Men’s Watch Style Guide

Looking for a watch but unsure about what is out there? Choosing the right watch is a process which requires consideration; with watches it is not the case of “one style fits all”.

Being knowledgeable about the different styles of watches is a great place to start when looking for your perfect wrist watch. A style classifies the design elements of a particular watch, and with watches ranging from all singing, all dancing to the practical and understated, it is important to classify watches so buyers have a clear picture of what they are getting.

Here’s what you need to know about three of the most popular watch styles.

Dress Watch

Dress imageDress watches are a popular choice of watch, typically worn with formal attire. The height of the case is designed to be thin in order to sit comfortably below a cuff of a shirt, a suit jacket or coat sleeve.

Traditionally complications are not a widely found feature, with a central seconds or second sub dial present if any. Hour markers will be indices, Roman numerals, or Arabic numerals. In order to be a functional and sophisticated choice, the watch will have a leather band instead of a bracelet and come in conservative colours- dials are usually black, silver or white and straps are either black or brown.

In keeping with the recent trend where the size of watches has been growing steadily, dress watches are now mostly 42mm and under, with most between 36-40mm.

 

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Stacking Jewellery: Your Invitation to an Arm Party

Designers, bloggers and the fashion forward have all been partying recently, and it’s not just glamorous, red carpet events we are talking about. Leading the way with the trend of “arm parties”; a collection of bracelets stacked up to create a statement look combined with your favourite wrist watch, it is a trend set to last.

Feeling inspired by styles popping up on catwalks and social media sites of the fashion influential, we’ve created some looks which show you just how easy it is to incorporate stacking into your everyday look.

Whether you’ve got a big event coming up or wish to style up your everyday work wardrobe, we’ve created looks suitable for all tastes using some stunning Michel Herbelin watches.

The Working Woman

Professional arm party   PolyvoreThis simple and elegant look for the busy professional matches up refined and sophisticated bracelets with chunkier bangles for a touch of “she means business”. The Michel Herbelin epsilon strap watch set with diamonds is the ideal centre piece for this look.

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Everyday Places with No Concept of Time

Find yourself losing track of time on a regular basis? No matter how brilliant a time keeper you may be, there are instances where all of us find ourselves running a little behind schedule. Before you offer your apologies, you might not always be the one to blame. Clever marketers out there have taken advantage of a captive audience, removing all clocks so you lose sense of time; meaning that you spend more money and more time at their establishment.

Here are some places where unless you’ve brought your trusty wrist watch along for the ride, you’ll have no concept of the time whatsoever.

Las Vegas Casinos

Defrain-starsAs one of their sneaky tricks which aims to keep casino users laying down their money for as long as possible, casinos don’t place clocks on their walls. Combined with the lack of windows, day can quickly turn into night and a full bank account can quickly become an empty one. Don’t expect the dealer to keep track of time either- they aren’t allowed to wear a watch as part of their job.

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How To Estimate Time Using Your Hand

Picture this. You’ve forgotten to wear your watch and you find yourself in a remote location where battery life and an internet connection are completely alien concepts. Time is still very much of the essence; you need to head back before sunset. Luckily sophisticated gadgets don’t need to be your saviour, we all have something which can help us in a situation such as this- our hand.

Get back to basics by using your hand as a time telling device- here’s how.

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The 3 Most Important Horologists in History

Without horologists there would be no next generation of time pieces, a lack of knowledge on influential milestones and no experts on hand to make and repair time pieces of all shapes and sizes, be it clocks, watches or chronometers.

Requiring a great deal of patience and skill, this line of work is demanding and only for those who are committed to becoming an expert in the field. After all, what would man do without the ability to record time?

Some have managed to push the boundaries to become pioneers in their field, being truly influential in how most timepieces operate today. We take a look at the leading horologists who can be described as the biggest and best in history.

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Classic Valentine’s Watches for The Loved up Lady and Gentleman

14Th February is the perfect day to show the loved one in your life how much you care, but this doesn’t mean it has to be all about off the shelf chocolates and flowers. Despite being obvious choices, they are options which won’t last the test of time or in some cases, even to the end of the week.

Instead, a more practical and timeless gift such as a watch is something which can be treasured every day of the year. After all, when would an expertly handcrafted watch not be appreciated? Although Valentine’s Day is about showing your love to others, there is no reason why you shouldn’t indulge yourself at the same time.

This is why Michel Herbelin is spoiling you this Valentine’s Day by offering you a 50% discount when you purchase any pair of watches from the specially selected His and Hers collection.

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How to clean your watch at home

Well-loved watches can easily lose their shine with every day wear and tear. Dirt and oils transferred from the skin combined with residue left from products can cause an unpleasant build-up on the band of your trusty wrist watch. Keeping your watch clean is good not only for the aesthetic appeal but to keep it in good working order- after all, don’t you think your favourite watch requires some TLC?

How you clean your watch depends on the make and model, but all watches benefit from regular attention.

Here’s what Michel Herbelin’s expert watch maker recommends.

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Choosing a statement watch in 5 easy steps

What you wear on your wrist can say a lot about you. Like the car you drive or the brand of shoes you wear, there is greater significance to these coveted items than functionality. Of course prestigious brands are renowned for their quality and high levels of craftsmanship, but image plays equal importance when attracting new customers.

Today when watches are no longer considered an essential by everyone, they have taken on more importance in terms of a coveted and fashionable item of jewellery. Keeping in mind that a watch is most likely to be the focal or only piece of jewellery worn by a man, this is the perfect opportunity to make a statement.

With making a statement, often comes the significant price tag- a decision not to rush into. Here’s what to consider when looking for that special item of wrist wear.

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How to use an analogue watch as a compass to find direction

If you ever lose your way and need a helping hand, forget sat navs and smart phones, you can easily get back on track with the help of your trusty wrist watch. If you have an analogue watch, no matter how basic, it can be transformed as a make shift compass if you need pointing in the right direction during daylight hours.

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 To put this Boy Scout trick into action, you first of all need to consider which Hemisphere you are in as the method varies for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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