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Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street....Watch It, NYC

It seems the watches on the guys in Europe (especially the Italians) are getting so big and gaudy that soon they will need two wrists to carry them.

I think that is why I don't wear a watch. With smart phones, iPods, etc. always having a time function it is hard to justify wearing such a ginormous hunk of metal.

However, I have had a growing fascination with small vintage watches. They are sleek, chic and almost hidden. I stopped this gentleman coming out of Starbucks because I thought his watch looked so cool, retro and yet totally modern.

So this question is for the guys - but answered by the ladies. Ladies, are you really attracted to guys with giant watches? Doesn't it feel like a bit of overcompensation? Or does it read like a symbol of success - like a shiny sporty car for your arm (and not much smaller)?

Comments on "On the Street....Watch It, NYC"

 

Blogger Tim said ... (9:58 AM) : 

good question!

 

Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (9:59 AM) : 

I love watches. Love them. But . . . like clothing, they look best when they fit the wrist. They cannot be too small, especially on a large wrist . . . nor can they be too large (although, I love a man's watch on a woman's wrist). And most definitely not gaudy. Classic is best. Vintage is awesome. That's my humble take.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

big watches can look good on some men, especially if they're (the watches,not the men,haha) are simple..big AND flashy watches are such a turnoff though..

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

Always best when men keep the whole look simple and uncomplicated. I don't like for man too look like he tried too hard.

 

Anonymous STYLE SCANNER said ... (10:01 AM) : 

No to giant flashy timepieces, my man has a 70's vintage Zennith which was my Uncle Duncan's and it's gorgeously understated.
Nice Raybans too....

 

Blogger E.A.P. said ... (10:02 AM) : 

I agree with your sentiment regarding overly large watches (i.e. Uboat), but a nice mechanical watch, vintage or otherwise is a great investment. And you don't have to charge them!

http://alistair1958.blogspot.com/

 

Blogger CG said ... (10:03 AM) : 

Hi, i really love Guys with BIG watches, specially if the watch it's Silver, i don't know but it's like something i need to see in a boy.

 

Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (10:03 AM) : 

Completely agree with you. I wear an old Cartier with everything and to everything. I am thinking of a small Timex for more casual days. I think a giant watch is justified if you are an avid diver, or a pilot- everyone else, please abstain. And no bling, I think those gents will be sorry when they are mocked for their fashion mistakes a few years from now. Jorge from WPB

 

Blogger Diego De Martin said ... (10:05 AM) : 

well well well.. im an EU guy and i wear a big watch, and im proud of it, since i'm able to know the time when all the ipod, the blackberry, and the mobile are without battery... ;)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

Not taken by his watch so much as his shirt and the way he's wearing it. He looks hot and then he also looks hot! If you know what I mean!

 

Anonymous Lucia said ... (10:05 AM) : 

THAt guy is the man of my dreams! I just fell in Love, completely, he is just PERFECT, with or without the watch.
His face, his hair, his colors, his arms, his tattoo, his outfit. He's just the man for me :)

Phonenumber please...?? :)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

who cares about the watch. the guy is HAWT!

 

Blogger Khoshgel! said ... (10:07 AM) : 

I always loved big watches on women. So I guess men are trying to keep up with women.

 

Blogger J. said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Times have changed, a watch is simply an accessory now, and so it should be treated like one. If it doesn't fit your look, your personality or your wrist (I've seen men wear watches like we wear bangles!), then it shouldn't be worn!

 

Blogger Fernanda Fagundes said ... (10:11 AM) : 

It's not the size of the watch that matters...lol
An attractive personality is more effective than a sporty car.

 

Anonymous marlie said ... (10:11 AM) : 

I love it! I agree that there's something about a vintage-looking, almost minimalist watch on a man.

I stopped wearing watches years ago as batteries died and never got replaced (except by the ever-present cell phone), but I still really like them on other people when they're worn well.

Plus, the guy in the picture is hot too! I love how he's dressed down and casual, but still looks cool and sexy, especially with the tattoo showing, and some really simple accessories.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 AM) : 

really big watches are a turn-off for me! Sart i second your opinion that smaller sleek watches are the way to go. The color of the strap on his watch is great!

 

Blogger sam said ... (10:12 AM) : 

i like a reasonably sized watch on a man... lately i've been more interested in leather or fabric bands rather than metal. feels more inviting somehow. and more understated.

but then, i've never been attracted to the men with flashy sports cars either... a quiet sophistication is far more alluring.

the tattoo is nice as well. it's all in the juxtaposition.

 

Blogger Christy said ... (10:12 AM) : 

I'm not much of a watch person at all, so I may be biased. I have never liked large watches for women or men.

 

Anonymous kk said ... (10:12 AM) : 

for some men, a watch worn like a bangle DOES fit the personality!

 

Blogger Lauren said ... (10:13 AM) : 

I prefer a subtle, stylish watch any day over something large and attention grabbing. Smaller accessories communicate a comfortable masculinity - which I think is much more attractive than loud and brassy!

 

Blogger Maana said ... (10:14 AM) : 

I love a good watch on a man. To me it screams, style, elegance and something sharp when a man owns a good watch. Sure, we all have phones and pods to tell us the time but a watch is a bigger statement than just telling us if we are running late. It somehow exudes classic elegance.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:14 AM) : 

I don't think it is about size, but about shape. Some men look good with very large watches, but I can see why you appreciate this one. Watches are the key jewelry for men, so a "wardrobe" can be appropriate. I like the interplay of a sporty watch with a suit, or a dress watch with something casual, as you see here.....

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 AM) : 

No to ginormous watches on men. Just let it be masculine, please. This guys looks amazing....

 

Anonymous kerry said ... (10:17 AM) : 

LOVE the watch!!!!

personally i'm still greatly attracted to guys with great watches even though phones/ipods/etc have the time function already. it doesn't matter what kind of watches they are wearing (metal, vintage...) or if it's a symbol of success, as long as the watches suit them well.

