A watch is more than a way to tell time. Wristwatches let you express your style and accessorize in a practical way. They’re available in a wide variety of price ranges, so you’ll want to understand what you’re paying for before you buy. The materials will determine whether your timepiece is casual or more formal, and whether it’s a sports watch or a luxury watch. For men, platinum or gold watches will always look stylish and dressed up, and women can wear watches with diamonds on the face or bezel. For daily wear, sports, and less formal occasions, the materials to look for are leather, stainless steel, and rubber. When you’re shopping, you’ll need to decide which type of movement you prefer. Quartz movement is battery powered, and these watches are very affordable. Mechanical movement watches must be wound by hand; these are valued for their fine workmanship. Automatic movement is powered by the movement of the wearer; you could also store the watch in a storage box that will charge the watch. Be sure to pay attention to the size of the watch case and the length of the watch band. This can make the largest difference in how comfortable your wristwatch is to wear. Shop with a ruler in hand, so you will have a visual of what the numbers mean.
A man’s wardrobe simply isn’t complete without a watch or two. For many men, it’'s the only accessory they wear. When you’re ready to buy a new timepiece, you’ll want to consider where you plan to wear it and what you want to wear it with. A sports watch can be versatile enough to wear often. Of course, the more features it has, the better it is for actual sports. Water resistance, impact resistance, chronographs, and large dials all make a timepiece better for wearing in the pool, on the field, or on the mountain. When you’re wearing a suit, however, a sporty watch just wouldn’t look right. A general rule is that the thinner a watch is, the dressier it is, but the materials and the overall style can make a watch look better with a suit, too. Gold watches convey luxury whether they are big or small, and nothing says “dressed up” like a diamond accent. If you just want one watch that you can wear courtside and in the office, look for something that isn’t too large but that is durable enough for athletics. A leather watchband can be very versatile, and stainless steel watches are very adaptable, too.
Whether you wear them alone or stack them with bracelets, women’s watches are an accessory that will keep you on time and in style. They’re available in classic styles as well as in bright colors, so there's a watch for every outfit. When you choose watches, think about your personal style. Luxury watches are perfect with timeless outfits, while fashion complement playful outfits. A diamond-accented watch can be very chic, and a sports watch is perfect for a casual outfit. If you want to try layering watches with bracelets, think about creating a color story, choose one metal, and then mix textures and sizes. A trendy, fun watch may only be in style for a little while, so you won’t want to spend too much on it. You can easily find something cute and reliable for under $100. But if you’re planning to buy a watch that is true to your style and that you can wear for many years, you may want to spend more. When you spend around $500, you’ll have a quality timepiece that should last a lifetime. Once you are spending more than $1,000, you’ll be purchasing an heirloom piece.
Watch accessories make it easier to store and more enjoyable to use your timepieces. Get the most value out of your watch with these extras. Just like a jewelry box, a watch box is the perfect place to store your watches when you aren’t wearing them. If you have a collection of watches, particularly if they are luxury watches, storing them properly will protect your investment and keep your dresser tidy. If you have automatic watches, which are wound by movement, look for a watch winder; it will rotate the watch enough to keep it running on time. Some watch winders hold several watches at once, which is perfect for a collector. The watch bands of some watches can be switched out, a good thing if you’re interested in personalizing your accessory. Add color, change the material, or just find a band that fits your wrist better. Pay close attention to sizing when you shop for a watch band, as not all watch cases work with all bands.