10 Jul My First Watch?
Buying your first luxury timepiece is a special experience. A watch is an accessory unlike any other, you wear it on your wrist every day and after a while it just becomes a part of you thus so choosing a watch that resonates with your personality is crucial.
This can be a daunting and surprisingly complicated task. There are countless considerations to balance before committing to a luxury timepiece. Knowing the basic aspects of a watch in order to purchase one that corresponds with your personality, lifestyle and tastes is very important, and so we have broken down three key points to consider so that you can make an informed decision on buying a watch that best matches you.
The first element to decide on when choosing a luxury timepiece is the purpose of the watch. Are you a lawyer looking to add flare to your style? Are you an extreme athlete that needs a watch that can handle harsh conditions- or maybe you are someone who is fascinated by complication with many moving parts?
A luxury watch isn’t an accessory that will be worn once then put aside, so it is crucial to know your intent before making an investment of this magnitude. Below we have broken down five different types of timepieces that all serve different purposes.
Popular with scuba divers, dive watches are typically water resistant to at least 333 feet and come with a unidirectional rotating bezel. Great for measuring the amount of air left in your oxygen tank, dive watches have become quite stylish over the years. The cases of these watches are made from exceptionally hard material in order to withstand great amounts of pressure to protect the watch mechanism. Some include multiple gauges that measure important aspects such as elapsed time on the bottom with alarms that flash or vibrate so you can sense them even when water muffles sound. Dive watches will generally be fixed with large markers on the dial and bezel that provide bright lumens for easy reading when diving below surface light level or at night.
Are you a gearhead? These watches use a mechanical mechanism to measure the passage of time giving the familiar ticking sound of a mechanical timepiece. They’re typically loaded with a lot of complications giving you a glimpse into the movement of the gears. Most popular are the rise of skeleton watches. Skeleton watches offer clear views of the movement and gears in action. Many watches these days are also offering see through case backs. This is great when authenticating a watch as it not only allows you to see the moment but the jewels, serial numbers, and craftsmanship that you’re paying for. Louis Moinet, Bovet, Roger Dubuis, Corum, Ggirard Perregaux, Hublot, Arnold & Son are among the most popular in this category.
Are you a pilot? Typically pilots watches are bigger than the average watch built for extreme legibility. Some common features are sharply angled hands, slide rule and simple to read dial. These watches are tough and ready for anything. Many pilots need to be able to tell time in multiple time zones. GMT and World Time watches are designed to tell time in at least two time zones simultaneously. Some of the higher priced world-time pieces can show times anywhere in the world with the simple push of a button or turn of the bezel. Breitling, Bell & Ross, Rolex, Omega, Bremont are among the most popular in this category.
Brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Sohne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier, IWC, Piaget, Blancpain, & Mont Blanc have long been cherished as simple, yet powerful, dress watches. These timepieces are generally very sophisticated cases containing simple dials with minimal activity on the face. Paired with a black or brown leather strap, they are meant to compliment your attire without being to loud. With times changing, I am noticing a rise in the number of custom straps being added to classier watches. Everything from rare hides to exotic skins like stingray are becoming evermore trendy. Unlike the loud, boastful watches that come and go with fashion trends, the right classy watch can will never go out of style.
This category can include everything from Racing inspired watches with cases and straps made from the very parts of your favorite Formula 1 car, to a watch series dedicated to the moon landing, to limited edition pieces of favorite Sports team or individual. Sport watches are the most popular category among luxury watches. They are very versatile for everyday wear. Most are made to handle extreme conditions so if you are looking for something that can handle the boardroom all week, dinner with your wife’s family, then hiking excursions over the weekend a sports watch might be right up your alley. There is no limit to the amount of customization able to be applied to sports watches these days. Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Chopard, Breitling, & Ulysse Nardin, Tag Heuer are among the most popular brands in the sports watch collection.
This category typically includes any watch that is between thirty to one hundred years old. Timepieces of the past were often made to serve a purpose; so, when you buy a vintage watch, you are also buying the story behind the watch. Vintage watches hold their value well and often will appreciate in value over time. They are also highly sought after in which case, are rare- especially the ones that are in good or excellent condition.
When choosing your first luxury timepiece, it’s very important to start by deciding your budget. The worst thing you can do is go looking for that perfect watch and then realizing its 5 times the amount you can afford to spend.
If this is going to be ‘the one and only’ then you might want to take the dive on a more expensive timepiece. However, if you plan on becoming a collector and expanding on your watch collection, it may be a good idea to buy a watch on the lower end of the price spectrum for your first one. As you learn more about the luxury watch market and your specific tastes in watches advance, you can invest more in higher end watches down the line.
Try It On
Pictures and videos of luxury timepieces on the internet are a great start when looking to choose a timepiece to your liking. There are countless YouTube videos with watch reviews and demonstrations of the watch in action. One website that I highly recommend visiting for watch reviews is Ablogtowatch.com.Now, pictures and videos can really give you in depth looks into the particular watch you are coveting but isn’t enough to make a final decision on choosing the right watch for you.
One thing I alwaysrecommend before ever purchasing a watch is to try it on. The best way to do this is to go into an authorized dealer or jewelry store of the particular brand you are interested in and try on different options. Try on different colors, sizes, straps until you decide on the right one for you. Of course, there is a cache. If you go into an authorized dealer or jewelry store they are going to try and get you to buy from them. Keep in mind for them to pay for the fancy cases and shiny lights that make these watches look so attractive you are going to pay a premium versus buying online.
With that being said, it is important to go in as you are ready to buy and not worry about hurting their feelings. This will give them more of an incentive to show you more about the peeks from your original view. Take advantage of this free imposition from an authorized dealer.
To sum it all up, knowing the purpose you’d like your timepiece to serve along with having a budget set gives you a great starting point in choosing which watch will best fit you. Once you’ve done some research and have narrowed down your choices, I highly recommend that you go try it on- because until you see it on your wrist, you will never know if it’s the one that really satisfies your wants.