Four Funky Square Watches
Jul 26, 2018
What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at four of the funkiest and most interesting square-cased watches on the market.
Tag Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 “Steve McQueen”
The Tag Heuer Monaco, if you ask me, is the iconic square-shaped timepiece. While the other brands and models on this list have plenty of merit on their own, something about the Monaco just reigns supreme. Why? Well, aside from its credentials as the watch chosen by Steve McQueen to be worn by his character in the movie Le Mans, it is also the first automatic chronograph movement offered for sale in the watch industry, as well as the first square, water resistant automatic chronograph. The water resistance is key because being able to effectively seal such a rigid shape as the square was, until then, considered near impossible. So yeah, a cool watch with some cool lineage and an impressive degree of horological firsts definitely makes the Monaco an icon.
Nomos Tetra Nachtijall
The Nomos Tetra line has long been a personal favorite of ours at T&H. Seeing Nomos, the brand known for Bauhaus design, produce a model that, by its very nature, is more complex than it needs to be (the stepped lugs and very specifically sharp corners of the case being the main examples), makes you step back and wonder what Nomos were going for. But I think it’s pretty clear – they were modernizing Bauhaus in their own way, and doing so in the least offensive way possible. Even with the odd shape, it still retains a beautiful simplicity that is simply impossible to beat. If you’re into that sort of thing, that is.
Source: Bell & Ross
I think Bell & Ross ending up on this list was kind of inevitable. After all, their square-cased instrument series of timepieces is one of the modern classics of the oversized sports watch world, but the BR-X2 takes a slightly different approach to this more traditional form. Rather than the big and brash, near stark designs of the base models, this member of the “Experimental” Collection features an in-house tourbillon movement powered by a micro-rotor, or a rotor that is smaller than the rotor of a standard automatic movement, typically off-center rather than mounted in the middle of the movement. This, plus the tourbillon, plus the skeletonized dial all help to make the BR-X2 a truly unique option.
Ressence Type 1 Squared
Source: Mr. Porter
Ressence has been one of my favorite brands ever since I first saw them crop up in Kevin Rose’s episode of “Talking Watches.” This is a brand that is iconic, in many ways, for the holy pairing of both design and mechanical integrity. With the Type 1 Squared, the brand has taken the standard formula for their watches (i.e., the lack of physical hands to tell the time and the rotating discs/dial that help to illustrate the time in an unconventional way) and updated it with the square case and unique winding/setting system that is easier seen than explained. Ressence really have changed the game of square watches with this one, much like the Monaco before them, and even if it comes in at a retail of nearly $21k, you still, somehow, get a lot of watch for your money.
Alright geeks, if you’ve got any other favorites in the square watch category, let us know in the comments on Facebook and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam.
MORE FROM THIS SERIES