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Guide to Luxury Watches

A fine watch is a statement; it says I have style. No more is that level of fashion something for only the upper class or those with money to burn to lay claim to. Men's luxury watches have come a long way and now with the number of brands and styles every man should consider having at least one elite timepiece in his wardrobe.

While something useful like a Casio or similar lower end watch is functional and fine for weekends or when doing certain activities like sports or yard work, it isn't appropriate for all occasions. For people who have to maintain a certain appearance at work or enjoy dressing up to go out; a good watch becomes more of a necessity instead of a nicety.

Cartier, Omega, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Invicta, and Movado are all common types of  luxury watches. Styles vary but all of these higher end timepieces share some similarities among their characteristics. Typically there are three main varieties.

Mechanical - hand-wound and automatic (self-winding) watches are very popular among men's luxury watches. There is a certain level of sophistication and reliability in a watch that does not require batteries. Automatic watches work by the natural kinetic motion of the body being used to automatically wind the main spring.

Analog - most analog watches are battery powered and feature a quartz display of hands on a dial. In regards to style, this is most often the popular choice over a digital display.

Digital - always battery powered, digital watches display the numbers via liquid crystals. This is more of a niche market in men's luxury watches because of style and design limitations using a digital display. However some people have a greater need for the digital display due to eyesight or age.

Another way that watches are categorized is by the case. The case is what holds the watch parts and is the primary design focus. Common case shapes are round, oval, square, and rectangle. Materials can vary but for the most part designers' use titanium, gold, stainless steel, and gold plating with other materials like platinum being used on the very upper end timepieces.

While meant to be durable, many have rather simple functions such as time, date, chronograph, and perhaps secondary times for additional time zones. But the style and materials are meant to provide moderate capabilities and more of a fashion statement rather than the other way around. When at a movie premier of business dinner with clients, your watch is an accessory that is useful to check the time but it won't matter if it is water resistant to 500 feet.

For some, spending $500 for a watch is a extravagance. For others, your price range might be the cost of a small car. But no matter what type of watch you select, it should make a fashionable addition to your attire. A watch is like a nice car or other symbols of status; they reflect your taste and expectations of craftsmanship.