Admittedly, I have a weakness (but not the budget) for high-end independent watches, from the likes of Laurent Ferrier and F.P. Journe. So that’s why I never would have guessed that my love for vintage Longines could have grown as much as it did this year. They were doing things just so right back then, and this oversized 1940s “Tre-Tacche” Calatrava is no exception.

To me, the dial features a textbook example of patina, having aged to the color of fine parchment paper, with a few areas of darker mottling. I love how the Longines insignia has faded slightly, in contrast to the simple yet bold block-style Arabic numerals. The case is unpolished, and the stepped bezel adds just the right level of interest to the shape. With a t-shirt and jeans, or even with a suit, I’ve worn it almost exclusively on our black Single-Piece Shell Cordovan Strap. (I swear I’m not shilling products – it’s just that the contrast of a minimal strap with a vintage watch of this simplicity and muted character is perfect for my lifestyle.)