Written by Menswear Style
Tips & Advice
21st October 2019
The Importance of the Wristwatch and How It Helps Us
We have all heard of the saying ‘time waits for no one’, but not many of us truly understand and appreciate what it means. We must value the time we have and make sure we can do what we can to seize every opportunity. While smartphones may be handy, there is just something about a classic wristwatch that appears more alluring when it comes to time-telling. Some may even argue that wristwatches have gone out of style, but this could not be further from the truth. The practically of a wristwatch is timeless, and so is its importance in the modern world. It is also one of the biggest markets up to this day with websites such as thewatchcompany.com selling over hundreds of luxury and classic models. To this day, wristwatches continue to be the more practical choice in terms of time-telling, and here are a few reasons why:
Owning a wristwatch is more convenient than having to rely on your smartphone just to keeps tabs on what time it is. A wristwatch also allows you to discreetly look at the time without seeming rude during social occasions.
Wristwatches were originally used by the military during the war in the 19th century to synchronise strategic manoeuvres. Over time these functional timepieces have only continued to develop to provide multifunctional features. One of the great benefits of owning a wristwatch is the amount of time it can operate on standby compared to a smartphone. Most wristwatches today are either made to self-power through motion or use a small amount of energy from a battery. Another functional advantage that wristwatches have is the advanced ability to accurately function as both a timepiece and a calendar at the same time. Some watches can even tell you which phase the moon is in for that day.
Wristwatches are not only functional, but they are also versatile in terms of style. For most men, the range of acceptable jewellery and accessories is limited, but with a simple wristwatch, you can drastically change the impact of any attire. These simple timepieces are not just for telling the time, but they are also a good way to express your style and personality. For those who prefer to show off their class and high-status, there is no better way than sporting a stylish luxury wristwatch.
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A general belief regarding people who own wristwatches is that they are usually perceived as being more organised and professional. This shows that the person takes time management seriously and therefore are more productive. There is truth in this belief because wristwatches do generally help us keep track of time and make us aware of what priorities we need to take note of first. Compared to a smartphone, wristwatches will not keep us from our work, but rather will make us more productive.
Another great feature of a wristwatch is its simplicity. It is often that the best wristwatches are considered to be those made from mechanical parts rather than technological ones. When your timepiece does not provide you with any other function than to tell time, you are less distracted by all the extra features during your busiest hours. Owning a simple wristwatch also removes all other complications that may be confusing or overwhelming for some.
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For older generations, wristwatches are considered to be one of the best things to pass down to your successor. A timepiece from another era allows younger generations to remember and appreciate the time and people who lived in an era before theirs. Often these timepieces are well kept and maintained to pass on the legacy from one generation to the next. Over time, certain models can also grow in value.
Thanks to the advancements in technology, wristwatches can now do anything your smartphone can and more. For example, certain smartwatches can now monitor your health by keeping track of your heart rate and blood pressure. Other models even feature Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity so you can sync your health levels into your phone in case of an emergency. The multifunctionality of wristwatches is endless and they only continue to become more advanced as the years go by.