Real men wearing small watches? It is universally acknowledged that a man with a large frame needs to wear a big watch and that small watches can be “too feminine.” It makes Luxury Watches for Men within the 40mm plus category the prime examples of masculinity and has dominated the market since the mid-late ’90s.
Today, however, big-faced watches are challenged by celebrities and other watch connoisseurs adopting more feminine clothing and accessories. Moreover, like other fashion trends, watches are prone to backlashes and eventual changes. So it would not be surprising to see a turn-around from the usual big-faced watches toward smaller models.
From some men’s Cartier Tank watches to the military-style Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale, we present the top ten best small luxury watches for men.
1. Cartier Tank
Louis Cartier designed the Cartier Tank watch in homage to the tanks of the First World War. The timepieces of this type are defined by their flat vertical brancards and a sapphire cabochon, giving the Tank its unique elegance, captivating the world’s most discerning eyes. The Tank comes in various models with various sizes, of course including smaller versions, and colors ranging from a beautiful silver sheen to a shiny metallic gold coat.
The material would also vary from steel to metal, creating variations in texture and design. Some of its models include the Tank Must Watch, the Tank Française Watch, and the Tank Américaine Watch.
2. Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale
The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale comes from one of the most accomplished Swiss watchmakers, Longines, with a back catalog that stretches nearly 200 years. The design is inspired by the company’s model for the French Navy after World War II.
The Heritage Military Marine Nationale has a 38.5mm steel case fitted to a cognac brown leather strap while offering 30-meters water resistance and an anti-reflective crystal. Indeed, the Heritage Military Marine Nationale model is another piece to the vintage-inspired watch collection of Longines.
3. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical
With a 38mm matte stainless steel case, a three-hand display, and a white dial fitted to a khaki strap; the Khaki Field Mechanical is a faithful recreation of its original 1960s forebear, produced as part of a watch collection under the Khaki umbrella. Hamilton remains true to its vintage military-style watches with this model. The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical descended from the 1960s model worn by marines in Vietnam.
4. Patek Philippe Calatrava Small Seconds
A watch with a 37mm case, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Small Seconds is part of the Calatrava collection designed by Patek Philippe. The Small Seconds Model comes with a Rose Gold, or in other versions, a White Gold case material fitted into a shiny chocolate brown alligator strap while offering a 30m water resistance. So if you are looking for a simple yet elegant watch, this is a must-have.
5. Rolex Oyster Perpetual
The two seemingly odd words of this model define everything that makes Rolex one of the quintessential brands it is today. The Oyster refers to Rolex’s first waterproof watch case, while the Perpetual refers to the perpetually winding rotor in all Rolex watches.
Rolex released the new Oyster Perpetual collection in late 2020, which comes in different colors, such as Turquoise Blue, Bright Blue, Silver, Green, and Radiant Black, and sizes – 28, 31, 34, 36, and 41mm. The sizes matter in this case as there are fine differences worth noting, ranging from differences in hash marks and baton markers.
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium Duoface Small Second
Timothee Chalamet, one of the prettiest and diminutive actors, was wearing a 33mm Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium Duoface Small Second on the red carpet. This model was inspired by the Reverso’s created in the late 30s, characterized by its rectangular case.
The uniqueness of the Reverso, however, is its swiveling concept, wherein the wearer can turn the case into its reverse side. The reverse side incorporates the second expression of time, either with a second-time zone (Duoface) or simply another style (Duetto). In addition, the small seconds model boasts a smaller stainless-steel rectangular 33mm case fitted with a leather strap.
5. Fears Brunswick Champagne Dial
A gentleman’s cushion case watch inspires the curvaceous Brunswick model in the Fears archives, first made in 1924. With a 38mm cushion-shaped case, the Brunswick features a casing with no flat surfaces, with even the solid case back having a gentle sweep.
One of the outstanding features of the Brunswick Champagne model, which gives it an immediate distinction from other Luxury Watches for Men, is its gold dial which reproduces the rich color of the famous sparkling wine. Featuring a glass bead-blasted finish, the watch face’s surface gives a frosted appearance with a gentle sparkle. The timepiece is then fitted with a handmade Pewter Grey strap.
6. Piaget Altiplano
The Piaget Altiplano is the ultimate expression of a line-up of Piaget’s ultra-thin, elegant luxury watches. Featuring elegant lines coupled with emblematic finishes, the 1957 designer watches feature a slender design inspired by the infamous plateau within the heart of the Cordillera Andres.
The purity of open, untouched land is directly expressed in the collection’s elegant designs. Under the Altiplano collection are multiple designs, such as the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic watch, the Altiplano watch, the Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch, and the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic Watch.
Colors usually vary from rose gold to white gold, with the Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch having a unique cobalt alloy case. The timepiece is also fitting to a leather strap coming in different color variations, depending on the model.
These are only some of the designer watches we have featured here. There are many other small designer Luxury Watches for Men, such as the Timex Marlin. Hopefully, this list could give readers an idea of which watches they could choose. If you want to check out more luxury watches with a smaller frame, you may browse the catalog of a reputable seller, WatchShopping.com. They have a variety of options that may suit your taste.