The per­fect hol­i­day gift

> Watches that are worth your time

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

man­u­fac­tur­ing, it takes up to 80 in­di­vid­ual steps to pro­duce a Mi­lanese watch strap. 3 What’s the best mech­a­nism – me­chan­i­cal or quartz?

This is an im­por­tant ques­tion when buy­ing watches. “We see that women pre­fer quartz watches,” says watch­maker Guido Grohmann. “This is mainly due to the fact that they are more prac­ti­cal than me­chan­i­cal watches.”

Men tend to pre­fer me­chan­i­cal watches “be­cause they have a soft spot for tech­nol­ogy,” ex­plains Grohmann. The dif­fer­ence be­tween a me­chan­i­cal and a quartz watch mech­nism is eas­ily ex­plained. A me­chan­i­cal watch is wound by hand. By ro­tat­ing the crown­wheel, a ro­tor is set into mo­tion, which then winds up the steel main­spring. Quartz watches are elec­tri­cally oper­ated, us­ing a quartz crys­tal as the time­keeper. Ac­cord­ing to Grohmann, there is another rea­son why it’s best to choose quartz if you are giv­ing a watch to a woman. “They of­ten have more than one watch, which are worn for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. You don’t need to check quartz watches ev­ery cou­ple of weeks to see if they’re still work­ing.” Gen­er­ally, the bat­tery in a quartz watch lasts for around two years. 4 What other ad­vice should be taken into ac­count when buy­ing a watch?

“Be­fore buy­ing a watch as a gift, you should dis­creetly ask for what oc­ca­sion it will be worn,” ad­vises Fis­cher. “For men, the main ques­tion is if the watch will be worn with a suit or some­thing more ca­sual and sporty.

In the lat­ter case a chrono­graph watch would be a good op­tion.” This type of watch, which has a stop func­tion, is also on trend.

Smart­watches are also pop­u­lar, and are “com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the re­duced clas­sic trend”, says Grohmann. Smart­watches are watches that can be con­nected to tablets or smart­phones and have ac­cess to thou­sands of dif­fer­ent apps. 5 What about the colour – is that im­por­tant? Watches in strik­ing colours have long been a hit. As with other ac­ces­sories, there are al­ways sea­sonal trends. “In the high price seg­ment, for ex­am­ple, vi­brant blue is a big trend,” says Grohmann. “Oth­er­wise, del­i­cate pastels such as pink or turquoise are still the most pop­u­lar.” For clas­sics, gold al­ways looks fine. – dpa

The rep­tile­skin look is com­mon on leather watch-straps right now. Em­po­rio Ar­mani watch in blue.

Clas­sic style: A Karl Lager­feld watch in rose gold with a black leather strap.

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