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Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in


Square up, gentlemen.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in
The Gentleman

Square watches are back in style. A classic deco design, this case shape will really stand out from the crowd. Particularly popular in pre-WW2 vintage models, modern watchmakers have recently made it fashionable for gentlemen to be square again.

Here’s the Journal’s pick of the best.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in

Tag Heuer Monaco 39mm, £4,450

Steve McQueen wore one – as if that wasn’t enough of a reason to buy. But this watch also marked two world firsts: the first water-resistant timepiece with a square case and the first automatic chronograph.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in

Tiffany East West, £3,375

A pleasingly retro piece, the East West collection of watches by Tiffany is marked by a crisp shape inspired by an ingenious travel clock from the 1940s. Each watch is flawlessly constructed with Swiss-made movements and components – with truly unique results.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in

Hampton by Baume & Mercier, £1,090

With its rectangular-shaped steel case, inspired by a model dating from the Art Deco period, and its design combining dynamic lines and delicate curves, this Baume & Mercier timepiece is self-evident on any wrist.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in

Tank Solo by Cartier, £6,550

The modest, modern design of the Tank Solo watch made it a classic from the moment it first appeared in the Tank collection. A steel case, beaded crown decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered opaline dial, Roman numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, and alligator-skin strap make up this icon.

Square watches are back, and these are the ones you should invest in

Vintage XXL by Girard-Perregaux, £19,950

It may not be truly ‘XXL’, but this oversized timepiece, with its beautiful brushed face, recessed subdial and day/night indicator will make a big impression.

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