Best square watches for a more sophisticated timepiece review

By | June 18, 2020

A master of design, Rado’s latest additions to the True Square line feature the self-winding C07 motion, which is observable both front and back thanks to a trendy, skeletonised dial and sapphire crystal caseback. The 38 x 44.2millimeter monobloc bracelet and case of Ref 734.6086.3.016 are in glossy black, high-tech ceramic. The blackened dial parts have a brushed finish, edged at a rose-gold colour that matches the Super-LumiNova-coated indicators, hands and rotating anchor emblem at two thirds. Also available in white and Rado’s signature polished plasma high-tech ceramic, the black version brings an industrial texture that increases the steampunk aesthetic of this watch.
As with Nomos watches, Tetra is a product of the Deutscher Werkbund principal of industrialising traditional craftsmanship. The design is clean and utilitarian, while the quirky 33mm steel case and focus on detail, like the horizontally brushed stone – and rhodium-plated dial, gold hour mark at six o’clock, blued central hands and red seconds hand include just the right amount of detail to make the piece stand out from the crowd. Founded in 1990, two weeks after the reunification of Germany, Nomos has rapidly established itself as a German watches making institution with eleven in-house calibres. Such as the automated DUW 30 used here.
Larsson & Jennings

German watches


Combining Swedish design with British tradition, Larsson & Jennings’ Norse wristwatch has a decidedly modern feel. Offered in many of muted shades with satin or polished finish, the all-black version gives this dress watch a more urban appearance. Even though a Milanese mesh necklace is an alternative, the velvety-soft leather of the hand-stitched strap, is an perfect selection with this complex timepiece — and, as an optional extra, the strap may be monogrammed at the time of purchasing. For those with slimmer wrists, smaller case sizes are also available.
Gucci
Since its launch in 2019, the unisex Gucci Grip has become a top-selling, signature piece for the brand. Available on bracelets or straps and with an array of case completing, the most recent version of the exceptional, cushion-shaped watch features a 38mm, grey-PVD case with the look of titanium without the corresponding price tag. As is key to the collection, the minutes and hours are presented in a digital format in two arced windows on top of the dial. The time is indicated by two red arrows which point to white amounts displayed on black disks. The date is shown within an aperture at the six o’clock position.

The 1970s found a fresh optimism in each field of design, from furniture and fashion to jewellery and watches. Large and unashamedly daring, the creativity that was discovered in timepieces of this age is revisited and celebrated from the 1970s set from Glashütte Original. Among the most recognisable models from town at the core of German watchmaking, the vintage feel is improved by the chunky 40mm square case, stainless-steel bracelet, gradient blue dial and applied wedge-shaped indicators. Powered by a manufacture self-winding movement with gold oscillating weight, a large date window at six o’clock is a touch of the 1970s family.
A cult classic since the launch of its first watch in 2012, Seven Friday has sold out of its quirky limited-edition models. The most recent collection — the T Series — has a fitting eyewear range named the Icon Tiny, with all the watch’s crystals fitting the spectacle lenses. A 45mm rounded square, the T Series is 2mm smaller than previous collections, as well as being thinner and lighter. The steel case has a black-PVD coating with finishes such as polished, brushed and sandblasted. Inside defeats a Seiko watches automatic motion under a semi-transparent dial that is either in gradient blue or gradient green.