How to Find the Right Men's Watch

Everything you need to know to find the right wristwatch for any occasion.

FORMAL: The understated and elegant classic is the natural choice after dark and at formal events. While it can be worn with a tuxedo, it’s equally at home under the cuff of a navy pinstripe suit. Keep the band simple, and think of the watch as an heirloom.

The Dial: An all-black ceramic face or one crafted in an etched pattern is a distinguished choice.
The Band: A polished leather band in tan or chocolate brown works best with textured jackets and cashmere sweaters. For formal events, a black crocodile band is the epitome of black-tie style.
The Size: Whether round or rectangular, the watch should be slim and the casing no bigger than 40 millimeters in diameter.
The Metal: When it comes to the bezel, white gold and platinum are timeless options. Rose gold is a modern alternative.
The Functions: A refined timepiece shouldn’t look like the console of a 747. Limit complications to two, such as date and GMT functions.

From left: IWC ($11,700), Patek Philippe ($22,500), Jaeger-LeCoultre ($7,250), Baume & Mercier ($3,990)

Photo: Richard Pierce
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