“Winter is coming.” Quite literally so. The season of cold and shivering nights is upon us and we cannot wait to get into the dark and moody feel of things. Winters are exciting times as they open some new avenues for fashion. Watches are no different as they are similar in nature when it comes to styling.
IWC Portuguese Chronograph
This honestly shouldn’t even be in this list. The watch is as classic as watchmaking gets. IWC is known for oversized watches. The brand traces its historical roots back to 1939 when two watch dealers from Portugal requested the Swiss watchmaker to make a watch as accurate as marine chronometers. They wanted it in a larger and oversized 40 mm case.
That is exactly what IWC did and rest, as they say, is history. As a result, the ref. 325 IWC Portuguese was created. The watch in question is the IWC Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714. The timepiece features a 41mm case, a leather strap, and a slim, almost non-existent bezel design resulting in a larger than usual dial.
Panerai Luminor Chrono
Panerai is a juggernaut in the watch industry with some of the most iconic timepieces ever witnessed in the history of the Haute Horlogerie business.
The watch is discussion here is the Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM01218. The timepiece, like its siblings, does not disappoint. I know the general idea is to avoid bright colours in winters. But this watch compels us to make an exception. The reference offers a 44mm wide case made of stainless steel. The timepiece comes with an automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Additional features such as the chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, along with a central chronograph seconds hands offer a subtle, however, effective suave to the overall vibe.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Calatrava needs no introduction. The watch is simply legendary. It is not only one of the most iconic watches ever created, it is also one of the most popular dress watches to exist, period. The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196P-001 was introduced in the catalog in the year 2004. From this point onwards, the watch has successfully represented the modern lineage of the Patek Philippe Calatrava collection.
The watch in question here is the classically executed 37 mm wide structure. The case is amazingly thin in construction. The watch only measures eight millimeters in thickness. The two-tone silver dial of the watch follows in the ethos of the case. It features a simple small seconds time-only configuration that fits the vibe of the timepiece. Additionally, the applied gold accents on the dial add an intriguing dimensional contrast. The manual-winding Patek Philippe caliber 215PS offers a power reserve of 44 hours.
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42
If the term ‘elegance’ was to have a literal manifestation anytime soon, it would definitely look like the Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 WGBB0036. The watch is as suave as they come and then some more.
The watch in question here is the 42 mm wide Ballon Bleu with a pink gold case and a blue dial. The watch is powered by an automatic movement offering up to 42 hours of power reserve. The mechanism offers hours, minutes, and seconds along with a date display. The 2 Years + 6 Years (through Cartier Care Registration) warranty is something that deserves your attention as well.
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic Moonphase
IWC makes another entry and it should not be surprising. The watch in discussion here is the IWC Portofino ref. IW4594-01, an evergreen timepiece that deserves all the attention it can get. In the era of highly complicated and avant-garde timepieces that we live in, the Portofino collection upholds the gold standard in time-only watches.
This stainless steel 40 mm wide watch piece focusses on keeping things as simple and pure as possible. At the same time, it offers a fantastic bang for the buck as well. The silver dial of the Portofino comes with applied golden-colored features. The watch is just perfect for any dress event, especially when the weather is a little gloomy, so to speak.