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A Guide to Cornered Cases: Part 2

In this follow-up to our recent look at square and rectangular watches, we picture eight more models with cornered cases. As we noted earlier in the week, round cases historically sell best, yet many top brands maintain at least one square-cased or rectangular-cased collection. While some contemporary cornered pieces reimagine early twentieth-century designs, others feature new, high-tech case-making technology. The pieces listed below include a variety of square and rectangular styles, and we’re careful to present a range of prices.

Audemars Piguet Tradition Extra-Thin $33,700

The Caliber 2120 Manufacture movement in this extra-thin 41mm square timepiece supports an oscillating weight that is customizable upon request. Audemars Piguet, especially earlier in the 20th century, was known for its ultra-thin movements. This movement continues to support that impression as it measures only 2.45 mm in depth. The watch’s silver-tone square dial features Arabic numerals and hands while the strap is hand-stitched brown alligator held with an 18-karat pink gold buckle.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Small Second, 70th Anniversary Edition $13,050

This classy 36.2mm by 35.35mm gold and steel timepiece features a self-winding G-P movement and celebrates the firm’s Vintage 1945 collection. The caseback is satin-finished and engraved with the firm’s Vintage 1945 anniversary logo. Girard-Perregaux has developed an impressive series of Vintage 1945 watches in recent years.

Harry Winston Avenue Dual Time Automatic $38,300

This 53.8mm by 35.8mm timepiece incorporates the basic design of the House of Winston’s Avenue Collection: geometric lines and a central arch connecting the hand-sewn alligator strap. The off-center dial features twin indications powered by the caliber HW3502. One offers local time and the other a second time zone, each with its own display and finish. Cases available in Zalium (pictured) and Sedna alloys.

Hermés Dual Time Cape Cod $7,925

Only one example from this well-known collection, this version offers a self-winding Soprod movement with a module displaying a second-time zone as well as a large date. This steel rectangular 36.5mm by 35.4mm timepiece is available with a silver or blue dial and a matte Havana alligator or matte indigo blue alligator strap.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang All Black $28,600

In this limited edition of 500 pieces features an HUB4700 self-winding skeletonized chronograph movement based on a Zenith El Primero chronograph and re-designed by Hublot. The 51mm by 45mm micro-blasted black ceramic case—the first non-round Hublot Big Bang– is held together by H-shaped black PVD titanium screws like its round namesake. These Spirit of Big Bang watches, all with the same modified-tonneau case shape that retains its corners, are also made in titanium, titanium with ceramic bezel and Hublot’s own King gold. The strap is black rubber with black PVD and a ceramic insert.

HYT H3 $290,000

This 62mm by 41mm titanium and platinum timepiece is this independent brand’s first rectangular model. HYT’s own liquid display movement shows retrograde fluidic hours via bellows at both ends. The strap is made from black alligator leather; the folding buckle is PVD-coated titanium.

NOMOS Glashütte Tetra Kleene $2,920

The steel 23.3mm square timepiece is the only watch in this minimalist German brand’s Tetra series powered with an in-house built DUW 4303 NOMOS movement with an in-house swing-system escapement. The piece features a gold power-reserve indicator. The gold-plated hands display the hour and decentralized seconds on a lacquered turquoise dial.

TAG Heuer Monaco $5,500

The TAG Heuer Calibre 12 (ETA 2892 with the Dubois Depraz chrono module) powers this famed square watch that features hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock. This steel 39mm timepiece features a blue dial and is presented on a blue alligator strap. While this new watch is water resistant to 100 meters, the original Heuer Monaco was rated to 30 meters. Square cases were difficult to seal at the time, but because Jack Heuer himself wanted an unusual case to house one of the world’s first automatic chronographs, a supplier developed a customized two-part case held together with tension springs.

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