8 Sophisticated Spring Racing Watches That Stand Out From The Crowd

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As the Spring Racing Carnival’s biggest week approaches, it’s time to extract your suits (while freaking out about your winter paunches), revise your tie collection, reconsider your annual purchase of Panama , tweaking your oxfords and, above all, evaluating your bracelets, making sure you stand out among the aviary bourgeoisie. Of course, standing out means doing it for the right reasons – without being the loudest person in the room. So when choosing a watch for the races, it’s important to pick something that’s both timeless and sophisticated, with the kind of pedigree that earns you a nod from even the most astute collector.

With these themes in mind, here are eight classic watches that will elevate your outfit and your wrist game, come Spring Racing.



Santos de Cartier

The Santos de Cartier is a classic example of the French watchmaker’s clean design language, with a simple white dial contrasted by explosive Roman numerals. This example is large in size, with a stainless steel case that measures 39.8mm wide and 9.38mm thick, powered by an automatic movement with date display at 6 o’clock.

Although this is one of Cartier’s more sporty options that works perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt, its highly polished case and bracelet give it enough elegance to pair perfectly with a suit. or even more formal evening wear. It comes with the stainless steel bracelet you see here, as well as a brown leather strap that you can easily swap out thanks to Cartier’s “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system.


IWC Portuguese Automatic 40

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The IWC Portugeiser Automatic 40 is one of our favorite recent releases from IWC, first announced in early 2020 and signaling a return to classically proportioned dress watches for the brand. Featuring a 40mm stainless steel case, the sunburst blue dial is a real eye-catcher which is nicely complemented by polished hands and applied indexes.

The IWC Portugeiser Automatic 40 is powered by the in-house caliber 82200 which contains no less than 192 components, offers 60 hours of power reserve and is finely finished with Côtes de Genève and perlage. You might think of pilot’s watches when you think of IWC, but that doesn’t mean the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker can’t make a great dress watch.


Date of the Piaget Polo

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As its name suggests, the Piaget Polo Date is closely linked to the sport of kings, originally designed by Yves G. Piaget in 1979 as a timepiece that exemplified sporty chic. While the Piaget Polo has been seen in many different shapes over the decadesit remains one of the most compelling integrated-band sports watches in the game today thanks to its portable dimensions and high-quality movement.

Featuring a stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter, the flat surfaces of the case have been brushed horizontally to match the texture of the dial, while the facets of the case are finished with a high polish. Inside, it is powered by the Piaget 1110P self-winding mechanical movement with 50 hours of power reserve and an expertly applied circular Côtes de Genève finish.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Monoface Small Seconds

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Monoface Small Seconds is another angular classic, which actually has a history tied to equestrian sports. The Reverso was originally developed to be worn by British polo players in the 1930s, who needed a watch that would be protected against an errant polo mallet during the heat of competition.

With its unique reversible case construction, the Revero is both an icon of the watch industry and a living time capsule of Art Deco design. Powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, it arrives on a Fagliano Collection calfskin strap that completes the sleek look.


Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 6119R

8 Sophisticated Spring Racing Watches That Stand Out From The Crowd

Patek Philippe’s reputation precedes it as one of the finest watchmakers in the world today, with a history of creating some of the most important and valuable timepieces of all time. In Patek Philippe’s most distilled form, the Calatrava is an expression of simple, refined excellence, as the quintessential dress watch that only gets better the closer you look at it.

Boasting a 39mm rose gold case with a guilloché studded bezel (known as Nails of Paris), the matte silver dial serves as the perfect backdrop for the matching rose gold hands and hour markers Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback is the impeccably finished caliber 30‑255 PS, which requires manual winding and offers 66 hours of power reserve.


Grand Seiko SBGY013

8 Sophisticated Spring Racing Watches That Stand Out From The Crowd

While Grand Seiko is known today for its high-performance, rugged sports watches, the first timepiece ever produced by the Japanese watchmaker was a dress watch of classic proportions. With such a history, it makes sense that Grand Seiko still knows how to create universally wearable dress watches, which is exactly what we have with the SBGY03.

The Grand Seiko SBGY013 features an understated 38.5mm stainless steel case that is just 10.2mm thick that has been satin finished to match the finely bonded steel bracelet it arrives on. The snowy texture of the white dial is the real showpiece, however, with the watch powered by Grand Seiko’s exclusive 9R31 Spring Drive movement.


Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro-Rotor Autumn

8 Sophisticated Spring Racing Watches That Stand Out From The Crowd

Among the best independent watchmakers in the world, Laurent Ferrier is among the best as a classically trained craftsman creating traditional, old-fashioned timepieces. The Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro-Rotor Autumn is a quintessential example of his watchmaking, powered by a natural escapement caliber and with all the precision finishing you would expect from a watchmaker of his caliber.

Featuring a 40mm polished stainless steel case that is 11.1mm thick, the real eye-catcher is the clear red gold dial with a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The movement in question is the FBN229.01 caliber which arrives with a solid gold micro-rotor, silicon escapement and 72 hours of power reserve. If this is your companion for the Spring Racing Carnival this year, you can guarantee you won’t see another.




Rolex Day-Date 40 ref. 228238-0061

8 Sophisticated Spring Racing Watches That Stand Out From The Crowd

There’s a good reason why the Rolex Day-Date is the choice of US Presidents, Captains of Industry and anyone else who is comfortable making a statement to the world that says, “I’ve made it.” . It is unambiguously a symbol of success and accomplishment and in 2022 the 40mm yellow gold expression with a Rolex green dial is the only one to own.

With a solid gold case and bracelet, the overall look of this Rolex Day-Date is enhanced by the fluted bezel and faceted Roman numerals that play with the light like nothing else. Beneath the attractive green dial is Rolex’s in-house caliber 3255, which has a guaranteed accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day and 70 hours of power reserve.

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Below, Nick takes a look at some alternate Spring Racing watch choices with Kennedy.

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