Nov 10, 2017 | By Laura Welch
Oct 20, 2011
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?
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.
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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