Watch Etiquette: Six Tips on How and When to Wear a Watch

With so many stylish choices available from bold, modern models with a technical twist to the more classic and refined option, it can be confusing how to match your favourite time piece to the right occasion.

Today, it is mostly acceptable to wear a watch in almost any social occasion as part of a sophisticated ensemble. However, like any kind of dress code, there is a considered etiquette associated with wearing a wrist watch.

Here are the main things to keep in mind to make sure that your watch meets all style requirements:

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Top Five Watch Blogs- Our Pick of the Bunch

A classic watch is the perfect accessory to any outfit and adds a sophisticated, elegant touch in a world saturated with high tech gadgets. Whether you are a wrist watch enthusiast or a first time buyer looking for an investment piece, it can be difficult to make a decision on your next purchase with such an abundance of brands and models to choose from.

Luckily, those passionate about all things wrist watch related have create places for discussion, advice and news online, providing instant access to information allowing you to make informed choices.

We’ve picked out our top five watch blogs for you to enjoy:

A Blog To Watch

 

Claiming to be the “world’s most popular watch blog with watch reviews, industry information and buying guides”, A Blog To Watch is a go to source to answer anything watch related. The watch buying guide is particularly useful for those who are looking for their first watch, and it is conveniently broken down into price ranges to suit all budgets. You can even add to your collection for free if you are lucky enough to win the monthly competition!

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Importance of a Watch Service: Your Questions Answered

Like any investment you may make, a commitment doesn’t end once you’ve handed over the money for a new prized possession. Just like a car or the latest technology, an expertly crafted timepiece will have been finely engineered and to maximise its performance regular maintenance is required.

Some assume that if their watch is still ticking that everything is how it should be, however, this is not necessarily true. The day to day movement of parts can cause friction, leading to a deterioration in performance and a breakdown in the oil required for the smooth running of interior functions.

In order to safeguard the longevity of your investment, an interest and obligation is required from a watch owner in terms of regular maintenance, meaning that your watch stays dependable and enjoyable for not only you but generations to come. This is where a watch service is instrumental to the correct running of your time piece.

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Flying Through Time: The Future of The Watch

With an increasing reliance on smartphones from all generations as the principle method of time management, some have made predictions that the wrist watch may become obsolete in the future. When compared to other technological devices such as the camera or computer, the watch has been left behind. It is hard to deny that many modern watches do not look considerably different from their original models.

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Meet Some of France’s Greatest Timekeepers

The process of how we have come to recognise and record time has rapidly evolved from the tradition, precision and modernity of skilled French craftsmanship. In fact, France has been hailed as the land of the clock and watch makers for over seven centuries.

Historically, revolutionary and exquisitely designed time pieces were developed for the Kings’ Court, which grew to France becoming the key birthplace of the European watch and clock industry. Interestingly, the word ‘clock’ originally comes from the French word “cloche” meaning bell.

As Michel Herbelin is proud to be founded upon this rich heritage, we look back at some of the greatest names in French timekeeping.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

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Newport at 25 – The Evolution of Michel Herbelin’s Flagship Line

When Jean-Claude Herbelin took over the reins of his father’s company in the early 1980s, one of his key objectives was to launch a new line which would embody the company’s core values and watchmaking heritage.  The line was to become the company’s most enduring and identifiable collection.Drawing on his own love of sailing, Jean-Claude Herbelin created NEWPORT, a range of timepieces that took its inspiration from the America’s Cup and the race to Newport, Rhode Island. NEWPORT stood for a love of the outdoors, a spirit of adventure, freedom and ultimately the pursuit of happiness.

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Stockist in Focus – W.E. Clark & Son

Michel Herbelin stockists are a special breed. As we select only one store in each area to solely stock our brand, our preferred partners are quality independent jewellers who put the same personal touch into their sales and after care as we do as the distributor.

Interior shot of the newly refurbished Eastbourne store

Interior shot of the newly refurbished Eastbourne store

Now run by the fourth generation of the Clark family – David Clark, W.E. Clark & Son has a rich history in Lewes, where it all started back in 1819. Today, the Lewes showroom has been magnificently refurbished and their second showroom, in Eastbourne, has been beautifully modernised. 2012 was very much the year that W.E. Clark & Son brought their jewellery stores up-to-date without losing the special feel of heritage within the business.

The watch and jewellery trade is a uniquely specialist industry. Knowledge is often passed down from generation to generation, with the second or even third generation taking over the reins from original family members. Often with the family name above the door, many jewellers take pride in continuing traditions by offering a first class service. Retailers like these often have loyal lifelong customers who trust the familiar faces behind the counter.

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Michel Herbelin Baselworld 2013 Diary & Review

IMG_0227[1]After the excitement and anticipation of its opening, Baselworld, the watch and jewellery industry’s premier trade event has just closed it doors to the 2013 show. Bigger and better than ever before, the new 1.5 million sq ft building designed by Herzog & de Meuron took three years to complete and accommodated a massive 1,460 exhibitors. As a result of the sleek newly designed halls, approximately 1,000 exhibitors invested in new stands to showcase their brands – and Michel Herbelin were no exception.

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Trends and Good Design- What to expect from Baselworld 2013 “Brilliance Meets”

With “BRILLIANCE MEETS” – BASELWORLD 2013 World Watch and Jewellery Show just around the corner, all the world’s major watch brands will shortly be unveiling their latest innovations and creations. The media will be scrambling to compile edits of the main trends, to be the first to reveal what the latest hot styles and materials are.

In recent years we have seen across the board trends such as oversized watches for women, the use of new materials such as ceramic and the revival of yellow and rose gold watches.

As trends in the fashion industry are closely reflected in the watch and jewellery industry we are expecting to see the current trend for monochrome in full force with black IP treated steel and black and white ceramic watches being launched by many brands.

Michel Herbelin Newport watch ref. 36695/BN14

Michel Herbelin Newport watch ref. 36695/BN14

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