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After its time-telling role, the date function is probably the most useful feature of a watch. Whether you prefer the date placed boldly front and centre or inconspicuously in a discreet window, here are some stunningly elegant timepieces to consider.

Tudor

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Launched at Baselworld as a homage to Tudor's heritage, the 1926 is poised to be a hot seller this year. The date is presented discreetly on the watch's embossed dial, a signature of this vintage-inspired line.

A.Lange & Söhne

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The Saxonia Outsize Date with a white-gold case and a solid silver black dial has a large date aperture at 12 o'clock, which is beautifully balanced with a subsidiary seconds window at six o'clock.

H.Moser & Cie

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Venturer Big Date Purity comes with the brand's inimitable fumé dial, matched perfectly with a red-gold case and chocolate-coloured Kudu leather strap.

 Glasshütte Original 

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The ultimate retro watch, the Sixties Panorama Date comes with a cool green dial with a dégradé effect, which makes the green shade appear increasingly saturated towards the centre.  

Franck Muller 

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The Vanguard Glacier makes a bold statement with a glacier PVD treatment applied to the band's signature Cintrée Curvex stainless steel case. A discreet date windown peers out at six o'clock. 

Breitling 

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With the new Navitimer 8 Day & Date watch, you get both the day and date. With a 29mm case, it's designed for smaller wrists and is a perfect everyday timepiece. 

Patek Philippe 

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Launched this year, the Red 5205G-013 watch packs a myriad of complications within a 41mm case. As well as the date, this timepiece displays the day, month, annual calendar and moon phase. 

Zenith

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The Defy Classic is for those who can't decide between a sporty or a classic watch. It comes in a 41 mm brushed titanium case with a blue sunray-patterned dial and a date indication at three o'clock. 

Chanel 

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The Boy.Friend Tweed is for those who want something femenine but not necessarily delicate. It comes with a beige-gold case, a diamond-set bezel, an opaline guilloché dial, and a soft tweed bracelet. 

Blancpain 

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The Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde is a stunning watch with a double-stepped bezel, svelte profile and understated hands. It also displays both the date and retrograde day of the week. 

 Rolex

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Crafted in Oystersteel an 18K Everose gold, the Datejust 36 makes an elegant and versatile woman's timepiece with its two-tone colour scheme and a 70 hour power reserve. 

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Tags: Zenith, Breitling, Tudor, Blancpain, Patek Phillipe, Glashutte Original, H.Moser & Cie, A.Lange & Söhne, Watches, ROLEX, Chanel, Chanel, Franck Muller