Not too long ago, a dress watch used to be a slim, mechanical, understated, three-hander piece of wrist jewellery. Bond, though, started wearing a diving watch, most companies considerably loosened their dress policies and establishments refusing to entertain customers without a suit jacket are now few and far between. What one would wear on their wrist, along with their after-dark attire, started to change.
In the past, a smart suit would be the minimum expectation for smart evening dress; knitwear, denim with a smart jacket or tuxedos with trainers though are now commonplace at ceremonies, dinners and weddings.
Regardless of outfit, however, a sophisticated dress watch will always provide the finishing touch that every man needs. Dress watches aren’t just sound investments passed from generation to generation; they are the accessory every self-respecting man needs for special occasions.
Looking at both classic and modern dress watches, here are the best options if you want to take your dress watch game to the next level for summer 2021.
Hermes Slim d’Hermes
Four years were spent on the development of the ultra-slim movement by which this watch is powered. The watch has a simplistic, uncluttered dial and its modern flourishes pair fantastically with a half-zip two-piece.
Parisian graphic designer Philippe Apeloig was hired by Hermes to create revolutionary new typography on this stunning 21st-century makeover of a classic.
Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Automatic 38mm
Bell & Ross wristwatches are not just for men of class and style; they are also efficient. A favourite watch of bomb disposal experts, pilots and ship captains, this watch is designed to withstand all extremes. With their military heritage, functionality comes first with all Bell & Ross timepieces; the gorgeous aesthetic of the BR V1-92 merely a bonus.
The watch, which you could wear to work, to dinner or a wedding, combines a satin-polished steel case with a brown leather strap and a blue sunray dial.
Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25
Chopard has famously implemented a unique twist to all its dress watches, and the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 2 is no exception. Never before has any watch from Chopard featured a jump hour. The oven-fired enamel encased within the simplistic yet charismatic dial essentially makes this a dress watch in disguise.
Incredibly, the watch has an almost unprecedented eight-day power reserve provided by a manually winding Caliber L.U.C 98.06-L with four mainspring barrels.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Date
If Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted to make a dress watch to order based on the dictionary definition of one, then they have succeeded.
The sobering, perfectly proportioned dial of this watch may seem bland to some, but the colour-matched hands and indices highlight the perfect simplicity to others. At only 7.45mm thick, this watch nicely slips under even the slimmest of shirt cuffs.
Baume & Mercier Classima Automatic 40mm Stainless Steel Watch
This is a professional-looking watch; the blue, hour, minute, and second hands give a stunning modern aesthetic complimented perfectly by the timeless feel of the classic steel case and understated Roman numerals. The dark brown alligator strap looks particularly striking.
Inspired by a 1965 classic from Baume & Mercier this retro, yet modernistic wristwatch would be a stylish and professional addition to any watch collection.