Another small selection of the best design and fashion influenced models around, though the first one, the Raymond Weil is actually a few years old now –
Interesting silver dial with it’s sapphire anti-reflective coated crystal, with a Day and multi-date aperture ‘3. Blue sub-dial hands and the center sweep seconds hand set off a neat color scheme and a well balanced dial layout. The case is stainless steel and 42mm x 14mm with a calfskin 20mm wide strap. The movement is automatic and Water Resistance is 10atm or 100m.
The second choice is from the Parisian jewellery house Chaumet is the Dandy dress watch Big Date with it’s interesting chocolate brown sun-ray dial.
The blue small seconds hand is complimented by the blue stitched brown strap and the brown shade duplicated by a matching cabochon on the crown. As a dress watch it is in the same mold as the Briston I reviewed a few weeks ago, though a difference price range obviously, but it has that modern man about town look that seems to be favored by today’s young business set.
The third model is quite different and reflects the retro look of a 1940’s Observers watch – this is the Bell & Ross WWII Régulateur Heritage.
Unusual dial layout and I love the large center minute hand which for me is so reminiscent of a stopwatch, which of course it basically once was.
Sometimes called a “scalloped” case or “pastry cutter” it is so shaped to make it easier for a gloved hand as is the large onion crown (though for me this is on the wrong side) unless I wore it on the right wrist. The case is in stainless steel with a smart gunmetal finish.
As noted the hand layout is a little unusual as it is a “regulator” style where the sub-dial @6 shows the hours and the main sweep hand, the minutes. Seconds is the sub-dial @12.
I also particularly like the articulated lug arrangement that makes for easier wearing from large to small wrists.
However in regards this selection the design of the first is quite classic and on the second, modern and clean. The third Bell & Ross is less about fashion and more about the influence of the original observers watch, but I would never get used to wearing it on the right wrist and so that nice onion crown is wasted. But maybe that’s just me.