We take a look at the best dressy gold replica watches released this year. Though in this strange year, there are probably not many (or none at all) parties to go to to wear nice dressy watches. Here is our pick of best 2.
The selection criteria is not strictly a plain dress gold watch. That list is for another day. But in this list, our picks are watches which sports a gold case, is somewhat dressy enough to be worn with a suit, and which we think must feature one or more horologically significant complication. Without further ado, we press on with the list! As usual, in no particular order.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Tourbillon Chronograph
We have always had a soft spot for Vacheron Constantin. Particularly the minute repeaters have consistently stolen our hearts for years. But this year, the introduction of the rose gold case Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Tourbillon Chronograph is the one which did the most damage.
The Traditionelle Tourbillon Chronograph uses the movement which was introduced in the Harmony series in 2016. This is the first in-house chronograph wristwatch movement from the maison, suitably fortified with a tourbillon.
And it certainly is a spectacular watch. The tourbillon, peeking out of its aperture on the dial at 12 o’clock gets us every single time. Drop dead gorgeous! The clean, dial with the monopusher chronograph, makes the second wave attack and the knees goes weak. Flip the watch over, and we go dizzy in admiration of the spectacle of the movement. Checkmate! If our credit cards had the financial chops (it doesn’t), it would instantly fling itself from our wallet and be swiped for the S$ 319,000 that VC is asking for the watch.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”
From the spectacular, we take refuge in the familiar. The Lange 1815 is a familiar face in our books. The basic design has been there almost at the start, being introduced in the guise of the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite launched in 1994. The design layout of the arabic numerals inside a railway track for the minutes with lance styled hands was apparent in this first rendition. But the simple time only model only came to be a year later, and in 1997, an Auf/Ab model was added. The early model was handwound, and had a subsidiary seconds hand at 6 o’clock.
Fast forward to 2020, and Lange introduced this Homage to F. A. Lange, the founder who was born in 1815, giving the model name of the collection. This is introduced in a subtle honey colored gold, a special gold alloy which is much harder than the others, and first seen in a Lange in At 6.3 mm in height, the gold hands replica A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin is the slimmest watch in the 1815 family. Combine that slim profile with a diameter of only 38 mm and you have the dressiest 1815 reference in the collection. Coupled that with a grand feu enamel dial, and we have a winner.
The movement is the familiar 1815 Thin’s Caliber L093.1. Design development of the movement began in 1993, and is the same one used in the first 1815, but the seconds hand removed. However, as a Homage piece, it gets special treatment. Where there would usually be Glashütte ribbing is now frosted, similar to what can be found in some old Lange pocket watches by F. A. Lange. The engravings on the three-quarter plate are also blackened here instead of being filled with gold. Other decorative aspects of the movement, however, remain unchanged.
In perspective, time-only watches are easy to produce but difficult to perfect. Due to their simplicity, any design or technical flaws are laid bare and magnified. Suffice to say, the 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” is as close to perfect as it gets. It’s got the right proportions, a special case and dial, sublime finishing inside out, and a unique reason to exist: to mark the 175th birthday of copy A. Lange & Söhne. Of course, such excellence comes at a price: a hefty EUR32,200.