Suppose you attend formal events on an occasional basis and would like a no-compromise dress watch to match your attire, but have no desire to lay out a king’s ransom for an exquisite mechanical like a Piaget Altiplano, a Patek Philippe Calatrava, or a Vacheron Constantin Patrimony. Well-respected Swiss brand Raymond Weil delivers the perfect alternative, in the form of extremely handsome and classical dress timepieces that are nowhere near as financially prohibitive.
Raymond Weil’s Tradition watch collection presents a number of very attractive and timelessly elegant selections. If the dress watch is something you put on only every once in awhile (say, every month or two if you prefer to keep things casual), the battery-powered quartz movements in the Tradition watches will prove a definite convenience. And the nice thing here is, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the ubiquitous round shape. Raymond Weil also offers rectangular cased Tradition models that are the essence of good taste and formal sophistication.
If you appreciate a little more action on even a dress watch dial, the more contemporary Raymond Weil Tradition Retrograde Day Date is a great option. Boasting such refined details as blued Breguet-style hands, and stately Roman numeral hour markers, this model creates quite a bit of visual intrigue, thanks to the dynamic technical trio of a large date display, a small seconds subdial, and a retrograde indicator for days of the week. At 42mm, the RW Retrograde Day Date is also ideal for those individuals who find the size of traditional dress watches (34mm-37mm) too diminutive.