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For most men, the purchase of a watch is the ultimate expression of personality. When you plan on spending a significant amount of money on your chosen ''wrist-statement'', it is important to be sure you're making the right statement.
Before shopping, make sure you know your budget. If a TAG Heuer is going to leave you without money for food for six months, then it's best to consider a different brand. Choosing a watch from a realistic and reasonable price range helps eliminate buyer's remorse.
Watches can be expensive enough as they are without having a load of gold and diamonds. Diamond-encrusted watches will be marked up far more than steel watches, and will likely lose value if, further down the line, you decide to trade or sell it. Precious stones and metal add little to the watch apart from its asking price; they won't improve performance, durability or even prestige.
The perfect watch should be one that you can and will wear on a regular basis. Unless you're a true collector, you'll probably only have two or three watches that you wear on a regular basis. Keeping this in mind, invest in a watch that reflects your style and fits your wardrobe. If you work in jeans and trainers and spend your weekends outdoors, then a luxury piece will probably never see the light of day. Instead a more casual and sturdy watch on a rubber strap would probably suit you more.
Ask experts for advice and browse around for information about brands, materials and price. Don't be afraid to try different names and styles. What suits your friends and colleagues may not suit you, and why should it? Enjoy your own style.
• Establish a budget before browsing/looking around
• Choose a watch you can and will wear regularly
• Pieces with gems lose value later if stones are lost
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Classifieds, gulfnews.com
The writer is a freelancer