Beautiful Watches on Parade


Grand Seiko SBGW258 close-up

Aesthetics are subjective, but the following five watches are drop-dead gorgeous. (Click here for Ugly Watch Parade.) Of course, you may not agree. That’s the advantage of subjectivity – to each their own. I, for one, would love owning one or preferably all these beautiful watches. Here are 2020’s most attractive-looking watch designs (so far). 

Beautiful Watches on Parade: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Satin-Polished Steel

Bulgari designer Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani redeems himself with the latest expression of Bulgari’s ultra-thin sporty “tuxedo” watch (inspired by the Basilica of Maxentius) in a stunning brushed-and-polished finish in steel. This new finish elevates the watch’s aesthetic and attractiveness manifold. 

Beautiful watches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Limited Edition

A classic design rendered entirely in titanium (for the first time ever), this complicated watch with its chiseled lines and waffle-like dial is hotter than my Dalmatian vacation. The grey tones of the sleek dial are contrasted with just enough burst of color, making it pop like the weasel.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

IWC finally updated the classic chronograph reference with an in-house movement. The handsome red gold case and “ardoise” slate colored dial combination keeps it looking classy. This is the most attractive version in my eyes – it makes the Portugieser a great choice for a dressy chronograph.

Beautiful watches: Grand Seiko SBGW258

Grand Seiko SBGW258

Purity and clean aesthetics arise from the Japanese brand’s homage to its urtyp with a classic yellow gold case and rich creamy-white dial. Luxury without opulence, this is the archetypical dress watch for the modern man.  It honors Grand Seiko’s original grammar of design principles with genuine panache.

Beautiful watches: Breguet Classique 7137

Breguet Classique 7137

Tradition and heritage bonanza with a guilloche-packed punch to the face, the Breguet has no right to look this good. That it even exists should be celebrated and its design studied by future generations. This is first-rate watchmaking and thoughtful design coming together in perfect harmony. 

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