Essentials: Case Variety

CASE VARIETY. Looking for eccentric-looking timepieces? Forget simple round cases and go for rectangular cases or, even better, a dandy pocket watch


Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio

Panerai, a proud Italian brand with Swiss-made watches, is known for the cushion-shaped cases and thick leather straps. This one, especially, is designed with left-handed wearers in mind. As such, the winding crown is positioned at 9 o’clock, safely guarded by a protecting device. The simplicity of the dial disguises a smart chronograph function that requires only one pusher at 2 o’clock to do it all—to start, stop, and zero the chronograph counters. What’s more, the in-house mechanical movement has a long power reserve of eight days. Limited to 300 units only.

Case Size: 47mm
Case Material: Titanium
Dial: Brown
Strap: Leather
Movement: P.2004/9, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 8 Days
Water Resistance: 100m


Corum Golden Bridge Automatic in titanium

The most recognizable model from Corum is returning this year with a striking titanium case in black DLC treatment. Inside the tonneau-shaped watch is a stunning 18K red gold baguette movement that’s carefully carved in detail, exposing the gears and jewels. It doesn’t hurt that the case has all sides transparent, hence the crown placed at 6 o’clock. When worn on the wrist, this Corum beauty curiously changes its dial shade to slightly darker. This is an intended visual surprise, made possible by the metalized decoration on the sapphire crystal case-back.

Case Size: 37.2 X 51.8mm
Case Material: Titanium
Dial: Sapphire Crystal
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: CO 313, Automatic
Power Reserve: 40 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m


Hermès Arceau Pocket Chevaux Sauvages

A poetic expression of time is what Hermès desires to encapsulate in its Arceau Pocket Chevaux Sauvages creations. Available in two rich shades of blue and grey, the white gold pocket watches are luxuriously made with engraved crystal covers, featuring a pair of wild horses in affectionate gestures. The fabled depiction stems beautifully from a 19th-century motif by the Cristalleries Royales de Saint-Louis, and it takes approximately 15 days to finish every single lid. Another visual allure worth admiring is the vivid dial color, which is enhanced by the smart use of Grand Feu enameling. There’s also a dedicated pouch and cord-strap made of alligator leather that come with the elegant pocket watch.

Case Size: 48mm
Case Material: White Gold
Dial: Blue Or Grey
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: H1837, Automatic
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m


Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931

Only few watches have flirted with the green courts of polo games. Back in the 1930s, British colonial army officers often passed the time by competing in friendly polo matches. To complete the fun, Jaeger-LeCoultre designed a special rectangular watch named Reverso, which can swivel and turn the front dial around to protect it against any impact. 80 years after, the Swiss watch manufacture brings back the legendary model in an updated version and a sumptuous shade of chocolate brown. The Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 looks sharp with a very slim profile of 7.3mm thickness. While every unit comes attached with a chestnut brown alligator strap, a partnership between the brand and Argentinean fine leather workshop Casa Fagliano allows watch owners to get a special cordovan leather strap to match their polo boots or the desired color preference.

Case Size: 27.4 X 46.8mm
Case Material: Pink Gold
Dial: Chocolate Brown
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: 822/2, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 45 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m