dress watches no longer need a suit and tie to legitimize them. They look as good with a sweatshirt as they do with black tie. (Provided you care for them— dress watches often come in precious metals.)
The kicker, ironically, is that in a sea of jumbo sport watches, bristling like pocket battleships with knobs and doohickeys, a fine small dress watch is actually way more noticeable on the wrist. Go rummage in the drawers next time you’re at the old folks’ home. —N. S.
Patrimony manual-winding watch ($18,200) by Vacheron Constantin; jacket ($6,095, part of suit) by Giorgio Armani; shirt ($90) by Polo Ralph Lauren.