(Formal - Festina | Sport - Oakley x Tourneau | Casual - Timex)
A watch is a classic style statement for men everywhere. And a true mark of a gentleman is the watch on his wrist--as punctuality is a sought after quality for nearly all gentlemen. A formal watch is supposed to be seen as an elegant extension of your wardrobe--a Rolex should come to mind. Wear it to job interviews, work events, or black tie occasions. Your formal watch doesn't have to cost more than your kidney, however. When picking out a formal watch, avoid gaudy and obnoxious pieces--you're not a rapper..unless you are; then I guess go for it. I always prefer a leather strap with a silver face. But there are those who prefer the gold or silver bracelet style band as well. The formal watch isn't supposed to stand out, but when it is noticed, it shouldn't be quickly forgotten.The mechanics of a great formal watch is what makes it special--it is a machine built around precision and sleek design, like a finely tuned German sports car.
A younger interpretation of the formal watch is the Tag Heuer-- functional enough for office, almost evening wear but also functional enough for underwater (up to 200 metres). Gold, silver, stainless steel band combinations-- mother of pearl, white face, gold face, and diamond studded faces. These watches are targeted at younger guys who aren't apt to be buying 10,000+ dollar watches.
A sport watch should be used for exactly that--outdoor activity, or anything that requires more vigorous movement (get a nice sport watch and feel like a navy seal or James Bond in a scuba suit). Sport watches should have a comfortable band and are well made to handle whatever you can throw at them. I got my sport watch when I was giving surf lessons and spending a lot of time at the beach. These watches are perfect for an important golf game, anything underwater, or even hitting the slopes. If you meet a girl who loves the outdoors, throw on your sport watch when you take her on a hike; it says you're no stranger to adventure. Click HERE to see how combining an expensive, formal face with a casual band can make an ideal sport watch.
Last but not least, the casual watch. This would be considered your "every day watch", if you wore it that often (doubtful). A casual watch should be much more colorful and eye-catching than the other two types of watches in your arsenal. The constant changing out of bands to keep it fresh and in line with whatever you're feeling that day is what makes this watch so appealing. A casual watch can be paired with bracelets or worn alone; it should be seen as another accessory to jazz up an outfit for a date or a night out. Timex makes some great casual watches with bands you can trade out--look for them online, at your favorite shop, or even at J. Crew. These watches are ideal for a day in the office or a night on the town.
- A formal watch should be sleek and elegant, and you can't go wrong with a leather strap over gold or silver.
- Do some laps at the club with your sport watch.
- Your casual watch should mirror your personality--and there are plenty of band options to choose from.
- A watch is timeless..yeah.
Stay classy, and don't be late.
Wear It Write.