That a watch is jewelry – and perhaps the only jewelry wearable anywhere, even in military – and it sends visual messages is not just my perspective but a lot of people believe in that. Especially at the very formal gatherings (Black Tie events); though, ideally, if we follow the century-old tradition, there should be no watch to go with this classic evening wear. In these days; however, it is imperfect not to compliment your tux with a slim, white-dial and black band watch. Be careful that the metal detailing is matching the studs and cufflinks. Or if you want it really classy, a pocket watch is an excellent, alternative choice.

Now, if you are thinking the way you should go about picking your precious jewelry for a black tie event , keep these 3 points in mind:

  1. Keeping it simple: A classic, leather-strapped silver-tone watch or the same one with a decorated stainless steel band is well-accepted everywhere. Silver tone is actually grey that doesn’t clash with anything yet makes eye-catching contrasts at times. Ideal for black/dark gray and the lighter colors of summer.
  2. Match the metal: Gold and silver do not go together. Choose between either. Only one metal-tone at a time, keep that in mind.

Note: Gold, being a warm tone, is better suited to browns and other earthier tones. It also shines with deep hues (e.g. midnight blue). Another choice with deep hues is the two-toned watches. But your other accessories and cufflinks must match.

  1. Precious stones: In a man’s dress watch, the lesser they are, the better.  A single, neutral colored stone, preferably at 12’0 clock is the best; diamonds scattered everywhere looks good in movies and in movie award ceremonies, not at a wine tasting party or formal dinner.

My personal favorites are these three; however, if you consider high price to be one of the factors, look elsewhere.

  1.  Citizen Eco-Drive Stilleto Super Thin: The thinnest amongst the lot. A dress watch collection or otherwise, it’s incomplete without the Stilleto.

2.   Seiko Premier Alarm Chronograph: Attractive; always captures an attention pleasantly with dark blue tuxes. Don’t keep the alarm on, however.

  1.  Orient Star Classic Mechanical: A decent, vintage-looking piece and also pairs well with business formals.

Always remember, a dressier watch is always a simpler watch with Roman numerals and a black leather band. Now, that might seem an oxymoron with what’s been mentioned as my second choice, but somehow I find the Seiko Premier Alarm Chronograph stands out more for its elegant features than with its technicalities. However, if it’s a black tux and I’m wearing it the wing collars and peaked lapel style, there’s no other choice than going for the Orient.

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