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Five watches that hit all the right angles

Most watch faces take the familiar form of the circle — but, hey, it’s variety that makes the world go round.

Glashutte Original
Glashutte

As its name suggests, the Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date has a vintage-style aesthetic inspired by, well, the ’70s. Framed by a soft-cornered square steel bezel, the dial of this flyback chronograph watch comes in blue, ruthenium or silver, all with sunburst finishes.

Cartier
Cartier

Dating back to 1917, the Tank watch was created by Louis Cartier, ostensibly inspired by French tanks used in the first world war. Today, the modern icon with the resolutely rectangular form has grown to include numerous variations, such as the new Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire watch in pink gold.

Jaeger-LeCoultre
JLC

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was designed to allow polo players to flip the watch face over to protect it during matches. One of its latest incarnations, the Grande Reverso Night & Day in pink gold, is powered by the in-house automatic Calibre 967/B, and features a distinguishing day and night indicator at six o’clock.

Tag Heuer
TagHeuer

It’s not just the dynamic aesthetic of the Tag Heuer Monaco 24 that takes its cue from the famous 24-hour Le Mans race. The watch’s automatic movement, the Calibre 36, also reflects the workings of the high-performance cars in the race, with a system designed to protect it against external impact and vibrations.

Longines
Longines

A Longines watch from 1968 inspired the aptly named Heritage 1968, which looks every bit at home on the wrist today. Available in two sizes (33mm by 33mm, or 26mm by 26mm) and in rose gold or steel, this simple yet striking automatic timepiece makes a subtle statement with its silver dial, angled date window and sleek Roman numerals.