To many gentleman a watch is more than just an instrument to tell a wandering stranger the time. Watches exude class and a tiny snippet as to who you are as a person. They nonverbally cue that you are a responsible and timely person that is able to get things done. With all this emanating from a simple watch, it is important to find the one that matches your personality and compliments your unique style. Here are the three things you need to think about before making your first luxury watch purchase.
1. When Will I Wear This Watch?
The very first thing you need to think about when purchasing a watch is its purpose. Are you an experienced diver that needs to take his watch on expeditions at extreme depths? Are you a cutthroat business executive that will be in meetings throughout the day? Are you an entrepreneur that frequently travels and needs to have two different time zones on his wrist at all time? These are all questions to ask that will lead to the type of watch that will fit your needs. Watches have features that can make them water proof to extreme depths, shine and impress those around you, and display multiple time zones on one dial. Think about where you will mostly be using your watch, and this will quickly allude you to the right watch that you need!
2. Do I Even Like How It Looks?
If you don’t like how the watch looks, you won’t wear it. Just because someone else owns a watch, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you. We at Minimalistic Gent recommend going to the actual boutiques and trying a few pieces on before purchasing. Due to everyone’s wrists being different sizes, some watches will look better on others. If the act of putting on your watch doesn’t brighten up your morning a little bit, it’s not the watch for you. Watches are supposed to be fun, and you need to purchase a watch that you enjoy wearing above all else!
3. Why Is This Watch Special?
In the world of watches there are a plethora of choices. Each watch has something unique that will draw your attention, but there has to be a reason for why you like the watch. You may not intrinsically know the exact reason and some watches may just resonate with you causing you to gravitate to that model, but there is a reason. Inability to quantify exactly why you like a watch isn’t a bad thing, but you have to love the watch you are purchasing in order for it to be a happy and momentous experience. Some things to think about though are brand recognition, exclusivity, movement type, resale value, and resilience to damage. Whatever the reason is, the watch has to be special so that you can enjoy it to the fullest on a daily basis.
In conclusion, these are the three questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a luxury watch. The hardest realization for myself was really understanding that I can only wear one watch at any given time (least I look foolish with one on each wrist). That led me to really minimize my watch collection and only keep the pieces that I really loved. Above all else, it should be a fun and exciting experience that can mark a significant moment in time!