First published: 30-06-2015

I'm interested in a designer watch

Article date: Tue 27th July 2015 03:32 PM
I'm interested in a designer watch
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Over the years, a number of big names have become renowned for their stylish, innovative and attractive watch designs, which are just as popular today as they have ever been. Luckily, big names don't always come at big prices, so if you are looking to kit yourself out with a designer watch, it needn't cost a fortune. There are lots of different styles to choose from and different brands will suit different people. Think carefully about how well a new watch will match your existing style, and it will help you pick the perfect designer watch for you. Here are a few extra tips to help you along the way.

Minimalist and timeless

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For many designers, the old adage of 'less is more' is a rule worth sticking to. Calvin Klein's selection of watches often keeps to a sleek and simple design, with the characteristic single batons instead of numbers or numerals. Even their watches with slightly jazzier features manage to observe this style, including this leather-strap Chronograph watch, with visual strap fixings to give it an edge.

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Emporio Armani also has a number of watches that have sophisticated, minimalist designs, with the trademark bird logo taking prime position where the number '12' would be. These boldly simple watch faces look dynamic with both metal and leather straps, and will withstand any changes in fashion that come our way. Such watches make for great heirloom pieces, since they will stand the test of time.

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Timeless watches are, of course, a good match for any clothes, since they blend effortlessly into your style. However, when you are wearing a tux, these are definitely your best option – a timeless outfit could potentially be ruined by a watch that is distinctly reflective of a certain fashion. A minimalist watch can complement almost anything and serve as both an everyday and occasion watch.

The bigger the better

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Sometimes, nothing but a big chunky watch will do. If you're looking to make a real statement with your watch, you are in luck – lots of designers offer big watches that will be less of an accessory and more of a feature.
This striking and dynamic Karl Lagerfeld modelhas a raised-up, textured casing and at 42mm in width, it will sit firmly on your wrist and almost demand attention from anyone you meet.

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Similarly, this eye-catching model from Michael Kors is a whopping 46mm wide at the face, so is bound to be a statement piece.

If you want a really big watch face but less of the bling, this design by Guess may be perfect for you. The face is 45mm wide, so will still be prominent on your wrist, but this is balanced out by the slightly more delicate leather strap, giving it a mix of modern boldness and vintage appeal.

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A big, bold watch will be a real feature in an occasion outfit – a wedding, party, etc. Such a big watch can show you mean business, so pairing it with everyday wear may look a bit too much. However, as a part of your posh wedding suit, this will look perfect!

Vintage charm

A brown leather strap just oozes old glamour, especially when teamed with gold or rose plated casing. Luckily, many designers have picked up on this, creating vintage-style watches that will match a number of outfits. Hugo Boss is a brand that does this successfully (although they also do very well with the chunkier, metal styles). This model has a 44mm width face, so it could well feature in our list of big and bold watches. However, the casing is slightly slimmer than others, meaning that the face itself is the stand-out feature and overall, it looks more delicate.

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Vivienne Westwood has a number of sophisticated, brown-strapped beauties available, with some really buying into the vintage charm, including this one that resembles an old-fashioned clock-face. Others insert a little modern edge, such as this one which teams the vintage look with a black watch face.

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If you're after something that is both vintage and minimalist, this Daniel Wellington modelmay be your perfect choice. With a clean finish and baton-style number markings, it is striking in its simplicity.

These cool, vintage-style watches will look great with a variety of different outfits, and a well-fitted suit is definitely no exception. Though these are not always 'timeless' and will therefore need to be matched with a similar style in clothes, they can add a subtle yet dynamic finishing touch to your look.

Quality without the cost

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When we hear 'designer', we tend to hear the faint sound of our bank balances weeping. However, designer labels don't have to come at an unimaginable cost and some are practically a steal! Ben Sherman is an example of inexpensive, home-grown quality, with many stylish watches available for under £50. This model has a genuine leather strap, and the classic design of the watch face means it is an investment, since it is not likely to go out of fashion anytime soon!

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As an alternative option, Swatch has long been a firm favourite and is certainly an affordable designer label. The benefit of a Swatch watch is that they allow you the opportunity to show off your individuality, since they are available in a number of bold and eye-catching patterns, such as this one. However, if you're looking for a more subtle design from your Swatch, you can take your pick from their range of more simplistic designs, like this sophisticated black model.

If you are choosing a funkier design Swatch, you may find it matches your everyday wear best, although if your clothes have a contrasting pattern, you may suffer from a bit of pattern overload! Such a bold design may work best as a feature against a simple outfit, whereas the plainer Swatches will match your bolder clothes.

Whatever you're looking for in a designer watch, be it boldness, timelessness, or low-cost quality, there is something to suit you. With so many designers creating such a huge range of different models, it has never been easier to find a big-brand name watch that is exactly what you're after.


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