My Favourite Square Watches

When you think about watches and watch shapes, the shape that comes to mind most of the time are circles.
The huge majority of watches are round.
Many brands don’t even make square watches.

This is why I decided to take a look at 4 of my personal favourite square or rectangular watches.

1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

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A beautiful example of the Reverso with a white dial and blue hour markers & hands

 

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A Reverso case in the unlocked position

 

A fully rotated Reverso case.
A fully rotated Reverso case.

 

A Grand Complication Reverso Tribute-Gyrotourbillon
A Grand Complication Reverso Tribute-Gyrotourbillon

The Reverso was introduced in 1931 and it’s reversible case was specifically designed for Polo players to protect the crystal from being smashed by polo mallets.
When you went onto the field, you would rotate your watch to expose the metal caseback. It would then be safe from destruction.
Today, most Reversos still have a watch face on 1 side and a metal back on the other, but some have 2 dials (1 on each side). There are also some reverso’s where the movement can be seen through the caseback.
Many people use the metal caseback to engrave their name or family crest. It can then be passed down from generation to generation.

There are many different models in the Reverso family. From simple, time only watches, to ultra high-end complications like Gyrotourbillons (I’m drooling just thinking about it).

 2. Cartier Tank

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Cartier Tank

 

Another Cartier Tank (different shape)
The Cartier Tank Américaine features an elongated case

 

In my opinion, the Cartier tank is probably the most iconic square watch.
It was designed in 1917 by Louis Cartier and is inspired by the shape of the tanks in World War 1.
The Cartier Tank has been worn by many celebrities and politicians over the years and has gained a huge following.

 

Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad rocking his tank at the Emmy Awards
Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad rocking his tank at the Emmy Awards

 

The artist Andy Warhol wearing his Tank
The artist Andy Warhol wearing his Tank

 

Ex-US First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis wearing a Tank
Ex-US First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis wearing a Tank
Angelina Jolie with a yellow gold version of the Tank
Angelina Jolie with a yellow gold version of the Tank

 

3. Cartier Santos

Cartier Santos
Cartier Santos

 

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Cartier Santos 100 Carbon

The Cartier Santos was designed in the early 1900’s by Louis Cartier and was one of the first modern watches specifically designed to be worn on the wrist.
It was designed for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. That’s also where it gets it’s name from.
Alberto Santos-Dumont was looking for an easier solution to check the time while flying his planes. He used pocket watches in the past, but it was clumsy and tricky to check the time on a pocket watch while flying.
The Santos wristwatch solved that problem.

4. Tag Heuer Monaco

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Tag Heuer Monaco

 

Trying on a Monaco at my local Tag Heuer dealer
Trying on a Monaco at my local Tag Heuer dealer

The Tag Heuer Monaco is a motor racing inspired Chronograph. It’s probably the most iconic square chronograph in the world.
It was made famous by Steve McQueen when he wore it during his races.
The Monaco was also featured in a previous post on TickTalk. Read more about it here

Steve McQueen wearing a Monaco
Steve McQueen wearing a Monaco
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