Essentials: The Versatile 40mm Watch 4 ways w/ WatchBox
Post sponsored by WatchBox
Finding The Right Size Watch For Your Wrist
(that means no more clocks size timepieces)
Most guys buy their first watch and it’s probably as big as the clock on their office wall. For some reason, we’ve been indoctrinated to think that “bigger is better” with EVERYTHING. However, understanding that size matters, we’ve come to the conclusion that the most universal watch size 40mm.
To prove our point, I’ve teamed up with WatchBox, a world-leading reseller of pre-owned luxury watches on the web, to show that the 40mm watch is the most versatile and universal timepiece that every guy should own. We’ve styled the Oris Artelier Regulateur timepiece with 4 different bands to help inspire you to get the most out of your watch (or a new one).
Location: Renaissance Downtown Philly Hotel
Photography: Saeed Ferguson
All Business Watch = Original Steel Bracelet
A Quick Review of Oris The Artelier Regulateur
There were a few things that drew me to this timepiece, which are: size, dial color and chronograph details:
- Size – as a guy with an average size 7.25-inch wrist, a 40.5mm case doesn’t overwhelm and complements the average hand size. Plus, with a minimal case thickness, it can find under the cuff of jacket or shirt with no problem
- Dial Color – listed as silver, the circular fingerprint pattern of the dial, makes it appear white. Such a universal color gives your more wardrobe pairing options. As a bonus, and you’ll see throughout this feature, the dial color is the determining factor to whether you can swap out watch straps
- Subsidiary Chronography Dials: this is my first time having a timepiece where the hour hand is a separate chronograph function (without pushers) from the center-hand. This unique feature (also w/ the same detail for the second-hand) is elegant and sporty, which adds to its versatility. I LOVE IT (very subtle, huh?)
Brown Leather Band x Bold Shirt = Balance
Artelier Regulateur 40.5mm Watch – Oris c/o WatchBox (shop online) | Brown Pebble Grain Watch Band – Cheapeast Nato Straps | Navy Suit – Suitsupply | Pattern Shirt – INC Concepts | Navy/White Sneakers – Johnston & Murphy | Lapel Pin – The Tie Bar
By adding a brown scotch-grain strap, this watch goes from business wear to elegant everyday wear. Plus, pairing it with a shirt with such a bold pattern, it stands out by ground your look. Outside of the all-black-everything style, most guys dress in blue and grey colorways, which are ideal complements to a brown watch strap.
Black Exotic Watchband + Leather Jacket = Modern Business Greaser
Artelier Regulateur 40.5mm Watch – Oris c/o WatchBox (shop online) | Glen Plaid Suit Pants – Men’s Style Pro x ModaMatters | Black Exotic Watch Band – Cheapest Nato Straps | Leather Jacket – Topman | Black Frame Eyewear – Warby Parker | Black T-shirt – Frank & Oak | Penny Loafer – Dell O’Glio | Croc Briefcase Folio – Zara
Oh, the exotic bands. There’s something so classic, sexy and modern by adding an exotic black leather band to a stainless steel watch. This ostrich band does a few things to this watch that amp up its profile:
- It adds a unique formality yet edge to a casual watch
- With variation in color, this band makes this timepiece versatile enough to pair with traditional menswear and streetwear
- It brings the focus back to the dial
Blue Suede Watchband + Linen Blazer = Italian Morning
Artelier Regulateur 40.5mm Watch – Oris c/o WatchBox (shop online) | Plaid Linen Blazer – Suitsupply | Ibiza White Cargo Pants – Men’s Style Pro x ModaMatters Collab | Ossie Brown Leather Strap Sneaker – Michael Bastian Grey Label
For every leather, metal or nylon Nato strap, the luxe pinnacle (for me at least) is a suede strap. Pairing a rich blue band with this silver case, not only gives this watch sex appeal (yeah, a watch can have sex appeal), it now takes on an international flair.
What Makes This Watch Band Work w/ This Look
- Blue, brown and white is the Pantone trifecta for perfect spring/summer color palette
- A suede watch strap adds texture to a flat material (unstacked watch)
*This featured was sponsored by WatchBox, however; all opinions are that of Men’s Style Pro