There is nothing as essential to a man’s look than the perfect watch for the occasion. A quality timepiece is something only a true gentleman can appreciate, but very few have been able to properly select for every given circumstance. The reason should be obvious: There’s no single watch that’s perfect for every situation. In actuality, there are three distinct watches every man should own. So here’s your guide to always looking perfectly accessorized.
A daily watch is just that: Something you wear on a daily basis. Because of this, what you need to consider is a look that is timeless and can match virtually anything you might wear on any given day.
Style cues to consider: A metal bracelet is a must for a daily watch. It won’t clash with any leather you might be wearing elsewhere (belt, shoes or jacket) and will stand out just enough to get noticed, but not to become a talking point. The face should be black, dark blue or white. The goal here is to be muted, but still stylish. Bonus: If the watch has Roman numeral markers.
Watches to consider: Rolex Datejust; Tag Heuer Carrera; Breitling SuperOcean.
Dressy watches are worn on special occasions. You’ll need something that is elegant and timeless, with just the right amount of extravagance. While it’s the watch you wear the least, it’s more often than not the one you’ll spend the most on.
Style cues to consider: A black leather strap is perfect in this case, as it will match with your shoes and belt for a formal occasion and complement any suit you’re wearing on a given night. Look for a clean face. No need for any chronographs—you won’t be timing anything or needing anything but the style and timekeeping of a quality watch.
Watches to consider: Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier; Baume et Mercier Clifton; Armani Emporio Black.
Where the watches in the previous sections are about fitting in and elegance, this watch is the fun timepiece you wear when you’re not trying to fit in and you don’t need to hide it under a sleeve. This is your bold watch. It’s big. It’s noticeable right away and it gets people talking.
Style cues to consider: Color, size, functions, buttons and pimped out bezels are all on the menu here. Have fun with your selection. Go for something you think is fun and cool and let the onlookers enjoy your boldness.
Watches to consider: Panerai Luminor; Invicta Subaqua Noma III; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.