1. Tim

    August 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

    good question!

  2. The Photodiarist

    August 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I love watches. Love them. But . . . like clothing, they look best when they fit the wrist. They cannot be too small, especially on a large wrist . . . nor can they be too large (although, I love a man's watch on a woman's wrist). And most definitely not gaudy. Classic is best. Vintage is awesome. That's my humble take.

  3. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    big watches can look good on some men, especially if they're (the watches,not the men,haha) are simple..big AND flashy watches are such a turnoff though..

  4. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Always best when men keep the whole look simple and uncomplicated. I don't like for man too look like he tried too hard.


    August 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

    No to giant flashy timepieces, my man has a 70's vintage Zennith which was my Uncle Duncan's and it's gorgeously understated.
    Nice Raybans too….

  6. E.A.P.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I agree with your sentiment regarding overly large watches (i.e. Uboat), but a nice mechanical watch, vintage or otherwise is a great investment. And you don't have to charge them!


  7. CG

    August 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Hi, i really love Guys with BIG watches, specially if the watch it's Silver, i don't know but it's like something i need to see in a boy.

  8. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Completely agree with you. I wear an old Cartier with everything and to everything. I am thinking of a small Timex for more casual days. I think a giant watch is justified if you are an avid diver, or a pilot- everyone else, please abstain. And no bling, I think those gents will be sorry when they are mocked for their fashion mistakes a few years from now. Jorge from WPB

  9. Diego De Martin

    August 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

    well well well.. im an EU guy and i wear a big watch, and im proud of it, since i'm able to know the time when all the ipod, the blackberry, and the mobile are without battery… ;)

  10. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Not taken by his watch so much as his shirt and the way he's wearing it. He looks hot and then he also looks hot! If you know what I mean!

  11. Lucia

    August 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

    THAt guy is the man of my dreams! I just fell in Love, completely, he is just PERFECT, with or without the watch.
    His face, his hair, his colors, his arms, his tattoo, his outfit. He's just the man for me :)

    Phonenumber please…?? :)

  12. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    who cares about the watch. the guy is HAWT!

  13. Khoshgel!

    August 27, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I always loved big watches on women. So I guess men are trying to keep up with women.

  14. J.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Times have changed, a watch is simply an accessory now, and so it should be treated like one. If it doesn't fit your look, your personality or your wrist (I've seen men wear watches like we wear bangles!), then it shouldn't be worn!

  15. Fernanda Fagundes

    August 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    It's not the size of the watch that matters…lol
    An attractive personality is more effective than a sporty car.

  16. marlie

    August 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I love it! I agree that there's something about a vintage-looking, almost minimalist watch on a man.

    I stopped wearing watches years ago as batteries died and never got replaced (except by the ever-present cell phone), but I still really like them on other people when they're worn well.

    Plus, the guy in the picture is hot too! I love how he's dressed down and casual, but still looks cool and sexy, especially with the tattoo showing, and some really simple accessories.

  17. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    really big watches are a turn-off for me! Sart i second your opinion that smaller sleek watches are the way to go. The color of the strap on his watch is great!

  18. sam

    August 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    i like a reasonably sized watch on a man… lately i've been more interested in leather or fabric bands rather than metal. feels more inviting somehow. and more understated.

    but then, i've never been attracted to the men with flashy sports cars either… a quiet sophistication is far more alluring.

    the tattoo is nice as well. it's all in the juxtaposition.

  19. Christy

    August 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I'm not much of a watch person at all, so I may be biased. I have never liked large watches for women or men.

  20. kk

    August 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    for some men, a watch worn like a bangle DOES fit the personality!

  21. Lauren

    August 27, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I prefer a subtle, stylish watch any day over something large and attention grabbing. Smaller accessories communicate a comfortable masculinity – which I think is much more attractive than loud and brassy!

  22. Maana

    August 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I love a good watch on a man. To me it screams, style, elegance and something sharp when a man owns a good watch. Sure, we all have phones and pods to tell us the time but a watch is a bigger statement than just telling us if we are running late. It somehow exudes classic elegance.

  23. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I don't think it is about size, but about shape. Some men look good with very large watches, but I can see why you appreciate this one. Watches are the key jewelry for men, so a "wardrobe" can be appropriate. I like the interplay of a sporty watch with a suit, or a dress watch with something casual, as you see here…..

  24. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

    No to ginormous watches on men. Just let it be masculine, please. This guys looks amazing….

