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Article: [Summary by budget] Stylish! 7 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 to 1.6 million yen]

[Summary by budget] Stylish! 7 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 to 1.6 million yen]


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In today's video, we will be delivering the following: [Summary by budget] Stylish! 7 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 to 1.6 million yen]

When it comes to wristwatches, round shapes are the norm, but if you wear a square watch, you are a gentleman who enjoys fashion.

You will be respected at first sight.

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[Summary by budget] Stylish! 8 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 yen to 1.6 million yen]

1. Cartier Must Tank XL size

The first thing we would like to introduce is the XL size Mast Tank.

Prices range from 450,000 to 550,000 yen.

When you hear XL, you might imagine something quite large, but the case diameter is 25.5mm, which is slightly smaller than today's standard size.

Mast tanks were originally created in the late 1970s in SM and LM sizes, followed in the 1990s by MM and XL sizes.

Therefore, the MM and XL sizes are produced in small numbers, so you are unlikely to find someone else wearing the same model.

The great thing about Mast Tank is the wide range of models available.

Ultimately, this model was produced until the mid-2000s, during which time it was released in four different sizes and with over 10 different dial variations.

For the XL size, there are only about four dial variations.

This time we are introducing the XL size, but if you find XL too big you can choose a smaller size. It's interesting to see how the impression of the Mast Tank on your arm changes depending on the size.

Among all of Cartier's collections to date, I believe the Mast Tank ranks quite high in terms of perfection.

This is because the material used is pure silver, and the gold model has 18K gold plating applied over the pure silver, so it's very good value for money.

Compared to stainless steel, pure silver has a higher metal value and a wonderful, moist texture.

Anyone can see the shape of the Tank and know that it is a Cartier watch.

Besides the Tank, there are other flagship models such as the Santos.

If you wear a Cartier Tank, a representative example of this type of square watch, you will be seen as having good taste.

For more information on mast tanks, please see this video:

2. IWC Golf Clubs

IWC Golf Club SL

The second item I would like to introduce is an IWC golf club.

This model was designed by Gerald Genta, who is famous for designing the Patek Philippe Nautilus, and features a square case and bracelet that is typical of the 1970s.

However, thin watches were the trend at the time, so such a large watch was not very popular, and it is said that only about 1,000 were actually produced.

The case diameter is 34.5mm, which I think was correct for the size at the time, and although I didn't measure the thickness exactly, it feels about 15mm.

IWC Golf Club Models

This photo was taken by me, and it shows a leather strap model of golf club that says AUTOMATIC rather than GOLF-CLUB, which looks really cool.

The Mast Tank introduced earlier is a thin dress watch that evokes a smart and sophisticated man, while this is a square watch that exudes ruggedness and masculinity.

When it comes to ruggedness and masculinity, size also plays a role, but this model is not large in size, so it is rugged but still smart.

The case is square, but the dial is round, giving the watch a strange feel.

However, if you look at the overall design, taking into account the shape of the indexes and hands, and the satin-finished gray dial, it is simple yet sturdy, and exudes a sense of adult sophistication.

The style of the watch is distinctive, with a case and dial that are not seen today, giving it a sophisticated look that coordinates well with any outfit and really elevating the look of the person wearing it.

I think it’s a very stylish model.

Prices range from 900,000 to 1.1 million yen.

If you are interested in the history of IWC and its collections, please watch this video:

3. Audemars Piguet Square Ref. 4876

This is an Audemars Piguet Ref. 4876 made in the 1990s.

Prices range from 1 million to 1.3 million yen.

The case diameter is 27mm, so it can be described as a square-type dress watch.

Audemars Piguet is classified as one of the three great watch makers in the world, and like Patek and Vacheron, it has a history of catering to aristocrats. At first glance, it gives a simple impression, but when you look closely, you will see that it is well-finished.

In this model, the surface of the case (including the bezel) is polished to a mirror finish, which means it is highly polished to a reflective finish, while the sides of the case have a hairline finish, which reduces reflections and allows the metal fibers to be seen.

The reason we go to such trouble is because making a watch with a completely reflective mirror finish would end up looking gaudy.

Due to its history of catering to the aristocracy, there has been a demand for watches that fit words such as "modest," "subdued," and "elegant."

Therefore, the surface of the case is intentionally made to shine brilliantly, while the sides are made less shiny.

The overall finish of the watch is also very high.

The translucent white dial features contrasting black hands and Roman indexes, and the case is made of 18K yellow gold, so although the color is subdued, the yellow gold is a nice accent.

Also worth mentioning is the shape of the lugs.

With this shape, a straight rug would still look smart, but adding a teardrop rug here makes it look much more stylish.

Although it is a small detail like this, it is probably because the company pays attention to even the smallest details that it is said to be one of the three major watch brands in the world.

The fact that it is the Vacheron brand also creates a synergistic effect, and I think it is a fantastic watch that shines with style.

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo Ref. Q2711420

The must-have rectangular watches are Cartier and one other Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Among them, the most representative model is the Reverso.

The Reverso was originally created as a solution to the need to protect the watch face when playing polo, a sport similar to golf played on horseback, by inverting the dial.

Hence the name "Reverso", which means "reversible" in Latin.

The model in question is the Reverso Duo, and the word "Duo" is included after "Reverso."

The word "duo" means "two things", and while a Reverso generally has a blank plate on the back, this refers to a "double-sided watch model" that has a watch face on the back as well.

The case diameter is 26mm and the length is 42mm, which is a modern standard size.