 

Blogger moose10 said ... (10:17 AM) : 

first of all - love his watch!

i'm usually not a fan of guys who wear giant watches, although there are some who pull it off with panache. however, a lot of guys my age (24) splurge on a huge watch and treat it like some right of passage once they start work - sometimes it just comes off as obnoxious. like a shiny sporty car.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 AM) : 

I think you nailed it - it is like a sports car for the wrist and all about "look what I can afford!" The guy I know who does this has 2 Porsches and the biggest, most expensive watch he can manage. Hum-m, overcompensation? Ew-w-w!
I thought about my own reaction to the huge bags women have been carrying for how many years? They don't suit everyone, are heavy, and also sometimes are just symbols of monetary outlay. I recently got a really small purse which hangs tucked under my arm. I have to edit what I carry with me but most of the time I am really happy not be be so burdened. I never got into the enormous bags anyway because I am only 5'2''.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 AM) : 

All gentlemen wear watches. Looking at a cell phone to find out the time is what's wrong with the world today. Buy a watch that you like and wear it. But, whatever you do, don't walk around asking other people, "do you have the time?" Because the answer is, yes, it's time for you to get a watch.

 

Blogger Chris Dijksterhuis said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Oh no you didn't a nice watch is a true supplement to your outfit you off all men should know that

 

Anonymous Sinta said ... (10:20 AM) : 

Watches matter. Well to me. I like them big and chunky. If I had the cash, I'd collect men's watches. Breitling heaven. And yes, I'm a lady.

Any guy can wear a suit. I look at the watch.

 

Blogger Signorina Svizzera said ... (10:22 AM) : 

i am not impressed by big watches....however, i am in CH (land of watch-making) and i don't seem to notice this trend- perhaps i am not paying attention. i do know that most men here do have a very nice watch....
however, it IS true that every man here is in love with his car, and that there certainly seems to be more extremely expensive cars here than anywhere else!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 AM) : 

I'm a German girl (just for the statistics ;) and i always check shoes and watches first on a man to get a first impression. to me they are the basics. it also becomes very clear very quickly whether its about personal style (or the hobby to match) or simply showing off. no watch at all is intriguing, too.

 

Blogger Angeles Almuna Design said ... (10:24 AM) : 

My favorite sunglasses!!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I noticed the tattoo way before the watch. Guess that watches are just an after thought to me, and that means that I don't care for them oversized.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 AM) : 

i love big watches on men or women. it's not a matter of overcompensating, in my opinion, so much as it is just a hip choice. a big watch with a simple face and band cannot be beat in my opinion.

 

Anonymous Leia said ... (10:26 AM) : 

As a female, I would say that in my personal opinion, it's not the size of the watch that matters. But a good watch - and by good I mean aesthetically pleasing - shows that the man has good taste (as do his clothes). I would never deliberately look at someone's watch in order to get an idea of their status. Status doesn't matter as much as personality!

 

Blogger inkywasfat said ... (10:27 AM) : 

I'm a woman who wears a $20 Timex. So, I don't care. Practicality, people.

 

Blogger Chris said ... (10:27 AM) : 

J. said it: as the watch is simply an accessory now, it should be treated like one.
I don't wear any watch as my wrist is, well, a bit unadequate (not to say small...!) for a watch to me. And I hate the sensation of something tight around my wrist - bangles, watches, handcu... oh well, no, forget the last one, this is so not me!

 

Anonymous greendress said ... (10:27 AM) : 

sart, i am happy that you noticed his watch, but that is the last thing i noticed about that guy.

he is hot!

love the hair (maybe it's the color but he just looks beautiful with it. even his beard is sexy); his tattoo is beautiful and discreet (it seems as if i would only notice it if i were sitting and having a conversation with him).

finally, i notice the watch but only because the leather compliments his coloring so perfectly.

big watch, small watch, no watch. it doesn't matter with a guy this beautiful.

i just assume that a man with a big watch is fashionable and cares a lot about his presentation to the world.

 

Blogger Cosmo Grimes said ... (10:28 AM) : 

i don't wear a watch either. there are many ways of finding the time. i do not like big expensive men's wristwatches. too showy/flashy is not my style at all. so i don't want to be around someone who is flashy. it is just a device to tell time, why does it need to serve any other purpose? think we all need to get back to the idea of "simplify simplify simplify."

 

Anonymous Sarah said ... (10:28 AM) : 

love his watch, his hair, and, best of all, his tat! very cool!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:29 AM) : 

it's going to be interesting to see how the watch evolves over the next couple decades. i don't spot too many youngsters wearing a watch these days so i'm curious to see their interpretation of the time piece when it comes time for them to accessorize.

-cj

 

Blogger Marie said ... (10:33 AM) : 

A good quality metallic watch which is well formed but not huge is fabulous. The big bling ones, awful, like as you say a little bit of overcompensation or trying to show off. But the watch in this picture, perfection, I'd love a watch like that.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

I like subtle watches on guys - rather the 'less is more' school of thought. And, as I find male hand and wrist bones quite sexy, if the watch is too big - it takes away from that indefinable attraction.

I completely agree with your assessment.

 

Anonymous greendress said ... (10:33 AM) : 

oh, i forgot, the necklace. that looks balanced and cool. he cares about how he looks.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

As a female, I don't wear a watch because if something is on my wrist, I'd rather have it be statement jewelry. But my man wears a classic black, old school digatal Casio. They're only around $10, and I love it. It's small, sleek, and unfussy.

 

Blogger too said ... (10:33 AM) : 

Keep it simple, simple, simple. A man should never look fussy or fussed over. Find a watch that is suited to you, your look and does what you need. Why on earth would you want to wear something gaudy and huge? I like a man to look finished and understated. A big gaudy watch turns into jewelry. I wear jewelry; my boyfriend shouldn't. Plus, you should never trust a guy with more flash than you.

 

Anonymous Harry Smith said ... (10:34 AM) : 

I know that guy, his name is Mikael Kennedy. Good guy, easy on the eyes and a great photographer to boot! here's his website http://www.mikaelkennedy.com

 

Anonymous RoseMarie London said ... (10:35 AM) : 

I have a weakness for an Omega Speedmaster.

 

Blogger leeleetea said ... (10:37 AM) : 

Forget wristwatches, it's all about the pocket watch!

 

Blogger jenniebelle said ... (10:42 AM) : 

i like them big AND small , its about the person who wears it to make it look good :) my question to u is what u think about the new trendy plastic watches?

 

Blogger Allison said ... (10:43 AM) : 

Watches are definitely an accessory and should suit your personal style... that said, I think the oversized watches are overrated. I am in love with this man's watch... the leather band is beautiful and no where near gawdy.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 AM) : 

I don't much care for big, gaudy, shiny watches (a la Sopranos), but something with a thick leather band always has a nice, earthy aesthetic that I like.

