6 Perfect Watches For Every Occasion

Watches & Jewellery

December 22, 2017 | BY Steven Crane

From the boardroom to a black-tie event and diving to that special date, watch collector Matthew Green offers timely advice on matching watch aesthetic to environment

Every watch enthusiast from relative novice to seasoned collector, knows you don't wear your A Lange & Sohne on a weekend camping trip. Alternately, you shouldn't wear your diving watch to a wedding, especially if you're the groom. While these examples may seem obvious, watches are a reflection of personal style. They represent more than just utility and are an example of taste, character and individual branding. Consequently, knowing how to pair a watch to an occasion can be a little tricky.

 

Matthew Green, Vice President Luxury Fashion, Watches, Jewellery and Accessories for DFS Group

Matthew Green, Vice President Luxury Fashion, Watches, Jewellery and Accessories for DFS Group, is a fifth-generation watches and jewellery buyer and a passionate collector. “I would advise shoppers to identify the purpose behind their new purchase, and then seek out brands with philosophies that fit into their lifestyle choices—be it for sport, travel, leisure, or the boardroom. When selecting a piece, seek out timepieces that recall key milestones in a brand’s history, pieces from their archives, as well as those that are state-of-the-art and future icons in the making,” says Green.

A true reflection of one’s taste in accessories, finding the perfect watch is a top style priority for most men. Green has chosen six timepieces for every occasion that will permanently re-calibrate your watch wardrobe.

For the boardroom

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
In the corridors of power, dressing to impress requires clean, well-cut lines—not flashy statements. This outstanding timepiece offers the iconic Royal Oak appeal combining traditional style with contemporary excellence.

At a black-tie event

Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heure Romantique
Traditionally, a man’s sole focus should be on the host and other guests, not on the time. For ladies, on the other hand, black tie is more lenient, and elegant jewellery, including watches, are now considered de rigueur. And nothing says sophistication like this watch from Vacheron Constantin, which harkens back to a bygone era of romance and refinement.

On the weekend

Roger Dubuis 2017 World Premiere: Excalibur Aventador S
For the weekend racer who has it all, Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubois pays tribute to Lamborghini’s the Aventador S, driven by an outstanding ‘engine’ in the shape of the specially developed Duotor RD 103SQ calibre. 

 

When travelling

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec
A cool reinterpretation of the Fifty Fathoms watch, originally designed for the French Navy in the early 1950s, this now classic timepiece became a hit around the world with militaries and professional divers alike. Today, it's the ideal travelling companion for the modern "luxury diver”.

On a sporting expedition

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Automatic Chronograph 45mm DFS Masters Of Time IX Special Edition
This one-of-a-kind watch, with its sporty red alligator leather/rubber strap, revolutionary calibre and skeletonised dial is the go-to timepiece when you’re dialing up activity and adventure.

 

For a date

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
The secret of a man’s attractiveness to the opposite sex lies in his hands. Put yours in the best light with this timepiece, which on the wrist has substance, polish and understated, yet self-sufficient, style.