How to choose the right watch?

Choosing a watch is not always easy, since there are a multitude of criteria to consider. Shape, manufacturer, bracelet and type of mechanism are just some of the details to be considered when buying a watch.

Movement type

There are three types of watch movement. The automatic watch is the most popular, because it’s always a technical feat and a guarantee of authenticity and luxury. It also winds itself. A mechanical movement is also highly prized, but has the disadvantage of needing to be wound frequently to keep it running. Finally, there are quartz watches that run on a battery. On this point, choosing your watch depends above all on cost, since mechanical and automatic watches are the most expensive.

Watch size

This is an important detail that many people overlook. The size of your watch should be adapted to the thickness of your wrist. So don’t hesitate to measure your wrist and choose a watch with a case proportioned to your body shape.

The strap

Choosing a watch also means choosing the strap. There are several materials to choose from. Metal straps are heavier, but unavoidable for certain watch models, notably Rolexes. It’s practical and solid, and can last as long as the watch itself. Leather straps, on the other hand, are more chic and subtle, but can degrade over time. Fabric watch straps are also available, but this material is generally shunned by the great watchmakers.

Complications and additional features

Depending on your budget, you can opt for watches with complications, in other words, additional functions such as a chronometer, a perpetual calendar, a lunar calendar or the GMT function, which allows you to read the time in several time zones at the same time.

You can also opt for a water-resistant watch, especially if you practice sports such as diving or if you’re a keen sailor.

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