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Match your watch with your wardrobe

by Michael Weare
30 March, 2011
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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: michael@clicktempus.com

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In the business world watches form an essential part of a man’s attire but proper co-ordination of your watch with your wardrobe isn’t just for girls. You can make a powerful silent impression with a little extra thought on how to match your watch with what you wear. Here’s how.

Ideally you need three different types of watches for different types of occasions; a dress watch, a casual watch and a tough waterproof-type sport watch. These need not be expensive but they need to look the part.

There are several quality mid-priced brands such as Tissot, Guess, Victorinox, Fossil and the lesser known but really good looking Swiss-made Marvin range of watches which have imaginative looks that can create a strong statement on your wrist in relation to what you are wearing. Make sure your watch has not seen better days, if it has you need to replace it or it will simply ruin the impression you are trying to create.

Dress watches

Dress watches

Dress watches

A dress watch should have a silver or gold band to contrast with more formal attire, although leather can look great if the watch face itself looks formal. A dress watch should be an analogue watch and not a digital. This provides a classier look. Silver bands work well with both the suit colours. The trend these days is for larger watches, but avoid allowing the watch to be unable to slip under your jacket and shirt cuffs so that it appears ostentatious and pretentious.

Casual watches

Casual watches

Casual watches

For more casual occasions you could select a watch with a smart leather strap. With this type of watch you can afford to show off your personality, and go for something a little more unusual or eye catching. Large cases work well if you have a wrist large enough to accommodate it. Cheap novelty watches however make you look exactly that – cheap.

You can opt for a digital or analogue dial but look for dial colours that match or contrast well with your clothes, This could be black to match a black tee short or polo, blue can look great teamed with denims, and see how well actor Mark Wahlberg carries off the new green and gold Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic matched with a green tee shirt; simple but extremely effective.

Of course you don’t have to shell out for a Rolex, there’s a huge range of smart affordable fashion watches on the market, many of them for under US$100 so you can afford to buy two or three to work well with different casual outfits.

Sports watches

Sports watches

Sports watches

A sports watch can be digital and should be waterproof for those times you take a dip in the pool as part of your workout regimen. Digital watches match well with athletic shorts, athletic tops and sweats. As this type of watch is going to be put through some strenuous activity you should look to a tough, shockproof timepiece such as a Casio Solar powered watch or a Casio Baby G. If you’re golfing with the boss or business clients, you need something with a little more authority. Ideally this should be a Swiss-made sports watch, preferably one the client has heard of and you wouldn’t feel embarrassed to show off.

Just a few moments thought each morning will ensure you’ve correctly matched your watch with your wardrobe.

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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: michael@clicktempus.com

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  1. Jerome

    Thx for the shoutout Michael! 🙂

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