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Simple Versus Multi-Function: Watches For The Perfect Look

In the wrist watch world the term “complication” more or less refers to functions a watch may have. Telling the time is just one complication. Additional ones can include indicating the date, full calendar, chronograph, GMT time, etc… A purist can prefer the grace and legibility of a simple watch that only tells the time. Informal surveys among brands and retailers suggest however that watches with a chronograph complication are extremely popular among men. So is a simple or complicated watch best for a masculine look?


Images left to right:Bremont, Richard Mille, Frederique Constant

Traditional watches that only tell the time are often preferred when going for a vintage or classic look. These tend to draw less attention and suggest a more congenial, professional image. More complicated watches add spice to one’s personality.


Images left to right: Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe

Chronograph watches for example are most likely popular not because people are always measuring time, but because the addition of attractive subsidiary dials on a watch dial adds visual interest making the watch more of a tool and less of a mere accessory. It begs the question “what activity does the wearer engage in that they need such an instrument.” To match an extremely sophisticated or active look on a man it is best to use a chronograph or other complicated watch. Otherwise a more simple timepiece should be appropriate.

By guest blogger: Ariel Adams

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