There comes a time in a stylish man’s life when he wants to make a long-term investment in a timepiece. After all, few material possesions represent and define a man’s life like his wrist watch.
Women have jewelry and precious stones, but men, we have our trusted watch. The watch that we saved for, the watch that kept us on time, the watch that lived life via our wrist, and the watch that we will pass down to carry on our legend long after we pass.
Guys often ask our advice on purchasing a timepiece as a long-term investment. Here’s my two cents: do your research. There’s a market full of options, and you want to make sure you make the right choice. Similar to choosing a spouse, a house or a car, it’s an important decision that should last the test of time and develop a relationship that grows stronger with age.
Don’t choose a brand or design simply because it’s popular, your boss owns it, or it’s commonly regarded as “expensive”. The trick to luxury is subtlety and a personal connection that accurately represents who you are – your style, your tone, your aspirations, etc.
With the help of the TSB team I put together this editorial featuring the Pierre Arpels watch to show how an investment at this level should identify with the wearer and ultimately last the test of time, even as styles change through generations.
I hope you find it insightful and inspirational.
For over a century Van Cleef & Arpels has been hand-crafting some of the world’s finest jewelry and timepieces. The Parisian boutique is known all over the world for their unparalleled craftsmanship, technical prowess, and creative innovation.
The house design aesthetic is summarized as “understated elegance, refinement, grace and a taste for innovation”. All things that I aspire to, and I hope represent the aesthetic of TSB as well.
For a watch that will never go out of style look for something simple in design that is neutral in color and easy to read. It should be pleasing to the eye without being distracting or attention-grabbing.
The size should be in proportion to your wrist. Not too large or thick that it looks clunky with a formal look, and not to small or thin that it looks overly dressy with casual wear.
I typically wear a 42mm. Any smaller begins to feel dainty and feminine on my wrist. Find the size that is the best fit for your wrist and you’ll be wearing it every day no matter what you have planned.
- White hidden placket formal shirt by Boss Black
- Black silk grosgrain bowtie by Brooks Brothers
- Midnight blue mohair/velvet DB tuxedo by Dan Trepanier (FIT Collection)
- White cotton pocket square
- “Pierre Arpels” watch by Van Cleef and Arpels
- Black velvet tassel slippers by Stubbs & Wooton