Prices range from 1.3 million to 1.6 million yen.

The great thing about this watch, as I mentioned earlier, is that it has two dials.

There are two dials with different designs, so you can flip them over depending on your mood that day and enjoy it as if you had two watches.

You can enjoy this dial on the regular Reverso's metal plate surface, but I chose this model because it still has a stylish dial when flipped over.

Now let’s see what the movement looks like.

A single movement displays the time on two dials, but normally both dials show the same time.

However, with the Duo, you can change the time on the back of the watch to a different time by pressing the button on the side.

In short, the front side shows normal time and the back side shows overseas time.

So, it's a great product that also has a GMT function.

That said, the dial is not simplified, and it features two decorative elements, guilloche engraving and Paris pattern, making it a masterpiece that demonstrates Jaeger-LeCoultre's high level of technical skill.

5. Rolex Cellini Ref. 4087

This is the Cellini Ref. 4087 from Rolex's dress watch line, which was produced in the 1980s and 1990s.

The case size is 27.5 mm and retails for around 550,000 to 700,000 yen.

Rolex is known for its sports watches, but it also has a line of dress watches like this one.

The dials are available in white, champagne, black, blue, and red, and the cases are available in 18K white and yellow gold, so this model also has the appeal of being able to choose the one that suits your taste.

Let's take a look at the design.

First of all, what sets this watch apart from other brands and other Rolex models is that the bezel has engraved markings that act as indexes.

The dial has a simple two-hand design and no indexes, but the bezel has engravings that serve as both indexes and decoration, making it a stylish dress watch.

In the Audemars Piguet section, we explained how they make good use of both mirror and hairline finishes, but this Cellini has a reversed version, with a hairline finish on the bezel and a mirror finish on the sides.

This is probably because, since the bezel has engraved decoration, a hairline finish helps bring out the beauty of the engraving.

This is a manual-winding dress watch from Rolex that skillfully incorporates the beautiful sunray dial into the watch, so it would be a great idea to wear this watch outside of sports, as it shows a sense of style.

6. Piaget Reference 90802

Piaget may not be very well known as a brand these days, but looking back at its history, it has been able to manufacture its own movements and can be regarded as a brand that has reached the pinnacle of thin dress watches.

What we will introduce this time is the tank-type model of Ref. 90802.

The case size is 23 mm and the price ranges from 600,000 to 800,000 yen.

This model was produced in the 1970s and 1980s, and as you might imagine, it has a style that is very similar to the Cartier Tank.

Although they eventually became the same company as part of the Richemont Group, Piaget had been supplying movements to Cartier even before that, and it is likely that the close relationship between the two companies led to the creation of watches with such similar designs.

The differences from the Tank are that the hands are leaf hands and, although it is difficult to tell from videos or images, the case is less rounded than the Cartier Tank and has a design that falls straight down from the surface to the sides.

However, at first glance it looks almost identical to the Cartier Tank.

So, that's about it for the design, but I'll talk about why Piaget's rectangular watch is worthy of praise.

I think what makes Piaget so great is its beautiful designs and thin movements, but this time I'll focus on the thin movements.

The movement used in this model is the hand-wound Cal.9P2 movement, which is extremely thin.

This movement was also installed in Cartier's top-of-the-line model, the Tank Louis Cartier, which shows that it is a highly reliable movement.

Even when you look at it from the side, you can see that it's extremely thin.

The term ébauche refers to a company that can even make movements, but being able to make movements requires a considerable amount of skill.

That is why Jaeger-LeCoultre is such an amazing brand, and is recognized by the world's three major watch brands and has supplied them with movements.

Piaget's development capabilities for thin movements rival those of Jaguar, and it is no easy feat to create a watch that is this thin.

Therefore, I think that the appropriate points to evaluate this watch on are 30% design and 70% movement.

This is a lovely watch that exudes a subtle and understated sense of luxury, and is delicate and strikingly beautiful, so I think your sense of style will shine through if you wear one of these square watches.

7. Vacheron Constantin Ref. 7297 White Gold Model

This model was produced from the 1960s to 1970s, has a case diameter of 27.5 mm, and sells for around 700,000 to 900,000 yen.

Compared to Audemars Piguet's square model, it gives a much more subdued impression.

Let's take a look at the design.

The square case features bar indexes and two pencil hands.

The lugs are straight, giving the impression that they were designed using only straight lines.

Although it was produced at a different time, it feels quite similar to the Art Deco designs that were popular in the 1920s.

The overall impression is that the watch has few round parts and is angular, giving it a masculine, stylish design.

However, it doesn't feel lacking in any way, as the silver dial has a beautiful sunburst pattern and its appearance changes depending on the angle from which you view it.

If you look at the index, you'll see that it has a black marker attached in the center above the silver base, presumably to improve visibility.

This is a nice accent when looking at the watch as a whole, giving it a neat impression.

The movement is the Cal. K1001/2, which is based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal. 818 and has been adjusted and decorated by Vacheron.

Although it is a Vacheron watch, the fact that it is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement is also a point that increases its value.

It's a design that doesn't exist in modern times, and wearing a watch like this will give off the impression of a cool and sophisticated older man.

So, today we introduced a square type, but since round types are the standard when it comes to watches, deviating from that and opting for a square type will show others that you have a different sense of style than others.

For me, when it comes to square watches, Cartier comes to mind, but when I look at square watches from other brands, I can learn from them as I can see models that make the most of the strengths of each brand, which I also find cool.

I would be happy if our viewers were able to find a square watch that they think is lovely.

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