No men accessory is cut out better for suiting up than a watch. It bears testimony to personal styles, tastes and design. Picking a watch can be a challenge in itself, let alone the one that helps you suit up to new heights.
When it comes to watches and suits, some rules are clear cut and obvious, like the fact that such watches are ideally small, discreet and elegant. However, there’s more to it. Here is a cheat sheet to guide you through to the perfect timepiece to reflect your impeccable style at all times. Remember though, the final choice is always yours. And to help you with that, browse through an immersive collection of luxury watches at Ethos Watch Boutiques or other retailers authorised by brands themselves.
BLACK IS BACK
If the suit you will be wearing is black, a black leather belt and black shoes are most likely to accompany it. So, it only makes sense to also wear a watch that features a black leather strap. Here you have options to go with a silver-tone face or a matching black face to infuse your outfit with smart play. Keep in mind that the same rules don’t apply to a tuxedo, seeing how a tuxedo should never be worn with a watch.
OMEGA DE VILLE
Omega’s De Ville Prestige watches have become one of the brand’s most popular watch collections. With their pure, unaffected design and classic styling, they complete any wardrobe perfectly. This model features a two-zone black dial with Roman numeral hour indexes. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects this striking dial, decorated with a date window, power reserve indicator and small seconds dial.
The bezel is mounted on a 39.5 mm stainless steel case, and is presented on a black leather strap. This timepiece is powered by the Co-Axial calibre 2627.
NAVY BLUE SUIT
You may want to run with the style and go for something that matches that look, or choose something that’s classy but stands out a little, in order to make the suit look a little less mainstream. Picking something with a simple face but a coloured strap can add a bit of dimension without clashing with the look, and is especially good for navy suits, where it’s easier to find complimenting colours.
If you don’t like the idea of a coloured strap than black leather strap is a classic option that will add a traditional elegance that doesn’t require a lot of dressing up. If you choose to go with the leather, you can then opt for either a silver or gold casing to the watch’s face, staying in keeping with the simple, classic design.
FREDERIQUE CONSTANT SLIMLINE
This timepiece is available in rose gold-plated stainless steel case with a navy leather strap. Each watch in the Frederique Constant Slimline series is equipped with a sapphire crystal lens, which provides great resistance against scratches and smudges. The stainless steel casings used for each time piece enhances their durability. All time pieces in the Slimline family are water resistant up to 3 ATM pressure. The watches use n in-house Quartz or automatic movement for military precision.
Grey suits are obviously lighter than black and navy, and give a less intense look. However, with the amount of shades of grey it can be tricky to get a clear idea on what will go. To create a less intense look go with a lighter coloured watch face and strap, like a silver face and light brown strap. This will go well with both a light grey suit, if you want to keep the whole outfit clean and fresh, and a dark grey suit, to add a little contrast and keep your look balanced.
CORUM’S ADMIRAL CUP
Inspired by its nautical origins, the Admiral’s Cup collection welcomes a new model resolutely anchored in the contemporary era. Sailing onto the scene with an innovative case developed by Corum, this newcomer cut out for great achievements asserts an eminently virile style that makes it a must-have on the contemporary watch scene. Spotlight on the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 is a unique blend of steel case material, automatic movement combining power, elegance and performance.
BROWN AND TAN SUITS
Usually reserved for warmer weather or less formal affairs, brown or tan suits are never the less still a stylish and classic look, and you got to make sure you’ve the right watch for it. Brown on brown is actually a surprisingly effective combination, so don’t be afraid to pair your favourite brown strap watch with your suit.
As brown suits are usually less formal you can afford to go for a less sharp and simple detailing, such as added time zones, artistic additions and a different coloured second hand. Whether you choose to add extra details or not, it’s best to choose a warm gold over a cool silver for the face of the watch, as this will match better with the brown tone.
EMPORIA ARMANI SWISS MADE
This 44mm timepiece from the men’s collection features a rose gold-tone plated case, silver sunray dial and cognac alligator strap. Quartz Ronda 5040 Chronograph movement.
It’s a good idea to have a few classic watches with different coloured straps – black, silver and brown will probably get you through any situation, but feel free to experiment with various colours, patterns and sizes if you want to add some interest to your suit.