Time is precious
Published on September 1, 2014
A watch is the one piece of man jewellery — yes, you heard it right, “man jewellery” — that we can fully get behind. Not only does it punctuate an outfit; it also says something about who you are — who you aspire to be. So think of a watch as you would a tie: Who cares if it’s not purely functional? It still plays an integral role in what it means to be a man. The Community tells you what kind of watch is right for you and how it needs to sync up with your personality and style.
IT ONLY LOOKS COMPLICATED
If you invest in a serious timepiece, you ought to know what’s under the hood. Get hip to these five watch terms and you’ll sound like an industry pro. Water-Resistant: Just because a watch says it’s water-resistant doesn’t mean you should swim or shower with it on. To be safe, only do so if it’s water-resistant up to one hundred metres. Quartz: A movement powered by a battery and regulated by the oscillations of a quartz crystal. It’s way more accurate than other watch types. Complication: Any function that goes beyond timekeeping. Could be an annual calendar; could be a stopwatch. Movement: All those bits and pieces inside that run the thing. Self-Winding: A type of mechanical watch, containing a rotor on a pivot, that’s wound by the day-to-day movements of the wearer’s wrist
SYNCING UP IS NOT A MATTER OF TIME
Like any other piece in your wardrobe, your watch needs to make sense with the rest of what you’re wearing. Here’s what you should keep in mind. Leather-strap watch: It’s always safe — brown and brown, black and black — match the strap to your shoes.
Distinct style: If you’re a minimalist guy — keep it consistent. Your watch should be of that style, too.
Keep it simple: A watch with a black or white face — and a leather strap or a steel bracelet — will go with everything.
Formal watch: If you’re heading to a black-tie event, get a formal-minded watch. Opt for a slim, unadorned timepiece
with a black leather band. A formal watch should keep time, not flash it.
Remember, if you’re the sort of guy who’s all about his watch, you risk becoming
a stereotype. Therefore, don’t let your watch define you. Moreover, do realise that there are plenty of smart-looking affordable timepieces out there. The key is buying one that doesn’t try to look fancy. In fact, try and be a man of steel.
ENDORSE THE STRAP-ON
Nothing wrong with sporting the same watch year-round, but there’s something cool — and stylish — about summarising your timepiece. It’s easy and cheap.
GO BACK IN TIME
At a time when so many men gravitate toward flashy power watches, there’s something especially cool about a guy taking a classic and elegant watch and pairing it with up-to-the-minute street wear. Really,it’s a simple lesson: Don’t be the guy with brand-new everything; you should always anchor your look with at least one piece that’s timeless.
There’s a difference between a sporty watch and a sport watch. Yes, you can wear a canvas-strap timepiece with a blazer. But no, you don’t want to wear a rubber, wrist-contoured watch that tracks your time in the half mile with your gray flannel business suit. It says either you don’t know how your watch should sync with your outfit or that you’re trying entirely too hard to look like you don’t care.
OVERSIZED FOR WHAT?
There’s something about oversized watches that says, “Look at me!”— like you’re trying way too hard. Yes, it’s manly and macho and all that, but ultimately it’s a beautifully designed timepiece that makes a statement without having to scream.
CAN YOU AFFORD A GOLD WATCH?
Depends what kind of gold you’re talking.
If you want a watch with a little swagger
and shimmer, there’s no substitute for one that’s gold. Here’s what you need to know to buy one right.
Gold-plated: You can find a good one for as little as $100 (Dh367) from brands like Fossil, Timex, and Nixon. Just handle it with extra care and steer clear of polishes. The plate can be as little as a millimetre
thick, and if it rubs off, you’re left with nothing but steel.
Solid 18-carat: Be ready to throw down at least 20 grand for a Rolex and around $40,000 (Dh146,800) for a covetable
Rose gold: For the man who wants a more cachet than yellow gold. Copper is added to the mix for the pink effect.
White gold: How do you know that what you’re looking at isn’t silver or platinum?
No matter the colour, if it’s gold it’ll have unmistakable mirrorlike shine with every twist of the wrist. Remember, a nice gold watch is a gent’s proper jewellery.
THAT’S AN AWESOME VINTAGE!
A serious dealer argues that older is better. If you want a timepiece with standout style — or just one that no one else can get — think vintage. But in watch speak, vintage means buying from a reputable dealer. Look for the big brands: There’s a pyramid with 50 top brands, but at the very apex are only two — Patek Philippe and Rolex. Do ask for papers. The original documents that came with the watch adds enormous value. And know your metals. Platinum trumps white gold, white gold trumps pink, pink trumps yellow. And all of those trump steel. Take in to account the unforeseen burden of receiving family jewels. When your dad gives you a gift, respect it, but give it your own touch.
TUNE-UP: TREAT IT LIKE AN ENGINE
The basics: You should clean and re-oil the movement every three to five years. This is called a complete overhaul. What it’ll cost you: The cheapest service for a luxury watch is about $400 (Dh1,468). How long it will take: The average for a Swiss manufacturer is two to four months. UAE repair shops keep watches one to two months. The Exceptions: Everything can be repaired except watches that are older than 25 years. The hands will be rusted, but it’s better not to replace them. What to worry about: Water is the biggest enemy of watches. If you go swimming,
get your watch checked every year.