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HOW TO MATCH A WATCH WITH YOUR OUTFIT PART 01
6/1/2017

Rules to match your watch with your outfit?

Sounds a little too much?

Imagine a man in a tuxedo at a black-tie event.

He has poise, style and a posture that grabs everyone’s attention.

He casually turns his wrist to check the time… a Casio calculator wristwatch with a rubber strap…

FAIL!!

This is the power of a wristwatch, gentlemen – it can either break or build an outfit!

Since men wear limited jewelry, a watch is an expression of their personality. The best wristwatches are simple, versatile, sophisticated and classic. 

Most men prefer to own more than one watch so they can wear the appropriate timepiece to complement their outfit.

The style of watch you choose to wear needs to match the formality of your outfit.

 

#1 – Match The Formality Of Your Watch With The Formality Of Your Outfit

Digital or analog watches?

Dress or casual?

What’s the difference?

Analog watches have a face with hour and minute hands and either markers or numbers that display a 12-hour day. These watches are considered classic and more formal, making them suitable for business, formal events or a date.

Digital watches have a LCD display or LED face that shows time in numeric form. These watches are considered casual.

 

Watch Categories

The recent developments in wearable technology has allowed watchmakers to make nifty gadgets that are far advanced than simple timepieces. You can make calls, track your GPS co-ordinates and check your calendar through gadget watches.

Leaving exclusive gadget watches out of the equation, there are five categories of watches that most men own…

  • Dress Watches – A watch with a plain white face and no complications and a black leather band is as formal as it gets. The most formal dress watch are the ones that only show hours, minutes, seconds and maybe the date. Complications in dress watches are simpler and not related to sport.
  • Diver’s (нуркачки) watches – Also referred to as a diving watch, these were originally worn as work/tool watches. Designed for underwater diving, these watches feature a minimum water resistance up to 100 meters.
    Don’t be inspired by James Bond movies and wear a divers watch with a suit. That’s the equivalent of wearing a suit with work boots.
  • Chrono / Sports Watches – Not a true dress watch, but can be quite dressy especially in the higher brands. Sports watches are durable, sleek and made from high-quality plastic composites. Expect compasses, odometers, altimeters, GPS technology, pulse monitors, and a range of other functions for the guy leading an active lifestyle.
  • Pilot or flyer watches – Featuring a simple dial design and a rather large (over 50mm) diameter, these watches were made to be accurate and easy to read. Originally worn over the pilot’s jacket – they were made with a large crown that could be operated while wearing gloves
  • Field Watches – During World War I, the hacking character of a field watch allowed infantrymen to stop the seconds hand on their timepieces in order to synchronize their watches. Field watches are versatile timepieces that are tough enough for active duty. The simple design improves legibility of the numerals. Typically, these watches are moderately sized, with a white or green numerals against a black dial and work on a hand winding mechanism.


 

Levels Of Formality

Watches are made for a specific purpose. Avoid common fashion blunders by matching your watch style with the formality of the occasion.

  • Black tie / White Tie – For formal events, simplicity is key. Historically – it would be considered rude if you were to refer to your watch at such an event. A simple dress watch in a classic style and black leather band will mute any objections from conservative observers.
  • Business dress – For business – go with a simple and classic styled gold or silver watch with a thin dial with limited or no complications. A dark conservative suit is best paired with a classic dress watch or a diver watch with a leather strap.
     
  • Business Casual – A light colored suit with no necktie is best complimented with a high-end chrono, a pilot or even a smart field watch.
     
  • Casual – If a watch has a metal band, it is considered less formal. A metal band is generally suitable for casual wear while a leather band is suitable for any purpose. Any of the watch categories can be worn with a jeans, chambray shirt and dress boots combination. Digital watches should only be worn with casual clothes or workout attire.
     
  • Sports – For activities that involve unpredictable physical movements, such as sports, a dress watch would be inappropriate. The strap, case and watch dial are protected with materials that allow you to focus on the activity – no need to worry about your watch snapping off your wrist or the glass shattering mid-game.