Watch Me, Watch Me

I’m still a little bit upset that I can’t Whip and Nae Nae with the elegance and flair of your friendly neighborhood 8-year old, but that’s not what this post is about.

The last couple weeks I’ve felt at a loss. It happens at a very specific moment near the end of my getting dressed routine. The moment when that top, bottom, and shoe combo feels a lot like solid choices met good taste and had a baby. Unfortunately that baby’s name is accessories and I definitely don’t have enough. This seems like something a guy like me should have under wraps but I don’t. I really really don’t. And truthfully, there’s no excuse.

I had a pretty attractive arm party put together a couple years ago based on some pieces that I acquired in Kenya. It worked well for a while, but a few of the bracelets just couldn’t hold up to the rigors of the software security analyst lifestyle. I had spent a decent amount of money on watches through the years, but only two out of the set still look and work as well as they did when I purchased them. In that time, I also managed to buy and misplace at least two tie clips. I was beginning to think it just wasn’t my thing, but I’m ready to give it another shot.

I want to start again with watches. Instagram and Pinterest is making my life much easier now that I have a plethora of timepieces available for perusal in my pocket. There are some beautiful watches out there. The difficulty with this method of watch shopping is trying to judge the quality. I guess it applies to most online shopping but it feels particularly difficult in this case. Maybe it’s because I’m not as familiar with the brands that I’m interested in. Maybe it’s because there’s a Ferrari in the background of the photo and my brain want to simultaneously accept and reject the idea that these objects are in the same class.

For the reasons stated above I’m going to ask your help with this one. I like watches that have a classic but slightly modern look. I would like for it to last a few years. The idea of mechanical watches are very enticing. I’m not going to spend more than $150-200. Bonus points if you can find something stealthy and all black. So, point me in the right direction. What companies should I be focused on if I want a combination of style quality and price?

Also–I promise I’ll play the role of the expert for next Tuesday’s style post.