 

Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:45 AM) : 

I have never noticed a man's watch above other sartorial elements. Usually if his overall look is pleasing to my eye (clean, minimal, elegant, not fussy, not flashy), it means the watch fits into that category too.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I think watches can be absolutely amazing but that doesn't include thoose giant, ostentatious, flashy ones.

A good watch, though, can have an enormous effect.

 

Anonymous M said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I wear a small/average cartier watch. I think the big gaudy watches should be limited to clubhopping. It's actually practical there :)

 

Anonymous Diadia said ... (10:48 AM) : 

big watches do catch my eyes. I guess I like men who care about their appearance to put some thoughts into things such as watches.

 

Blogger Sara said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Big watches are ugly as all hell! They can't be confortable.

But i think it is a trend - they are always slipping of the "front" of the arm to the side and then they have ajust them.

Besides, everyone howadays has a big watch, so small watches maintain authenticity.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

It's not so much the watch as the way that the sleeve, and sometimes together with the right watch or maybe even a bracelet, frames that forearm. 'Cause it's all about the forearm, at least for me.

 

Anonymous Lisa said ... (10:51 AM) : 

well I have to admit, I'm totally in love with giant watches on men's wrists. it's so - masculine!

 

Anonymous Emily said ... (10:54 AM) : 

To answer your question - yes! I'm attracted to men who wear watches. It completes the look for me - shows that a guy has taken the time (no pun intended) to think about his outfit & add an accessory. Big or small - doesn't really matter. Depends on the outfit. I don't think it should read as a symbol of success, though. It's just good, classic style.

(and if the watch accents a great arm, like this guy - even better)

 

Blogger robert said ... (10:55 AM) : 

completely agree with this. i love watches but the semiotics of them is a minefield. i'd love to wear certain brands- rolex, audemars- because i think they are great watchmakers but to wear one marks you out as a certain type of person. similarly the size of so many is a real no-no- im thinking of panerai etc.
finally ive settled on a vintage omega speedmaster, a classic sleek design.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

I think that an overly elaborate, gaudy watch would definitely be a bit of a turn off (like you said, it has "overcompensation" written all over it). My personal feeling is that "watch as status symbol" is just an indication of someone with their priorities out of whack.

Love the red hair and the tattoo on his forearm. Very handsome but also a little dangerous looking:0)

 

Anonymous UNordinaryChic said ... (10:56 AM) : 

I think watches are sexy, mostly on men. However, you cannot just wear any watch. It must fit you, your style, and your outfit of the moment. I don't think you should or shouldn't wear a big flashy watch, as long as you like it. Dress for yourself.

Chelsea
UNordinarychic.blogspot.com

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:57 AM) : 

To me, few things make more of a statement about a man, his past, present and his future aspirations than his watch. A classic, simple, vintage watch, lovingly cared for and allowed to carelessly slip out from underneath a cuff reveals taste, a certain devotion to grooming and frequently, an appreciation for a personal history, a memory from the past... I've always considered it a glimpse (arguably superficial and potentially completely inaccurate) into a man's personality, and I prefer quiet, understated confidence over in your face flashiness any day. Cheers for the classics!

 

Blogger Miz.November said ... (10:58 AM) : 

I think more than size, the material and color of a watch says more about the man. For example, the leather band and white face of the watch above suggests that the guy is classic. He thinks about looks, but he doesn't overthink it. Guys wearing titanium watches give me the idea that they don't want to have to go pick out another watch, ever again. And, yes, oversized diamond-encrusted timepieces just look way too flashy and desperate in my opinion.

 

Anonymous Bex said ... (11:01 AM) : 

Big giant watches generally look like the guy is trying too hard. Unless it's pulled together with a great, euro look, it's a sign to "run away, run away' for me. I do also love watches in general, especially mechanical ones - got my husband a Hublot Porthole which looks sleek and interesting, while being totaly comfortable to wear.

 

Anonymous Heather Toronto said ... (11:02 AM) : 

maybe it's just me, but i think subtlety is very underrated.
i prefer a smaller, simple, yet well-designed watch - and car for that matter :)

 

Blogger Ivana said ... (11:07 AM) : 

My boyfriend wears a big metal watch, and I think it looks great on him. It is larger than the vintage watch pictured, but it is just simple steel, so it avoids gaudiness. I love the sleek vintage watches, but i think a chunkier metal watch can also have an attractive masculine aesthetic, in a different way but just as classy.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:07 AM) : 

I moved to Europe ten years ago and I have always been surprised at the importance people give to watches here. They are a certain symbol of status, and until very recently, the bigger the better Now, with the 'bling-bling' culture rapidly disappearing, other alternatives are showing up. But not so long ago, you were not considered a proper man if you did not have a big ostentatious watch (e.g. Sarkozy was famous and usually mocked for his outrageous watch collection).

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 AM) : 

Keep it classy, keep it simple.
Big watches aren't the first thing I think about when looking at one's level of doucheness which is, I think, what you may be eluding to? Usually it's the man jewelry and other accoutrements that kills it for me.
-traci

 

Anonymous Eva said ... (11:08 AM) : 

To me it's not the size that matters, but the design of the watch!?

 

Blogger ColourOfAbsence said ... (11:09 AM) : 

don't like oversized watches - especially shinny metallic ones. but love the ones that this gentleman in your shot wears :) I think that watch would look great on a woman too.

 

Anonymous k. said ... (11:13 AM) : 

I have to say...I don't really care what I watch looks like on a man, however I do like giant men's watches on myself.

 

Blogger Rachel said ... (11:13 AM) : 

I'm with you on the small, vintage, classic watches. The vintage military watch from JCrew is one such watch. Just so simple, so sexy. It's like it says "I'm smarter than you, but I'm not going to make a big deal about it." :)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 AM) : 

Oversized watches look very feminine to me because they make the wrist look smaller, more delicate. So no, it's not a good look on a man.

I'm all for a man wearing a watch as an accessory, but it has to be done with taste and a eye to proportion.

 

Blogger Bere said ... (11:16 AM) : 

as long as they're not too flashy and have the same wrist measure as I do... big.....though not giant... look good on men. it's not like, personally, we feel "attracted" to them.... i mean they just look good when they know how to wear them.

