Experts from The Watch Exchange provide some insightful analysis into what your choice of watch communicates to others about your personality.
A watch is not simply an accessory of one’s style. It is also an extension of one’s identity, an image we construct based on the purchases we select. They are an indicator of one’s status, class, and personality. Your choice of watch being no exception to this rule.
In this article three types of watches are dissected to determine what they say about the wearer – The Luxury watch, The Vintage watch, and the Futuristic watch. So, what does your watch say about you? Let’s find out.
Those who are partial to luxury watches are likely looking to convey their appreciation of timeless style. A watch they could have worn ten years ago, today or another ten years down the line that remains trendy and well-recognised by the majority. These types of classical watches tend to belong to luxury watch brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe, some of the most reputable watch brands in the world.
The Rolex Submariner is a prime example of a staple piece that has essentially remained unchanged since its 1954 release. Those who are lovers of these classic watches are not interested in experimentation, but instead take pleasure in the broad popularity of their watch. This is not untrue of those who have a keen eye on the Rolex Submariner that has been worn by some of the most recognizable names: Steve McQueen, Ralph Lauren, and Robert Bedford. These watches may be worn by those who shamelessly boast their exquisite taste and style, with the aim of getting recognition of their luxury purchase.
On the other hand, The Watch Exchange experts noticed that those who opt for a classic watch from Patek Philippe portray a slightly different image of themselves. These watches demonstrate the class and subtle sophistication of their owner. If you wear a Patek Philippe watch, you tell the world that you understand the reason for wearing a watch – not because you wish to cross the line into wanton flamboyance, but because you are quietly confident and secure in yourself. You do not feel the need to prove success or wealth through overly flashy displays of material possessions. Rather, these purchases add a sense of class to the elegance that is already there. The 1976 Patek Philippe Nautilus is the perfect example of a timeless classic that would reflect this type of character. This watch is was arguably one of the first luxury sports watches in the world, showing its practical use, over its appearance and status symbol. The wearer of these watches understands that these were originally ‘tools’, rather than fashion statements.
The vintage watch wearer is not someone who is desperate to stay up to date with the latest trends, he does not chase to remain modern or relevant. Instead, a large part of their personality is evident through their appreciation for history and meaning. These two qualities are what drive their watch purchase decisions. For this individual, vintage does not necessarily have to signify expensive. They tend to opt for the less flashier items, and relish in the idea of going against the mainstream.
For this personality type, the Casio retro watches seem a likely candidate. They are inexpensive yet timeless due to their unique digital style and simplicity. These watches have surprisingly been worn by the likes of some of the most recognizable celeb names, such as Dwayne Johnson, Tom Cruise and even Bill Gates. For men that could afford to wear any watch of their choice, the decision to still wear Casio says a lot about how this brand is one of the most trusted in the world. It is worn by some of the most rich and powerful men in the world, yet their choice for Casio reflects their modest, humble personalities that do not feel the need to bend under the pressure to flaunt their wealth. Their appreciation for what’s retro and items which keep a certain era alive surpasses the need for expensive luxury watches.
In contrast, the futuristic watch wearer is in pursuit for a statement piece, something that is scarce or that few will dare to wear. They wish to be the trend setters of the future and demonstrate which way the future is headed. These personality types can best be described as self-assured leaders, confident in their prediction of the future, with the desire to always remain one step ahead of the game. As such, unique and unconventional timepieces are your weakness, with a perfect example being the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu || Titanium White. This watch was designed by tattoo artist Maxime Büchi and is limited to 200 pieces. Placing this watch on your wrist is certain to set you apart from all other watch wearers or collectors, giving you the statement piece and exclusivity, you were searching for. For you, it’s all about the importance of that first impression. Being secure enough in your own beliefs and style to be the trend setter of the future.