Best Men’s Dress Watches Of 2020
Not all classic dress watches are created equal.
It’s true when watchmakers gripe that the hardest timepieces to design are also often the simplest ones. Like, how many ways can one re-imagine a classic three-hand or time-only watch in a manner that is fresh and desirable? Though it must be said that no one is reinventing the wheel here – and there is no reason to – each of our favourite men’s dress watches of 2020 exude its own sense of class and distinction.
A. LANGE & SÖHNE 1815 Thin Honeygold ‘Homage to F. A. Lange’
Our beloved German marque celebrates its 175th anniversary this year with three commemorative watches clad in its proprietary honeygold alloy. Shorn of complications, the Thin Honeygold ‘Homage to F. A. Lange’ is the most ‘basic’ of the trio, but wins us over with its sublime simplicity. From its well-proportioned 38mm case, to the flawless enamel dial, to its exquisite and refined finishing both inside and out, every detail is fastidiously taken care of – and none of that is superfluous. Learn more about the commemorative editions HERE.
CARTIER Tank Asymétrique
We love how Cartier often switches things up with just that bit of a twist – just as it does literally with the Tank Asymétrique. The case and dial of the watch is angled 30 degrees to the right, offering a cheeky take on regular time-telling. Originally launched in 1936, the watch is given a new lease of life this year with a sleeker dial featuring contemporary numerals, Cartier’s signature blued sword hands, crown set with ruby or sapphire cabochon, and a new engine in the in-house manual-winding Calibre 1917 MC.
FERDINAND BERTHOUD Chronomètre FB 2RE
This is one of those deceptively simple watches that will blow your mind with every look. While one can be certain of the Chronomètre FB 2RE’s regal disposition at first glance, it is only through multiple close inspections, accompanied some measure of horological research, that he can thoroughly appreciate the watch’s artisanship and mechanical intelligence. Beneath the watch’s old-world-inspired, dual-layer grand feu enamel dial is a gorgeous hand-wound movement equipped with a fusée-and-chain and remontoir d’égalité – two exceedingly hard to craft traditional mechanisms that help to regulate energy efficiency and torque for chronometric precision. Read the full review HERE.
GRAND SEIKO 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
Seasoned watch collectors are known to hold Grand Seiko in high esteem and their praise is certainly not misplaced, seeing how the brand has grown from strength to strength. On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, Grand Seiko introduces a new member to its legendary 9S family of high-frequency automatic movements with the Calibre 9SA5. The result of nine years of R&D, the Calibre 9SA5 boasts proprietary innovations such as a unique dual impulse escapement, a new free sprung balance and a redesigned horizontal gear train to improve energy efficiency and accuracy to +5/-3 seconds per day. And the brand has the great sense to pack these mechanical goodness into a handsome yellow gold watch with silver dial that resembles the very first Grand Seiko from 1960.
TISSOT Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium
We love a great value-for-money pick and the Tissot Gentleman rounds up our list of best men’s dress watches with some very impressive specs. With a starting price of S$1,060, the collection makes a very enticing case for those looking to wade into the world of branded mechanical watches but are wary of over-stretching themselves. And one’d be getting his money’s worth, too. A simple but well-made watch from a reputable marque, the Gentleman’s stylistically unfussy and office-appropriate aesthetic belies its powerful inner workings, driven by a modern movement that is bolstered by silicon hairspring to guarantee greater longevity and timekeeping precision. Watch our video review HERE.
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