A dress watch is the only watch that will serve at formal and business events. When you want to look your absolute best, the dress watch is the best choice. It is something you’re proud to have around your wrist. It can be said that the dress watch is the only watch in your collection that is absolutely indispensable.
Birthed in the early 20th century for well-to-do gentlemen who wanted to start wearing their timepiece on their wrist, rather than in their pocket. The dress watch is all about simplicity and sophistication; it’s sleek rather than encumbered. It’s not flashy, and draws attention to itself in a subtle way — for its classiness and how it compliments your get-up. With its classic and timeless good looks, subtlety and understatement are key for the dress watch. It is only upon closer inspection that the timepiece reveals its details and the quality of its construction.
A dress watch needs to be simplistic. Elegant. And above all, minimalistic. It isn’t some gaudy watch that’s bejeweled with diamonds or a chronograph that is so big it looks like a clock. Most dress watches have no complications, or have at most a second hand and a date window.The presentation must be simple as well. Metal sabre style hour indexes are common, as are roman numerals. Arabic numerals may be used but should be small.
The dial and bezel should be unornamented, or patterned subtly at most. White, black or metallic faces are preferred. It is subtle, understated and charming. You wear a dress watch for dressier, more formal occasions like with a business suit or a tuxedo. But you can also wear a dress watch with everything on down to sharp casual. It won’t pair well with a t-shirt and jeans.
The Cartier Tank is consistently one of our favorite dress watches. Simplistic and elegant, along with it’s accurate timekeeping, the Cartier Tank watch is a marvel of fine watchmaking. The tank features a square case and distinctive roman numeral hour markers in black on a white dial. It is available in quartz, handwind or automatic movements. Cartier Tank is very popular with the business community as well as the contemporary artist due to its clean lines and simplicity. And Cartier ballon bleu replica is also a good choice for men and women in formal occasions.