As long as you correctly choose the right watch to suit your evening wear, you don’t need to worry about committing a faux pas. With a team of analysts scrutinizing through the online conversations of luxury and watch influencers, we’ve picked our top five watches from 2016 that you could team up with your black (or white) tux.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde
Inspired by the original 1784 Pocket Watch designed by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Grande Seconde has become universally recognised for its iconic figure of eight dial design – arguably putting the watchmaking brand on the map. In 2016 they added to this range with the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time.
Measuring at 43mm in diameter and 13.13 mm thick, the Grande Seconde Dual Time is a sleek timepiece looking effortlessly suave with a sharp Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial and 18k rose gold case. But that wasn’t the only new Grande Seconde that Jaquet Droz showcased at Baselworld this year… Embracing the heritage of the brand with an edge of contemporary elegance, The Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx is striking in its minimalism, with an ultra-stylized, intense black face and clean white gold dial (with the iconic figure of eight, off-centred for added dynamism). Style either of them on a classic black alligator strap and you’re bound to be the beau of the ball.
Originally unveiled at the 2015 Baselworld, the Slim d’Hermès has established itself as a one of the most elegant slim dress watches. At the year’s Baselworld, the company has introduced an updated version. Slightly more classic in design, the new Slim d’Hermès retains the clean-cut typography for the numerals – created by French graphic designer Philippe Apeloig – now against a low-key Grand Feu enamel dial. With a 39.5mm rose gold case and at a mere 2.6mm height, the watch can fit seamlessly underneath the cuff of your crisp white shirt.
Drive de Cartier
With the Drive de Cartier, Cartier has attempted to create an easy-to-wear men’s wristwatch that can seamlessly suit both casual daytime and evening dress wear. While the Slim d’Hermès embraces ultra-modern typography in its design, the Cartier opts for classic oversized Roman numerals, which are made to look ultra-masculine on the wide 40mm cushion-shaped case. The Drive de Cartier is the perfect size and thickness for a dress watch, and with the level of sophistication it’s a design that can perfectly match a black tie outfit.
Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700p
Although the Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700p may appear too uber-modern for classic dress wear, the high-quality detail and celebration of luxury design means this watch can perfectly suit the dressed-up look. While many will be discussing the complexity of its hybrid quartz/mechanical calibre, we should not overlook just how stunning this ultra-black piece is – as Piaget themselves describe, “this timepiece demonstrates all the wealth of the manufacturer’s heritage and the consummate art of intertwining shapes within a shape”. Clearly inspired by the classic Black Tie collection, the Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700p could seamlessly suit the modern man’s black tie event.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
Last, but certainly not least, is the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin. Measuring at 40mm this timepiece is fully suited for modern dress wear. Visually the Saxonia Thin is impeccably simple, featuring its two crisp gold hands and index against a clean solid silver argenté dial. When presented on either a black or brown hand-stitched crocodile strap, the Saxonia Thin can make the wearer appear effortlessly stylish, without needing to be the centre of attention.
Any of our five picks would perfectly suit the modern man’s black tie attire. Equipped with their own unique aesthetic style, these watches show that it really is out with the old and in with the new.