As a self-professed sport watch addict, I often find myself wondering how to best diversify my collection without straying too far from my own preferences. I’m certainly not alone in this matter and one of the hardest steps to make is choosing the right “dressy” piece, especially if you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy or gal. An interesting genre of watches that can be considered are those that offer a blend of both sporty and dressy aesthetics. Therefore, we thought we’d explore a few options that could serve you well as a watch to wear on more than just formal occasions.
There are few things out the like a Cartier, especially a Cartier Tank. The Cartier Tank MC is interesting because it takes an undeniably classic look and beefs it up with some sporty appeal. The blue dial comes at a premium, but this is also one of the design tweaks that resulted in a sportier look. At 44mm, it also isn’t dainty and the caliber 1904-PS MC beating within offers a 48-hour power reserve and accurate timing for any occasion.
Glashütte Original’s caliber 37-01 self-winding column wheel chronograph movement was a huge step for the brand. This year, they’re offering the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date in stainless steel for the very first time, which in many ways, enhances versatility and brings it to a more accessible price point. The case is large but the dial layout delivers this kind of sporty elegance that’s hard to find in other watches. Plus, because Glashütte Original offers rubber and leather strap options along with the stainless steel bracelet, the watch can quickly morph for any situation you choose to put it through.
While the folks over at Patek Philippe are certainly masters of svelt high-end timepieces with old-world charm, there’s no denying that there is something perfect about the Nautilus collection. This Nautilus Chronograph Travel Time is a monster of a watch and a true “endgame” piece for many collectors. The practicality of its travel time features, beefy case, and incredible finishing make this a perfect “one-and-only” watch that can serve you in both formal and casual settings. If you find the case too thick, the Patek Philippe 5711 “time only” version is another excellent choice.
Like any watch purchase, there are several deciding factors to consider. It isn’t easy when you consider the options out there but it may be comforting to know that there are dressy watches out there that offer more than a white-dialed three-hand time layout. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but some enthusiasts just want a little more versatility. So, which of these would you choose?