Yes, it is hip to be square! In a market where round is still the standard, square watches stand out, yet these are four of the watches that set the pace!
Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Skeleton Sapphire
It is almost impossible to think of Bell & Ross and not have the image of one of their watches from the BR-collection popping into your head. These square watches not only redefined Bell & Ross but also were at the forefront of a new renaissance for this case shape. Still a prominent pillar in the line-up of Bell & Ross, the collection was taken to the next level with the BR-X1 Tourbillon Skeleton Sapphire, which puts the translucent square case around a skeletonized movement in the most traditional shape in watchmaking: the circle.
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph
Granted, officially is the Harmony Chronograph by Vacheron Constantin not square, but cushion. Together with the circle, it is one of the first shapes in which wrist watches were made. Vacheron Constantin’s Harmony Chronograph shows that vintage flair, especially when you opt for the version with the pulsometer scale prominently displayed on the dial. The fact that this manual wind chronograph is a monopusher only adds to its appeal.
Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph
Glashütte Original takes a more colorful approach to the subject, but what else can you with a name like “Sixties Iconic Square”? Crafted by hand on actual equipment from the 1960’s, it are the vibrant colors that make this square watch even more of an eye-catcher. But the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph is not only drawing attention to itself by its good looks but watch connoisseurs will also be delighted to admire the caliber 39-34 modular chronograph movement.
TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 12
Of course, the Monaco cannot be absent from this list! It became the godfather of square watches ever since Steve McQueen strapped one on his wrist in 1970 when he starred in the, now cult, movie “Le Mans.” Even now, more than four decades later, the Monaco can still be found in the collection of TAG Heuer, not only in a version similar to that of Steve McQueen but also some more contemporary varieties, showing that it always will be hip to be square!