Square Is The New Hip | Our Five Favourite Square Watches
We can thank Art Deco for the distinct arrival of geometric shapes in aesthetic watch designs, but I’m not sure who we should thank for the fact the square has just taken horology by storm. That’s right, the typically round-cased faces have, in the case of several high-end models, been discarded in favour of modernised square cases. So who should we thank for this quirky trend? Well, John F. Kennedy first wore a square Omega accompanied by a tailored waistcoat and tails for his 1961 inauguration. Of course, he’s not the only icon to rock a square watch and many have refused to cut corners by opting for the safer, rounder option. As a result, this retro style has survived the test of time, prevailing as a classy and contemporary alternative to the status quo. In order to celebrate this surviving aesthetic and to reveal what this trend has done to the realms of modern watchmaking, we thought we’d list Our Five Favourite Square Watches, in an attempt to show you all that the circle is not the only happening shape round here. That’s right – it’s now hip to be square.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 boasts a busy watch face with rounded sub-dials, it’s a must-have model for any avid watch collector – a detailed chronograph that set fire to the close of the sixties and reignited the term ‘tool watch’. This is one of the hardcore auto racers and style aficionados, with a unique appeal, which has encouraged TAG Heuer to hold it close to their chest, even today. £4,050, tagheuer.co.uk
The Nixon Ragnar leaned towards the minimalist side of design with a 40mm case and simple three-hands and no sub-dials. It’s powered by a Japanese quartz movement and gently hugs the wrist, specifically tailored for modest comfort, whilst also being ergonomically sound and robust enough to handle the wild outdoors. £190, Nixon.com
Our personal favourite, as you might’ve guessed from the featured image, the Nomos Tetra Neomatik Tiefblau is another example of impeccable designed and affordable models from the German fraternity of watchmakers. The Tiefblau is refined with a slightly thinner 333m case, protecting an in-house automatic calibre, making it a nigh-unbeatable paragon of square design. £2980, nomos-glashuette.com
Now for something a little different, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Reverso, 1948, which, admittedly, is rectangular, although you might just give us a pass since this is such a wonderfully unique model. Created in the early ’30s, the Reverso was first intended to be a sports watch, with a classic, sophisticated reversible case. This mechanism was introduced so that the wearer wouldn’t have to worry about breaking their watch when they were in the midst of the fray on the polo field. Since then, the Reverso has reemerged in many forms, symbolising the resilience and popularity of the Art Deco movement. It offers an elegant, slender casing, which frames a bold, white or black face, circled by contrasting hands and powered by the manually wound Calibre 822/2. £190, Jaeger-LeCoultre
Last on our list is the IWC Da Vinci Chronograph, which was released in 2007 and powered by an IWC-manufactured movement belonging to the 89000-calibre family. This model features a stylish tonneau-shaped casing with a glass case back, creating a steely and sinuous aesthetic. It also has a centred chronograph hand, which almost steals the show, along with twin analogue hands wheeling over tiered subdials. It certainly knows how to stand apart from the crowd, holding its own with a very sophisticated movement and minute tracker. £8,925, Da Vinci Chronograph