 

Blogger brandt abner said ... (11:16 AM) : 

If you keep "classic style" in mind, you shouldn't ever go wrong.
This is not to say that fashion forward can't be classic, but you have to know.
That said, watches are really a man's only accessory. Leather band watches are the most versatile and best for formal wear.
Big stainless steel watches, are sport watches and should either be worn in the arena they are meant for (racing, boating/yachting/) or casually with jeans. They are not versatile and shouldn't be worn with suits.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

If watches are not mechanical they are not worth anything. Throw out those quartz watches men of style! The subtle and elegant pieces are "timeless." The big watches are like those big gold chains rappers used to wear. Silly and surreal.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

It just depends on the watch! Some large watches are gorgeous and fun and funky, but others are just gaudy and ridiculous.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

i think big watches on men are fine as long as they're clean and simple...no diamonds please.

 

Blogger Kate said ... (11:19 AM) : 

If the big watches look like the guys are overcompensating for something else, then something inherently is a bad fit. Overall, I think the watch just needs to feel right for the man, for the outfit, for the occasion.

Love you!

 

Blogger E said ... (11:19 AM) : 

Men wearing large flashies and diamonds on any part of them always looks either Liberace or Thug. Trying way too hard.
Sport or casual clothing looks good with large watches, even the bracelet type. Business, however, always requires something moderate. This fellow has not let anything get in the way of his healthy, well-balanced look, and the way he looks, well, a woman would not notice his watch...mission accomplished?
E in Texas

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:20 AM) : 

this watch is absolutely amazing.huge watches are for men with a huge ego..usually.

 

Blogger M. Arce said ... (11:21 AM) : 

As with other things (ahem) I don't necessarily believe size matters. A nice watch is simply that no matter what the size. Of course, if they have smaller wrists, the very large watches might look bizarre but at the same time, a large wrist with too small a watch would also have the same effect. It also goes with the outfit- some outfits beg for something large and attention-grabbing and other outfits demand something less ostentatious. As with all accessories, it's just gotta work overall!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 AM) : 

i love how his watch band color matches that of his coffee drink. talk about accessorizing! as a gay man, i think big watches on men look dopey and juvenile. sadly, my boy friend thinks they're cool. he wears them all the time.

 

Anonymous Judithar321 said ... (11:22 AM) : 

I love a watch. But agree with Scott -- not oversized so that it looks like a guy is showing off or overcompensating. An attractive, well-sized watch like the one pictured helps frame a strong, attractive wrist and (hopefully) well maintained hands -- even if they are work-worn. The same holds true for women.

Love this photo. This guy can bring me coffee anytime!

 

Anonymous Macy said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Vintage watch, with a tactile strap, i.e. non metal, every time. The perfect watch has a character and individuality that an iphone or mobile will never have.
The one in this photo is perfect.

 

Blogger alastair said ... (11:28 AM) : 

I always make sure I wear a watch so that when some rudeboy asks me for the time, he won't jack my phone when I check!

Otherwise, I'm not often a fan of big watches on a man, guess it depends on the outfit. Big watches on ladies though can be cool, almost worn like a bangle perhaps.

 

Blogger Carla said ... (11:30 AM) : 

I found that a gentleman always wears a watch.. love the new trend of black and pink gold watches some men are wearing in Puerto Rico ( reminds me of old Cuba)

 

Blogger Jane said ... (11:30 AM) : 

I tend to think that big watches do little else but highlight how small their wrist looks with it on. A bit like when a little boy tries on his father's work clothes for the first time.

As others have said, its an accessory so it should go with the outfit and the overall persona. If its oversized, flashy, and shiny, then so be it--it won't be the watch that people stare at!

 

Blogger Rose said ... (11:36 AM) : 

Large, shiny watches on men are obnoxious.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:44 AM) : 

I concur that in this day and age, one's timepiece is the cell phone, thus rendering watch-wearing unnecessary...

 

Blogger Annie said ... (11:44 AM) : 

I feel the same way about huge, shiny watches as I do about shiny sports cars: they're tacky and unnecessary. Tasteful, small vintage watches like this one are absolutely perfect.

 

Blogger kat said ... (11:45 AM) : 

Less is more. (except for sartorialist postings, that is...excellent work)

 

Anonymous Ian Batch said ... (11:47 AM) : 

I love the picture Scott and its a great question personally I only really have three words to say on the subject of watches, "Tag Heuer Monaco". Looks great on a Man and great on woman both Vintage and Modern at the same time.

Other than that its a great picture and its nice to see a fellow great looking red head getting some positive comments from the girls.

 

Blogger PEPPER!!!!! said ... (11:47 AM) : 

CAN I GET THE DIGITS!?? He is FINE FINE FYYYYNEEEEE! A GINGER? o wee

Watches are overrated. but i'll look from time to time what a man has chosen as his arm piece.

 

Anonymous Rachel said ... (11:48 AM) : 

i personally adore leather bands on watches, can't stand big flashy watches, so tacky. And please, no diamonds on the face of a watch, horrid. there is just some comforting and lovely about a worn in leather band. perhaps this is why i recently have been wearing one of my fathers watches.

 

Blogger sam said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I never wear watches myself, and I enjoy a boy who doesn't either.

But sometimes a slim almost girly metal watch on a man is nice

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I bought my husband a vintage watch for christmas years ago. It fits him perfectly. Not too big. Not to small. He says people are constantly commenting on it. He loves it and so do I!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 PM) : 

To be honest, I don't even notice the watch. If the watch is/was gaudy I might be worried that he's high maintenance. I don't know. I don't even notice it, totally not necessary to wear one.

 

Anonymous CK Dexter Haven said ... (12:01 PM) : 

"Overcompensation" for what? You have a sick mind.....

I wouldn't want to have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket to check the time. Just seems silly.

I wear a Panerai. The bigger the better. I like a big chunk of hardware. It's a beautiful, well-designed watch. And, once you've worn one, going back to anything smaller just feels like it's a ladies' watch. Even a Rolex now feels puny.

Thing is, if it fits properly, once it's on, you don't notice it. And, i'm talking about the 44mm titanium Panerai with bracelet - a pretty heavy watch. I don't, though, wear a watch when i'm at home. As soon as i get home, everything comes off: watch, ring, shoes....

[And, i have no "ego" whatsoever. Zip, zero, zilch.]

 

Blogger gija said ... (12:04 PM) : 

i love watches but i really dont like the huge ones

 

Blogger theysa said ... (12:04 PM) : 

thats a slightly loaded question. and whats big? yeah the big panerais are falling out of vogue but i dont think a chunky chrono will completely go out of style.

 

Blogger hi-d said ... (12:05 PM) : 

I haven't worn a watch for years either, because of cell phones, computers, etc. My husband doesn't wear one either.

