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watch faux pas anchor

We understand that many people might question why wearing watches would have rules of conduct—which, consequently, lead to committing a faux pas—but to us, it isn’t as much about being pretentious as as it is about being proper. “A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait,” the 18th century German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said. After all, how you carry yourself in every aspect of your life says a lot about your character, so paying attention to the little things makes a great deal of difference.

We also suppose it must be said that this comes with a disclaimer: This article should be read with a grain of salt, because to be perfectly frank, we aren’t really talking about, say, global economics or domestic policy at the moment.

Here are a few things we’re trying to avoid doing.

Wearing the wrong type of watch

We understand having a personal preference, but to be truly stylish, one needs to know which situations and outfits work with which watch. Much like how you wouldn’t wear a tux to the beach or board shorts to a formal wedding, the formality of your watch needs to tie into the event you’re attending. Field, racing, dive, and pilot’s watches, for example, should be worn with smart casual clothing, while dress watches should not be worn with casual wear.

Wearing a watch that’s too big or too small

Think of the discomfort of a watch that’s too tight or too loose. The same goes for a watch that’s way too oversized or too small for your wrist. Lugs digging in where they shouldn’t, bracelets dangling or leaving marks… just like ill-fitting clothes, an ill-fitting watch can be uncomfortable enough to ruin your day, and your look.

Constantly checking your watch

Are you timing a race? If not, frequently looking at your watch while having a conversation with someone or while at a meeting comes off as terribly rude. It sends the message that your time could be better spent elsewhere. And heaven forbid you do this while on a romantic dinner: it’s the fastest way to guarantee you won’t be getting another date with the person anytime soon.

Asking inappropriate watch-related questions

By this we mean asking how much someone paid for a watch, where they got the watch, if they’re selling it, and the like when the topic at hand isn’t that watch. Showing your appreciation for another person’s taste by complimenting their timepiece is great, but much in the same way you wouldn’t discuss politics, or religion with strangers or acquaintances in most settings, delving into someone’s purchases reeks of impropriety.

Turning EVERY conversation into a discussion about watches

We get it, you know your chronographs and tachymeters from your tourbillons and minute repeaters, and that’s great. Still, the whole world doesn’t need to hear you proclaim your horological expertise every single time you open your mouth, especially when the ongoing conversation isn’t even tangential to anything related to watches. Most people—even watch newbs—can tell when you’re just showing off. Trust.

Wearing a fake watch

We’re unsure if we need to qualify this statement with the disclaimer “and trying to pass it off as real”. Just don’t be that guy.

Do your research

This might come as a shock to some of you, but, shopping doesn’t need to operate based on your impulse. I know, right? Kidding aside, you really want to do your research before you commit to buying a watch, especially if the luxury watches you’re eying are by brands like Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin. Crawl the internet for pages and reviews about the watch. Discover the story behind the watch and the brand. Don’t hesitate to ask the people in the store about the watch. Also, don’t be afraid to try it on; you don’t want to be sorely disappointed with its fit on your wrist once you buy it. Besides the diameter of the watch, you might also want to see its lug-to-lug size on your wrist.

You want to know if you really want a watch, or if you’re just caught up in the moment. You don’t want to end up reselling it a month later because it turns out you don’t really like the feel of it. Our tip for knowing whether it’s just infatuation? Let a month or so pass by. If you’re still obsessed with the watch by then, it’s probably worth buying.

Your lifestyle

There’s myriad watches out in the world. The best way to start your collection would be to determine which type of watch best suits your lifestyle. Consider your day-to-day activities. Are you the corporate type that wears suits to work everyday? A sleek dress watch would probably go well with your wardrobe. Or maybe you’re the type who goes swimming on the daily. If so, you’re sure to appreciate a durable dive watch. But if you’re a do-it-all kind of person who has an unpredictable lifestyle, you might opt for a watch that you can wear to Sunday brunches with the family and to a black tie event.

Buying as an investment and not wearing the watch

We don’t recommend buying a luxury watch you’re scared of wearing, or opting for a piece that stays unworn because you’re keeping it as an investment, and only as an investment. Watches are made to be worn; they literally stop working if you don’t wear them periodically. Wear the watch with pride and joy. Every time you look at it, remind yourself that it is a symbol of your hard work. You might even have bought it to mark a special occasion, like your wedding or the birth of your first child. So don’t be so single-minded and focused on the investment; wear it and flaunt it.

Buying based on trends or fashion fads

The reality is most, if not all, trends have a shelf life. Sure, they might roll around again—but the cycle usually lasts 30 years! So, if you’re not 100% sold on a trend, don’t buy into them just because they’re fashionable. Not into blue dials, for example? You don’t have to get them just because everyone seems to love them.

Buy pieces based on what you think looks good. We think it’s fair to say that other people’s thoughts on things like these are secondary to your personal preferences (unless, of course, it’s a gift, then by all means consider their tastes). You are the one who’s going to wear it. You’re also the one who’s going to spend on it.

This brings us to buying pieces you truly love, not just kind of like. You might think of buying three separate watches that are, to you, just okay, because they’re more affordable, or trendier.  Don’t do it! Make sure you’re in love with the watch you’re buying, or you could end up spending more for pieces that’ll end up just end up gathering dust in your safe.

Knowing what you can afford

At the end of the day—trust us when we say it, because it’s very hard for us to say—it’s just a watch. It’s a luxury, not a necessity. It’s not worth giving up an arm and a leg for. So don’t only look into what type of watch will suit your lifestyle, but also see what price range you can afford. Are billions of pesos really worth a watch if it means your family needs to sacrifice for the next few years? It’s a ludicrous hyperbole—or it might not be—but the point is: don’t overlook your daily needs for a luxury. Unless it’s a limited edition watch that has a long waiting list, it’ll still be there by the time you get your next bonus

Future servicing commitment

Imagine saving for a luxury watch for the longest time, right down to last centavo. You’re careful about this because you’re smart; you won’t let it eat into your savings. So you buy it. It’s all rainbows and unicorns, up until the time you have to get it serviced. Turns out maintaining it costs a fortune and takes a long time because it has to get shipped all the way to Switzerland! Sure, you don’t have to worry about how often you need to get it serviced as you only have to do it every five to 10 years, but it’s also useful to know the details.

Watches are never just their price tag; they’re also their maintenance costs. It’s always worth it to look into how much it costs to maintain a watch and to factor that into your decision.

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