The year 2019 is already several months old and the winter is finally being replaced by spring. The anoraks and coats are disappearing, or rather, we are no longer disappearing behind them. Finally, we can present our spring and summer wardrobe. So, it is a perfect incident that the Baselworld 2019 has just ended and a lot of new watches have been presented that will complete the outfits of their wearers.
What is special about a Dresswatch?
But perhaps we should clarify in advance what is so special about watch models that are worn as a "Dresswatch". The German term which can be translated as "suit watch" already reveals more about the purpose these watches serve. Perhaps the special thing about a dresswatch is that it does not push itself into the foreground as a special feature. It is well known, less is most likely more and this is also the case when it comes to timepieces that you wear with your business costume, evening dress or at a wedding. They shouldn’t be the eye-catcher, but a highlight to round off the appearance of their wearer.
„A Submariner can be worn to anything,“ could be the not entirely unjustified objection. But have you ever worn a tuxedo or a festive dress for a festive occasion? It is exactly this feeling to honour the occasion with the appropriate wardrobe. It’s the same when you wear the right watch to your festive wardrobe. The main characteristic of these models is their simplicity. Muted colours, such as black, white, silver or cream, adapt perfectly to almost any outfit. The design of the dials is often rather reserved and focused on good legibility.
Top 10 Dresswatches for 2019
The best well-known brands for Dresswatches are Jaeger LeCoultre, Nomos, Glashütte and Patek Philippe. Some of these manufacturers have also come up with wonderful models in 2019. We present you our Top 10 of luxury Dresswatches for 2019!
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Ref. 216.027
The successful German watch manufacturer is known for its confidently stylish, high-quality watches. One reason for this is that under the simple appearance of A. Lange & Söhne watches there is an urge for innovation to make the best even more perfect. The Saxonia series refers to the company’s homeland, the Free State of Saxony, which plays an outstanding role in the development of technical progress. The case is made of white gold and has a diameter of 37 mm. At 6 o’clock there is a small second as a complication. The model presented here has a black leather strap and a grey dial. However, there are other variants with a brown leather strap and a blue or white dial. The new price is 17,500 €. Another very sophisticated model is the Lange 1 (ref. 101.032), which breaks up the classic dial and transforms it into a date, hour and second display. You can buy a pre-owned Lange 1 for 15,670 €.
Cartier Tank Solo ref. WSTA0029
Cartier’s reputation is based on its excellent jewellery and the multitude of celebrities and nobles they have already supplied. The Tank Solo combines all of these characteristics in a watch. Through its rectangular shape of the case, it can always be rediscovered as a modern classic. The Roman line indices allow you to keep a clear eye on the time at any time and date indicator at the 6 o’clock complements the ordering character of the watch. A model of Tank Solo ref. WSTA0029 watches from the new collection costs €3,250. It gets cheaper with pre-owned watches such as a Tank Solo (ref. W52000143169) for 1,960 €.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony ref. 85180/000G-9230
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is a watch you look at many times, even if you already know the time. Despite its extremely minimalistic appearance, the champagne-coloured dial of the ref. 85180/000G-9230 with tapering hour-markers always provides an opportunity to observe at the watch anew. This may also be due to the fact that it plays with the preference of the human eye to constantly find perfection. That is exactly what the traditional Geneva company has achieved with this watch. A black, very comfortable leather strap made of alligator leather rounds it off on a haptic level. You can escape the reasonable, but exclusive new price of 26,500 € with a used Patrimony, where you only have to pay about 6,000 €.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar 5212A-001
You will certainly have expected it and of course Patek Philippe should not be missing in this list. The quintessence of Calatrava comes from the timeless elegance of the design and the highest perfection of the processed parts. Unique is the new complication that Patek Philippe build into the 5212A: the weekly calendar. In addition to display the day and the date of the week, it also shows the calendar week. The automatic movement is completely new and increases the performance of the watch. With a height of almost 11 mm and a case diameter of 40 mm, the Calatrava fits very well under shirts and suits. The recommended price of the manufacturer is 30,100 €, while in our online shop for used watches you will find a variant of the series with a yellow gold case and Roman numerals for only 7,590 €.
Nomos Glashütte Orion 301
Another German watchmaker who has the same origin as A. Lange & Söhne, a town with only 6700 inhabitants, is Nomos Glashütte. The award-winning design of the Orion watch focuses on the reduction to the basic functions of a watch. With its blue hands and gold-coloured line indices, it could remind one of cornfields. A special aspect of this watch is that its sublime diameter of 35 mm makes it suitable for both women’s and men’s wrists. The factory price is 1,600, a pre-owned Orion from Glashütte costs only 1,290 €.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic ref. 9008480
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s name stands for meeting the highest demands. This can be seen in the elaborate manufacture of the watches: the Polaris Automatic shimmers like the individual phases of the night. The dial shines in three intense shades of blue. This is refined by a Rehaut made of opal. The bracelet is made of fine calfskin and is dark brown. This watch is very suitable for a Casual Friday in the office and is available from 6,700 €. An equally beautiful watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre is the Master Control Date. A pre-owned Master Control Date Ref. 140.8.89 is available at Watchmaster for 2,590 €.
IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “150 Years” IW510212
A wonderful example that the combination black-silver does not have to appear colourless is the Portuguese Hand-Wound “150 Years” from IWC Schaffhausen. The blued hands and the white dial complement the black bracelet and stainless-steel case perfectly and give the watch a sober, noble appearance. The small second at 6 o’clock structures the dial. The Arabic numerals make the Portuguese a very legible watch. Its smooth case flanks make the model very slim and, despite its 43 mm diameter, it can be worn with festive evening wear without attracting too much attention. For 9.950 € you can buy an extraordinarily dressy watch and at the same time a classic of watch history. For a used IWC Portuguese you have to expect about 4,400 €.
Grand Seiko Spring Drive Elegance 20th Anniversary Collection SBGY003
The Spring Drive from Grand Seiko is a play of light and shadow. The watch was designed by Shinshu Watch Studio. The studio took the twentieth anniversary of the Spring Drive collection as an opportunity to create a watch that emphasizes the character of the Grand Seiko watches. Elegance and understatement. A special reference is the dial, which takes on a different appearance depending on the angle from which you look at it and how much sunlight it absorbs. The current model of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive costs around €8,200. A pre-owned Spring Drive from 2012 costs around €2,340.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic ref. WAR211A.BA0782
The classic Dresswatch has a leather strap that should match the colour of shoes and belts. But like so many of the clothing rules, this requirement has been loosened some time later. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic ref. WAR211A.BA0782 proves that this is a fluke. With its steel bracelet it could rather be called a sport watch, but with its elegant black dial and rhodium-plated numerals it makes a very noble impression. The case diameter of 39 mm doesn’t make it a heavy lump of steel to outshine a fine outfit. At a new price of €2,500, the Carrera Calibre 5 is in the class of inexpensive watches, which becomes even clearer with a used Carrera, whose price is €1,520.
Breguet Classique 7787BB/29/9V6
Which watch model could better serve as a classic companion than one that is managed by its own manufactory as a classic that reflects the long tradition of a watch manufactory? The Classique 7787BB/29/9V6 by Breguet is just such a case. A Grand-Feu Email dial, two complications showing the phases and ages of the moon and the remaining power reserve. Of course, the classic Breguet hands are also included. The Classique is not lacking in sophistication, but also in elegance, with a perfect round case and bracelet made of fine black crocodile leather. The new price is about 21.000 €. You can buy a used Classique in pink gold (Ref.5157BA/11/9V6) online for 9,340 €.