Watch Wear For Him and Her
July 1, 2014, Senior Editior
A watch is not just a piece of accessory….it’s an attitude, watches have come a long way from dangling on people’s waist coat to being strapped on their wrist. Times have changed, so have the devices showing them. Watches are perceived more as an accessory for either of the gender. Majorly for men they serve as a single most important accessory as it encapsulates style, engineering, and status. While women have vast options in accessories like hand bags, cheap diamond rings, even occasionally a small dog, to jazz up their attire, a meticulously selected wrist watch goes a long way to polish a causal or even a formal look.
Since for men watches are no. 1 accessory that speaks out status and style, brands is what they prefer. Watches define style like no other piece of fashion addition can so, why not become watch-savvy by gaining a little knowledge about what watch to invest in.
Daily wear: Plainly put it implies exactly what the name suggests; a watch for the daily chores, it could be your work place or shopping or drinks with friends. These need to be relatively durable with a subtlety that would go with formal or casual wear equally. A high-end watch would be too exorbitant and an unnecessary show-off on a day to day basis. However, it is worthwhile shelling out for a watch in middle range as there are ample of affordable choices available in popular brands.
For Men: Brands like TAG Heuer, Tissot, Oris, COSC, Seiko, IWC and Franck Muller that provides a range of affordable watches which present an admirable fusion of excellent craftsmanship and innovative designs for daily wear.
For Women: Michael Kors, Invicta, Bulova, Armitron, Fossil, Gucci etc provides an impressive collection of elegant, designer yet tough and durable watches for everyday use and can go along with most outfits on varied occasions.
Leather bands: Due to popularity of and much trending stainless steel band style, watches with leather straps are quite often overlooked. Yet these watches with classic leather band can offer a large assortment of styles, trending from a classy suit-up look to a punk look.
For Men: If you are going for a contemporary and causal look; Fossil, Omega, Bulova, is a great option. While for a red carpet evening or a formal and classic look; black or brown leather belt with a silver/gold/steel frame are much preferred. Among this brands like Panerai, Cartier or Rolex provides the best collection.
For women: Mega trade names like Panerai, Michael Kors, Armani, Breguet, Bulgari, Glashütte Pavonina provides a good collection of trendy yet classy leather strap timepieces with distinctive designs.
Sporty: Most chronographs can be termed under sports category predominantly because of their combination of timekeeping with stopwatch and other time elapse functions that are quite useful in sporting events. Digital watches though being the least stylish to wear, makes for the best sports watches. The best features of digital watches, being advance technology and multiple functions fused in a sturdy framework, makes them the most preferred watches for intense sports and outdoorsy activities.
For men and women: Some of the best chronograph watches are Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Daytona, Audemars Piguet, TAG Heuer, Breitling Chronomat, Hublot Big Bang, Michael Kors etc. While, those in digital watches Seiko, Nike, Timex, Citizen, Fossil, Hublot provide a good multiplicity to choose from.
The Elite: If you are a person who cares for style and status, you should invest in the high-end luxury brands. Rolex brandishes status quo and is perhaps the most classic example for elite watches. Other watchmakers like Omega, Breitling, Panerai have established their own luxury trademark for both men and women equally.
Eco Drive: CITIZEN watches have launched a range of ECO Drive watches for men and women which utilises power of light stored in energy form to run the watches for at least six months even in the dark. It has set itself apart from its competitor by this revolutionary technology that converts light that is any light and not just solar power, which makes this time-piece literally unstoppable with no need for battery.
Whereas, the above list gives you a gist of which brands you can choose from as per your preference and the matching occasion, but while brandishing the brands three major things to look out for are:
- The creamy layer
- Promising and upcoming ones
The creamy layer: The brands like IWC, Franck Muller, Rolex, have gain respect and unanimously trusted to be the “good one” amongst watch aficionados. One can always be sure to get their price worth investing with such well known watchmakers and gain the much coveted attributes that go along with their trademarks like excellence and legacy, to carry forward in generations.
Promising and upcoming ones: Thoughan established name like Panerai was founded in 1870 has gained popularity only now due to its “Radiomir” and “Luminor” series. While, newbie’s like Oris are fast gaining recognition as trendsetters and are well known for attainting one of the highest quality ratings and becoming the offical watch for BMW and Formula 1 team.
Overrated: Certain Brands have empowered an image as elite watchmakers, yet are reproved by many watch lovers as highly overrated and not worth the price. These are sure flashy and alluring put fail to serve the purpose for those on a tight budget.
Now that you are all set with this basic watch knowledge, a novice certainly can take out time (pun intended) to explore the best alternatives and invest in a decent wrist wear. Not only can you enjoy flaunting that you are a la mode with the latest trend, but also makes sure you won’t get in a spot trying to convince that your calculator watch is a personal GPS. You might not be a fashion enthusiast but a decent wristwatch has a colossal impact on an impression you make, after all you never get a second chance to make a first impression.