Sunday night football with the boys, outdoor escapades, meetings in the boardroom – a nice timepiece brings together any outfit, but it has to complement the environment that you’re in. With so many options, how do you decide which watch should don your wrist in your many pursuits? Never fear! Fortunately for you, our good friends at Inside Hook break it down in this guide to the perfect watch for every occasion.
For Your 9-to-5
The best formula for getting ahead is to get noticed (doing good things, of course). You’ve got to stick out from the “sea of sameness” that afflicts the masses. And the office is arguably the biggest sea of sameness you will ever encounter. So kick it up a few notches over your cubemates. Forget the khakis and polo shirt. Try a nice cotton dress shirt, decent slacks and Italian loafers.
And for your wrist? The IWC Portugieser Automatic 7 Day (rose gold, white dial, brown leather). The 42mm automatic Portugieser has the look of a chronograph, but those sub-dials are really running seconds at nine o’clock and power reserve at three. The date’s tucked in at six for good measure.
Maybe the best news here is the eight-day power reserve. No problem leaving this one on the night stand for a long weekend. It’ll be ticking away just fine when you get back.
For Your Long-Haul Flights and the Adventures That Follow
What better watch to accompany you on your next intercontinental jaunt than a watch designed expressly for the pilots directing those jaunts? The Rolex GMT-Master “Pepsi” (Vintage) (late ’60s) is the result of a collaboration between Pan American World Airways (RIP) and Rolex so PanAm’s pilots wouldn’t screw up their sleep schedules.
The particular watch we’ve selected was made in the late 1960s. It features a fourth hand to indicate hours on a 24-hour scale. Said scale is located on the outer red and blue (Pepsi) bezel, which rotates as needed to show a second time zone. The red and blue colors correspond approximately to a day-night schedule so you don’t accidentally call home for a money wire when it’s 3:00 a.m. there.
(Bonus — if you ever run across an old guy who’s only worn one watch for the last 40 or 50 years, it’s a fair bet that watch is the Rolex GMT-Master.)
For Your Best Friend’s Wedding (or Any Black Tie Event)
Don’t mess it up for the guy who saved your ass that one weekend in Nacogdoches. Strap on the Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase 5712G and you’re sitting pretty. The Nautilus series literally sprang from the pen of famed watch designer Gerald Genta to a borrowed piece of paper in a restaurant in Basel, Switzerland, one day in the early 1970s. The story is as legendary as Genta himself.
The Moonphase version we’ve picked comes in white gold and features a power reserve indicator and a date complication to go with the moon phase. Strapped on with black crocodile leather and a deployant clasp, the Nautilus pairs perfectly with an evening shirt, black tie and tux, and will look exactly right peeking out from the cuff.
The bow tie lessons are on you.
To see the complete roundup for of the best watch for every occasion, pay a worthwhile visit to the good folks at Inside Hook.