I'm staring at this coffee!!! ha ha....

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Shouldn't the watch match the man's size, what he's wearing and his personal style? I collect watches and have several large watches as well as several smaller, slim watches. Any watch needs to be simple, and like any other piece of clothing, should reflect the man's taste and style sensibilities.
As far as this guy goes, the watch is cool, but the rest of him isn't - an untucked shirt? Wasn't that over in 2004?!

 

Blogger lintmag said ... (12:06 PM) : 

As a woman, I love a big watch for myself, even though I have a pretty scrawny wrist, but on a guy I guess I just like a basic, fairly classic watch. I don't want to see anything with jewels, too childish, too small, and please no cheap digital thing. This guy is doing well with his watch.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:09 PM) : 

I am never without a watch and prefer a classic understated watch on a man over the ginormous bling encrusted gadgets that some men are sporting...and yes one cant wonder about the overcompensation factor.....

 

Blogger Tony Post No Bills | Washington DC said ... (12:10 PM) : 

You play to build. (Play on Proportion). i.e..a small guy like me with a overpowering watch would like like walking with a compass or flavor flav clock on my wrist. I've always been a fan of vintage watches (they are cheaper...but repairing them will equal the cost of a new watch...but Hey..its a potential asset......watch collecting is a different story).I'm an avid collector of Vintage watches (manual). Vintage Watches will be rediscovered as the 'new accessory'. Think about it, by changing the band on the watch whether it be, leather, alligator, ostrich, crocodile, or even the rayon straps (similar to the rayon/nylon belts). An interchange in bands means a newly changed/transformed watch. Or is the super sized watch a form of overcompensation, hence the newly defined midlife 1/3rd life crisis. Gas prices already taxed your pockets, so we drive less. Thus less purchasing power for that hot red sports car. But still a super sized watch is easier to hide then a new sports car from the wife. But she can spot you anywhere with that clock on your wrist.

Examples of the nylon/rayon belt from past Sart pics:
http://bit.ly/11OdwN
http://bit.ly/fWKYl

-Tony Post No Bills

 

Blogger smallrooms said ... (12:11 PM) : 

I'm NOT a fan of big watches, because, here in Dallas, where everything is sooo big, it would not be original or cool. Big hair. Big boobies. Big sculpted fingernails. Big houses. Big SUVs. Big egos. And now big watches—usually it's a Rolex on a $30,000 millionaire.

I know. I sound mean, nasty, and bitter. So I'll sign off and take a nice pill. With chocolate.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:13 PM) : 

I can't get behind not wearing a watch. There is a totally different experience in being able to look at your wrist and having to pull a phone out of your pocket (and possibly play with it to get the lights to come on).

I lost my watch in Lisbon while travelling and felt completely lost for a week. I ended up buying some cheap junk off a man on the street in florence (it was VERY hard to find something understated and not gaudy)

 

Blogger Patrick said ... (12:18 PM) : 

My favorite part of this photo is the way the foremost Iced Whatever echoes the color progression from his shirt to his hair.

 

Blogger BARGAIN BEX said ... (12:20 PM) : 

I happen to adore nothing more than a really big man's watch overtaking my super tiny wrist, but as for men, I prefer classic, timeless pieces on a smaller scale. Maybe I like the juxtaposition and the irony that I would never consider anything other than a big face on myself, but that I want nothing more than something small and simple for men. Hmm. What a conundrum.

I wrote about this very thing just a few weeks back on my site, the post is called: Time Is On My Side.

http://www.bargainbex.com

P.S. Falling pretty hard for this guy's tat too ....

 

Anonymous a swedish girl said ... (12:23 PM) : 

I have to say that I'm attracted to minimalistic men, nothing too big and nothing flashy. Flashy turns me off, I like discreat...simple and discreat. Even if you successful, less is more.

 

Blogger do you like my tight sweater said ... (12:27 PM) : 

I am a girl and I DONT like big watches on men :)
No, No, No.

 

Anonymous Timothy I. Malachi said ... (12:28 PM) : 

I do love watches and I think it's like sport car. I prefer a label from italy nd I prefer leather than metal. Cause they have various of colors in leather. And usually my watches attract people's attention and it's a good way too to start a conversation with people I've just knew who admire my watches

 

Blogger martis said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Hey,
God bless Starbucks....

 

Blogger tcarole said ... (12:30 PM) : 

I love the choice of color on the band. It matches his hair. I bet if you asked him about his watch, it has a story which is what makes it cool.

 

Anonymous Eric Rohr said ... (12:41 PM) : 

The lesson here? Buy the watch, lose the smart phone.

 

Blogger Soren Lorensen said ... (12:42 PM) : 

no i am not attracted to it

the bigger his watch the smaller his you-know-what

and if you don't know what ask your parents


a watch should speak about your personality, not about your bank balance


so for example, a small yellow child's watch can be the height of charm on the right fellow.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

i was attracted to the man im with now at first because of his 1960s understated vulcain watch. elegant and masculine face with fabric band it was at once tough, utilitarian, and sensual. i much prefer a man who keeps a low profile but when you study the details they are well chosen and interesting.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

A man never wearing a watch is like a woman never carrying a bag!!! I really cannot understand it. I am a collector and wear both smaller vintage pieces and larger functional watches according to what I am wearing and what activity I am partaking in. There is no "correct" watch style.

 

Blogger Erica Amina said ... (12:50 PM) : 

I like this guy's watch mucho. More importantly, does a man have the arms and hands to carry off a big watch? Some do, most don't. You need clearly defined MAN hands before you can carry off a big watch. Then its sexy!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:52 PM) : 

I appreciate when a man takes the time to put on a nice watch. To me, it means that he cares enough about his appearance enough to add an accessory. I also think it adds a punch of sophistication in the working world.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:54 PM) : 

I think it depends on proportions - if the gentleman is slim, a smaller watch face with a slim band can look elegant. A large flashy one might make that same gentleman look like a teen taking his dad's watch for a spin. Similary, a slim watch might make a plump arm look like a squeezed sausage.

 

Blogger Black Bloke (The Flash Bastard) said ... (12:58 PM) : 

I agree with you. Since I live in Southern California, I've been looking at these monstrosities for too many moons now!

Admittedly, when T was younger, the first 'real' watch I ever bought was a Breitling. Since I have a very small frame for a man of 6 feet, I looked like a little boy with his Father's watch on.... though I STILL love a big Mens watch on a stylish femme (I don't see this as much as in the early '90s).

