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There’s a time, and a place for that Casio G-shock watch and a suit-wearing occasion is neither. There’s nothing that will tear a look to shreds more than a chunky plastic watch popping out from under the sleeve of your custom tailored suit. So following on from our piece on Three Men's Watches You Need to Have we decided to do a post on the world’s most amazing (and expensive) dress watches.
A taste of bygone days to start off with this anniversary edition watch from Seiko. The 62GS draws on the stylings of the early days of the Grand Seiko model and while it may look like something you remember your old dad wearing on a Sunday, it certainly has that vintage dress watch charm. It’s a prime example of how understated should be done and is the kind of watch you either appreciate or you don’t, and we absolutely love it. The stainless steel version will set you back $6,000 while the white gold model will cost a cool $25,000.
The most unusual of the bunch is this strangely appealing timepiece from Georg Jensen. There is a lot of white space on the dial and the month indicator seems to be off centre as do the seconds. Even the hands are a bit on the thin side making this watch something of a minimalist’s dream. We’re not entirely sure why we like this watch, but we do and priced at $8,500, it’s not beyond the dreams of us mortal men.
Elegant and classic are the only two words you can use to describe this incredibly simple dress watch from Girard-Perregaux. Clean lines and a white face make this the kind of dress watch that can be worn with any suit for any occasion. But it’s the large date and the ever so slightly luminous hands that set this watch apart from its predecessors. Do we like it? Of course we do, but we’re not sure we can afford the $35,000 price tag.
The Galet Square is the first watch from Laurent Ferrier to escape the Swiss watchmaker’s penchant for round timepieces. You get a choice of dial colours that include gold, blue, and brown all with varying shades of markings. Now you’re probably thinking that it is, in fact, a round watch but it’s the slightly squared casing that sets it apart from other watches in Laurent Ferrier’s line. You’ll probably require an individual insurance policy for this watch with prices starting at $56,000.
Before this watch came along, Nomos customers could choose between the manually wound Tangente and its automatic and much heavier counterpart the Tangomat. This latest release uses an ultra-thin automatic movement allowing for one of the slimmest automatic watches on the market today. The added red finishes are just enough to give it a little bit of personality and at $5,400, it’s the most affordable watch on our list.
These are the watches along with the Patek Philippe Ref. 5940G – that we mentioned in our previous post – that you should be looking for. As dress watches go they are the best of the best and although they are a bit pricey, they’ll last you a lifetime. Besides can you really put a price on style?
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