Square watches have been around for decades, but their popularity has really skyrocketed in recent years, as watch enthusiasts seek out unique timepieces to shake up their collections. The best men's square watches are usually minimalist in design, intended to subtly enhance your outfit with their clean angles and neat silhouettes. Scroll on to discover some of our favourite square watches for men in 2022.
NOMOS Glashütte's elegantly edgy Tetra Neomatik 39 is one of the renowned German watchmaker's most striking models to date. With its 46-millimetre diagonal diameter and midnight blue dial, it's sleek and sophisticated, and can be easily slipped under a cuff. It's also highly precise, thanks to an in-house built DUW 3001 automatic caliber. Wear it with tailored separates, a plain white tee and loafers for an effortless take on the ever-tricky business-casual dress code.
London-based watch label Monofore is relatively new to the scene, but has already garnered a cult following thanks to its distinctly minimalist aesthetic. Its signature M01 watch features a starkly clean rectangular dial with subtly domed glass that's designed to eliminate shadows and create space. Even the Italian leather strap is stitch-free and super sleek. Choose from a range of versatile strap colours.
Design obsessives on the hunt for a truly unique timepiece need look no further than VOID Watches, a Stockholm-based brand whose watches are rooted in Scandinavian design ideals of functionality, minimalist style and premium craftsmanship. VOID's V02MKII model is – as the brand puts it – "an unusual watch that is designed to be clever, not smart". Unlike standard watches, it has three compass needle hands that act in a similar way to traditional minute, hour and second hands. To tell the time, simply match the colour of the hands with the digit of the same colour on the dial.
Fusing classic features of a traditional dress watch with the pared-back contemporary aesthetic associated with Scandinavian design, Larsson & Jenning's Norse watch makes for a refined addition to any ensemble. The silver-plated stainless steel case with a 40mm dial is perfect for larger masculine wrists. A vegan leather watch strap completes the style.
Named in honour of the ultra-glamorous F1 Grand Prix circuit, Tag Heuer's iconic Monaco watch was one of the first self-winding chronograph watches in existence. When the signature square timepiece made its debut in 1969, it was hailed as a technological wonder. These days, the Monaco endures as a heritage piece thanks to its radical look, standing out for its design features like the big case cut at right angles and beveled crystal of virtually unscratchable sapphire. It has been refined and reinterpreted over the years, resulting in a modern classic.
Tom Ford only launched its first watch line in 2018, but the esteemed luxury label has clearly applied its decades of expertise in fashioning elegant garments to its timepieces. The Tom Ford 003 watch takes the simplicity of the original 001 a step further, by removing all numerals and creating an ultra-clean dial that speaks volumes in its minimalism. Its elegant rectangular case allows for the easy interchange of straps (of which there are over 50 in a variety of colours and materials) that simply glide in and out of the case.
Created in 1904 (and commonly said to be the first wrist watch), Cartier's Santos watch is based on the design concepts of form, minimalism and precision of proportions. Within its 39.8mm steel case, it features a calibre 1847 MC mechanical movement with automatic winding. The signature 7-sided crown, silvered opaline dial, steel sword-shaped hands and sapphire crystal make this a forever piece that will be cherished for generations. One of the most classic men's square watches on the market today.
Designed in collaboration with award-winning British industrial designer Tej Chauhan, this watch from Rado was inspired by typography, pop culture and old movies. It simultaneously combines retro and futuristic influences with its flowing shapes, innovative (and scratch-resistant) high-tech ceramic and vibrant colours. "I wanted something that was completely distinctive, visually engaging, felt great when you picked it up and even better when you put it on," says Chauhan. The result is a classic-meets-contemporary timepiece that will look as good now as in ten years time.
If you're looking for a timepiece that will accompany you on your underwater adventures, Bell & Ross has just the gadget. Its BR 03-94 diving watch can withstand water depths of up to 100 metres. Even better? Metal skeleton Superluminova®-filled hour and minute hands will light your way in the darkest depths. Further adding to the functionality is an anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial. All of this is wrapped up in an ultra-stylish accessory that's made to stand the test of time.
Relive high school with CASIO's playful calculator watch, part of its Vintage collection. As well as an 8-digit calculator, the CA-53WF-4BEF boasts an alarm clock, dual time mode, 1/100th sec stopwatch and an auto calendar. The deep red and black combination will add a dose of retro to any outfit.
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