how to choose the right watch
Style consultant Daniel Johnson hands you a thorough wrist assessment
1/ It pays to go vintage Older watches were made by hand, before machines replaced craftsmen, so every one is guaranteed to be one of a kind. That’s better than limited edition, any day. 2/ Bigger is very rarely better There’s nothing more uncouth than a chunky chronograph worn with a good suit. A watch should complement your look, not shout about your pay packet. 3/ Don’t buy into fads Much like shorts with suits, oversized hats and the Hoxton fin, these things all have a shelf life. That’s okay if you’re thinking budget, but if you’re splashing the cash it’s best to stay classic. 4/ Money really does buy quality Spend big and you’ll see the difference in the quality of the movement, complications and timekeeping. Ignore the number of diamonds and concentrate on details.
5/ Know your metals Rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold? Rose gold’s had a brief resurgence recently, while yellow gold is considered “too much” by some. White gold is less likely to go out of fashion. 6/ Be occasion appropriate Remember the basic rules: black leather strap for formal wear, metal strap with a black face for the office and a chronograph for weekend escapades.