Then I found an old '70's Timex on the ground downtown and wore it ever day until I lost it (to the next lucky winner!)...

By then, I'd narrowed my obsessive collector's personality down a bit... I was born in '67 and stick with things from that year when and where possible, including the Chevy Nova I use as a daily driver. I have a small collection (4 or 5 1967 watches) with my favorite being a stainless Rolex that I found in a "Boy's" size smaller than normal, larger than a Woman's watch. Perfect for little ol' me...

Now... with such a boom of Vintage everything... it's getting a little too 'done' for me and I have such an aversion to following suit, I'm considering not wearing any watch at all - may even just sell the car and stick to my Lambretta (Scooter).

Um... too much answer, I know. Thanks for bearing with me!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:02 PM) : 

I fell in love with a man over a watch.

My eyes became a camera the first time I saw him standing in line; everything surrounding him was an out of focus blurr. He was an angel, I knew, sent into my life to be my life time partner. He was the man that I had prepared for by marrying others, learning to be the best person I could ever be.

His watch was large and expensive looking with a vintage-esque silver expandable band. This was a sign that he was a photographer, the profession of my dreams. The watch reminded me of a camera I quess?

He broke my heart during a 6 month relationship: womanizer without even a camera !

Now I like to see a man with no watch as I do not wear one myself.

Signed ,

Anonymous today

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

Boy, let me tell you, it is not attractive. Simple is always better, and what is better than vintage? I'll skip the giant chunky watch, thanks.

 

Blogger Sarah said ... (1:03 PM) : 

I like an understated watch. There is always something about a guy with a really classy smaller watch, like he's not putting everything out on the table at once. There's something to discover later. I guess it's like women who show too much skin at once, they always look a bit over-done, but a hint of skin is sexy. Same thing.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 

Some rappers have two watches per wrist, and a 4-6 inch vertical platinum bangle. Guys with their bulky rolexes remind me of that, except the grandpas at the golf course, of course.

 

Anonymous Katy McDevitt said ... (1:06 PM) : 

I like men who wear minimal (and pretty minimalistic) accessories, including watches. I don't mind a watch but it needs to be unbig and unblingy and ungaudy. Vintage is good, yes. A plain white-faced black-strapped Timex is good. It's not about thebucks spent, at all. Ostentation is a big buzzkill. I like the watch on this guy but he loses me with the icky tattoo. Icky tattoos are icky.

 

Anonymous Linn Emilie said ... (1:07 PM) : 

starbucks CRAVINGS...

 

Blogger The Daily Connoisseur said ... (1:07 PM) : 

I like big watches and I cannot lie :)

 

Anonymous claytorama said ... (1:13 PM) : 

So what kind of watch did this guy have?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:15 PM) : 

To me, a nice watch is important. It should be subtle. I consider mine to be an heirloom. Rolex Explorer II. I wear it every day, with everything. And is should fit comfortably. Not like a bangle and not like a brace. Comfortable.

 

Blogger lenmeister said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Maana at 10:14am above states the exact reason some men (including myself) wear a watch. It's become a complementary accessory as well over the years I think. As for the debate over big vs small watches, it all depends on the wearer. Chronographs are in fashion(current)-not in style(individual), and they are bigger because they hav more than one motor-not to be big, they hav other functions (I should know, work closely to watch manufacturers)
I reckon that a bigger guy would wear a watch with a wider quadrant proportional to his physique vice versa for a smaller built gentleman.
And I find its more practical to wear a wristwatch instead or relying on phones or mp3 players but thats a matter of choice again.
I mean if you're in a business meeting do you really want to pull out your smartphone or mp3 player for the time? lol just my take
And I don't wear a watch to impress the ladies-its personal, serves more of an ingroup bias purpose

 

Blogger Αβαδιστη said ... (1:27 PM) : 

Watches are made for those who believe in the linear time. So they are fake counters. Who need them?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:30 PM) : 

I love big, sporty watches - solid colors, no "bling" - as long as they don't overwhelm the wrist.

And, as a plus with guys who accessorize with watches, I love stealing my bf's watches when my own look demands it.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:33 PM) : 

very cool watch -- I agree with the person who said the watch should fit the wrist. I'm an American living in Italy and I think men's watches are getting too big over here. I bought a vintage women's sport watch because I couldn't find a new one that wasn't huge.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:34 PM) : 

No big watches on men. Please. it's too tacky. subtle is the way to go. or no watch at all.

 

Blogger doisedois said ... (1:45 PM) : 

huge, expensive watches are SO TACKY.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 PM) : 

I think that many are missing the point here. Many large watches (pilot's and diver's watches) are SUPPOSED to be big. They are designed as such to be functional.

 

Blogger Rosie said ... (1:49 PM) : 

I like a big man's watch on a woman--but I have to agree, and prefer the smaller size on a man! Slightly contrary, but maybe that's why it is appealing ;)

http://rosieshaheen.blogspot.com/

 

Blogger t. said ... (1:58 PM) : 

Doesn't matter if his watch is big or small to me, though the really giant ones are a little excessive.

On the other hand, I think I'd find this guy hottt whatever kind of watch he was wearing...

t @ Now Craving

 

Blogger Tristan said ... (1:58 PM) : 

I wear an old swiss army watch (its 9 years old, had it since i was a teen), it has a dark brown strap and deep blue face. Its a masculine and subtle time piece which generally represents my personal style ;)

 

Blogger indigo warrior said ... (2:00 PM) : 

I think it's like any kind of accessory. One should be able to say "Wow, he (or she) looks great!" as the first thought that comes to mind, as opposed to "What the heck is that ______ !?!" in response to an accessory or make up or whatever. The whole before the parts.

I could have cared less about the watch when I saw this picture. I saw a lovely human first. Never mind that he got the drinks.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:03 PM) : 

My ex and best friend wears one fairly large watch at times, but he also wears a vintage watch that was once his grandfathers. It's amazing. I wish I remember the name of the designer. I like both... big and blingy or classic and sleak. Really depends on what look he's going for and how well he's pulling it off.

 

Blogger ErinL said ... (2:06 PM) : 

I like the size of his watch, but I don't mind larger watches on guys as long as they're not tacky.

He looks great though. I'm loving his chambray shirt.

 

Blogger Sara said ... (2:09 PM) : 

Love his horse tattoo... looks like it was drawn by CW Anderson.

