A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Watch Lauren April 14, 2014 ACCESSORIES A watch is an investment item and will remain a wardrobe staple for years to come. Your watch will instantly smarten and add interest to work outfits, add sparkle at formal occasions and look chic and sleek on weekends. Never underestimate how useful a good watch can be when it comes to completing your look. Set a Budget Make sure that you set a budget before you start browsing. Ask the sales assistants in the jewellery store not to show you any watches outside your budget. Although it’s important to buy a high quality timepiece, don’t believe that you have to choose the most expensive watch on the market in order to impress others. Allow your watch to impress you, as that’s really the most important thing about this purchase. Create a Cohesive Look It’s important to match the style and metal of your watch to the jewellery you already wear on a regular basis, as this will allow you to build a more cohesive look. Think about your personality type when buying a watch, as this will influence your choice. If you’re an outgoing person, you may go for a more ostentatious watch. If you are tempted to choose a watch with a larger face or strap, make sure that it fits your wrist appropriately. Those with very small, slim wrists should be careful. Do Your Research It’s better to be informed when shopping for watches, as they require a significant cash investment. The internet provides a wealth of information about various brands and their reputations and you can ask questions on message boards that are devoted to watches and their manufacturers. Ask friends and family members who own watches which brand they recommend. It’s always advisable to choose Swiss made when it comes to timepieces. The Swiss have a long tradition of watch making and a Swiss made timepiece is more likely to be long-lasting and high quality. The Extras Don’t pay more for extra features that you won’t use. This may sound obvious, but people are often enamoured by the idea of a sporty watch with lots of functions including a timer and water resistance even if they have no interest in sports and won’t be diving in their watch anytime soon. These extra features will simply add to the cost of the watch without giving you something that you will use on a regular basis. If it’s the sporty or chunky style you’re drawn to, there are plenty of ladies options with metal straps that don’t include pricey functions.