Is It Worth It? A Look at the Top Qualities of a Good Quality Watch

It’s more than just an accessory

In this digital age of smart phones that literally run your life for you, the necessity of the wristwatch has all but faded to the background. In fact, most men wear them more as an accessory than a functional piece (even if they actually work!).

However, a wristwatch is so much more than an outdated novelty accessory. It tells a lot about a man; acting like a status symbol. It can also be regarded as an investment, especially if you are going to spend all that money on it. And if you are into family and heirlooms, it can be part of your legacy by passing it down through the generations.

In order for a watch to be all these things, then you need to make an informed choice when buying one. There are certain brands that have proven themselves over the years to be leading manufacturers of luxury watches, so yes, you can choose by brand name. In the event you can’t decide which brand to buy, the following characteristics should help you make a choice.

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Is it Swiss made?

We all know how many knock-off luxury watches are out there looking quite like the real deal. They not only carry the name but even replicate fine details that can sometimes fool even the smartest shopper.

However, one sure way of not getting conned has been developed by the Swiss government. It involved branding watches as either Swiss made or Swiss movement. Swiss made watches are those assembled, inspected and cased in Switzerland. Swiss movement watches are assembled outside the country using Swiss movements.

This may not apply to you if you want a watch from companies outside of Switzerland that use their own technology. But then again, why go for anything other than the best?

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How heavy is it?

The heavier the watch, the more reliable it is. Think about it; there is a complex system of components and pieces making up that watch and if they are all there, then it must be heavy. Anything less would certainly be one of those toy watches that you even forget are on your wrist. A good heavy watch should outlast you and be part of your legacy.

How does it sound?

Nursery rhymes teach us that the clock goes tick-tock. Well, that is technically true but a good quality watch should go ‘sweep’, not ‘tick-tock’. This has to do with that complex internal mechanism we talked about earlier. The movement inside there should be so finely tuned that the ticks produce a flawless sweep sound; that’s a testament to excellent craftsmanship.

Is it accurate?

Watches that use quartz movement tend to be pretty accurate but the more traditional mechanical watch, which most of the high-end watches are, tends to be less accurate. What you need to look out for is the accuracy certification from the official testing institute. That way, you don’t end up with a watch that needs weekly servicing. For instance, the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute tests Swiss made watches to verify accuracy and most of them fall within ten seconds daily, which is pretty good.

Author Bio

David Kuttner – photographer, writer, and a father. When he’s not busy writing, he’s most likely spending time with his wife and their two mischievous dogs: Lily and Bart. He loves the fine things of life; a great wine, cigar and of course, luxury watches to keep track of time.

When you’re feeling blue…it’s time to get a watch

I recently wrote a post about one easy way to add colour to your wardrobe by adding bright coloured dresses. In that post (which you can read here) I focused on a couple of my favourite colours, yellow and blue.  But for some people, wearing something so ostentatious and eye-catching is just not an option. Not everyone feels confident enough to wear bright colours, preferring to stick to neutrals or a much darker palette. For those people, accessories are a much easier way to add a splash of brightness to an outfit, you can still keep to wearing black, white, beiges and browns, but with a little colour pop to lift everything.

Scarves, shoes and jewellery with coloured gemstones are some of the ways this can be achieved, but another great way is with a watch. This is something that most people wear every day, and so it is a really simple, yet totally effective way to add that zesty colour pop. The Watch Hut has some amazing designs at the moment, and the ones that have really caught my eye have a focus on the colour blue.

Here are a few of my favourite blue watches from The Watch Hut.

This Swatch watch is a cute, fun choice. Perfect for a teenager, or for everyday wear, I think this is a great bargain watch that is a lovely azure blue shade.

Swatch Watches Swatch Unisex Rise Up Watch £32 click to visit The Watch Hut

Swatch Watches
Swatch Unisex Rise Up Watch £32 click to visit The Watch Hut

I wouldn’t be a blogger if I didn’t love a Michael Kors watch, and this one is an absolute beauty. The rose gold casing and strap contrasts so beautifully with the bold shade of blue. This is a mini version of this watch, I think it is delicate and elegant.

Michael Kors Watches Michael Kors Ladies Mini Lexington Watch £153 click to visit The Watch Hut

Michael Kors Watches
Michael Kors Ladies Mini Lexington Watch £153 click to visit The Watch Hut

I’m a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood, and this watch appeals to both my love of Viv and my sense of fun. The iconic Orb design is instantly recognisable and looks fabulous when juxtaposed against that deep blue strap and case.

Vivienne Westwood Watches Vivienne Westwood Ladies Aluminium St Pauls Watch £235 click to visit The Watch Hut

Vivienne Westwood Watches
Vivienne Westwood Ladies Aluminium St Pauls Watch £235 click to visit The Watch Hut

This Marc by Marc Jacobs watch is called the ‘Dinky’ and I think this is the perfect name for such a dainty watch. Again, the colour is just fabulous.

Marc By Marc Jacobs Ladies Amy Dinky Watch £121 click to visit The Watch Hut

Marc By Marc Jacobs Ladies Amy Dinky Watch £121 click to visit The Watch Hut

So, what are your thoughts on coloured watches – a do or a don’t?

 

 

 

Kate Spade watches at The Watch Hut

I have to admit that I don’t feel like I’m fully dressed unless I am wearing a watch. I often go without other forms of jewellery – I don’t wear earrings every day, or necklaces or bracelets, but I always make sure I put my watch on in the morning, even if I’m in a real hurry.

That’s why I think watches make the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, and, of course, Valentine’s day. They can be pretty and practical, come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and are perfect for all ages and both sexes. In other words, they are a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a gift for that difficult person to buy for. The Watch Hut is the perfect place to find that perfect watch.

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The Watch Hut is the ultimate destination for the best in designer timepieces. You can find all the most sort-after brands at The Watch Hut, from the ubiquitous Michael Kors (in Rose Gold of course) to Armani Exchange, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Casio Baby G. There are watches available for as little as £10. In addition, there are some great pieces that are perfect if you are buying a first watch for a youngster, from 1980s style chrome digital watches, to Timex jelly strap designs in a range of bright and beautiful colours. But what has got me most excited are the range of designs from New York’s finest, Kate Spade.

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I have a huge crush on anything Kate Spade, from the exquisite leather handbags to the beautifully gift boxed pieces of jewellery. And now I can add the Kate Spade watch collection to my lust list. The collection is just gorgeous! There are traditional style gold tone and chrome designs, along with watches that feature leather straps. But the pieces that I really love, in fact, totally adore, are the ones that have bright coloured enamel detailing on the straps. In neon pink and gorgeous aqua blue, these watches are just so bright and vibrant, you cannot help but fall in love with them.

Here are my current faves from the Kate Spade range.

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch £250 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch £250 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch £250 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch £250 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch  £225 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carousel Watch £225 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carlyle Watch £195 click to visit The Watch Hut

Kate Spade Ladies Carlyle Watch £195 click to visit The Watch Hut