Not quite round and not quite rectangular, the cushion-shaped watch is like the little black dress of timepieces—it’s universally flattering on any wrist. Whether you prefer sporty, casual, or dressy, here are four cushion watches to cozy up to this season.
Patek Philippe Grand Complication 5940G
Although it measures a restrained 37 mm (x 44.5 mm) and a mere 8.5 mm thick, the 18k white gold cushion case of the Patek Philippe Grand Complication 5940G packs a plethora of complications. As a perpetual calendar, the 5940G indicates the date, date, month, leap year, moon phase, and day/night indicator, all beautifully presented across three subsidiary dials. The black dial is the ideal background to allow the white gold center hour and minute Feuille hands and Breguet-style numerals to pop, while also perfectly matching with the black alligator strap.
Drive de Cartier Moon Phases
If there’s one company that understands shaped watches, it’s Cartier. Take for instance the relatively new cushion-shaped Drive de Cartier watch collection, which has been a hit since its debut in 2016. There are several versions of the model from time-only editions to the Drive de Cartier Moon Phases, released just last year. As its name suggests, the watch includes a lunar cycle display on the dial, housed within a 40 mm x 41 mm cushion case available in steel or pink gold. In true Cartier fashion, there are also the black Roman numerals, the blue sword-shaped hands, a blue sapphire set into the winding crown, and an elegant leather strap.
Panerai Luminor Due
The kings of the cushion-shaped watch, Panerai has taken their signature case design and slimmed it down (at the expense of some water resistance) for the new Luminor Due collection. Named after the Italian word for “two,” the Due line is a dressier alternative to the classically oversized Luminor case. Still sporting the iconic cushion silhouette with the signature winding crown bridge-like protector, the Panerai Luminor Due is available in 38 mm, 42 mm, and 45 mm case sizes–in addition to a range of metal options, dial styles, and strap colors.
Piaget Polo S Automatic
While the Polo has been a part of the Piaget catalog since the late 1970s, in 2016 the brand gave their luxury sports watch offering a much-needed refresh. For those who are unsure of a cushion case, the Piaget Polo-S Automatic is a great option as it combines a round 42 mm case with a cushion-shaped dial. Sitting on the horizontally striped blue, black, or white dial are the luminous tapered indexes, luminous center hands, and a trapezoidal date window at 6 o’clock. Completing the look of the new-generation Piaget Polo is the polished and satin-brushed steel bracelet.