Inspired by their past and by a desire to offer architectural appeal, many watch brands are releasing classic but updated watches in rectangular shapes. The rectangular, square, and tonneau- (or barrel-) shaped cases are all retro in nature, with many of these shapes dating back to the first era of wristwatches, in the early 1900s.
At once timeless and casually elegant, these highly distinctive architectural watch shapes offer a great combination of design and relaxed living. By turning to their archives for design inspiration and adding subtle modern touches, watch brands deftly make what is old new again.
FROM TOP 1:Frederique Constant’s Carree watch ($1,950) is crafted in stainless steel and houses an FC-315 automatic movement with a visible aperture at 12 o’clock.
2: From Dubey & Schaldenbrand, this Grand Dome DT Vintage 1946 timepiece ($13,250) features a steel case and houses a vintage 1956 self-winding chronograph movement that is a Valjoux 7751 base assembled by the brand in its workshops. Because it is a vintage caliber, only 65 pieces will be made.
3: This Baume & Mercier Hampton automatic watch ($3,450) is based on a 1940s historic piece. It is reinterpreted with more distinct lines and a slight curve. The Swiss watch offers a sub-seconds dial and is crafted in stainless steel.
4:TAG Heuer’s Monaco Chronograph ($6,400) is crafted in stainless steel and houses the automatic Caliber 12 movement with date function. This version is inspired by the original Monaco, which dates back to 1969 and was the first-ever water-resistant square-case watch.