Time and style often go hand in hand with one another. Since their inception, wrist watches have long been a part of developing a sense of style and flair. Wearing a watch is about more than merely telling time. It can also be about style, sensibility, functionality, and luxury. There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd than wearing an analog luxury watch on your wrist. Since the world has been changing so much over the last few years—just think about the pandemic, societal changes, and eye-opening long covid statistics for a moment—there’s no better time to treat yourself to something elegant and luxurious. Whether you’ve never bought one before or are looking to add another to your collection, here’s a short guide to help you choose your next luxury watch.
Why You Need A Luxury Watch
Although it’s easy enough to simply buy a budget watch or rely on your smartphone for telling time, there are some distinct benefits to sporting a luxury timepiece. In a world of mass-produced items flooding the marketplace, a luxury item that shows off its craftsmanship can separate its wearer from the crowd. Moreover, a luxury watch offers some insight into personality and character on top of its function as a timepiece. More than that, watches make great conversation pieces, family heirlooms, and a way to attain a sense of simplicity in an increasingly more complex (and complicated) world. Owning a luxury watch that will last you for a long time and function is not only a conversation piece but something you can pass on as your legacy in the future is the best reason alone to buy one of these fantastic timepieces.
Define Your Budget
To get started with buying a watch, define how much you want to spend. Budgeting can be tricky in most circumstances. When you’re looking for something that’s a luxury item, you’re likely going to be spending a substantial amount. Think of it as an investment instead of a one-time purchase. As such, you need to decide and define how much you’re going to spend on it. Do you want to set your budget at $5,000? $10,000? $15,000? Are you going to pay cash or finance it? This is a watch that’s going to last for a long time and possibly become a family, so it should be worth the investment. It’s also key to determine how much you’re going to spend on watch insurance, decide if you’re going to buy pre-owned, and account for any special features the watch may have. By spending time defining your watch budget, you’ll avoid any financial traps or pitfalls on your watch-buying journey.
Choose The Right Band
Another, somewhat overlooked, aspect of selecting your new watch is deciding what type of band to get. Before watch bands existed, pocket watches were all the rage. They weren’t exactly easy to tell the time quickly, so the band evolved to be one of the most integral parts of the watch. As far as luxury watches go, the watch band makes a big difference in the type of wrist watch to select. Since you’re going to be wearing it and showing how, you want to get something with it that aligns with your personality and my smart conversation. It’s critical to look for high quality materials and a unique design that suits your personality.
Select A Unique Design
For some people, a standard chronograph type watch is a worthwhile investment. Others might desire something a little more unique or quirky. Fortunately, watches come in a vast array of unique designs and colors for the discerning gentleman. Buying an elegant Gucci watch for men, for instance, offers plenty of interesting materials, designs, and band styles. Whether it’s a gold watch made out of stainless steel, a watch with a nylon embroidered band, or specially designed watch face, Gucci watches are among the most unique luxury watches one can get on the market today.
Find Out What’s In Season
To truly make your luxury watch stand out to those around you, you’ll want to keep up-to-date with what’s in season. Spend some time researching luxury watch trends to get an idea of which type of watches will make the biggest splash. Now, we’re not recommending buying multiple luxury watches to stay on top of trends. Instead, think of it as an investment in the most distinct designs of the Season that can retain their popularity in subsequent seasons.
Embroidered watches are popular, as are the world’s favorite luxury brands like Rolex and Gucci. For some folks, purchasing a watch from their birth year is one of the best trends to follow. It ultimately comes down to being very individual and unique to the user, so you’ll have to take some time to figure out what’s going to work best for you on a personal level.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.