Which brands and types of male watches are appropriate for business?
I’d like to buy my boyfriend a nice watch for Christmas. While I’m primarily looking for something he could use at the office (he works in a major personal wealth financial firm), it would be nice if the watch was a bit versatile as to be appropriate in casual situations as well. But this watch will be primarily used for work, where it’s paramount that the watch be fashionable and appropriate. I’m looking to spend no more than $350.
I need to know:
1. Which types of watches are appropriate for businessmen, and would work well in casual settings too? (leather bands? metal bands? thick or thin? Chronograph? etc.)
2. Which brands are considered business appropriate? (Armani? CK? Hugo Boss? Lacoste? D&G?)
I’m a bit partial to some of these below, are any of these appropriate?
I need as detailed a response as possible as I know almost nothing about watches or finance culture. Thanks a bunch!
If your boyfriend is an I-Banker or works with clients at any time during his work day, I would recommend sticking to actual watchmakers. To explain, while these watches look nice and look good, they are what are called “fashion watches.” These watches are only designed and then licensed by Armani, Burberry etc… (And fun fact.. FOSSIL actually makes most of the watches you listed… Basically those Burberry, Armani, Michael Kors watches are fancy looking Fossil watches (see wiki link below).
Examples of luxury watchmakers are your Rolexes, Omegas, Tag Heuers, IWC, etc… And the list goes on… A Patek Philippe chronograph will set you back $150,000 to put it in perspective. But seriously, few of us have the means to even drop a $1000 for a watch. While I imagine some of your boyfriend’s clients may be sporting car-priced timepieces on their wrists, there are definitely quality watches in the $350 range.
For the price range you gave, I would look into Citizen, Seiko and Tissot. These are excellent watchmakers and their watches are extremely reliable and well made. The Citizen Eco-Drive for instance is one of the best quartz watches on the market. When investing in a quality watch or product in general, a good thing to look for is a company that specializes in doing what they do. I would leave Hugo Boss to men’s suiting rather than fine watches.
Stick with a stainless steel face and a brown strap. This is timeless and can be dressed up or down. Black leather strap watches (while black ‘goes’ with everythings) can look too dressy. Stick with a watch face between 38mm – 42mm. (see the Tissot link below)
Hope this helps!
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