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Why Accessorize with a Watch?
More often than not, men fail to accessorize. In some ways this is totally fine. But here's the thing, you're missing out on a huge opportunity to up the ante. You see, the watch may seem pointless in the age of the smartphone, but it's not. While your phone can accomplish the function of a watch, it can't usurp the majesty.
A men's watch still acts as a status symbol and fashion must have. When you go to your business meetings, do you ever feel like you're missing something? Odds are, it's the polish the watch gives your professional look. Naturally, if you're going to reclaim the throne of fashion from the smartphone, you'll have to follow a few rules to maximize your watch.
A good thing to keep in mind with watches are to match the metal with your other jewelry. If you're married, or wear rings anyway, consider pairing silver with silver, bronze, and gold the same way. Clashing colors can often grow distracting, so keep an eye on what you're pairing together. And remember to pay attention to the details, because your tie clip or cuff links could throw off the look if you've matched well but forgotten those.
The Rules of the Watch
So, you want to maximize your style, huh? You're in luck because they're fairly straight forward. There are three categories of rules you'll need to keep in mind: occasion, material, and face styles. Let's start with occasion.
Going to a black tie event? Think simple and understated. The point of black tie is conversation, so you should be mindful to dress well, but not loudly. This same rule applies to your accessories. It's about complementing subtlety rather than destroying it. When dressing for business, it's okay to go a bit more flashy. A substantial watch (larger profile, flashier) is definitely what you want, since it makes a strong statement about you. For casual, your clothes may be louder, so don't go overboard on the watch. You can use a wider array of designs that may be otherwise distracting for business and formal events.
Materials are what give watches their luster, but you have to be careful about which you use for certain occasions. Black tie watches should always be dark, and consider a black leather strap. You cannot risk blowing the look away with anything lighter or louder. When picking for business occasions gold or silver metal is the go to. It's flashy to communicate status, but should not be so decorative that it becomes absurd to wear. Casual outfits allow for more interesting shapes and colors that come from blends of plastic, metal, leather, etc.
Watch faces are by far the least important, but you should still keep them in mind. You have a choice of either analog or digital. For formal and black tie, you have to wear an analog watch. But be sure that it's not overly designed, as that can still be distracting. When wearing a watch for business, either is okay. A more decorative analog face can be acceptable depending on the nature of the engagements for the day. Similarly, digital faces are becoming more popular with the rise of the smartwatch, so style that accordingly. With casual, you can do as you wish, so long as it doesn't clash!
Smartwatches are certainly the future. They pair with your smartphones, and have been dubbed "wearables." They can do what a watch can do, and more. Because of this development, you may have some new style options. While it's generally a faux pas to wear a smartwatch for black tie occasions, definitely consider one for business purposes. They're extremely functional, and often have software to change the face of the watch to be flashier or more subtle.
Some smartwatches also feature removable straps so that you can have them better fit the occasion. With that in mind, sometimes the base strap isn't great for days when you need to be out and about. You can find "sport" straps that feature a different material that is better suited for a day at play.
The Parts of a Watch
A watch is made up of a band and a case. The case houses the inner workings of the watch as well as additional functions like chronograph subdials, date display, and luminous hands and markers.
See how different watch case sizes will look on your wrist.
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Types of Watch Closures
A deployment clasp unfolds into thirds to allow the watch to fit over the hand. It locks in place with a small hook-type latch.
A pushbutton deployment clasp functions the same way as a regular deployment clasp, but has buttons on either side of the clasp that must be pinched to release. This ensures the clasp does not open on its own.
A fold-over pushbutton deployment clasp has two security features: a fold-over snapping latch and a pushbutton feature.
A hidden deployment clasp, also known as a butterfly clasp, is invisible when closed. This creates the illusion of a seamless band. Some hidden deployment clasps have pushbutton release mechanisms for added security.
A jewelry clasp is a simple latch snapped closed around a bar. It is released by lifting the clasp and unsnapping it from the latch bar.
A strap buckle clasp is an adjustable closure made up of a pin and a series of holes in the band. This closure is common in belts.
A specialty strap buckle is a deployment clasp attached to a strap band. It can be adjustable.