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Buying Guide – The 5 Best Dress Watches of Watches and Wonders

The pandemic modified many issues in our lives, amongst these is a decline in formal apparel and sartorial requirements. Now that we’re progressing out of lockdown, it’s time to make a case for a return of formal magnificence, to get again to some form of traditional, refined fashion. In watch-related phrases, it’s time for a comeback of the costume watch… If the costume watch could as soon as have been seen as bringing anonymity and a few form of conformism, now it’s the alternative. You positively stand out with a skinny, refined watch. Listed below are 5 fashions introduced on the event of Watches and Wonders (and the Geneva watch week) embodying their definition of magnificence.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

With the brand new Grand Lange 1, A. Lange & Söhne’s signature outsized mannequin is available in a slimmer case and with a youthful face. The principle novelty of this third-generation Grand Lange 1 is the discount in case thickness from 8.8mm to eight.2mm. The second novelty is the brand new granular texture featured on the stable silver dial bringing a up to date aptitude. The watch nonetheless makes use of the magnificent hand-wound calibre L095.1 with off-centre hours and minutes, small seconds, energy reserve indicator, outsize date with a push-piece speedy corrector. Extra particulars at www.alange-soehne.com.

Fast details: 41mm x 8.2mm – 18k rose or white gold case – hand-wound Lange manufacture calibre L095.1 with off-centre hours and minutes, small seconds, energy reserve indicator, outsize date with push-piece speedy corrector – alligator leather-based strap on pin buckle – EUR 45,900

Cartier Santos-Dumont with Beige Lacquered Case

Cartier up to date their signature Santos-Dumont, the wristwatch impressed by the mannequin designed for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. This limited-edition watch is cased in rose gold lined with ivory lacquer. The matching color dial incorporates a concentric sq. sample. With it, the Santos feels in some way classic but fashionable. Inside is the hand-wound 430MC calibre primarily based on the ultrathin Piaget 430P. Extra particulars at www.cartier.com.

Fast details: 43.5mm x 31.4mm – 18k rose gold case, beige lacquer on the bezel and prime of the lugs – 430MC mechanical motion with guide winding (Piaget 430 base) – darkish inexperienced alligator leather-based strap – numbered restricted version of 250 items – EUR 12,000

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer

Some of the elegant watches introduced at Watches and Wonders 2022, this model of the Chopard L.U.C XPS stands out with an beautiful inexperienced guilloche dial and yellow gold case mixture. The stable hinged cowl over the again of the watch case lets you uncover the fantastically completed L.U.C 96.01-L calibre and its micro-rotor. The watch is a chronometer with COSC certification and is stamped with the Geneva Seal. Extra particulars at www.chopard.com.

Fast details: 40mm x 7.20mm – 18k yellow gold case, officer’s case again – self-winding L.U C 96.01-L mechanical motion – brown alligator leather-based strap on pin buckle – numbered restricted version of fifty items – CHF 33,500 

F.P. Journe Automatique

In 2021, FP Journe celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Octa. The limited-edition mannequin introduced on this event now turns into a part of the common assortment, now with a motion crafted in rose gold. The F.P.Journe Automatique is out there in 40mm or 42mm instances, in 950 platinum or 18k crimson gold with matching gold dials. The asymmetrical dials are gold with whitened guilloché silver areas for the hours, minutes and small seconds. Extra particulars at www.fpjourne.com.

Fast details: 40mm or 42mm x 10.7mm – 18k rose gold case – automated F.P. Journe calibre 1300.3 in 18k rose gold, off-centre hours, minutes, small seconds, energy reserve indicator on 120 hours, massive date – alligator leather-based strap on pin buckle – CHF 42,500

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5226G

The Calatrava is basically considered the archetypal traditional, formal-wear costume watch. With the 5226G, this traditional comes with a contemporary twist – identical to its extra advanced brother, the 5326G. Specifically, the anthracite gray dial incorporates a textured end and beige lume, and is paired with lovely syringe palms. The 40mm spherical case for which the Calatrava has been famend since 1932 has been revisited with a clean bezel and flanks adorned with a Clous de Paris hobnail sample. This new mannequin is pushed by self-winding Caliber 26-330 SC with hours, minutes, central seconds, aperture-type date and stop-seconds mechanism. Extra particulars at www.patek.com.

Fast details: 40mm x 8.53mm – 18k white gold case with clous de Paris sample – 26‑330 SC mechanical motion with automated winding – interchangeable calfskin, nubuck end and black calfskin with an embossed cloth motif straps on pin buckle – CHF 33,000

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