There is no situation in life that justifies a man not wearing a wristwatch. Except when you’re showering, sleeping, or twisting and turning under the sheets with your significant other. Wearing a watch is a statement to the world, it complements your entire ensemble, and it compliments your unique personality. You can tell a lot about a man by looking at his watch.
That is why you want your timepiece to portray the right story in every setting, be it at the office, a casual night out with friends, or a first date. Here to ensure you get the perfect piece to set you up for success are the five essential things you need to take into consideration when buying your first watch.
Find a balance
If the universe is able to create balance from chaos and provide the necessary conditions for life, then you are certainly able to pick out a watch that is not too big, not too small, not too intricate, and not too minimalistic. Sounds a bit overwhelming? Don’t worry, it’s not.
An oversized watch will make you look like a douchebag overcompensating for his insecurities, while a small watch just looks out of place and like you’ve picked it out in the women’s section. You need a piece that is the perfect size for your wrist, and typically a 42mm watch is just right – never go below 40mm and never above 45mm.
Keep it retro
You think smart watches are cool? So does your twelve-year-old neighbor from across the street. A smart watch does not only make you seem like you’re trying too hard to keep up with the times, but like you give preference to expensive things, failing to appreciate the artisanship of fine watch making.
So, rather than going for a spaceship-looking, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi boasting piece of bland mechanical mediocrity, why not opt for a classic piece (no automatic or mechanical) with only a few embellishments and three simple time hands?
Complement your own style
A personal style speaks a thousand words. Your watch is a crucial component of the story your dazzling outward appearance narrates to the outside world, and naturally, you want it to flatter you as much as possible.
So, what does all of this mean for you? It means that you need to feel comfortable wearing your watch at all times. Comfort comes down to three major components: color, texture, and intricacy. The color needs to suit you and your ensemble; the texture needs to compliment the way you talk and the way you gesticulate, while the intricacy of its design can tell a completely different tale from what you have envisioned. Choose carefully.
One for every occasion
Unfortunately, not all watches serve every purpose. While there are excellent all-around pieces, they are extremely difficult to find. Take Australians for instance, now there’s a nation that knows how to dress for an occasion. Do you think an Aussie would wear a minimalistic watch to the outback, or a survival watch to his wedding? No! The man’s got to be prepared!
Therefore, you need a timepiece for every occasion, a watch for the office that complements our suit, a watch for a casual night out that portrays your ravishing persona, and a minimalistic piece for black tie events. For instance, wearing luxury watches in Australia is a must for formal, upscale gatherings, so be sure to learn from the best and wear the best timepiece to perfectly go with the occasion.
Leather is sexy
Finally, if you haven’t already, it’s about time you fell in love with leather. It smells great, it looks stylish and it feels like a soft baby’s tush after a good powder. Unlike metal or rubber bands, leather band watches are timeless and they can be incorporated into every style and serve every purpose.
The added perk is that it doesn’t even have to be real animal hide, there are numerous quality leather substitutes to choose from so that your conscience can remain clear!
Your watch will leave an impression on people, better make it a good one. It’s not always easy picking out your first watch but fortunately, by following this simple guide you will have no problems picking out a timepiece every man will want to have and every woman will want to take off.
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Peter is a men's grooming & fashion writer at High Street Gent magazine from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.