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Watches and Lifestyles: 5 dashing dress watches

by Joanne Ward
24 May, 2013
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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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Shows like Mad Men have a lot to answer for – in a good way. Week after week, the male stars model yet another sharp suit with slick hairstyle and shiny shoes. They are also responsible for the new enthusiasm for pared-down, classic styling, and because of this the once popular dress watch is once again experiencing a renaissance. Think Don Draper, James Bond and the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. Each approaches his appearance with elegance and charm in mind, and this isn’t just limited to their clothing; a well-chosen dress watch – delicately simple and slimmer than usual – can be the icing on the cake.

Chopard L.U.C 1937 Classic Stainless Steel

There’s no denying that Chopard offer some of the most high-end, sumptuously splendid jewellery and timepieces available today, but that’s not to say they aren’t capable of a little understated elegance aswell. Their L.U.C 1937 Classic Stainless Steel is a sleek number that combines tradition and innovation, and the intended subtlety shows within the stainless steel 42mm case, featuring a delicately detailed sunburst dial, applied rhodium Roman numerals and minute track. There is glareproof, scratch-resistant sapphire to the front (as lets face it, you’d have to keep a watch like this looking pretty smart), and see-through sapphire to the back of the case, which is then mounted onto a black alligator leather strap.

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier Large

Being another giant in the world of horology, Cartier also has a great deal to offer on the dress watch front. However, it’s the Tank Louis Cartier Large that stands out thanks to it striking monochrome, Roman numeral dial framed with a bold 18 carat yellow gold case, measuring 33.7 x 25.5 mm. Its presence is assertive, and its Art Deco appearance and angular form are sure to acquire you some attention at dinner parties. The dial is silver grained, with sword-shaped blue steel hands that compliment the yellow gold, and is finished with a sophisticated chocolate-brown alligator leather strap.

Vacheron Constantin Malte Moon Phase

Vacheron Constantin’s Malte Moon Phase in 18 carat white gold features an impressive five different finishes, most notably the finely hand-guilloché ‘Clous de Paris’, or hobnail motif, on the inner zone. The case is a generously sized 39 x 49 mm in curvaceous tonneau form, and houses a beautiful multi-finished dial that is a true technical – and aesthetic – masterpiece, with its textured embellishments and moon phase window that displays an 18 carat white gold orb at appropriate times.

Patek Philippe Gondolo Platinum

The Gondolo Platinum from Patek Philippe is part of a legendary collection that was relaunched in 2007, around 80 years after it was first created. This model is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period, as well as Art Deco, with the popular era-associated tonneau shape – measuring 32 x 42 mm – and a decorative, flowing hour and minute track on the hand-guilloché dial. It is inspired by the company’s Chronometro Gondolo, which dates back to 1925, although this version now gently curves with the wrist. The dial itself is gently cambered, and features the signature of the esteemed maker within the inner guilloched portion.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master

Perhaps not your everyday watch purchase, but equally as desirable as the less expensive models, is the classic Jaeger-LeCoultre Master in 18 carat rose gold.  Its traditional simplicity is striking, but it is by no means plain, with brushed silver sunray dial and gilt-applied numerals and markers that are set off by the high contrast blue seconds hand.  The 40mm diameter creates a subtle, elegant form while its elegant dial and easy readability put it firmly within the dashing dress watch category.

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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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