 

Anonymous Holly said ... (2:14 PM) : 

I am in Silicon Valley so not the epicenter of fashion. We do get transplants from Europe and anyone with a "jumbotron" or plasma t.v. strapped to their wrist looks weird here. However, even with all the ambient time (phones, gadgets and the like), I still think men look put together with a watch. It is one of the few accessories left with the death of ties. I think a watch should express the wearer ... vintage, classic, nerdy, sporty, etc. The watch type gives you insight into the person -- even if it is just that day.

 

Blogger vancouvergirl05 said ... (2:19 PM) : 

This guy has quite a nice watch. And a very cool tattoo!

 

Anonymous Lord Brummel said ... (2:24 PM) : 

I agree with you, Sart. Watches have become too big, and this tendency is not going to stop any soon. Even Patek has started to get bigger, I believe...

I have not been wearing a watch in ages, and I do not have any.

And it damages shirt cuffs... unless you wear it over the shirt, like the late Mr Agnelli, one of a kind.

So for me it's a no no, but I understand that many people love watches and that it can also be very elegant. Better if understated. But is that not real elegance?

 

Blogger piatenko said ... (2:25 PM) : 

i love pocket-watches

 

Anonymous Jade said ... (2:28 PM) : 

I would FAR rather see my husband in something like this than any of the "look at me" watches you see now.

 

Blogger cami falcão said ... (2:29 PM) : 

I'm with you, can't figure why people are still wearing watches these days.
NO, ladies are not more attracted to guys with giant watches or any sort of watch at all (at least not me or my friends), but when a guy has a great one like this, it can be fun, but still totally dispensable.

 

Blogger Cobalt Violet said ... (2:30 PM) : 

Unless you are P-Diddy and are planning to break out in a rap ... no giant watches, please.

Loathe giant watches on men. First of all, what are they trying to prove? Second, not elegant. ( I do love a man's vintage watch-leather band- very sexy.)
Third, if he is very demonstrative and talks with his hands I am afraid of an accidental knock out.

Um, LOVE Wayfarers on a guys. Super sexy.

 

Anonymous biacovetti said ... (2:35 PM) : 

you can wear a good-looking watching without looking like you insecure and overcompensating. but lets be real no one ever reads a watch anymore so dont act like ur looking at ur wrist for the time lol

 

Blogger C.J.M. said ... (2:38 PM) : 

When men wear large watches I find it obnoxious, but when women wear large men's watches I think it's fabulous!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

depending on the watch reflects that they are classy so the answer is yes. agreed on the big gaudy watches though...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:58 PM) : 

Oh, to me big watches are just as vulgar as big logos on anything you wear. It's just a way of showing of what you can spend but some people regard that as quite cheap.
So I guess you're not in that peer group. You obviously belong to the stylish, more authentic one, but that's another kind of showing of status. :-)

 

Anonymous Antonio Barros said ... (2:58 PM) : 

This watch has the perfect size.. not too big and not too small!

the singular

 

Blogger Vitania said ... (3:00 PM) : 

Watches for men are like handbags for women. It completes an outfit. A woman should never leave the house without a purse, a man shouldn't leave without his watch. A good selection of sporty to formal, and of course, there should be atleast one showstopper!

Vitania

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:05 PM) : 

I just got a giant, wall clock like watch for myself. I got the watch because I am scheduled to take the Law School Admissions Test which has prohibited digital watches. Since, every minute is important on the LSAT, I need a watch that can be as easily seen by me on test date as it can from space. So, in other words I have to use a watch that works for my needs.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:09 PM) : 

Gotta admit the tattoo and why a horse intrigue me. It's a nice change from the de rigeur tribal or Black Flag.

 

Anonymous Nicole said ... (3:10 PM) : 

First, I love that the band matches the color of his facial hair!

Second, a guy with a good taste in a quality timepiece is attractive not so much the fact that he wears one. I do believe some guys treat it as "symbol of success" just like they do with anything else material that they own, which is a huge red flag to me. I like men whose style generates a quiet explosion - not an atomic bomb.

 

Blogger *corinne said ... (3:14 PM) : 

no no, i like watches exactly like this man's! ideal, and very chic.

and now i want to go to starbucks.

 

Blogger Lisa said ... (3:18 PM) : 

the watch does not attract....the man does. but if i see big ugly shiney watches....i think...bad taste. success does not automatically mean taste...obviously and unfortunately, right?

 

Blogger PaigeMarshall said ... (3:23 PM) : 

I should say I am so much fascinated by the iced caramel macchiato in that tray that I would not see the watch! :)

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 PM) : 

His watchband matches his hair.

 

Anonymous la Bug said ... (3:38 PM) : 

A big, flashy watch on a big, flashy guy is an A ticket. My taste runs more toward the Citizen Stiletto (super thin) on a reedy, Adrian Brody-type, who will, inevitably, think he's too good for me...
I'm gonna go find me a mesomorph in a freakin' huge watch.

 

Blogger BLankPAGE said ... (3:46 PM) : 

Well, I like huge watches, when they have something to do with the rest of the outfit. and I think they don't fit to anybody.

I dated a guy who had only huge watches and he looked very fine with them.

 

Anonymous James said ... (3:53 PM) : 

I've been searching for a new band for my favorite watch (a WWII-era Soviet piece) for ages -- thanks for the inspiration!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:58 PM) : 

A man can use his watch, as well as other accessories, to better define his style very much as women do with our accessories. His mood (mellow or mod), where he's going (club or office), what he's wearing all can determine if he chooses the stainless steel tank or the leather strapped Cartier.
Of course, that can (and maybe the definition of person style is that it should) all be tossed out the window and he could just wear what he likes best ... in that case, give me a classic, quality timepiece that can go anywhere anytime... any time.

 

Anonymous greendress said ... (4:20 PM) : 

jenniebelle 10:42 AM said...
"my question to u is what u think about the new trendy plastic watches?"

i think Swatch proved years ago that plastic watches can be trendy, sporty and whimsical. i still have mine from my teenage years. it can show a little glimpse of your personality.

 

Blogger sandra said ... (4:22 PM) : 

i didnt even notice the watch, i was too busy trying to figure out how many thousand calories are in the starbucks cups hes carrying.

