Whenever you leave the house, what you’re wearing speaks volumes about who you are. Never is this truer than when you go to work. From your haircut right down to the tips of your shoes, you’re communicating things about yourself to those you encounter.
In the past, the formality and nature of your appearance said a lot about your status. Things are a little different today, however. For example, many CEOs wear jeans and sneakers to work. Most of the younger generation wear smartwatches. The smartwatch is seen as an extension of the smartphone.
Traditionalists might not take them seriously, but they would do so at their own risk. Your choice of watch is no longer necessarily a reflection of your status in society. But many men still enjoy buying and wearing expensive timepieces.
Young and old, these men still prefer some of the prestigious watch brands and don’t mind spending top dollar on their timepieces.
A watch and the perceptions
The perceptions a watch can create are numerous. For example, a solid, expensive watch establishes a sense of authority. It’s also the ideal way to come across as experienced and knowledgeable. An understated, vintage watch is always a winner. Unlike a pricy eye-catching watch, it doesn’t scream expensive tastes.
If you’re going for a job interview, you don’t want to wear a flashily costly watch. The interviewer might assume the salary on offer won’t be enough for you, and you won’t accept the offer. In these and similar circumstances, you want the watch to be part of your appearance, not the center of it.
Sometimes, the perceptions your watch create couldn’t be further from the truth. An expensive watch doesn’t mean you’re rich. It could be a gift or an inheritance. So, a watch might give a clue to your social standing or importance; it’s not always accurate.
The importance of a watch as a status symbol is more evident in traditional workplaces such as brokerages and law firms. In places like these, people still notice what watch you wear. This has advantages and disadvantages.
The price tag matters… or not
Some men have described their colleagues as being judgmental when they wear a new, expensive watch. The implication is that they’ve wasted their money and their colleagues look down on them for that. But those same colleagues will be the first to comment if they wear an inexpensive watch. These men feel that they’re damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
Most men believe that a discreet watch says a lot more about you than a flashy one. Many choose established brands like Rolex and Seiko. Others prefer lesser-known brands but expensive brands like Ulysse Nardin and Audemars Piguet.
One thing they all have in common though is the belief that you should be comfortable wearing the watch you choose. And that your choice of timepiece doesn’t ultimately determine who you are.