How to Choose a Watch That Suits You
When picking out a new watch, there are many factors to consider before you know which one is the best choice for you. Knowing which one suits you best in terms of functionality and style can be challenging, as there are so many options to consider. Whether you’re trying to find a new dress watch or diving companion, the strap, movement, and tech features, among an extensive list of other considerations, make the process difficult, especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
So, to help you discover how to choose the watch best suited for you, we have put together our expert tips and advice to provide you with everything you need to know before purchasing.
How Do You Know That a Watch Suits You?
The main thing to focus on when looking for your new watch is whether it does what you need; does it meet its purpose? For example, if it’s a dress watch you need, does it match your suit? If you wanted a fitness watch, does it track your workouts the way you would like it to? When researching your timepiece, all these questions must be at the top of your checklist. Getting caught up in flashy features or colourful straps is easy, but it’s not suitable for you if it doesn’t meet your requirements. Choose the watch based on how you intend to use it and add on the special functions and aesthetic features second.
Considering Your Budget
Of course, before purchasing a watch, you must have a budget in mind. Here at New Cavendish, we’re proud to offer staggeringly low prices on many of your favourite brands, along with our interest-free watches. Choosing our interest-free watches gives you the option to pay in monthly instalments on 0% finance. This budget-friendly option lets you get your hands on a new timepiece without breaking the bank.
Luxury watches come in all shapes and sizes, each with a unique price tag. You could expect to pay anything from £500 to the tens of thousands for a designer timepiece, so you’re sure to find one within your ideal budget.
Understanding the Different Watch Types
Before you begin scrolling online or head out to a jeweller, you should consider the type of watch you wish to buy. Here are a few examples of what to consider:
- Dress watches. These types of watches are sleek and sophisticated, designed to be worn with a formal suit and slipped under a shirt with ease. Because of this, they’re often thin and smaller than other watch types.
- Sports watches. Sports watches, such as a Tissot T-Sport watch pictured here, are ideal for those wanting an accurate tracking device to support them on their sporting journeys. The Tissot PRC 200 Chronograph is available from New Cavendish Jewellers for just £395. It comes with 20 bar water resistance and a reduced bezel, giving the illusion of a larger dial – perfect for checking the time quickly while on the go.
- Diving watches. IWC Aquatimer watches are the perfect accompaniment for your underwater adventures. Built for the deep sea, this timepiece is water-resistant to up to 300m and encased in rubber-coated stainless steel, offering stunning aesthetics and incredible durability. This IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Limited Edition Laureus “Sport for Good” watch is available at New Cavendish Jewellers for £9,800 or just £367.50 per month on 0% finance.
- Casual watches. Of course, not everyone is a keen diver or likes to dress up to the nines regularly. Casual watches are everyday wear, so they will naturally be very comfortable. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, but choosing the right casual watch for you depends on your personal preference.
Finding the Right Sized Watch
Another factor to consider when choosing your new watch is finding the right size. While the difference between the smallest and largest watches may seem minor, their aesthetics and functionality change ever so slightly when you switch sizes. For example, Santos De Cartier watches come in various sizes, each helpfully named with either ‘small’, ‘medium’, ‘large’, or ‘XL’ labels. Smaller watches are typically feminine, whereas larger models are seen as masculine and often labelled as gent’s watches. The size of your chosen watch depends on both your preferred aesthetic, whether you like a subtle piece or something a little more extravagant, and your watch's functionality. For example, do you need to see the time quickly and clearly while on the move, or is your timepiece more of an accessory?
The Santos Dumont De Cartier Small Model pictured here is available from New Cavendish Jewellers for £4,650 or just £174.38 per month on 0% finance.
The Importance of Trying Your Watch on Before Purchasing
Purchasing a new watch is a big commitment and something that takes time to consider. As many people will wear a timepiece every day, trying on a watch is essential to understand how it looks and feels on your wrist. This particularly applies if you’re purchasing a watch different from what you’re used to. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches are a great example of this as they are unlike most others on the market, rectangular in shape with impressive, bold colour palettes. Trying a watch on like this is crucial as you must feel comfortable in what you’re wearing and could face disappointment if it doesn’t feel right once you’ve bought it.
However, if you’re a watch enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with what you like and what you don’t, so buying online through our website could be the best choice for you.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Duetto pictured here is available from New Cavendish Jewellers for £12,100 or just £453.75 per month on 0% finance.
Try this watch and others in our London showroom, or contact our team to find out how we can help you find a timepiece that suits you. Our watch experts are always more than happy to assist.