 

Blogger Madame de la Moleskine. said ... (4:24 PM) : 

first thing i noticed was his watch matches the frapuccino!
caramel-caramel!

www.thepencil-filledmug.com

 

Blogger Bronwyn said ... (4:27 PM) : 

I don't like big watches on men or women. Which is a bit of a problem for me lately (I'm a woman, by the way) because I've got to the age where I need either a big watch or to wear my reading glasses all the time. I can't even really see the hands on my watch without the glasses. I just don't see the appeal in either big watches or big handbags - they're necessary functional items and should be elegant but unobtrusive.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:28 PM) : 

I love a vintage understated Cartier or Patek on a man, a la Agnelli. But I also love a big mens watch on a woman, a la Garance.
p.s. The man is hottt!

 

Blogger UES boy said ... (4:39 PM) : 

I stay away from anything bigger than 42mm diameter...even that can look big depending on the model.

Watch styles are like fashion styles. Right now, big watches are in and one day they will be out. Classics are always the best option for the money.

 

Anonymous holly said ... (4:44 PM) : 

I'm a watch freak...I think of them as I do any accessary. You can tell alot about a person through their watch.The guy in the picture is an excample of what I'm talking about. His watch totally goes with his over all style...I sense a reoccurance of smaller watches, even sunglasses.

 

Blogger BobKentNoVa said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I have a small collection of quality watches. Thin and simple is my preference. I like that such a watch is so unobtrusive that you can forget your wearing it, until you need to know the time. I've always been anti-bling too.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

I think that it's a question of model and the man wearing it.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 PM) : 

my vote is a small vintage or one that isn't too flashy. hate the big flashy expensive ones that remind me of the small guy in the big hummer.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:08 PM) : 

The watch a man wears must match him. If he's a big guy, he needs a big watch. If he's thin, a smaller watch will do. If he's loud an boisterous, well, you get the picture...

I love a man with an elagant, but on-the-large-side watch. Not flava-flav style, just elegant. I think the European guys do a good job at not overdoing it.

 

Blogger Rik said ... (5:20 PM) : 

I believe there's more important things than making sure your watch looks just right. Those with the big, chunky, metal watches obviously have too much time on their hands to be worrying about just that- their big, fancy watches! However, the man you photographed- his [red?] watch is fine. Seems to only add to his character/style. That's the key- Keep it simple!

 

Blogger Dolo said ... (5:27 PM) : 

I couldn´t agree with you more!!! Total overcompensation!

 

OpenID shoemein said ... (5:28 PM) : 

I definitely am not a fan of large watches, they just look too chunky on a man's wrist. However the quirky or unique vintage watches I can appreciate.
Love this shot, he's rugged AND stylish!

http://shoemein.wordpress.com

 

Anonymous Locksmith Sartorialst said ... (5:30 PM) : 

one more Panerai guy, love it.

 

Blogger jeff said ... (5:36 PM) : 

After giving up watches a few years back, I find it very uncomfortable to go back to wearing one. Only if I'm in a suit, then I'll wear something sleek and minimal.

I find status watches to be outdated, garish and an immediate turn-off

However, the simple timepiece on this Hottie works. Then again, I think anything would work on him.

 

Blogger green lantern said ... (5:40 PM) : 

IMHO...watches are conversational and situational pieces. Small and thin, big and thick, simple and complex faces abound with events and moods tied to every combination. Please don't show up at a formal dinner party with your G-Shock twerping and beeping about...gouche! On the other hand (pardon the pun), sailing with a Flava Flav timepiece swinging around one's neck could get you thrown overboard as an anchor.

 

Blogger Andrew said ... (5:41 PM) : 

i have small wrists, and a younger, 'boyish' face so whenever i wear watches that are 38-40mm in size, i look like a kid playing with dad's watches.

about a year ago i wanted to get a classic rolex datejust with oyster bracelet and silver face. however, when i put it on and looked at myself in a full length mirror all i could look at was the hunk of stainless steel hanging on my wrist. it looked like all i was trying to do was show off that i bought a rolex.

i then tried the date model which is a slightly smaller version at 34mm and it fit perfect.

i get compliments all the time, as it is vintage and i change out bands/straps all the time. it looks like a fine integral detail in my entire ensemble of an outfit as opposed to a 'look at me' piece of flash and trash. i've had people tell me they admire my sense of proportion, that i had the guts to go smaller, and that it looks like when a guy with a normal size wrists wears a regular datejust.

 

Blogger southerngentinL.A. said ... (5:43 PM) : 

I'm old school. I was raised by a man who felt a man always wears a watch and is always mindful of the time. If for nothing else, to make sure you're being respectful of other people's time. And, if someone inquires as to the time a man should not have to fumble with a gadget (imho). I do, however, understand that some cats don't wear any kind of jewelry and some cats hate the way watches feel. So, that said, If you're going to wear one then simple, subtle and classy is the way to go. To that end, this cat is handlin' his biz....peace.

 

Anonymous Marta said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Hello!This is my first comment here though I visit you (and arance Doré by the way :) EVERY day. I am an European woman and I love the watch of the man in the pic, very casual, natural, simple... but I don´t like big watches for men! ( I do like a woman wearing a man´s watch)Extra bigs seem too pretentious to me.My message to men: keep watches simple or classic!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:13 PM) : 

I love watches. I'll continue to wear one no matter how many gadgets have a clock. It's not for a status symbol, but a nice watch does look good.

 

Anonymous honolulu said ... (6:16 PM) : 

I don't like watches in general but this guy is smokin and I wish he was bringing *me* the iced latte.

 

Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (6:57 PM) : 

I like big watches, but not big flashy ones, I like funky ones, otherwise I like vintage or understated watches (LOVE Rado) - not as a symbol of success though, I'm more about the aesthetic :)

 

Blogger Tanya said ... (7:08 PM) : 

definitely simple, and yes im not sure what you mean by small, but i do agree that this guys watch is perfect. Im really not a fan of big shiny watches, it just makes a man look pretentious...not hot.

 

Blogger Lisa said ... (7:16 PM) : 

I think a big watch can be very masculine...though it needs to fit the frame of the man. A big watch on a small frame man just looks silly!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 PM) : 

want to see the guy, not the watch. if it adds to his look, perfect. if it takes from or distracts....no.
watches are jewelry and so whether expensive or not, I think meaningful is the best- my guy has a Rolex but from his parents. Class.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:31 PM) : 

I like a man who has a watch, especially a man that I am interested in. It gives me a conversation starter, "Excuse me, but do you happen to have the time?" Although I do not really like men with big watches IT DOES seem a little like over-compensation.The more simple the better, it shows they care to take that extra time to put on a watch. But that they don't want to sensationalize what they wear.

 

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