Just like the concept of a Premier League champion football team having a big man kicking the ball, or the notion that a pint can be bought for less than five dollars in London, square watches are an increasingly rare beast these days. Considering this bastion of glorious form, you’d be remiss if you ditched this aesthetic when looking for your next timer. From Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso to Tag Heuer’s Monaco, the history of watchmaking is full of contrarian products that have since become iconic.
Take the Cartier Tank, for example, its slender, dressy style has been beloved by celebrities like Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, as well as modern red-carpet stalwarts like Jack Gillen Hal and Rami-Malik. For brands that truly understand the task, square-shaped watches tend to become timeless fixtures in their collections. This is a huge plus for anyone who wants to own, knowing that your next investment won’t be out of style anytime soon.
What is the difference between a square watch and a round watch? Well, aside from the obvious dial shape, square watches tend to combine their exterior charm with a custom square movement that powers their interior. Their larger size also accommodates more features and complications, so it’s no surprise that the versatile Apple Watch had a square design when it launched in 2015. In short, it’s always stylish to wear these classics.
SANTOS DE CARTIER WATCH
Cartier is the cool daddy of rectangles, and the slightly boxy Santos proves to be another tough look for the tank. It’s still a very French sports watch, which is why the Santos is evergreen. This particular model benefits from a dark blue dial, which accentuates its sleek personality with a brushed sunray treatment and matching leather strap. Pair it with a strap, and with Cartier’s quick-change system, you have a great dual watch collection. £6,250.Atcartier.com&goldsmiths.co.uk
Rotary proves that medieval elegance can be very dynamic with its slender Windsor watch. The reliable Miyota quartz movement ensures a thin 7.3mm case, and the 33x32mm case is a perfect dress size. A softly rounded square will make this wear bigger than you might think, while the details are studied. The combination of the Windsor’s guilloché dial and PVD rose gold stepped case design makes us want to dress up for an ordinary Tuesday. £132. Atwatchshop.com
TAG HEUER MONACO
Full of racing fuel and ’60s flair, the Monaco is probably the most famous of all square watches. Your choice of dial color? Don’t choose a blue lower than Steve McQueen. Famous in the movie Le Mans, the three sensible red hands on the dial are perfectly juxtaposed with the mid-blue sunray brushed dial. It’s motorsport royalty with an alligator leather strap.£5,600. Attagheuer.com&goldsmiths.co.uk