Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Picking The Perfect Luxury Watch For A Man

You may think choosing a watch is all about choosing one that tells the time and of course in it's simplest form it is, but that is like saying a dress is an item of clothing that is made to cover the human body. There are countless variations and decisions to make when buying both items. This post is about picking the perfect luxury watch for a man.


Sinn 917GR - a perfect motorsport watch

There are many variations in a choice of watch and for the majority of men, a watch is one of the only items of jewellery they will wear. Simple watches can cost only a few pounds but what if you want something special that will last forever?

Important considerations in choosing a good quality watch are - style, lifestyle, innovation, and budget.

Style, Lifestyle and Budget

What straps and watch faces do you or the man in your life like? Are you looking for a dress, fashion or sports watch? How will a dress watch or sports watch fit into your life? All these are important questions to consider.

The main types of straps on luxury watches are leather, rubber or a metal bracelet.

Leather is a traditional choice and at first although the strap can feel stiff they soften over time and feel supremely comfortable on. They can have a luxurious look and feel. Leather straps do wear eventually and you may need to replace the strap over a time period. Rubber straps are a modern alternative and are easy to clean although they do not look as expensive as leather or metal straps. Metal straps are more durable over time and look more expensive, although cheaper metal straps can catch the hairs in your arm, an important consideration for a man! Metal straps can be made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, silver or even gold, with the various cost implications.



Good quality leather straps give a watch a luxury feel 

Dress watches are for those special occasions, such as going out for luxury meals, weddings, parties, the theatre and other events. A smart look, and clean lines are often vital style considerations for a dress watch. Dress watches of the more well known, well crafted and expensive brands, have a class and status all of their own. It is important to think, does your lifestyle fit into buying a dress watch? Do you have a busy social life, and go out on a regular basis to special events? Servicing and parts can be pricey, would you be able to take care of a special and more expensive watch?

With fashion watches the look of the watch, the styling and the brand would be a big consideration. Straps of fashion brands are mainly manufactured in rubber, leather, nylon and stainless steel - cheaper materials, due to the changing nature of fashion. This can often make fashion watches cheaper than their dress watch counterpart. However if you are going for an high end fashion brand then these can run into hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

A sports watch has many features particular to certain sports including a stopwatch, chronograph and tachymeter for example. The features can vary from sport to sport. Water resistance is essential for a windsurfer, whereas a stopwatch would be more appropriate for a rally driver. Sports watches and fashion watches can overlap in features and styling. The features on a stopwatch may be useful in a variety of situations even if you do not play a sport.



Metal straps such as stainless steel straps are hard wearing

Regarding budget I have already touched on some points, however it is worth noting that I personally feel you do get what you pay for in terms of quality and workmanship when buying a watch.

Innovation

Watches and technology go hand in hand these days.

Brands such as Sinn Watches are proud of their technological advances. Founded in 1961 they focus on producing innovative watches that perform under extreme conditions such as the Sinn EZM 3 a mechanical watch made for the toughest diving conditions and the Sinn 103 Ti TESTAF a professional pilot watch.

DIAPAL oil free escapement is one of their features of their technology. With a mechanical watch the aging of oil can create long term problems for the movement and service intervals can become more frequent. Sinn has created an oil free escapement that is so reliable that they offer a five year guarantee.

Sinn watches also use Ar-Dehumidifying Technology, which means the movement is kept in an environment that is almost completely dry. This reduces ageing and prevents the crystal from fogging when exposed to sudden cold, ensuring reliable functionality and accuracy for a longer period of time.

Of course many men are fascinated by the advanced technology of these watches, you don't have to be a diver or pilot to want the best technology, and quality, style and reliability are also a premium consideration with Sinn watches and other high end brands.

So here are a few considerations when choosing a luxury watch.

Do you have a luxury watch? Would you buy one for yourself or the man in your life? What features would you look for when picking a luxury watch?

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36 comments

  1. I would buy one for my hubby. I bought him a lovely watch for his wedding day present but may not be classes as Luxury x

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    1. Perhaps an idea for a special birthday in the future?

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  2. my man was never seen without a watch on his wrist for some reason i see a man wearing a watch and think hes more organised x

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    1. I never thought about it like that Lisa, I guess you are right!

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  3. I would love to treat the hubby-to-be to a watch but i know it would never get used, he just uses his phone to check the time these days! Great tips though xxx

    Vikki @ Love From Mummy

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  4. Buying gifts for men isn't easy - or at least I don't find it so. I bought my hubby a lovely Vintage Omega watch for a special birthday and he loved it. I think men always appreciate a watch.

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    1. That sounds a lovely present, I bet it is cherished.

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  5. My hubby has a Tag that he has had for 14 years and it looks as good now as it did when we bought it. It wansnt cheap, but its cost per wear is next to nothing

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    1. If you think of a luxury watch as an investment that you can wear year on year, and work out the cost per wear then you can see it can be affordable.

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  6. My D would love a luxury watch, and this Sinn would be right up his street. He doesn't wear any at the moment, although he does have a pocket watch that's 30 years old, which he's rather fond of!

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    1. The SInn watches are beautifully crafted, I agree they are great watches.

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  7. my hubby uses a watch all the time, he'd love one of these x

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  8. Oh my goodness, there's a to to think about when you buy a 'proper' grownup watch! We are still at the cheap and cheerful stage as far as watches go, maybe one day when the kids are bigger we'll be able to splash out a bit more!

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    1. Children can be expensive I agree. Maybe when they are a little older you will be able to spoil him.

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  9. Lovely post - men are often neglected! I bought my husband a new watch recently, not dissimilar to those :)

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    1. Yes men can be neglected but most men love a new watch.

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  10. My hubby is due a new watch...............These are gorgeous xx

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    1. They are lovely watches, and really well made too.

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  11. Neither hubby or I wear watches. We both just use our phones to find out the time :)

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    1. I use my phone too but I do love a nice watch.

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  12. I've got my eye on a beautiful Michael Kors watch for myself but I treated the Mr to a lovely watch last year. x

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    1. I love Michael Kors too! I may buy one in the US when I visit next. Your husband is lucky if you treated him to a designer watch.

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  13. What a beautiful selection of watches.I recently bought one for my hubbys birthday.

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  14. We have just bought a watch for my daughters birthday and she had very clear ideas about what she wanted.

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  15. Watches are so decorative nowadays, they're so much more than just practical devices to tell the time. I sometimes think of them more as jewellery and like how they can set off an outfit.

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    1. They can set off an outfit perfectly.

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  16. My hubby has an omega and loves it

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    1. Luxury watches are a long term investment. He probably will have that for the rest of his life.

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  17. I love watch shopping. The spots watch look great, I always think it's worth spending money on a good watch. x

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    1. I think it's worth spending money on a good watch too.

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  18. I don't wear a watch but would love a luxury one!

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