How to Wear a Watch with a Suit
When a gentleman wants to look his best, he will often wear a nice dress suit. When preparing the outfit, a lot of thought must go into each piece of the suit, from the tie, to the belt, to the socks and shoes. Each piece of the outfit must work with all of the other pieces for the look to be consistent. One of the most important aspects of this look is the luxury watch that the man decides to wear. The watch he chooses can say a lot about him and this part of the outfit should never be overlooked. At Crown & Caliber, we sell watches and therefore have our finger on the pulse of where luxury timepieces and fashion meet. With this guide, it is our goal to help pair the perfect watch with the ideal suit. Here are a few tips to help you decide which watch to wear with a suit:
Many of the newer luxury watches are large, oversized watches that take up the entire wrist. While this can be a good look, large watches are not ideal when wearing a suit. Luxury watches that are to be worn with a suit are often an understated, smaller size, fitting perfectly underneath a finely tailored shirt. The watch should peak out from beneath the shirt cuff and should never be worn on top of the cuff. If you were to poll a large group of watch enthusiasts, most would say that a watch 40mm in diameter or smaller makes the perfect size for a dress watch.
The most acceptable answer for the material to use for a dress watch would be an 18kt gold case with a black or brown leather band. Watches like this, such as the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1, have a classic, elegant look that perfectly complement a nicely tailored suit.
However, it is not unacceptable to wear a stainless steel watch, such as a Rolex Explorer or Rolex Air King.
It is never acceptable to wear a watch with a rubber strap while wearing a suit. Watches with rubber straps are meant for diving or other athletic purposes, but never to be worn with a dress suit.
If wearing a crisp black suit, it is best to wear a watch with a black or white dial and a black leather strap. The case can be any material, whether 18kt yellow, rose, or white gold, or even stainless steel. Something like a Piaget Altiplano watch would work perfectly with a dress suit.
If wearing a brown leather belt with brown leather shoes, it is imperative to wear a watch with a brown leather strap.
If you need specific ideas of what watch to wear with a suit, we have some great watches listed here for you:
Any Breguet watch, like this Breguet Classique, would make a perfect dress watch. It has a beautifully simple dial that does not distract from the overall formal look, but rather complements a nice suit.
The sleek, rectangular shape of the Cartier Tank Solo make it a great dress watch. It has smaller dimensions so it fits nicely underneath the sleeve cuff.
Like the Cartier Tank Solo above, the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso has a rectangle case. This Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso 270.2.62 has a beautiful 18kt pink gold case and a black leather strap.
Rolex has watches meant for all purposes. This Rolex Date 15007 was created specifically to be a dress watch. It has an 18kt yellow gold case and bracelet and exudes class and sophistication, making it the perfect watch to wear with a suite.
When deciding on the perfect suit and accessories to wear for a formal event, it is important not to overlook the luxury watch. A watch can tie the whole ensemble together, or it can completely ruin it. Use these tips to help find the perfect watch to wear with a suit!