Do watches follow a dress code? Discover the best watches to wear to the office


by Rick Smee

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June 22. 2017 - by Rick Smee

Finding the right outfit for the office can be a challenge. Choosing a timepiece that complements both one's personality and the office environment can be even more of a challenge. First, and foremost, when choosing a watch for a work environment, any industry or company's internal practices must be observed. By the same token, one wants to feel comfortable in one's own clothing, whilst saying something about your personality and style. Taking into consideration environment and dress code, discover the best models for the office below.


The environment is crucial

A certain deftness of touch is required when choosing the appropriate wristwatch to complement the dress code for a day at the office, as well as for other social occasions. In choosing an exclusive luxury wristwatch, the wearer is making a discreet and understated fashion statement. The rigidity of office dress code is dependent on factors such as the industry and the occasion. One's own role in the company is also an important factor to consider.

The right timepiece for the office

Dress code: Creative & casual

The 'casual look' of those that work in the creative industries is reflected not only in the dress code but also in the choice of watch. Here, there is no official dress code and the casual environment allows a little more creativity when it comes to the choice of timepiece.

Nomos watches offer minimalistic modern style which is much favoured by watch enthusiasts working in the creative industries. Here we would recommend the Nomos Club Campus - the 'Club' is a true classic of minimalism, and robustness. The Ahoi collection from Nomos is another eye-catching timepiece suitable for creative environments. The pop of colour and textile strap provide a unique yet minimalistic highlight to any workplace attire.

Another option to consider, sharing the same minimalist elegance of Nomos is the Max Bill by Junghans. This striking watch, with a clear and expressive design, is a great choice for any watch enthusiast, particularly those working in a design-oriented work environment.

Dress code: Business casual

In addition to the timeless, classic business look, there are many companies where the dress code is less formal. In this regard, the dress code 'Business-Casual' offers a little more freedom in terms of outfit and watch selection. Here, one's own personal style can also be accompanied by both the classic watch or, a sportier model such as the diver's watch which can give a subtle accent to this casual dress code. Here we would recommend the timeless classic, Rolex Submariner – a watch that radiates a sporty elegance. This timepiece will complement any elegant outfit whilst providing a stylish element when worn as part of a sporty look. 

Our second recommendation would be the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronograph. The sporty-functional appearance of this watch coupled with a robustness gives a touch of sailing sports glamour and elegance to the wearer of this watch. Last but not least, another suitable model for a business casual office environment is the IWC Ingenieur collection, which offers a wide selection in terms of materials and complications, allowing more than just engineers to find perfection in the timepiece.

Dress code: Business

If you wear formal business clothes day by day, choosing a classic dress watch as your timepiece would reflect this style, a watch that is both tasteful and reserved, as well as being not too large. Anyone who often wears cufflinks will appreciate a flat housing that can slip comfortably under the shirt-cuff. 

For those looking for a classic wristwatch, A. Lange & Söhne has long been synonymous with elegance. The 1815 Up/Down is the quintessence of the traditional watchmaking brand and sits elegantly and tastefully on the wrist. Patek Philippe is another manufacturer that offers ideal timepieces for business settings at the workplace. The Perpetual Calendar from the renowned brand offers through its use of various materials, a collection of such diversity that it has a watch to suit most tastes. 

The 'watch for every dress code'

It does exist, a wristwatch that would not seem out of place when worn with a formal suit or as part of a smart-casual outfit, or even a sporty leisure look. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual,  is just such a timeless classic, a watch that both men and women love to wear. Due to its timeless elegance, this timepiece has become a worthwhile investment, its stylistic malleability makes it a perfect wrist adornment in any situation, not just bringing a touch of glamour to the office environment but to any social engagement. As well as the classic stainless steel version the Oyster Perpetual is available in numerous variations such as gold and other precious metals. Coming in various different housing sizes, ranging from 26 up to 39 mm, meaning, there's a right watch for every wrist.

Of course, there are many more recommendations for watches to wear to the office – simply click here to discover our selection of top watches to fit to both your preferences and professional atmosphere.

Rick Smee

by Rick Smee

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