  25. kerry

    August 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

    LOVE the watch!!!!

    personally i'm still greatly attracted to guys with great watches even though phones/ipods/etc have the time function already. it doesn't matter what kind of watches they are wearing (metal, vintage…) or if it's a symbol of success, as long as the watches suit them well.

  26. moose10

    August 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

    first of all – love his watch!

    i'm usually not a fan of guys who wear giant watches, although there are some who pull it off with panache. however, a lot of guys my age (24) splurge on a huge watch and treat it like some right of passage once they start work – sometimes it just comes off as obnoxious. like a shiny sporty car.

  27. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I think you nailed it – it is like a sports car for the wrist and all about "look what I can afford!" The guy I know who does this has 2 Porsches and the biggest, most expensive watch he can manage. Hum-m, overcompensation? Ew-w-w!
    I thought about my own reaction to the huge bags women have been carrying for how many years? They don't suit everyone, are heavy, and also sometimes are just symbols of monetary outlay. I recently got a really small purse which hangs tucked under my arm. I have to edit what I carry with me but most of the time I am really happy not be be so burdened. I never got into the enormous bags anyway because I am only 5'2''.

  28. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    All gentlemen wear watches. Looking at a cell phone to find out the time is what's wrong with the world today. Buy a watch that you like and wear it. But, whatever you do, don't walk around asking other people, "do you have the time?" Because the answer is, yes, it's time for you to get a watch.

  29. Chris Dijksterhuis

    August 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Oh no you didn't a nice watch is a true supplement to your outfit you off all men should know that

  30. Sinta

    August 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Watches matter. Well to me. I like them big and chunky. If I had the cash, I'd collect men's watches. Breitling heaven. And yes, I'm a lady.

    Any guy can wear a suit. I look at the watch.

  31. Signorina Svizzera

    August 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    i am not impressed by big watches….however, i am in CH (land of watch-making) and i don't seem to notice this trend- perhaps i am not paying attention. i do know that most men here do have a very nice watch….
    however, it IS true that every man here is in love with his car, and that there certainly seems to be more extremely expensive cars here than anywhere else!!!

  32. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I'm a German girl (just for the statistics ;) and i always check shoes and watches first on a man to get a first impression. to me they are the basics. it also becomes very clear very quickly whether its about personal style (or the hobby to match) or simply showing off. no watch at all is intriguing, too.

  33. Angeles Almuna Design

    August 27, 2009 at 10:24 am

    My favorite sunglasses!!!!

  34. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I noticed the tattoo way before the watch. Guess that watches are just an after thought to me, and that means that I don't care for them oversized.

  35. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

    i love big watches on men or women. it's not a matter of overcompensating, in my opinion, so much as it is just a hip choice. a big watch with a simple face and band cannot be beat in my opinion.

  36. Leia

    August 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

    As a female, I would say that in my personal opinion, it's not the size of the watch that matters. But a good watch – and by good I mean aesthetically pleasing – shows that the man has good taste (as do his clothes). I would never deliberately look at someone's watch in order to get an idea of their status. Status doesn't matter as much as personality!

  37. inkywasfat

    August 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I'm a woman who wears a $20 Timex. So, I don't care. Practicality, people.

  38. Chris

    August 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

    J. said it: as the watch is simply an accessory now, it should be treated like one.
    I don't wear any watch as my wrist is, well, a bit unadequate (not to say small…!) for a watch to me. And I hate the sensation of something tight around my wrist – bangles, watches, handcu… oh well, no, forget the last one, this is so not me!

  39. greendress

    August 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

    sart, i am happy that you noticed his watch, but that is the last thing i noticed about that guy.

    he is hot!

    love the hair (maybe it's the color but he just looks beautiful with it. even his beard is sexy); his tattoo is beautiful and discreet (it seems as if i would only notice it if i were sitting and having a conversation with him).

    finally, i notice the watch but only because the leather compliments his coloring so perfectly.

    big watch, small watch, no watch. it doesn't matter with a guy this beautiful.

    i just assume that a man with a big watch is fashionable and cares a lot about his presentation to the world.

  40. Cosmo Grimes

    August 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    i don't wear a watch either. there are many ways of finding the time. i do not like big expensive men's wristwatches. too showy/flashy is not my style at all. so i don't want to be around someone who is flashy. it is just a device to tell time, why does it need to serve any other purpose? think we all need to get back to the idea of "simplify simplify simplify."

  41. Sarah

    August 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    love his watch, his hair, and, best of all, his tat! very cool!

