Watch Fashion for the Outsize or Large Man
the best-dressed outsize men can get tripped up when it comes to buying
the right watch. Watches are complex, can be expensive and there are a
lot of them out there. So just what should you know when shopping for
one? Look at your wardrobe and budget, and ask yourself a few questions.
1] When will you be wearing it?
2] What will you use it for -- work, going out, lounging around, playing
3] How do you feel about high-tech gadget watches?
4] How much money do you want to spend? While you can get any style of
watch for little money, some watchmakers and brands are very expensive.
as a big guy, you must consider the fit. Whatever its type, your watch
should fit snugly WITHOUT leaving an imprint on your wrist. Be sure you
have a wide enough wristband ! Then consider colours.
Silver watches go best with blacks, grays, silvers,
and blues, and ideally, you should wear them at night.
Gold watches go with browns, beiges, greens, and other earth tones. They
are most fashionable when worn during the day.
Digital watches (no matter how cool) are for casual clothes or fitness
gear and don't go with business suits or formal wear.
Having considered the fit, and questions above, let's look at the main
types of wristwatches.
Analog, digital or analog/digital
An analog watch has a face that holds hour and minute hands, and either
numbers, markers or Roman numerals that display a 12-hour day. It is for
business, dates and formal events.
Digital watches either have an LCD (liquid crystal display) or LED (light
emitting diode) face that displays the time in numeric form (for example,
14:30). They're considered very casual.
Analog/digital watches have both an analog and a digital face. They can
be worn to work and for normal everyday wear (though they are not a fashion
choice for formal events).
quartz or mechanical (hand-wound)
Digital watches are powered by a small watch battery (the kind you usually
see beside the checkout in electronic stores).
Quartz watches are analog timepieces that run on a tiny, vibrating, electrified
quartz crystal. They keep extremely accurate time (within a minute each
Mechanical watches are powered by a mix of gears and springs. Although
these watches can be expensive, hand-wound watches remain imperfect, most
lose about an hour a year and all must be wound regularly.
This is the watch's frame. When it comes to analog watches, the case can
be round, rectangular, square, and sometimes even polygonal. The case
finish can be shiny, matt , patterned, or inlaid with jewels and other
crystals. ( We consider highly patterned and jewel/crystal finishes as
a pimp or chav look )
Most analog watch cases are made of a metal -- steel, titanium or gold,
silver, and platinum being common. Precious metal cases and bands will
This transparent cover protects the watch face. It can be made from plexiglass,
traditional glass or synthetic sapphire -- an ultra-hard, clear, man-made
crystal. Plexiglass is the cheapest.It's the least likely to shatter,
but scratches easily. Traditional glass, on the other hand, is more likely
to shatter, but less likely to scratch. Synthetic sapphire costs the most,
is almost scratch resistant but breaks quite easily.
Analog watchbands (whether quartz-powered or hand-wound watches ) will
either be made of leather (usually black or brown) or the same kind of
metal used on the case. Digital watches, such as sports models and gadget
watches, usually have plastic bands. Outsize guys need to measure their
wrist, and know this measurement, especially if shopping online
Unusual watch types
Sports watches are usually thin, very durable and made from high-quality
plastic composites. The most common sports watch is the classic water-resistant
diving watch. Sports watches can incorporate odometers, altimeters, compasses,
GPS technology, blood pressure and pulse monitors, and a range of other
gadgets for the man leading an active lifestyle. Unless you want the medical
benefits, they usually look out of place on an outsize man
Gadget watches contain even more tech features (such as calculators, digital
cameras or e-mail applications) than their sports model cousins. They
are a man thing, and most women find them a real turn-off, so be warned.