Watches are classic and versatile pieces that can go with any outfit on any occasion. There are various types which include and are not limited to the aviator watch, dive watch, field watch, and racing watch. When purchasing a watch, it is important to consider various factors, such as its movement, the material, your budget, the strap, and the watch face for the ideal watch of your choice.
Whether you want a wristwatch for yourself or a gift for someone else, here are some tips to help you choose the right one.
Consider your budget
The realm of watches has something for everyone; if you are looking to invest on a luxury wristwatch to keep and wear forever, you can purchase gorgeous models, like the timelessly elegant Blancpain watches for example. However, if you need a cheaper but still good quality watch, you can find various options on the market to satisfy your needs.
Powered by batteries, quartz watches are the most common watch type at an affordable price. These watches are sturdy and accurate, making them suitable as field and sports watches. On the other hand, a mechanical watch’s movement relies on a hand-wound mainspring. The mainspring is a coiled metal wire that unwinds evenly to cause the second hand’s slow motion. Automatic watches, also called self-winding watches, have mainsprings that wind themselves through your daily movement. If you happen not to wear your wristwatch every day, you may need a watch winder to ensure the watch works smoothly and correctly.
Watches can be made with a variety of materials: from gold, stainless steel, ceramic to tungsten, titanium and even carbon. Gold watches have been considered the ultimate luxury for ages. Other metals like copper, nickel, and silver are sometimes used to strengthen gold for better resistance.
Stainless steel wristwatches are generally more affordable and this model is the most popular.
Carbon watches, a fairly new trend, have superior durability and unique patterns as their signature look.
Resistant to corrosion, titanium watches are used mainly by divers and swimmers.
Ceramic watches are elegant watches that are easy to clean but can easily break; therefore, they need complete care from their owners.
Your watch’s face says a lot about you, from the color choice to its size. Generally speaking, it’s better to own a watch with a slightly larger face than the typical rather than a smaller one. The color also matters since you could easily get tired of bright colored ones, while the classic watches with neutral colors are suitable for different looks and occasions.
Different materials can make up the wristwatch strap, leather, mesh, plastic, and even rubber. Consider a stainless steel strap if you need a versatile watch to wear anywhere. You can choose other materials depending on what you prefer.
A watch doesn’t just serve one purpose of being a fashion piece, but it can be a collector’s item, an investment, and a family heirloom.