What makes a watch a Dress watch?
The rules of dressing are being rewritten. Suits now pair as acceptably with sneakers as they do with oxfords and high-end pieces mix with low without the batting of an eye. The same sentiment applies when it comes to timepieces. Wearing a dress watch now is not a result of sartorially-oppressive norms, it is a means of self-expression and freedom of choice.
Essentially, a dress watch is timepiece designed to be worn with a suit or some other formal attire, though it can also be worn with semi-formal and even business casual attire depending on the outfits. Can you wear a dress watch with jeans and a t-shirt? Absolutely.
Traditionally speaking, dress watches are paired with cow or alligator fine leather straps and come with polished or dual polished cases.
So, what are some of the hallmarks of a dress watch? Perhaps the biggest is the simplicity of it. Most dress watches have no complications or have at most a second hand and a date window.
What makes a dress watch still relevant today? A watch is still one of the most acceptable ways for men to wear jewelry. Then, there’s versatility: Pairing a classic watch with the latest street wear adds luxury to the cool factor. A classic watch will anchor your otherwise of-the-moment look and you can wear it with anything from your Rag & Bone flannel shirt to a Tom Ford suit.
Anatomy of a dress watch
A dress watch is supposed to be elegant and modest. One of the most obvious examples of this is the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony. But that is a $20,000 watch. Not something everyone can afford. There are a handful of high-end Swiss brands that make good dress watches, but the down side is they drain your bank account, unless you can drop $3-$20K for a watch.
So, if you are in the market for a well Swiss Made dress watch for less than $1000, check out our Swiss Made Traditum Series.
Traditum Series: A classic dress watch for gentlemen. A Limited Edition collection available in Hand Wound Swiss ETA 6498 Movements.