What does your watch say?

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Not all men wear jewelry, but most wear a watch and yours can say a lot about you. You may not think twice about your timepiece, but others do. So what does your watch say about you? A large bezel or think band could be a clue that you’re rugged and physically powerful. A thin watch may subtly give you an air of sophistication. The number of watches is almost countless. Apple watches seem ubiquitous, but does that make them utilitarian or high-tech?

Some brands are more well known and sporting a Rolex is a dead giveaway in our eyes that the man wearing it wants people to know he’s wealthy. Still, there are other Swiss models that don’t have quite the same brand recognition but cost ten times as much.

A quick perusal of Watch Time magazine will give you an overview from the ultra thin to visible mechanisms.

Status

Perhaps nothing makes as loud a statement as the quiet subtlety of a fine wristwatch. One look at a man wearing the Richard Mille RM038 (priced near $400,000) tells you he’s wildly successful. Those in the know, know, and little else need be said. If you have the money, you can spend twice as much for other brands too. Hublots and Rolexes, too, although somewhat less pricey can silently announce your presence and status. Hublot’s more industrial feel may give the wearer a more unique cache than the traditional Rolex.

Endurance

Sports watches abound, but for the man who aspires to ruggedness, a Panerai suits him well. Used by the like of Sly Stallone, these near-indestructable timepieces keep up with an active lifestyle. Likewise, an Omega (now more famous as the watch of James Bond) is durable, attractive. Sporting one of these lets the world know you value dependability but also a spirit of adventure.

Function

The man wearing a chronograph like a Breitling exudes not only status but preparedness. It says “I’ve got all the information I need on my wrist.” Sturdy and fashionable, a chronograph provides time, date, minutes and seconds at a glance. Originally a pilot’s watch, a Breitling lets the earthbound emulate our high flying counterparts. If we can’t take the yoke of a 787, we can at least push the buttons on our watches!

Of course no watch is worth the cost if it isn’t accurate and all those we’ve mentioned are precise instruments. The Swiss pride themselves on accuracy and whatever the watch or style reliability isn’t an issue.

So what’s yours? Status? Endurance? Function? You’ll decide. And other will notice.