Buying A Watch

Watches today do more than just tell time, they are reflections of your individual style and also make a statement on your wrist.  There are many aspects and factors to consider when purchasing a new wristwatch, whether you are adding a new model to your extensive watch collection of or making your first fine timepiece acquisition. 

Watch Style

At the very outset a watch's style and its function are two items to first consider. If you're looking for a timepiece you can wear every day at the office and continue wearing during daily workouts later at the gym, you will want a sport watch that is sleek, stylish and appealing for work, as well as rugged and durable for your athletic activities. Timepieces from TAG Heuer, Swiss Legend, Bulova, Maurice Lacroix and Invicta are certain to fit the bill.  

If the watch you are selecting must compliment or coordinate with the shoes, belt and apparel you are wearing, you may want to consider a fashion watch to complete your ensemble. Popular designers, Gucci, Michael Kors, Diesel, and Bulova offer styles in today's top fashion colors. 

Dressy, formal occasions call for suitable attire for both the well-heeled woman and the well-dressed man. Wearing the appropriate wristwatch is equally essential. Dazzling diamond-inlaid watches for women from Ebel, Chopard and Maurice Lacroix along with classic men's timepieces from Lucien Piccard, Accutron by Bulova and Raymond Weil are certain to impress. 

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Watch Case & Weight

Today's watches come in various shapes and sizes. Selecting the shape of a watch case is really subjective to your personal taste, whether you prefer round, square, rectangular or Tonneau shaped styles. However, the case size and weight are factors to consider. 

Larger, oversized watches are highly sought-after today by both men and women. Prominent watchmakers from Invicta, Bulova and Swiss Legend to TAG Heuer, Cartier and Omega all feature generously sized watches in their current collections; big, bold watches are definitely here to stay. 

Many oversized watches not only feature larger diameter cases ranging from 40mm to 55mm but also thicker ones, measuring over 24mm too. The weight of an oversized watch is an important element to consider. The larger the watch case, the heavier it will be on the wrist.  

If an oversized watch in stainless steel or ceramic watch is too heavy to handle for any duration on time, you may want to consider a more lightweight style in titanium or opt for a more diminutive sized model. 

Case Material

The material of the watch case is another important factor to consider. Most timepieces feature metal cases crafted in stainless steel. Many feature gold or black plated finishes on stainless steel as well. Some high-end watchmakers, such as Cartier, Bvlgari, Rolex and Omega feature premium cases crafted in either in 18K gold or platinum. 

If you're allergic to stainless steel or gold, you may want to consider a titanium or ceramic watch case. Both have hypoallergenic qualities. Titanium is incredibly lightweight and more durable than stainless steel and ceramic is virtually scratch-resistant. 

Watch Dial

Choosing a watch dial is contingent on your preference of the background color, if you prefer Arabic, Numeral or baton hour markers, as well as the importance of luminous hands and markers. Other factors to consider include: whether you prefer high-tech digital models or classic analog designs, day, date and month indicators, time elapsed chronograph countdown functions and moon-phase indicators or minimalist styles along the lines of Movado timepieces, many of which feature two hands and a signature cabochon dot indicator at the 12 o'clock hour. 

Watch Band

Selecting a watch band is really a matter of taste, whether you prefer bracelet or strap styles. Stainless steel bracelet watches are among the most popular throughout the globe, featuring stainless steel, black ion-plated, two-tone, gold and rose gold tone finishes.  

Numerous high-end luxury brands including Cartier, TAG Heuer, Breitling and Omega offer bracelets crafted exclusively in 18K gold, along with a good many more in stainless steel with 18K gold accents. Due to high cost of gold, many prestige watchmakers feature gold watch cases presented on exotic skin or premium leather straps.   

Leather and exotic skin strap watches also add a timeless traditional look and sensibility to the wrist. However, leather strap watches are not ideal for any immersion in water. Rubber and silicone straps are not only impervious to water, both also add a more contemporary look to a watch style. 

Some watchmakers such as Breitling, Chanel and Rado feature lightweight titanium and ceramic bracelets in their collections, others such as Invicta, Nixon and Luminox use man-made materials, such as polyurethane and polycarbonate in their straps and bracelets.  

Watch Movement

Deciding on the right watch movement is contingent on your preference to automatic, mechanical or quartz styles. Both mechanical and automatic watches require winding, either manual or self-winding respectively. Mechanical watches have to be wound by hand almost on a daily basis. Automatic watches rely on the motion of the wrist and may require a watch winder when not in use. Quartz watches are powered by batteries, which have to be replaced every 12 to 36 months. Both automatic and mechanical styles are considered the most prestigious timepieces to own, while quartz watches are the most affordable.  

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