Whatever happened to thin watches?

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Whatever happened to thin watches?

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During the 50's and 60's it seems to me that quality watches were thin. Also the cases were thinner at the edge, giving them an even slimmer outline. This thinness makes them extremely comfortable to wear, as well as stylish and understated. Not to mention marvels of micro technology.
Now, it seems to me it is rare to find a new watch slimmer than 10mm. Even a very expensive model called "ultra thin" is 9,9mm thick (Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39)! Not by any strech of the imagination is 9,9mm ultra thin.
Now, I love the C5, but its 10,8mm thick case sits like a brick on the wrist compared to my beloved Polerouter. Of course, the micro rotor movement of the Polerouter allows it to be thinner than a model with a conventional rotor, but why has thin gone out of style? Has elegance somehow been redefined to mean big and clumsy?
Diver's watches need a bit of bulk. Chronographs also. But why this dearth of thin, elegant dress watches?
Ok, rant over. Thanks for reading.
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I too would like to see some thinner watches. The C20 and C8 are the only watches under 10mm from CWL.

It looked like the trend in the industry might head toward thinner last year but that seems to be fading away. Perhaps having to do with a lessened demand for dress watches. The other problem seems to be the availability of thin movements.
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http://www.piaget.com/watches/altiplano

only 5.25mm thick.. the movement itself isonly 2.35mm thick and its an auto!
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I've got a Longines dress watch which is 6mm thick (according to my inacurate tape measure) and looks superb on the wrist. Of course, it's QUARTZ :lol:
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xtriple wrote:I've got a Longines dress watch which is 6mm thick (according to my inacurate tape measure) and looks superb on the wrist. Of course, it's QUARTZ :lol:
:shock: :problem: Come on, you got to be kidding. What is the point of having electronics inside a watch case? Might as well use your mobile to tell the time. 8)
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Wis wrote:
xtriple wrote:I've got a Longines dress watch which is 6mm thick (according to my inacurate tape measure) and looks superb on the wrist. Of course, it's QUARTZ :lol:
:shock: :problem: Come on, you got to be kidding. What is the point of having electronics inside a watch case? Might as well use your mobile to tell the time. 8)
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Kip wrote:
It looked like the trend in the industry might head toward thinner last year but that seems to be fading away. Perhaps having to do with a lessened demand for dress watches. The other problem seems to be the availability of thin movements.
I believe there is a market for thin, classic dress watches, but nobody fills that niche it seems. Probably the availability, or lack thereof, of thin movements is part of the answer.
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Wis wrote:I believe there is a market for thin, classic dress watches, but nobody fills that niche it seems. Probably the availability, or lack thereof, of thin movements is part of the answer.
Let's hope Mr. W is listening! :mod:
Bjorn, the Tangente is only 6.6mm and it costs many times less than the Altiplano! :D
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Zenith have the Captain range at 8.1mm and the Ultra Thin at 7.6mm. Both automatics.

http://www.zenith-watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/4/15

http://www.zenith-watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/7/16

I thought thin watches were cool years ago. Now they look passe. If I see someone wearing a really thin watch it looks like it was painted on rather than be a real watch.
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ianblyth wrote: I thought thin watches were cool years ago. Now they look passe. If I see someone wearing a really thin watch it looks like it was painted on rather than be a real watch.
Whilst I totally respect your opinion and your superb taste and collection, Ian, I can't agree with you there. My thinnest watches (Nomos and vintage Enicar) are among my very favourites.
Good job we don't all think the same! 8)
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Wis wrote:I believe there is a market for thin, classic dress watches, but nobody fills that niche it seems. Probably the availability, or lack thereof, of thin movements is part of the answer.
Let's hope Mr. W is listening! :mod:
Bjorn, the Tangente is only 6.6mm and it costs many times less than the Altiplano! :D
Yes, but it doesn't quite tick all my boxes - for the moment. Perhaps later it will. That's been known to happen! :)
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ianblyth wrote:Zenith have the Captain range at 8.1mm and the Ultra Thin at 7.6mm. Both automatics.

http://www.zenith-watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/4/15

http://www.zenith-watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/7/16

I thought thin watches were cool years ago. Now they look passe. If I see someone wearing a really thin watch it looks like it was painted on rather than be a real watch.
These Zeniths certainly are the business. Thanks for reminding me. For me they are the perfect height, depth, what ever you call it. Thinner than that and in some cases I can understand you point, but it depends on the overall design. Some very thin watches simply look gorgeous.
I like chunky watches also. I just don't think all watches need be chunky.
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I imagine thin watches are a casualty of the fashion for larger watches - a 43mm watch 6mm thick would just bend (maybe not :) ) and look wrong.
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Loddonite wrote:I imagine thin watches are a casualty of the fashion for larger watches - a 43mm watch 6mm thick would just bend (maybe not :) ) and look wrong.
I think you're absolutely right. Of course, no dress watch should ever be more than at most 39mm. :lol:
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Ryan Gosling wore a thin watch in Drive therefore thin = 8)

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