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Christmas 2012 Fashion Guide: Watches

Fashion, Men's Grooming
Sunday, 9th December, 2012

Christmas is coming and you may be thinking what should you buy the special guy in your life…Or if you are in fact a man, what should you treat yourself to this Christmas in the watch department.

Last year I got myself a really quality timepiece which I really, really love. It’s a Versace watch which I got for myself last Christmas. It looks like this…

It’s such a nice thing to wear. I like that it’s subtle and elegant, toned down and sleek. It’s an automatic Swiss made piece, which has an alligator leather strap. All in all a really nice piece.

So, what is a good watch? Well it’s all down to personal style and preference, and how much you want to spend on a watch. I think you have to think of it like a really great suit, or even more important than that. You don’t have to have 10 designer tailored suits in your wardrobe, but if you are able to have one really nice one, for that special occasion, then it’s worth having.

So let’s start at the higher end, premium yet still almost affordable watches.

The first one is a Maurice Lacroix Day Date watch, with steel strap. It’s simple, but looks really good. This will set you back around £600.

The second is a Raymond Weil which is a luxury brand which is well known in the watch world. You can pick up this piece for under £300, quite a bargain since many Raymond Weil watches go for thousands.

Last of the high end watches is this one by Zeno. Probably the least well known of the three, but I really like this one. It has a larger face, stitching detail on the strap and is Swiss made. It will set you back around £440. Out of the three I think this is the one I would go for.

If the premium market is too expensive but you still want an expensive brand, then one of the fashion watches may be what you are looking for. They are cheaper than the specialist watch makers, but do come with that high end label attached.

The first is my favourite out of the three and it’s from Emporio Armani. Sleek and elegant like the other two, however I like the cut of the bezel on this one better. It comes complete with roman numerals on the dial. This one costs around £100.

Second up is another Emporio Armani. Once again simplicity is the design, and this one has a date window with markers at the points. This will set you back around £150

Lastly in this collection is the Boss by Hugo Boss piece. Again simple with a leather strap, it comes complete with a date window above the 6. The price is around £120.

What about Tendence? I have to say, I love these watches. If you are looking for something big, bold and want to stand out from the crowd, you have to consider one of these.

All the above come with silicone straps, and are recognisable from their large number sets. The first is the most conservative, with plain styling which looks really nice, and is also the cheapest at around £110.

The second again is a toned down easy to read watch. This one however around double the price, £205.

The third is the one which probably caught your eye, as it did mine and anyone else who happens to look in your direction. I have to say I am in LOVE with this. It’s the Tendence Crazy watch, and it lives up to it’s name. It reminds me a little of the Jacob and Co 5 time zone watch, as it combines lots of bright colours. Multi coloured strap, and face, it’s complete with a jeweled bezel front, and a huge one at that, around 50mm. If this particular colour mix is not your thing, it also comes in a variety of other colour combinations.

Unfortunately there is some bad new…It costs around £420. That is quite a bit considering the Zeno above is only around £20 more expensive, and with the Zeno you are getting a Swiss made Automatic timepiece, leather strap, and an all round more serious watch. However, the Tendence Crazy is exactly that, crazy, and you know that you’ll be the only one in the room with something like this on.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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