  42. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

    it's going to be interesting to see how the watch evolves over the next couple decades. i don't spot too many youngsters wearing a watch these days so i'm curious to see their interpretation of the time piece when it comes time for them to accessorize.


  43. Marie

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    A good quality metallic watch which is well formed but not huge is fabulous. The big bling ones, awful, like as you say a little bit of overcompensation or trying to show off. But the watch in this picture, perfection, I'd love a watch like that.

  44. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I like subtle watches on guys – rather the 'less is more' school of thought. And, as I find male hand and wrist bones quite sexy, if the watch is too big – it takes away from that indefinable attraction.

    I completely agree with your assessment.

  45. greendress

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    oh, i forgot, the necklace. that looks balanced and cool. he cares about how he looks.

  46. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    As a female, I don't wear a watch because if something is on my wrist, I'd rather have it be statement jewelry. But my man wears a classic black, old school digatal Casio. They're only around $10, and I love it. It's small, sleek, and unfussy.

  47. too

    August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Keep it simple, simple, simple. A man should never look fussy or fussed over. Find a watch that is suited to you, your look and does what you need. Why on earth would you want to wear something gaudy and huge? I like a man to look finished and understated. A big gaudy watch turns into jewelry. I wear jewelry; my boyfriend shouldn't. Plus, you should never trust a guy with more flash than you.

  48. Harry Smith

    August 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I know that guy, his name is Mikael Kennedy. Good guy, easy on the eyes and a great photographer to boot! here's his website http://www.mikaelkennedy.com

  49. RoseMarie London

    August 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I have a weakness for an Omega Speedmaster.

  50. leeleetea

    August 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Forget wristwatches, it's all about the pocket watch!

  51. jenniebelle

    August 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

    i like them big AND small , its about the person who wears it to make it look good :) my question to u is what u think about the new trendy plastic watches?

  52. Allison

    August 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Watches are definitely an accessory and should suit your personal style… that said, I think the oversized watches are overrated. I am in love with this man's watch… the leather band is beautiful and no where near gawdy.

  53. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I don't much care for big, gaudy, shiny watches (a la Sopranos), but something with a thick leather band always has a nice, earthy aesthetic that I like.

  54. Alice Olive

    August 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I have never noticed a man's watch above other sartorial elements. Usually if his overall look is pleasing to my eye (clean, minimal, elegant, not fussy, not flashy), it means the watch fits into that category too.

  55. M

    August 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I wear a small/average cartier watch. I think the big gaudy watches should be limited to clubhopping. It's actually practical there :)

  56. Diadia

    August 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

    big watches do catch my eyes. I guess I like men who care about their appearance to put some thoughts into things such as watches.

  57. Sara

    August 27, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Big watches are ugly as all hell! They can't be confortable.

    But i think it is a trend – they are always slipping of the "front" of the arm to the side and then they have ajust them.

    Besides, everyone howadays has a big watch, so small watches maintain authenticity.

  58. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:49 am

    It's not so much the watch as the way that the sleeve, and sometimes together with the right watch or maybe even a bracelet, frames that forearm. 'Cause it's all about the forearm, at least for me.

  59. Lisa

    August 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

    well I have to admit, I'm totally in love with giant watches on men's wrists. it's so – masculine!

  60. Emily

    August 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

    To answer your question – yes! I'm attracted to men who wear watches. It completes the look for me – shows that a guy has taken the time (no pun intended) to think about his outfit & add an accessory. Big or small – doesn't really matter. Depends on the outfit. I don't think it should read as a symbol of success, though. It's just good, classic style.

    (and if the watch accents a great arm, like this guy – even better)

  61. robert

    August 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    completely agree with this. i love watches but the semiotics of them is a minefield. i'd love to wear certain brands- rolex, audemars- because i think they are great watchmakers but to wear one marks you out as a certain type of person. similarly the size of so many is a real no-no- im thinking of panerai etc.
    finally ive settled on a vintage omega speedmaster, a classic sleek design.

  62. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I think that an overly elaborate, gaudy watch would definitely be a bit of a turn off (like you said, it has "overcompensation" written all over it). My personal feeling is that "watch as status symbol" is just an indication of someone with their priorities out of whack.

    Love the red hair and the tattoo on his forearm. Very handsome but also a little dangerous looking:0)

  63. UNordinaryChic

    August 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I think watches are sexy, mostly on men. However, you cannot just wear any watch. It must fit you, your style, and your outfit of the moment. I don't think you should or shouldn't wear a big flashy watch, as long as you like it. Dress for yourself.


