By Rob Miola
Accessorizing oneself is an ongoing challenge for men. With fewer opportunities than women to don flashy jewelry without warranting undesired implications, gentlemen need to be strategic. Turning our attention away from necklaces and rings, I believe wrist wear has the most potential. Aim for your collection of watches to read as sophisticated, (think James Bond) or even a bit preppy (Kanye West). The wristwatch is complimentary for a range of different ages and lifestyles so therefore, men, time is literally on your side.
Precision timepieces have been Armitron’s bread and butter for over fifty years, and they have never fallen short of delivering premium products. Their designs emphasize quality and can be attained at a fair price. This piece by Armitron is a perfect example, boasting water resistance, automatic wind and a face that impresses instantaneously. Both the black exhibition dial and calfskin leather strap contrast nicely with silver toned Arabic numerals. Surely, this one will even make Daniel Craig green-eyed with envy.
You can pick up this style at http://www.amazon.com/
Vince Camuto “The Baron”
Vince Camuto capitalizes on the color trend this season. With an assortment of colorful wristwatches inspired by land, air and sea, Camuto helps ensure all of our wrists will pop. For me, the appeal in this design is the stingray leather strap that boldly announces its redness, which is very much representative of the remainder of the collection. When red stands alone it projects a degree of playfulness and sex appeal. Against the dark shades of a fitted blazer or dress shirt, The Baron does more for us than a red dress does for Jessica Rabbit. Other perks include a five-year warranty, black dial with textured hour, minute and second subdials and white calendar window.
The Baron is available at Macys and online at http://www.macys.com/.
With an overall classic wristwatch style, this minimalist design by Sprout is a practical selection. Sprout would agree with us when we say being environmentally conscious is always in style. As is the case with all of Sprout’s products, this piece is eco-friendly. The link strap and butterfly closure are timeless features, but the face leaves room for fashion forward accents — the difference is made by the details. Touches of red and white against varying shades of gray allow for the time to be read without difficulty, and the bezel is engraved with the numbers 5-60 in increments of 5.
Visit Sproutwatches.com for this style and others.
Neff X Ben Baller “Ben Watch” Neff X Ben Baller “Balle Watch Fitted”
Celebrity jeweler Ben Baller lends his swagger to famed active youth accessory brand Neff Headwear for an exclusive collection. The result is reminiscent of both Ben Baller’s flair and Neff’s laidback ease, without the Ben Baller price tag. The collection features the “Ben Watch” in black and red, and the “Baller Watch Fitted” in gold. Both styles are water resistant, and feature roman numerals as well as the Ben Baller logo on the face. The Baller Watch Fitted is a lavish design for the Neff brand, with mineral crystal and Japanese Three Hand Quartz movement. The Ben Watch has more of a Neff feel to it, with Neff’s signature polyurethane strap. Baller claims many are cold and few are frozen; hit the freezing point with these icy timepieces.
The Neff X Ben Baller collection is available at Zumies and neffheadwear.com.
Dickies “DW538BK” Dickies “DW538BK-GY”
Dickies may be notorious for creating workwear staples, but their accessories are also noteworthy. For fall 2013 Dickies has a wide selection of watches, these two being of particular interest. The lines are sharp and the simple color contrast is very arresting. With a leatherette strap and a stainless steel caseback they shout premium and yet they’re still simple and fun, ideal for an effortlessly chic look. Square shaped timepieces may be suited to a man of particular style, but these Dickies watches are perfectly crafted to peak curiosity and encourage giving the square a go.
Dickies watches can be picked up at Levine’s Department Stores, HEB stores and at http://www.amazon.com/