December 3, 2022

Cartier Tank watchIn my modest collection of watches, there is not a single one with a rectangular case; the only non-round one is the octagonal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Nevertheless, since rectangular-case watches do have their fans, this week’s Fratello Friday focuses on the top five I would wear… if I did indeed wear them.

My issue with rectangular watches is that I find them just a bit too “classical” for my taste. A watch with this type of design doesn’t usually suit me, especially if I am wearing short sleeves, such as a polo shirt, as I often do. The strange thing is, when I see myself in the mirror wearing a rectangular watch, I usually do like how it looks, but when I look back at my wrist, I’d rather take the watch off as quickly as possible. Perhaps even more strangely, I like how they look on other men’s wrists, just not my own. Does anyone else feel this way?

Don’t get me wrong; I do love some of the rectangular watches that are out there — just not necessarily on me. But perhaps I never really tried one on long enough to give it a chance.

Here are the five rectangular watches that I would consider buying if I could get used to wearing one.

1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931

This is actually a watch that I tried & tested for a week (you can read the full story here). I had been looking forward to “test-driving” this Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin since it was introduced during the 2011 SIHH in Geneva. The Reverso seems to have the perfect dimensions and comes with a proud heritage. In short, I loved this watch but I would need more time with it to find out if I could wear it long-term.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931

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