A well-chosen watch is more than just a timepiece. A stylish men’s watch, when chosen and worn with purpose, can become an extension of a man’s personality. The question is, how do you style a man’s watch for the occasion? What are the rules on how to wear a watch with a suit? In this guide, we delve into everything that makes a watch tick, including common terminology, styling and the latest watch trends to help you choose the best model.
The world of watches has a language all its own. A few years ago, it was unthinkable to wear a sports watch in a business context, but today it looks particularly dynamic. But in order to consciously break the rules, you first have to know them. If you don’t know your dive watches from your pilot watches, here is an overview of some of the most common watch styles:
With so many watches out there designed for almost every situation and occasion imaginable, it can be a good idea to create a checklist to ensure all your specific needs are met. Here are some important factors to consider when searching for your prefect watch.
One of the most important considerations alongside the design of the watch face is the watchband material. Different materials suit different purposes and some are more appropriate for formal or casual occasions than others.
Are you looking for an everyday watch? Watch style and comfort are likely to be the most important factors. Do you live an active lifestyle? A chronograph with stopwatch functionality could be a wise investment. Do you travel as a way of life? Consider a pilot watch with a rotating time-zone bezel or a smartwatch with GPS to get you out of a pinch.
How you secure your watch to your wrist should not be overlooked either. A simple buckle offers immediate wearability for a range of wrist sizes. A push-button clasp can look incredibly stylish but requires links to be added or removed to adjust the fit. Elasticated sports bands without a clasp are among the hottest newly trending watches if you’re looking for pure simplicity.
A watch is one of a man’s most important accessories, so build quality is particularly important. If you’re asking yourself “which watch should I buy?”, look for genuine materials, water and dust resistance, and quality craftsmanship.
Are you allergic to nickel or chrome? This is definitely something to consider when choosing the right watch. Consider watches made from titanium or special chrome- or nickel-free stainless steel. Less common watch materials include ceramic and wood, which are also hypoallergenic.
WHICH WATCH COLOUR SUITS ME BEST?
The colour of both the watch face and strap can greatly determine how and when you wear your timepiece. If you are in search of a business watch, for example, to complement your sharp tailoring during big client meetings a blue dial is a classic choice. Alternatively, dark greens are particularly in vogue right now and signify you are a man of stylish intent.
If you’re looking for a versatile everyday watch style for men, muted colours such as black and brown are ideal. Remember, you will often want to match your watch to your belt and shoes, so these tones are likely to give you the most range without upheaving your entire wardrobe.
For stylish men’s watch that’s more laidback, bold and eye-catching strap colours such as bright orange or green are trending right now and can imbue an outfit with a casually confident air.
WHICH WATCH SIZE SUITS ME BEST?
The perfect watch will sit so comfortably on your wrist that, until you need it, you won’t even know it’s there. The wristband should neither press too hard nor should it be so loose that it slips back and forth. As a general rule of thumb, multiply the circumference of your wrist by a factor of 2.3 to get the optimum diameter of your watch. Although it’s a long-standing trend that men's watches should have a bulkier appearance, the most important aspect is the fit – something that shouldn’t be sacrificed for style.
The influence of sustainable fashion has also changed the course of current watch trends in a meaningful way. Initiatives such as the Hugo Boss RESPONSIBLE Fashion range are empowering consumers to give more back to the planet by promoting the use of recycled materials in everything from clothing to shoes to watches. Other watch trends to keep an eye on include brightly coloured, minimalist dials alongside smaller watch faces and vintage-inspired designs.
PRACTICAL WATCH-WEARING TIPS
For better ease of use, it is more practical for right-handed people to wear a watch on their left wrist and for left-handed people to wear a watch on their right wrist.
To enhance the lifespan of your watch and enjoy it for as long as possible, we recommend cleaning it regularly with a microfibre cloth. Specialist watchmakers often offer professional watch-cleaning services such as an ultrasonic bath or steam cleaning for optimal results.
To ensure your watch is accurate and functioning properly, take it to a jeweller's or watchmaker's shop for regular servicing – we recommend doing this every seven to eight years.
Another tip for optimal performance is to change the batteries in your watch every 18 to 36 months. How frequently you change the battery should depend on the type of battery used and the functions of the watch.
Stylish men’s watches may come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure, they are an indispensable fashion accessory for the modern man. Whether for a leisurely stroll, a business lunch with partners, or a competitive sporting event, there isn’t an occasion that cannot be improved with the inclusion of a well-chosen timepiece.
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