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6 great watch and sneaker combinations

by Michael Weare
21 February, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email:

Great sneaker and watch combinations

In America they call them sneakers, in the UK we call them trainers. Whatever your term for rubber soled shoes, they have become the footwear of choice for everywhere from the workout to the workplace, and for everyone from the hottest celebrities to the hardest working garbage disposal man. They’re almost universal, but there are of course some rules.

Hollywood rap artists and DJ’s can get away with garish high tops designed for the basketball court, but mostly, they should be left in the locker room.

Opt wherever possible for low cut lace up classic sneakers, and if you are wearing them with shorts, do not destroy any potential cool factor with several inches of black business sock half way up your legs.

Here we take a look at some hot sneaker designs and match them to cool watches. A co-ordinated look for guys is always a girl turn on. Why, because that’s the way girls see the world; things have to mix and match. You can score valuable extra brownie points just by taking some extra care to co-ordinate.

The shoes: Adidas IM Gazelle

Adidas IM Gazelle

This is the classic retro Adidas Gazelle low cut shape in a really interesting new pattern. The famous three stripes are still there but it’s subtle. These sneakers would team up well with anything from regular blue jeans to some of the new earthen colour shades that are becoming popular in jeans.

The watch: Tissot Rose Gold Chronograph

Tissot Rose Gold Chronograph

This watch is contemporary yet traditional all at the same time, which mirrors the retro style sneakers with a modern twist. Tissot is an excellent second tier Swiss brand. This 42mm chronograph goes perfectly with the sneakers. It features a clear white dial, sapphire glass, chronographic sub-dials features and a date window at 4 o’ clock.

The shoes: Adidas Stan Smith in black

Adidas Stan Smith

This is a rare case of a tennis shoe actually becoming more legendary than the tennis player who wore them. These Adidas Stan Smith shoes date back to the early 70’s. Stan Smith won Wimbledon in 1972 wearing these shoes, except in white. These awesome black Stan Smith’s are another contemporary twist on a design classic.

The watch: Gucci Grammy Special Edition

Gucci Grammy Special Edition

This great looking Gucci digital watch was given out to all the award nominees at the 2012 Grammy Awards – there’s a new version just out for 2013 that we featured recently, but this digital version is just as cool.  The black and gold co-ordinate with the black and brown trim of the shoes. The watch runs on a quartz movment and features the Grammy logo imprinted on the watch strap.

The shoes: A Bathing Ape 1st Camo Bape Sta Canvas sneakers

A Bathing Ape 1st Camo Bape Sta Canvas sneakers

If you like camo, why not extend it to your sneakers. That’s what Chris Brown did recently with these yellow camo sneakers from A Bathing Ape Bape Sta – with a name like this they can only hail from Japan, but they are available in the UK on Ebay.

The watch: Christopher Ward C6 Kingfisher

Christopher Ward Kingfisher

Chris Brown meets Chris Ward. The bright yellow dial of this great diver from Christopher Ward will strike the right notes with the sneakers. This is a 42mm watch which runs on a high quality Rona quarts movement. The case can take up to 300m of water-pressure, and to make sure you won’t leave the ocean depths too fast there’s an NDL-table on the back of the case. But while the sneakers are never likely to see action in any sports arena, the Christopher Ward C6 Kingfisher is equally at home in the shopping mall.

The shoes: Adidas Originals Matchplay x Viktor Tell

Adidas Originals Matchplay x Viktor Tell

If anyone knows anything about sneakers, it’s David Beckham. He has designed his own extensive collection for Adidas, and is seldom if ever seen wearing the same pair twice. He must have racks of them ready to go. In this picture he was spotted in West London wearing a pair of Adidas Originals Matchplay x Victor Tell’s, a pretty rare all white model with a twist, still in the classic low cut Adidas silhouette, but note the colourful inner heels and spotted tongue.

The watch: Swiss Legends 10127-WSD Chronograph Diamond Diver

Swiss Legend Men's 10127-WSD Chronograph Diamond White Ceramic Silver Dial Watch

Team your Victor Tell’s up with a clean white watch, we picked the rather nifty looking Swiss Legends diver. It features a precise Swiss-quartz movement, scratch-resistant sapphire-crystal; white polished high grade ceramic case and bracelet with chronograph functions, 60 second, 30 minute and 1/10 of a second subdials; date function at 4 o’clock. The watch also features 10 full cut white diamond hour markers; a screw down crown; with unidirectional rotating outer bezel; and a tachymeter on inner bezel. The watch is suitable for swimming as its water resistant to 330 feet.

The shoes: Maison Martin Margiela Python Print Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela Python Print Sneakers

Martin Margiela is a successful Belgian designer who has made major inroads into the trendy celebrity scene in Hollywood. David Beckham is wearing one of his cable knit sweaters in the picture above. The brand also produces a range of stunning up market sneakers for the fashionable set, of which these python print bad boys are a pair. This takes the concept of mix and match up a notch or two so you need a watch to match.

The watch: Rolex Everose Gold Sky Dweller with chocolate brown sunray dial

Rolex Sky Dweller

The Rolex Sky Dweller came out to mixed reviews a couple of years ago at Baselworld, but it has become accepted over time, and this is a rather splendid version of the watch in brown and gold tones. Celebrities can afford to wear such a watch just as a town runaround, but, as with all Rolex watches, the Sky Dweller is a seriously high quality COSC certified watch with a dual time zone feature on the inner dial. It also happens to go great with the pythons. Avoid the temptation to team the shoes with a snakeskin watch strap, that would be too much snakeskin going on.

The shoes: Maison Martin Margiela Blue Metallic Replica Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela Electric Blue Metallic Replica Sneakers

These metallic blue sneakers from Martin Margiela are perhaps an acquired taste, designed more for a hot clubbing occasion rather than everyday street wear. They certainly have the celebrity look about them. This is a limited edition version of its popular Replica low top sneaker. The sneaker comes with a full blue metallic leather upper, sitting on a gum outer sole. Just for good measure they also come with a matching keychain. This version is exclusive to the Sendai flagship store of the brand in Tokyo.

The watch: Toy Watch Metallic Blue Chronograph

Toy Watch Metaalic Blue Chronograph

A quirk of many celebrities is that while they do have the big statement big price tag Patek Philippe Calatrava’s and Minute Repeaters in their collection, they are equally as likely to fall madly in love with a clever and creative brand such as Toy Watch, which, like Martin Margiela, hails from the land of (well over) a thousand beer brands – Belgium. You can pick up a Toy Watch in a huge range of colours and for not much money. For obvious colour co-ordination reasons we matched this one to the colour of the sneakers.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email:

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