Rectangular watches are on point
All the right angles
Our all-time favourite rectangular watches come in updated iterations, just in time for Christmas.
Franck Muller Long Island
From the watchmaking atelier that brought to us the wonderfully quirky case of the Cintrée Curvex comes the Franck Muller Long Island. Deriving its inspiration from the art deco movement, the timepiece is no ordinary rectangle. Ergonomically designed to suit all sizes, the Long Island's thin and curved case sits comfortably on any wrist, while the sapphire glass is cambered as well for visual harmony. Joining the family this year is the Franck Muller Long Island Peony, where the delicate blooms have been hand-painted on the dial. The timepiece is available in six different colourways, with diamonds adorning the stainless steel or rose gold bezel.
Harry Winston Avenue
Another product of the art deco genre, the Harry Winston Avenue has its roots firmly in New York as the shape of the timepiece was inspired the arched doorways of the jeweller's famous 5th Avenue boutique. The latest addition to the collection is the Harry Winston Avenue Classic Aurora, available in two iterations, one with blue sapphires and diamonds on a white gold case, and the other with pink sapphires and diamonds on rose gold.
Named for the fact that the watch dial can be turned over and showcased from the back, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso collection was first introduced in the 1930s, to safeguard the watches that polo players would wear during the game. We don't want to sound clichéd, but if there were ever a contender for "timeless icon", this would be it. The Swiss watchmaker continues upping the ante and introducing new avatars each year, leveraging on its expertise in haute horlogerie as well as metiers d'art. The latter can be seen in the Reverso Tribute Enamel, which features a reproduced artwork on the flipside of the watch. Here, Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte has been reproduced down to minute detail, using the pointillism technique in enamel.