Selecting A Classic Watch
Wearing a classic watch is like drinking a glass of water. It is easy on the system and refreshing, especially when you just want something simple and satisfying. Classic watches are those with timeless designs. Whether it is based on a look that has endured for decades or it represents something new yet familiar looking – a classic watch is always easily worn.
Classic watches typically aren’t too complicated. Most have the time and date, and some have more complex calendar and chronograph functions. In any event, classic watches should be easy to read and highly legible. No classic watch should look too retro, or too futuristic. Plus, a classic watch should look equally nice on a teenager or senior.
It makes sense that classic style watches are very popular. Rolex and Patek Philippe are two very popular brands which make their profits almost exclusively on the sale of classic watches. Many other brands follow suit. The best thing about classic watches is that they don’t all have to be part of the same design theme or look similar. Most however come on straps versus bracelets, and focus on simplicity versus complexity.
A great classic watch collection is the Bell & Ross Vintage Officer. Its looks like it could have been released anytime in the last 40 years, and would have been a hot seller during any one of those years. One of the most popular perennial classic watches is the famous IWC Portuguese. It comes in a range of styles and complications, and is probably the most famous wrist watch to use Arabic numerals as the hour markers.
Want something that isn’t round? You could go with the Cartier Santos which is has a square-shaped case. Many people consider it to be the first mass production men’s wrist watch. There is also the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso to consider. It has a flippable rectangular case and was originally designed for high-brow British polo players. The Reverso is a true classic unto itself that will never stop being a piece of art deco history.
If simplicity and elegance is your thing then opt for a high-end Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars watch. The simplest versions are dressy watch with two hands coming in a sexy gold-cased attire. Dress watches – by the way – most always fall into the classic watch category. Another good example is the Chopard L.U.C XPS timepiece – which is a bit more modern but still extremely elegant.
Classic watches can also remind you of the past. Watches by Longines and Baume & Mercier are often re-rendered historic watches which are classic and very wearable today. The newer version of the Baume & Mercier Classima Executive watch is an excellent example. The best news is that the watch features a traditional design in a modern-sized case.
Looking for a classic watch that is perhaps a bit more contemporary? A touch of avant garde design marks the Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques collection – which is most notable in the hands and hour markers of these fine timepieces. A very interesting option is a Classic Fusion piece from Hublot. Making mostly high-end almost futuristic watches, Hublot’s Classic Fusion is a restrained model that still contains enough of the brand’s distinct DNA to know what you are wearing. Most watch lovers will find that virtually all collections contain at least a few classic watches. Highly modern or avant garde designs are a beautiful thing, but some days you just want to relax on the wrist.