Watches are one of the most important accessories in anyone’s wardrobe. With the range of different watches available on the market, it can be a little challenging to decide which one to choose. Watches are available in a range of styles, from sports watches to elegant business wear, and made in a variety of different materials.
When trying to choose the right watch, you’ll be confronted by a range of questions. How much is the right amount to spend on a watch? Should it look too fancy or something plain? What type of strap is the best pick?
These questions can be a little daunting, so here are a few tips to help you out.
Your watch should match your personality
With so many different watches available, it is important to buy one that suits you, your personality, and your lifestyle. A watch is something that you wear every day, so it is important that it represents you and projects your personality to the world. There are different types of watches, from professional or business watches and sporty watches to fashionable and stylish ones and minimalistic styles.
Start by deciding the type of watch you want. Browsing the latest styles will help you to get a feeling for what you like and what will match your favourite outfits, and you should balance this with practical concerns such as the environments and conditions you’ll be wearing your watch in. For example, if you practice a lot of sport, it is important that your watch is durable and preferably water-resistant.
Consider the climate
Deciding the style that you would prefer the most is not the only concern when looking for the right watch. You also need to take the climate where you live into consideration. For example, if you are living in a cool and dry climate, a bracelet watch would be an excellent choice, but this style is not so well suited to wet or humid climates. On the other hand, an excellent leather strap will work perfectly in all types of climates.
Setting the right budget
Along with practical and aesthetic factors, considering your wallet is equally essential. Watches can vary greatly in terms of price from the relatively cheap to the extremely expensive. Therefore, it is important to find a watch that perfectly matches your budget. Make sure that setting your heart on a particular model you calculate your budget and ensure that the price is suitable.
Consider the watch mechanism
Watches have different mechanisms, and this can affect the price as well as their function. For instance, watches that require a battery, that is, have quartz movements are not as expensive as mechanical watches. It is also important to note that mechanical wristwatches have self-winding or manual-winding functions, which can require regular maintenance.
Look at the materials the watch is made from
The material the watch is made from also affects its price, its aesthetics, and its function. If you opt for a stainless steel watch, this is generally a more affordable option. On the other hand, titanium and carbon fiber watches can be more pricey but are also very strong and light-weight.
Make consider the various styles
Matching your watch to your personality is probably the most important part of choosing the right watch. For example, high-tech digital watches are best suited to people with modern tastes, while fans of vintage styles should look at more traditional watches. You can also find quality second-hand watches on sites like Chronoexpert which is not only a great way to find a classic, elegant timepiece but can be significantly cheaper than buying new.
On the other hand, don’t think you need to be limited to traditional shapes, colors, and materials. These days there is a range of unique and creative watch designs, from interesting watch face shapes to vibrant colors.
Investigate the watch’s features
Every watch will show you the time – that goes unsaid. However, there is much more to look for when buying a watch. For instance, some watches have features such as dual time zones, alarms, and calendars which are handy for anyone in professional or business life. Sporty types will appreciate features such as waterproof ability and depth tolerance.
It is true that you should not be fixated on just one brand when buying a watch. However, it is important that you have a few in mind before you shortlist based on other features. Do a little research on the best watch brands, while of course considering that these fit into your budget.
Choosing the right watch is crucial: this is an important investment that will be a key part of your wardrobe for a long time. We hope these tips made your daunting task of picking the right to watch a bit easier. Always buy your watch from a reputable store and make sure that it comes with the relevant certificates and warranty.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2018. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.