Ultra-thin watches are all the rage these days, to the delight of those who prefer minimalist and sleek designs.
These slimmer watches may appear slightly smaller than your regular watch, but don’t be fooled by their pared-down size. They can give your bulky watches a run for their money. Watchmaking technology has made it possible for thinner watches to contain close to a hundred mechanical parts into compact cases, with the same technical capabilities as the bigger ones.
Although thin watches have been around for decades, they became more popular when Piaget launched its thin Calibre 9P in 1957 — one of the world’s thinnest calibre movements.
Here we have compiled some of our favorite ultra-thin watches for every budget and style.
1. Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377
Tucked inside the 7mm-thick case of this Breguet Classique Tourbillon is the Calibre 581DR movement. It measures 3mm in thickness and is secured by a “high energy” barrel. That movement also supplies an impressively high (for a tourbillon) frequency of 4-Hz, and comprises a peripheral winding motor in addition to automatic winding. Throw in a dial design that’s as innovative as it is elegant and you have yourself a Breguet classic, indeed.
2. Piaget Altiplano Calendar
The ultra-thin Piaget Altiplano Calendar is elegant and sophisticated in all aspects. Powered by the 3mm 1205P self-winding mechanical movement and boasting only 6.36mm in height, the 40mm watch displays a minimalist design. From its 18K rose gold bezel and lugs to the silver dial and brown alligator leather strap, the watch is an epitome of a gentleman’s timepiece. The small seconds sub-dial at 5 o’clock, hands, hour markers and date window at 9 o’clock are neatly arranged on a three-level dial. The ultra-thin watch boasts 44 hours of power reserve.
3. Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat Steel
The Drive de Cartier was initially launched in 2017 as a gold model. Later in 2018, the brand finally introduced it in stainless steel, lowering the price to under $6,000, but retaining the stunning squircle case design and 6.6mm thickness. A Cartier-branded version of the 430P calibre from Piaget (the pioneer of extremely thin watch movements) powers this exquisite watch.
4. Chopard L.U.C. XPS
Featuring an extremely thin 3.3mm mechanical self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.12-L movement, the Chopard L.U.C. XPS is in a league of its own. The COSC-certified chronometer offers 65-hour power reserve and water resistance of 30 metres. A brown alligator leather strap complements the 18K rose gold case and white dial of this elegant and powerful timepiece.
5. Hamilton Jazzmaster Automatic
Most super-slim watches depend on a hand-winding movement to decrease the overall case thickness. But not this one! The Hamilton Jazzmaster manages to pack automatic winding and still be under 8.5mm in height. The Jazzmaster Thinline comes in a variety of different dial colors, each with a sunray finishing. This one in grey features teardrop shaped silver markers and luminous silver-toned hands. A khaki brown leather strap finishes the look of this 40mm dress watch.
6. Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-fine 1955
This Historiques Ultra Fine 1955 watch from Vacheron Constantin is a strikingly slim, 36mm stylish watch. The 4.13mm thick in-house mechanical movement gets its power from the calibre 1003 manual-winding mechanism. It features an elegant alligator leather strap, which comes in a solid black colour with a glossy finish. The transparent caseback and gorgeous sapphire crystal lens let you see through the watch easily. The crown, case, and gorgeous Ardillion buckle all look stunning in 18K pink gold. The watch also has a 30m water resistance.
7. Rado True Thinline Quartz
Boasting a height of only 5mm, this Rado True Thinline features the Rado calibre 140 quartz movement. With its all-white design, this ceramic watch looks terrific in a 39mm case. The hands and indexes are all in rose-gold tone, displaying a beautiful contrast against the white and minimalist dial. Casual and unconventional, this could be a perfect weekend watch for the gentleman on-the-go.
8. Baume & Mercier Classima
At only 5.95mm thickness, the Baume & Mercier Classima 10354 is a polished and contemporary timepiece perfect for everyday wear. At the heart of this 40mm Swiss steel watch runs a quartz movement designed for precision timekeeping. It features a date function visible at 3 o’clock and Roman numerals that stand out pretty well against the white dial. A polished steel bracelet with triple-folding clasp finishes this elegant men’s watch.
9. Zenith Elite Classic
Elegant in its simplicity, the ultra-thin Zenith Elite Classic in 39mm in 18K rose gold case is a true feat in watchmaking technology. It is powered by the Elite 679 automatic movement, which is only 3.85mm thick and beating at 28,800 VpH. The silver-toned sunray-patterned dial features engraved and rose-gold-plated hour markers and hands. A brown alligator leather strap complements the rose gold bezel and lugs. A 50-hour power reserve completes this sophisticated timepiece.
10. Nomos Glashütte Tetra Neomatik
The only rose among the thorns, the Nomos Glashütte Tetra for ladies is unbelievably thin for any timepiece, let alone an automatic one. Its 7.3mm thickness houses the Nomos’ in-house DUW 3001 calibre, a super-flat movement that’s only 3.2mm thick. It has a Bauhaus-inspired dial design and delicate lugs that are the perfect ornamentations to the watch’s minimal proportions. The sleek black strap perfectly complements the 33mm ladies’ dress watch.