Tuxedo, tailcoat, evening dress … dancing the waltz … These are the goes and no goes for your wrist. Once dancing the waltz at one of Vienna´s many famous balls simply is a must!
The Viennese Ball-Season 2016 just started and the highlights are still lying ahead of us. But not only Vienna has famous balls to offer, many other cities celebrate the carnival-season with glamorous balls. I am sure many of you did already visit a ball and maybe some of you already attended one of the beautiful Viennese balls.
Viennese Ball-Season? Dancing the waltz?
Do you have questions?
Let me quote the official source www.austria.info and try to give you some answers:
… “In Vienna, over 400 balls are staged each winter, frequented by 300,000 dance-loving visitors from all around the world. A unique flair is invested in proceedings by the ceremonial program. The reason for the carnival-like addiction to balls amongst the Viennese can be found back in the 18th century, when the wearing of masks and costumes was reserved for the nobility, on private occasions. To compensate for this, Emperor Joseph II opened up the dances in the Redoute Rooms in the Hofburg palace to everyone. This allowed the Viennese to copy the courtly customs of these celebrations, something which they retain to this day: strict dress codes, an opening fanfare, the entrance of the debutants and debutantes and the call “Alles Walzer”, dance cards and changes of music, together with the ‘midnight interlude’, generally a quadrille, and the formal ending are all evidence of this. Another unique feature is the “Damenspende”, a selected gift for each lady as she enters the room.
The waltz, being a partner dance, was initially perceived as a provocation, and it caused moral outrage. The Vienna Congress (1814/15), meeting in the city to establish the new order in Europe following Napoleon’s campaigns, made it acceptable via the salons. The political work was so lavishly accompanied by balls that it gave rise to the legendary saying “Der Kongress tanzt!” (“The congress is dancing!”). What the Congress was dancing to ultimately moved the world more than any of its decisions: the Viennese waltz was honoured as the king of dances.
The intoxicating turning movements at waltzing speed brought an intimate pleasure into ecclesiastically solemn ballrooms. And Johann Strauss the Elder (1804 – 1849), who established the supremacy of the waltz with 152 such successful compositions, struck up the invitation to this dreamy dance from Vienna to London with his orchestra. “Darf ich bitten?” (“May I have this dance?”) is the most wonderful invitation of a long ball evening, and it makes the heart beat that bit faster. And when it is ladies’ choice (when the women invite the men to dance), men too get to experience that feeling of being the chosen one.
Many of the Viennese balls are now organised by groups of professional persons. The “Kaffeesieder-Ball” (organised by the Coffee Brewers) transforms the Hofburg in Vienna into the most formal dance café in the city, with an elegantly charming programme; the Confectioners delight by serving up a ballet of pastries at their ball. For many, the ball staged by the Vienna Philharmonic is considered the unofficial highlight of the ball season; it is held in the rooms of the Vienna Musikverein, from where the New Year’s Day concert is also broadcast around the world every year. The Opera Ball, held in the Vienna Opera House, “in the most beautiful ballroom in the world”, is the State Ball of the Federal Republic of Austria, and also the artists’ ball of the Vienna State Opera.” …
For specific information about the upcoming ball-season in Vienna click >>> HERE <<< and >>> HERE <<<
So now which watches shall I wear?
With a tuxedo, a tailcoat, an evening dress certain rules apply …
While in combination with a tuxedo, an evening dress you may wear an elegant wristwatch, in combination with a tailcoat it´s a no go!
With a tailcoat you should wear an elegant & thin pocket watch on an fitting pocket watch key chain.
The tailcoat consists of a double breasted tailcoat, white vest, white starched shirt and white bow tie.
The pocket watch with its key chain is attached to the white vest…
In combination with a tuxedo, an evening dress you may wear an elegant wristwatch. Any other wristwatch is a no go.
So never put a sport watch or something similar on your wrist. Also any massive gold watches with a massive gold bracelet (e . g. Rolex Day-Date or similar types) are definetifely a no go. What instead should be on your wrist is an elegant and thin watch with a leather bracelet. An elegant two- or three-hands watch with date, but without any additional complication.
You don’t need to impress anyone when dressed up correctly and with style.
The only person that is supposed to impress is the significant other beside you.
She is the one to outshine everyone on such an occasion. But she should also not wear a huge and massive wristwatch. A refined and with gemstones decorated watch would be the perfect choice. A watch in the end that matches all the other jewelry worn during such an evening. I know for her it might be not so easy to find the perfect combination of watch & jewelry, but in the end what counts is how the entire ensemble looks like.
Nota bene: She has all the rights, because we were our “uniform”, the tailcoat or tuxedo …
These elegant wristwatches would be my personal choice to wear to a tuxedo. With a tailcoat I always wear my pocket watch with a wonderful matching key chain.
Always Remember! Once dancing the waltz at one of Vienna´s many famous balls simply is a must!
I have been to the Vienna Opera House – it is something to see. In fact, the new Mission Impossible movie had a part that was filmed there.
Nice dress watch selection. I would wear either my rolex Cellini or my Baum Mercier vintage dress watch with tiger eye dial
I like the zenith most.
In a more affordable range a Nomos would also be suitable.
Another mention for Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119 or 5153
I have been to Vienna just once to attend an international conference for psycho-analysts, unfortunately I could not attend any Viennese Ball.
Anyway, you have put up a nice selection of dress watches, yet I am surprised that you have not included any Patek Philippe watches in this list.
I know that Omega is your favourite brand, but don’t you like Patek Philippe?
Cultural differences: when I read the headline of the post, I thought “Wow, Spring Training (American baseball) doesn’t start until 01 March. Alexander is getting ready early.” Now that I understand “ball-season”, I agree that your choices are quite appropriate. 🙂 If you want something a little different, here are a couple suggestions from my personal collection: Wempe Chronometerwerke Tonneau, Hentschel-Hamburg H2. (I was going to attach a photo, but I don’t know how to do that. Is it possible?)
Thanks again Alexander!
Your selection is quite elegant indeed. Lange and Breguet are the real deal for my tastes.
I believe my old PP Calatrava would suffice.
Lucy you living in Vienna have excess to ladies and wine, be able to take them for a dance with your limited version of Lange. I live in Saudi Arabia no excess to ladies, no bars, shops closed during praying time, no cinemas, only men have permission to drive and work in an office with only men.
You ever thought of moving?
I Saudi is forbidden to take a lady out for date. The benefit, I will be able to safe all my cash and buy myself a limited version of Lange 1. In the bars in Bahrain there are plenty of ladies looking for your cash, so I aren’t moving there thus half of hour to drive.
Enjoy your Lange 1 when you get it. The 1 is a beautiful watch. And yes, stay out of the Bahrain bars.
Phew!Makes my heart flutter!
You do have a bite Alex!
I like the IWC hand wind watch and also the A. Lange & Sohne watch
Irreproachable list. Very good indeed!
Thanks for the feedback!
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