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How to choose the right watch for your personality type?

personalty vs watch brand

No part of your daily wear exudes your taste better than watches. Even the makers of Mad Men - hired Derek Dire to perfect their timepieces on the show.

From Don Draper's iconic Omega Seamaster DeVille to Pete's Hamilton Sputnik, Dire helped perfect the portrayal of each character through the most exemplary attention to detail. There are several similar instances in Hollywood where period dramas were perfected with the touch of an indispensable timepiece.

Watches were never machines that could tell time. Instead, since the conception of the first watch, it has always signified a person's stature in society and his economic status, representing his unique taste.

Watches are like an exclusive sneak peek into a person's deeper desires and fantasies. A timepiece can tell the world who you think you are and who you are. So, when picking a watch, you cannot simply pick a "run-of-the-mill" design because some actors wore it in a blockbuster or a fashion magazine featured it on their cover.

With phones and smartwatches doing everything from connecting you to people to telling time, wristwatches must have taken a backseat in your priority list. However, this is also why it has become easier to make a statement by choosing the right design and style.

How to choose the right watch for your personality type?

How to find the right face?

i.  What is your personality like?
A schoolteacher will have a very different personality and choice from an army veteran. And that’s what your choice of a wristwatch is all about. So first, you need to figure out what kind of personality you have. If you are outgoing and playful, the designs will be lighter, less severe, and exude a sense of pleasant liveliness. If you are a serious person, you should possibly go for something heavy.

ii.  Faces speak oodles

It would help if you watched the face. They are the focus area of any watch, and the colour, texture, outer rim finishing, and crystal covering will help people understand you better. However, choosing the perfect watch face cannot be done on a fluke. It would be best if you thought about the “complications”, the chronograph and hour indexes before choosing a model.

Today, most people like sleeker Dress Watches that usually steer clear of chronographs and other “complications”. They are thin, circular or rectangular and have very simple hour indexes. On the other hand, field watches are preferred by many who want something sturdy.

This statement watch was designed for officers who had to time their attacks and plan their next strike during WWI. They were meant to function and look good while withstanding the rigours of battle.

iii. Strapping it on
The strap is as essential as the dial. The material of the strap/belt can tell about your taste in art, your social standing and your economic contribution to society.

Watch veterans usually wear a pure leather strap, the kind seen in classic Omega watches. However, the newer generation is showing a tendency to go back to the leather basics once again.

your watch and your personality

iv.  Colors of perfection
If you are a teenager looking for a fix, we won't stop you from picking the fuchsia watch from the lot. But if you are out on some serious business, you should choose stainless steel, with a face in white, black, deep grey or deep blue.

The deeper colours of the dial contrast with the dial, and the indexes are sharper. It also makes telling time much more straightforward. The sober colours also reflect a stable personality capable of handling multiple responsibilities.

White is a staple in almost all watch-enthusiasts "watchdrobe". These are classic, and they give a neat, vintage appeal. For example, the Braun Classic is a 38 mm, time-only watch with the best minimalistic features possible.

It sports a stark white dial marked with numbers. The face has an hour hand, a minute hand and a second hand. It is considered the most functional watch the world has seen in a while, and it undoubtedly takes us back to the basics.

v.    Which brands to go for
If you want your watch to be an investment, not an exuberant buy, you should trust an Omega or a Rolex to keep you company. These watches are exuberantly priced because they use the best materials for each piece.

Rolex uses gold, silver and even sapphire to cover the watch face. If you don’t want to spend as much, a Shinola or a Filson are good alternatives. These companies make superb mid-century, modern watches that go very well with regular office wear.

best watch for your personality

If you are into high fashion, you will probably want to check out the designs from Audemars Piguet, Ball Watch Co, Baume & Mercier and Blancpain for their 2016 releases. They sport futuristic designs with tech-compatible features.

In reality, brands that have been around for a long are pretty expensive. However, owning a masterpiece from a world-renowned time-house is a pleasure not everyone has been privy. It is both an expression of personal taste and a wise investment.

One of the other factors you must consider while buying a watch is its dial size. It should not be too big for the wrist. If you are petite, you should go for a more circular dial. Opt for a dial design that suits your wrist. If your dial is too large, it ends up looking garish. The rule of the thumb is – if your wrist is 6-7 inches in circumference, your watch should have a diameter of 38 mm. if your wrist is more significant than 7 inches, you can easily choose a more oversized dial that stands between 44-46 mm in diameter.

The best way to pick a watch is to find a piece you like and try it on. Watches are statement-makers, and if you want yours to convey the right message, there is no better way to do it than by actual, physical trial. You should not buy a watch online just because it’s new, trendy or cheap unless you have most definitely tried it on before.

Written by: Jonathan Kingsley (Horology Expert)