Square watch redolent of the Art Deco era and thus a staple of pre-WW2 watch design, yet in terms of popularity something of a poor cousin to their round-cased brethren ever since protection from the elements trumped aesthetics. In this summer, you can choose these watches, they are perefect with your clothing.
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12
A must-have in any watch collector’s arsenal – and for good reason. Heuer’s square-cased chronograph upended the apple cart when it was launched at the tail end of the Sixties, and reimagined how a ‘tool watch’ could look. Beloved of auto racers and style-gurus alike, it remains in the TAG Heuer playbook to this day, its case regularly serving as a vessel for newer technologies. Nomos Tetra Neomatik Tiefblau
Part of the German watchmaking fraternity based around Glaschutte, Nomos are rightly renowned for offering well-designed timepieces at approachable prices. With a thinner, upsized case (33mm from edge- to- edge) and an in-house automatic calibre, the Neomatik Tiefblau is a highly covetable update of this angular classic.
Bell & Ross BR 03-91 Steel
The brand that kick-started the return to square cases in the early noughties, was originally intended to resemble a flight instrument, and if further iterations played with all black displays and other non-avian tropes.
Baume & Mercier Hampton 10154
B&M’s CEO, Alain Zimmerman, has recently been targeting the autosport aficionado with a limited-edition series of Capeland models celebrating Carol Shelby, and the first-time serious watch consumer with the handsome yet affordable Clifton collection.
A brand built on its innovative and creative use of non-traditional watchmaking materials, Rado’s Ceramica range has also traded on a strict, modernist aesthetic exemplified in this particular model. A three-handed quartz model (with date) in high-tech ceramic, it’s water resistant to 30 metres.