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February 6th, 2023

How Versatile Should a Watch Be?

As leading providers of luxury watch brands, we get the opportunity to showcase some truly revolutionary pieces. We have seen it all when it comes to functionality and offer diving watches, running watches, smartwatches, and formal dress watches, to name a few watch types available from Banks Lyon. Because of this, we understand that functionality plays a significant part in choosing a watch, but equally, aesthetics matter too.

Getting a watch that ‘does it all’ for you can be difficult, especially if you’re an athletic person who also likes to attend fancy dinners! So, we’re helping you by looking into how versatile your watch should be and whether it’s worth investing in multiple pieces to ensure you always get what you need out of your watch.

What Does Watch Versatility Mean?

Versatility is the idea that something can be adapted to suit various functions or environments. So, in the context of watches, versatility refers to a watch’s ability to be suitable for a variety of occasions. For example, diving during the day and a formal dinner in the evening. A versatile watch can be worn in formal and casual settings and with different types of outfits.

This is typically achieved through the design and features of the watch, such as its size, colour, materials, and functions. The latter meaning whether it is a chronograph or has a date display, for example. Many consider a versatile watch a valuable investment because it can be worn frequently without appearing out of place. However, we’re interested to know whether too much versatility is a bad thing and whether purchasing several watches to suit a variety of occasions is a better option.

How to Choose a Watch Based on Functionality

OMEGA Speedmaster Super Racing Chronograph 44.25mm WatchThere are several factors to consider when it comes to choosing a watch based on functionality, for example:

  1. What do you intend to use the watch for? Do you need it for sports and dress wear or just casual wear?
  2. Are you considering quartz or a smartwatch?
  3. Do you need additional functions like an alarm or a heart rate monitor?
  4. Water resistance. What level of water resistance do you require?
  5. Which materials would you prefer, and how sturdy do they need to be?

If you’re looking for something with great functionality and a wide scope of features to suit your requirements, OMEGA watches are some to consider. For example, this is the OMEGA Speedmaster Super Racing Chronograph 44.25mm Watch, which has 50m water resistance, durable stainless steel exterior casing, and a stunning colourway, proving it can provide you with the best of both worlds. You can purchase this highly functional watch for £10,700 or just £89.16 per month on 0% finance.

How to Choose a Watch Based on Aesthetics

Here at Banks Lyon, we offer a range of brands, including IWC watches and Cartier watches, which are both famous for their outstanding aesthetics. The latter isCartier Panthere Yellow Gold Medium Watch beautifully displayed to the left, showcased on the Cartier Panthere Yellow Gold Medium Watch, available for £27,400. So if stunning pieces like this that you can wear to formal occasions are what you’re looking for, here are some tips on choosing a piece based on aesthetics:

  1. What is your personal style, and what design elements are important to you?
  2. Do you have a preference for a particular brand, or are you open to exploring your options?
  3. What type of style (e.g. Roman numerals, markers, or sticks) do you like?
  4. What size is both comfortable to wear and proportionate to your wrist?
  5. What material and colour do you prefer? For example, leather or metal.

Choosing a Watch That You Can Wear For Multiple Occasions

Versatility is a desirable feature of watches and something many buyers look for when purchasing a timepiece they intend to wear and use frequently. However, when choosing a watch you can wear for multiple occasions, it’s important to look at both functionality and aesthetics, which we explored above. Combining the two can be challenging, and there are many examples of watches that have tried to do it all and have failed. Because of this, it’s important that you consider these points when choosing a watch that you can wear for multiple occasions:

  1. Neutral design. A classic look and neutral colours will never go out of style and can be worn on both formal and casual occasions.
  2. Consider materials that can withstand daily wear, such as stainless steel.
  3. Don’t go overboard on watches that claim to be all-singing-all-dancing. Instead, only choose features that will be useful to you on multiple occasions.
  4. High-quality. If you’re going to be wearing a watch a lot, it’s important that it is durable and made of high-quality materials.

Regarding the latter, it’s all about the brand you choose. A reputable watchmaker should be at the forefront of your considerations and will provide you with everything you need from your versatile watch.

If you’re struggling to make your mind up or need help choosing a watch that will give you what you need, our expert team can help you. We offer an extensive range of watches, suitable for all occasions, so we are certain to have what you’re looking for.

Enquire today, and a member of team member will be more than happy to help you out.

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