The Top 5 Elegant Wristwatches 2016

Hermès Slim d'Hermes Email Grand Feu
Hermès Slim d'Hermes Email Grand Feu

These are the best of the best elegant wristwatches of the year 2016. Discover my very personal ranking and let me know what YOU think …


What you see underneath is a ranking of my five favorite elegant wristwatches of the year 2016. They were presented this year either at the SIHH in January in Geneva or later in Basel during Baselworld 2016.

It was pretty easy to find these five elegant wristwatches, since I had them in mind for a while now. Here they are … They all match my criteria to be listed as Top 5 today.


Since there were questions how to get more detailed information of the watches shown the days before, please let me motivate you once again to use the search function of this blog …

You will of course find all technical information, the prices and other interesting stories of the watches I present on the blog. I have been featuring them already earlier this year. Please use the search-function and find out more …


1. Hermès Slim d’Hermes Email Grand Feu

I think not many of you expected to see the Slim d´Hermès here. For me it is the most beautiful, elegant and underestimated elegant wristwatch this year. Its fabulous white enamel dial was manufactured by Donzé Cadrans in Le Locle. The company today belongs to Ulysses Nardin. Donzé is THE specialist for enamel dials and only works for the best of the best like Patek Philippe, Breguet, others and of course Ulysses Nardin. With this stunning beautiful white enamel dial Hermès crowned its masterpiece, the Slim d´Hermès. The watch is limited to 100 pieces.

BRAVO! Well done la Montre Hermès!


Hermès Slim d'Hermes Email Grand Feu
Hermès Slim d’Hermes Email Grand Feu



2. Chanel Monsieur de CHANEL watch

This ticking beauty is powered by the very first in-house calibre of Chanel. It offers everything you might expect from high-end watch. The “Calibre 1” has been realized without faults or flaws. The way time is indicated is exceptional and truly inspiring. If you don´t like the “beige gold” (a Chanel gold alloy) case you may also choose a white gold one. 150 pieces of each were made this year.

BRAVO! Well done Chanel!  


Chanel Monsieur de CHANEL watch
Chanel Monsieur de CHANEL watch



3. Breguet Classique 7147

The more I see fuzzy and overloaded dials and time indications the more I begin to love the true beauty and simplicity of Breguet. This ultra flat wristwatch with a calibre that offers automatic winding is everything you need to show the time. Everything else your smartphone will tell you.

BRAVO! Well done Breguet!


Breguet Classique 7147
Breguet Classique 7147



4. A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

That´s the perfect dress watch, the perfect “nothing” to show the time. After the facelift 2016 the Saxonia Thin ranks among the most beautiful and understated wristwatches ever designed. That´s the deluxe-time-only-wristwatch.

BRAVO! Well done A. Lange & Söhne!


A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin



5. H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch

When presented it was cleverly positioned as the Swiss antidote to the Apple Watch. In my eyes it was the perfect guerrilla marketing since all big news channels worldwide talked about the watch. But the Swiss Alp Watch is more than this! Its proportions are perfect (1:1 the same as the Apple Watch), its case looks gorgeous. Since many consider the Apple Watch to be the beautifulest smartwatch, this also applies for the mechanical Moser-edition.

BRAVO! Well done H. Moser & Cie.!   


H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch
H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch








  • They all look nice but to me the Calatraba from Patek is steel the best classic and simple watch…

  • Alexander,

    agree with your choices. I just want to add that the latest iteration on the ALS Saxonia Thin in 37mm is imho “the” perfect dresswatch, offered at an extremely attractive pricepoint, compared to the rest of the lineup.

    Happy New Year !

    Regards Alexander

  • The Top 5 elegant wristwatches 2016.

    I would like to see, if possible, a selection equal to this, but with date watch.

  • Hello Alexander!
    Till now for me a wristwatch had to been round. Up to date Moser is favourite.l ám sure the dimensions of it are according goldrule.

  • I find it brave to include Moser’s Swiss Alp Watch in this selection. But I know you are. 🙂

    The Hermès design is growing on me.

  • Alexander

    It looks like you have been to Miss World show, picked five most beautiful women, asked us to pick one for date , decided to go for Miss France number one and hopefully get a yes.

    We are looking forward for the next line up,

  • On to the no.5 watch, Apple square watches is, intentionally or unintentionally, really brought about (on my opinion) an antidote to the established round face watches. As intricate mechanism is to the round face watches, so to digital for square ones. In this case H Moser & Cie crossed the platform nicely.

    Note: Jaeger-leCoultre square watches is a model dare to venture onto the square realm, long before Apple even invented.

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