Individuality: how to choose the right analog watch?
A watch is far more than just a timepiece, it is like the clothes we wear - a tool with which we present ourselves to others. There are no hard and fast rules to choosing the correct watch for you, whether it is for everyday wear, a special occasion, rewarding yourself or a loved one on a reached mile stone, or perhaps like many, a watch is purchased with a specific outfit in mind. Aesthetically and emotionally, watches are like jewellery and embody the individuality and charm of any fine piece with the welcomed addition of their precision timekeeping and engineering prowess.
There are no hard and fast rules to choosing the correct watch for you, whether it is for everyday wear, a special occasion, rewarding yourself or a loved one on a reached mile stone, or perhaps like many, a watch is purchased with a specific outfit in mind. Aesthetically and emotionally, watches are like jewellery and embody the individuality and charm of any fine piece with the welcomed addition of their precision timekeeping and engineering prowess.
Watches have the power to complete outfits, or shake them up depending on the styles. For decades, a watch has been an often integral part of any style. So what should one look out for when considering a watch for purchase? Styling? Price point? Specification? We’d advise you look at all of the above.
A watch has to resonate with how you feel as a person, how you perceive the world and how you wish to be perceived by others. A watch that is right for you can reflect your inner thoughts, values and ambitions. It could even be suggested that a watch is an extension of oneself?
Firstly, when looking for a watch it can be a good idea to drill down in to which type of watch you are after, an aviation watch? A dive watch? A classic dress watch? Within these types, then look for a style and design that resonates with you. The best watches have worked stories and design cues into the styling – sometimes you have to just look a little deeper to unlock the secrets of the designers imagination. The levels of detailing will also separate a nice watch from a potential classic, the guilloche pattern on the dial, the branding on a leather strap, or the case back design can all take a watch to new levels.
Once you have this in mind, we believe it is important to next look at the quality of a watch, not just the brand, but component parts. How reliable is the movement at the very heart of the timepiece? What material is the watch case made from and how long will it stay looking good for? Will the glass dial scratch easily, or is it made from toughened sapphire crystal - keeping the watch looking in showroom condition for years to comes.
Size - how to decide what size is right for you? Watch sizes have been gradually increasing in size over previous decade, with the below guidelines being fairly accurate at time of publishing.
What type of crystal is best? Do you need to worry about the cyrstal used for the watch? It turns out yes. Choosing the right type of scratchproof glass could be a must.
What is the best sort of watch movement to go for? The movement can be seen as the heart of the watch and integral to every day timekeeping. Watch movements can be broken down in to two categories, mechanical movements and quartz movements. Mechanical movements, as the name would suggest are movements constructed of a mechanical system and possible complications and run without the use of a battery. They can by either wind up, where the user is required to wind up the watch on a daily basis, or automatic watches that self-wind using kinetic energy when worn.
Mechanical movements are much more likely to be seen on higher priced watches, they can be seen as more desirable, though often fetch a far higher price tag and will involve maintenance schedules. Reliable quartz movements are battery operated, will run for years and years without maintenance schedules and offer precision timekeeping that even the most technical mechanical watches struggle to rival. Whichever type you choose, there are a few basic thoughts to keep in mind:
How much water resistance does a watch need?
What makes a desirable watch case and what metal should it be made from? Watches come in a variety of different case designs, one trend at the more affordable end of the market at the moment is the single piece, thin design of many watch brands, including the brand Daniel Wellington, these are great though numerous. Other companies are running with two-part cases that offer a greater level of design complexity and aesthetic appeal - allowing for brushed steel sides and polished bezels.
There are of course numerous different styles, with no right choice; the choice is down to you, the user, with no clear right or wrong answer. Aside from design, the metal used is of upmost consideration.
'Ask yourself - what do you wish to present to the world? What works for you? What is your ideal budget?'
Burlingham watches are specifically designed to offer the finest quality designer watches of Anglo-Swiss design for successful young men and women; second to none in precision timekeeping and aesthetic simplicity. The luxury design of our British watches perfectly fill a niche for those seeking all the finesse of a world class designer watch but without the level of ostentatiousness and cost associated with some more commonly found luxury brands.
The entire Confulence range is British designed and constructed from tough scratchproof sapphire crystal, reliable Japenese Miyota movement, solid 316l two-part case, 50meters water resistance and designed to compliment the modern styles favoured by the modern male and female.
Further, the ideology of Burlingham watches exceeds that of perfectly crafted timepieces, our mission is to help protect the rainforest with the help of our customers, together helping to protect 200m2 with every watch purchased. We share the core beliefs of social and environmental responsibility as the charity Cool Earth. Cool Earth help protect rainforests around the world by investing in those closest, the indiginious villagers who call the rainforest their home. By purchasing and wearing a Burlingham watch, you could help save a part of a rainforest, empower the lives of those in need and play your part in slowing climate change through slowing and hopefully preventing deforestation.
Whichever watch you decide to go for, we hope it brings you the joy and happiness any fine timepiece should.