It’s been decades since the wrist watch replaced the pocket watch as a symbol of elegance, dependability or practicality, revealing a lot about its owner. Nowadays it is considered one of the greatest accessories, and deserves a special mention, so choosing one for you requires careful thought and following some guidelines, and we’re here to help you!
Your style, your wrist watch
Adding a strap has made wearing a watch much more common for men, to the point where they have become somewhat indispensable. Thanks to this significant change, nowadays you can find a wide range of models to fit all tastes, styles and needs. Let us show you the three main categories of wrist watches:
⦁ The classics. If you like the simple and modest look, without sacrificing on elegance, this type of watch is your best option. In this category you’ll find the timeless ones that usually come in metal cases, although the strap is very important. Get yourself a leather strap to go with the rectangular shape and it’ll fit right in to every special occasion.
⦁ The sporty ones. These are also timeless watches – it’s highly unlikely that they will ever go out of fashion. They are made for all-rounders: they are resistant, light and often come with a thermometer and barometer. However, they don’t neglect style, so they are very versatile; they are usually round shaped with a metallic or rubber strap which makes them hard-wearing for the day-to-day.
⦁ The informal ones. This category encompasses all the hybrids between classic and sporty watches, making it the broadest group. Within the casual range, designs tend to focus on aesthetics, with the aim of making them suitable for everyday use. Here, as well as more variety, we’re looking at wrist watches that change with fashion, and where you can change the straps to get a different look.
Let’s think about size
A man’s wrist measures on average between 15 and 18 cm in diameter, standard sizes that can fit any kind of watch, whether they are small or large.
However, wrists smaller than 15 cm should avoid round watches with a face over 40 mm in diameter, or it will look a little out of place. On the other hand, for a wrist of more than 20 cm in diameter, you shouldn’t go for watches smaller than 42 mm, as they could look a little ridiculous.
Some pieces of advice
There are a few details you need to take into account. If you’re going to be wearing the watch every day, it would be better to avoid leather straps, especially in the summer! When it comes to choosing between analogue and digital, the former are the most elegant and modest, and the most popular, while the latter give better precision, so it’s up to you!
Once you have chosen your perfect wrist watch, one of the best things to do is match it to your shoe and belt style, and you can’t go wrong. It’s also important to get the right sized watch, without thinking about the strap material. If you want to get it right, put a finger between your wrist and the strap.
It might seem like a complicated process, but following these steps will mean that you walk away with a watch that is perfect for your lifestyle and that you can really make the most of.