Over the last few years, watchmakers have explored the use of materials like gold, rose gold, titanium and ceramic. While the precious metals continue to decorate uber-luxe timepieces, everyday styles are moving back to classic steel. Simple, durable and extremely versatile, pieces with a steel case pair perfectly with smart workwear and more relaxed off-duty outfits. Plus, they won’t burn a hole in your pocket if you accidently manage to drown one in the sea. Go all-metal and complement the steel case with matching bracelets, or contrast the silvery hue with a brown or black leather strap.
With all the advanced complications that watches have started to adopt, the classic timepiece with three simple hands has become rare and unique. You want to know whether it’s a waning or a waxing moon phase, or what time is it in New York, or need an alarm to wake you up, turn to your smartphone. These functions definitely add a wow factor to a timepiece but also make them pricier, more complicated to work with, and an investment to make in your middle-ages. For now, pick a piece, or two, that does nothing more than tell you the time, and of course, show that you’re in touch with style and the on-going trends.
One of the few complications that are actually extremely useful, a chronograph watch is a timepiece built with a stopwatch. Usually found in sporty pieces, this functionality is sometimes added to smarter types to give them a sporty edge. So, if you’re trying to manage the speed of your morning run, pick a watch with a chronograph function. Though chunkier and bulkier than other timepieces, if you want to wear a chronograph watch outside the running track, pick one with a metal case and leather straps. Pair with skinny jeans, a printed shirt and loafers for a night about town.