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The Ultimate Watch Case Shape Guide

January 25th, 2022

Watches can add a sporty appeal or an air of elegance to your casual or formal look, respectively. Timeless timepieces can provide an unmatched functionality you will not get from other fashion accessories.

When it comes to choosing the right timepiece for your wardrobe, one of the most important things to consider is the watch case shape. Our guide covers the most popular watch case shapes and gives you some recommendations to start your shopping on the right foot.

Classic Elegance: Round Case

We are all familiar with the classic round watch case with its perfectly concentric shape and sleek finish. Round cases are perfect for your everyday casual wear, but can also be elevated for a formal look with an elegant leather band and gold metal case.

The Artelier Calibre 111 watch from Oris combines a sharp stainless steel and 18K rose gold case with a black leather strap for a captivating and cool look. A wealth of complications on the gray-colored dial provide extra functionality in a seamless and clean design.

Sharp and Stylish: Square Case

It's hip to be square with the square shaped watch case. Worn for your weekday office look or your weekend adventures, this modern and sleek case shape is versatile and stylish. You will find this primarily in dress timepieces and in some sporty watches as well.

For a classy and playful look, the Tissot Lovely square watch is the perfect watch for women who want subtle sophistication. Wear it alone or stack it with your favorite bracelets. Sleek, powerful, and subdued, this watch features an elegant stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating and a silver dial and a pink strap.

Vintage Sophistication: Rectangular Case

This shape was inspired by the Renault tanks used in WWI and continue to be referred to as “tank” shapes. Rectangular watch cases provide wearers with an elongated shape and sharp corners for a truly sophisticated and dashing appeal. These case shapes are often featured in dressier watches that can be worn for formal galas or weekly dinner dates.

Classy and Opulent: Oval Case

Oval case shapes can appeal to those who prefer the subtle and timeless appeal of a round case but want a hint of mystery. Oval cases usually come with a thinner watch band and have a more elegant appearance. They are common among designs for women, but can also be found in some men's choices.

Striking and Classy: Tonneau Case

Tonneau cases offer a classy and opulent appeal. It has a barrel-shaped design with a wider center and tapered ends that became popular in the 1970s with dive watches and chronographs. This shape is similar to the cushion shape, but more elongated.

Distinctive Beauty: Cushion Case

A cushion-shaped case has elements of a square case but features a rounded edge to soften the look. If you cannot choose between a round or square case, why not go for a bit of both with a cushion watch case? Find this case shape on both dress and sporty watches.

One-of-a-Kind: Avant-Garde Case

If you are bored by the traditional watch case shapes, go for something a little off-the-beaten-path with an avant-garde case uniquely yours. Combine rounded corners, sharp edges, and other organic curves as a statement piece in your wardrobe.

Find the Right Watch Case Shape for You at Azzi Jewelers

Find the right watch case shape for you by shopping at Azzi Jewelers in Lansing, Michigan. We have a variety of shapes to complement any wardrobe for meetings at the boardroom to weekends at the yacht club. Add another stunning luxury timepiece to your watch wardrobe at Azzi Jewelers. Visit our showroom, or contact us so that we can assist you with your luxury watch and jewelry needs.