Haute Horology: A guide to those who are buying a luxury watch for the first time

Haute Horology: A guide to those who are buying a luxury watch for the first time

There comes a point in life when people start valuing time (theirs and others), and discover the true meaning of wearing a bespoke watch on their the wrist. If you have also reached that stage when only a timekeeper can keep you going, it’s time to buy your first luxury watch. Be it a symbol of your accomplishments or your taste, invest in a watch that you would love wearing for years to come, and pass down  as a talisman of your determination for timekeeping!

Buying the first luxury watch is not just about going blindly by what others are wearing, but has more to do with your personalized choices. The watch that you wear not just helps you in keeping a tab on time, but also speaks for your personality – whether you are an admirer of sophistication or an enthusiast for adventure or stand somewhere in between these two extremes.

Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind when buying a bespoke timepiece:

  1. Do enough research

Sure there’s a lot of pomp and glamour associated with big brands but try not to get taken it by that. It’s important you consider the other features that determine its overall worth.
If a chronograph watch is your object of fancy, go with brands that excel in creating multi-dial timepieces. Breitling, Hublot and FOSSIL watches are rejoiced by timepiece lovers across the world. Altimeter, retrograde, mechanical or gold-toned, choices are many for the watch lovers to pick exactly what they desire.

A guide to buying your first luxury watch
A guide to buying your first luxury watch

2. Follow your heart without forgetting the budget

While some may forget the budget when it comes to the passion for luxury watches, others prefer clinging to the budget while living the dream of owning a watch that exudes luxury. Unless you are in a position to spend $25,000 without a single frown, follow the basic rule of going with a basic budget in mind. If you explore watch collections from different luxury brands, you will come across many such models that fit your budget and appeal to your liking too.

3. Delve a little deeper: Decide upon the movement of your watch

From manual to automatic and quartz to mechanical, the movement of a watch not just determine the way its functions will be powered, but also influences a buyer’s decision. While quartz watches offer high accuracy at a lowered price, mechanical watches are more associated with the feel of luxury and sophistication. When it comes to hand-wound or manual versus automatic, the choice is primarily between the pleasure of winding one’s own watch every day and the ecstasy of owning a watch that is self-winding. From Antonio Bernini to Chopard, Dior, CITIZEN and Fossil watches, available with leading watch retailers in India like Zimson all come with the automatic movement to allure those who value the self-winding factor more.

A guide to buying your first luxury watch
A guide to buying your first luxury watch

4. Make sure it’s a classic design

While, an oversized watch takes away the focus from other important things in your overall appearance, an over-styled timepiece is nothing more than a gaudy accessory. Finding the right balance between the gaudy and the understated is as important as searching something within your budget. Also, make sure that the watch you are wearing is doing justice to your attire. A sports watch with an office suit or a dress watch around a mountaineer’s wrist will make heads turn, but only for the bad reason of style misfit.

5. The degree of complication you desire

A watch can be simple or complicated in terms of its features. Along with telling the time, a watch can provide a wealth of functions for those who want more from it. Owning a watch with hi-end features is justified not just from the utility point of view but also from the pleasure angle. Having a watch that is functional in different time zones can serve the purpose of those who need to travel frequently, while at the same time, it attracts those who want to feel the fun of wearing a hi-end timepiece.

6. Remember you must take care of it.

Owning a luxury watch is not enough; it has to be used with care so that it lives long. If kept close to super magnets like speakers, the internal parts of a watch may move from their original place, leading to the loss of the normal functioning. Also, giving your watch for servicing to an authorized center once in a while is not a bad idea; it will only help in adding more life to it.

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