While we are used to seeing watches in circular forms, those who are acquainted with the world of watchmaking would know that watches also exist in various other designs like oval, square, and tonneau. However, one unconventional design that has attracted the attention of many is the rectangular watch. This style of watch appeals to those who prefer something more than the ordinary.
There may not be a lot of choices, but we’ve put together our top picks that deserve a spot in your watch collection. From the Cartier Tank Américaine to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Monoface, here are six of our favourite rectangular watches.
The Longines DolceVita has been the staple of the brand’s women’s range since it first launched in 1997. Inspired by the ‘Dolce Vita’—the sweetness of life—the classic timepiece sits in a case set with 46 Top Wesselton IF-VVS diamonds, with a silver ‘flinque’ dial accented by blued steel hands for added elegance. There are up to six different styles of bracelets to pick from, but our favourites have to be the ones with subtle double straps in leather and the polished steel band.
If you’ve come across the Oris Rectangular before, good news—it’s back in the spotlight with fresh dimensions, dial design, and leather strap alternatives to suit every season. The dials, in particular, are significantly influenced by the Art Deco style, with sword-shaped hands and a date window at 6 o’clock embellishing the layout. On top of this, the Swiss-made watch is driven by Oris Calibre 561 which is visible via the case back and boasts a power reserve of up to 38 hours.
Frederique Constant Carree Automatic
Frederique Constant knows how to strike the right notes when it comes to making high-quality timepieces accessible to people of all backgrounds. The Classics Art Déco Carrée Automatic, in particular, emits an elegant, retro 1920s style with its rounded curves and corners—both inside and out. In addition to the calf leather strap embossed with an elaborate crocodile pattern, the face of the stainless steel watch features a mother-of-pearl and guilloché finishing to give it a distinct personality.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Monoface
The allure of the green dial is undeniable and can make an impactful statement, much like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Monoface. The ultra-contemporary Reverso One takes cues from the vintage 1930s Reverso ladies’ watch and graces the wrist with a lustrous alligator strap that harmonises wonderfully with the deep glow of its green face. Adding to its refined expression of femininity are the two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds on the upper and bottom edges of the case.
Cartier Tank Américaine
Although the Cartier Tank collection has been around for over a century, the Tank Américaine is relatively new and has recently become the centre of interest for its modern spin on the classic Tank. Unlike others, the brancards are lengthened and polished to highlight the heightened Roman numerals as well as the blued-steel sword-shaped hands. The medium model also features a mechanical in-house movement and a navy blue alligator leather strap, making it comfortable to wear for a longer time.
Baume & Mercier Hampton 10472
Brown leather watches, like the Baume & Mercier Hampton 10472, are a crowd-favourite due to the way they complement a wide range of skin tones. The light brown calfskin band does not get sticky easily when exposed to heat or humidity, and the self-interchangeable system allows you to mix and match with 11 vibrant straps. Beyond that, the rectangular wristwatch stands out by its gilded sword-shaped hands and gilt Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock.
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