap combined with a rectangular case (33.7 mm x 25.5 mm) in 750/1000 yellow gold with, on the side, the famous beaded crown adorned with a blue sapphire. The dial reinforces the ultra minimalist aspect of this timepiece, with a black background whose depth is disturbed only by two small golden hands in the shape of a sword, accompanying the name of the brand.
4# The Piaget Altiplano Origin
We stay in refined watches while changing register with this Piaget Altiplano Origin in its white gold version. On the program, a large bare white dial, devoid of ornaments or almost, with only thin black stick indexes swept by two thin hour/minute hands. A design that is also reminiscent of the Bauhaus style for those who appreciate it.
In terms of structure, Piaget has chosen beauty and preciousness, with a rhodium-plated 750/1000 white gold case 38 mm in diameter and only 6 mm thick, as well as a black alligator leather strap.
As for the mechanism, the Piaget Altiplano Origin houses the manufacture caliber 430P, an ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement with a frequency of 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 43 hours.
5# The Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803
For those who love Rolex style and yellow gold timepieces, this Day-Date is a model to consider. Despite its precious complexion, it’s a watch that doesn’t give into excessive bling, and which knows how to stay chic. Offered on a gold bracelet, you can also find it in other versions with a leather strap.
The case of the Reference 1803 in 18k yellow gold measures 36 mm. It blends perfectly with the pearly white dial adorned with golden baton hour markers, a curved day window at 12 o’clock, and a date window at 3 o’clock surmounted by a magnifying glass. Everything is protected by a Plexiglas glass.
In short, a watch that displays a beautiful presence on the wrist and that will appeal to lovers of vintage watches.
Price: > €15,000
6# H. Moser & Cie. Endeavor Center Seconds
Overall, all the models in the collection Endeavor have something unique and are therefore relatively recognizable to the trained eye. They are contemporary watches, stripped of superfluous details, both sober and surprising.
And because it is elegance that is in the spotlight here, we are concentrating on a particularly distinguished version of the Seconds Center. We are talking about the model with a red gold case and a brown alligator leather strap. A real marvel that surprises with its smoked dial creating a beautiful play of light on which the golden hands move.
I’Endeavor Center Seconds is a piece for those looking for a dressy model enhanced with a touch of originality.
Price: CHF 19,900
7# The Longines Flagship Heritage Automatic
Elegance is not necessarily synonymous with ultra high prices. We therefore suggest that you finish this selection with a watch that is much more affordable than the others, and just as elegant. There Longines Flagship Heritage Automatic has a 38 mm steel case and a brown alligator leather strap.
In the center, we appreciate the contrast between the silver tint of the dial and the golden warmth of the hands as well as the applied indexes. At 6 o’clock, there is a discreet date window.
This model is powered by caliber L615, a self-winding mechanical movement beating at 28,800 vph and endowed with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours.
There Longines Flagship Heritage Automatic is a delicate and sober watch which has the advantage of being able to be worn both in a formal event and during office days.