  64. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    To me, few things make more of a statement about a man, his past, present and his future aspirations than his watch. A classic, simple, vintage watch, lovingly cared for and allowed to carelessly slip out from underneath a cuff reveals taste, a certain devotion to grooming and frequently, an appreciation for a personal history, a memory from the past… I've always considered it a glimpse (arguably superficial and potentially completely inaccurate) into a man's personality, and I prefer quiet, understated confidence over in your face flashiness any day. Cheers for the classics!

  65. Miz.November

    August 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I think more than size, the material and color of a watch says more about the man. For example, the leather band and white face of the watch above suggests that the guy is classic. He thinks about looks, but he doesn't overthink it. Guys wearing titanium watches give me the idea that they don't want to have to go pick out another watch, ever again. And, yes, oversized diamond-encrusted timepieces just look way too flashy and desperate in my opinion.

  66. Bex

    August 27, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Big giant watches generally look like the guy is trying too hard. Unless it's pulled together with a great, euro look, it's a sign to "run away, run away' for me. I do also love watches in general, especially mechanical ones – got my husband a Hublot Porthole which looks sleek and interesting, while being totaly comfortable to wear.

  67. Heather Toronto

    August 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    maybe it's just me, but i think subtlety is very underrated.
    i prefer a smaller, simple, yet well-designed watch – and car for that matter :)

  68. Ivana

    August 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

    My boyfriend wears a big metal watch, and I think it looks great on him. It is larger than the vintage watch pictured, but it is just simple steel, so it avoids gaudiness. I love the sleek vintage watches, but i think a chunkier metal watch can also have an attractive masculine aesthetic, in a different way but just as classy.

  69. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I moved to Europe ten years ago and I have always been surprised at the importance people give to watches here. They are a certain symbol of status, and until very recently, the bigger the better Now, with the 'bling-bling' culture rapidly disappearing, other alternatives are showing up. But not so long ago, you were not considered a proper man if you did not have a big ostentatious watch (e.g. Sarkozy was famous and usually mocked for his outrageous watch collection).

  70. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Keep it classy, keep it simple.
    Big watches aren't the first thing I think about when looking at one's level of doucheness which is, I think, what you may be eluding to? Usually it's the man jewelry and other accoutrements that kills it for me.

  71. Eva

    August 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

    To me it's not the size that matters, but the design of the watch!?

  72. ColourOfAbsence

    August 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

    don't like oversized watches – especially shinny metallic ones. but love the ones that this gentleman in your shot wears :) I think that watch would look great on a woman too.

  73. k.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I have to say…I don't really care what I watch looks like on a man, however I do like giant men's watches on myself.

  74. Rachel

    August 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I'm with you on the small, vintage, classic watches. The vintage military watch from JCrew is one such watch. Just so simple, so sexy. It's like it says "I'm smarter than you, but I'm not going to make a big deal about it." :)

  75. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Oversized watches look very feminine to me because they make the wrist look smaller, more delicate. So no, it's not a good look on a man.

    I'm all for a man wearing a watch as an accessory, but it has to be done with taste and a eye to proportion.

  76. Bere

    August 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

    as long as they're not too flashy and have the same wrist measure as I do… big…..though not giant… look good on men. it's not like, personally, we feel "attracted" to them…. i mean they just look good when they know how to wear them.

  77. brandt abner

    August 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

    If you keep "classic style" in mind, you shouldn't ever go wrong.
    This is not to say that fashion forward can't be classic, but you have to know.
    That said, watches are really a man's only accessory. Leather band watches are the most versatile and best for formal wear.
    Big stainless steel watches, are sport watches and should either be worn in the arena they are meant for (racing, boating/yachting/) or casually with jeans. They are not versatile and shouldn't be worn with suits.

  78. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    If watches are not mechanical they are not worth anything. Throw out those quartz watches men of style! The subtle and elegant pieces are "timeless." The big watches are like those big gold chains rappers used to wear. Silly and surreal.

  79. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    It just depends on the watch! Some large watches are gorgeous and fun and funky, but others are just gaudy and ridiculous.

  80. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

    i think big watches on men are fine as long as they're clean and simple…no diamonds please.

  81. Kate

    August 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

    If the big watches look like the guys are overcompensating for something else, then something inherently is a bad fit. Overall, I think the watch just needs to feel right for the man, for the outfit, for the occasion.

    Love you!

  82. E

    August 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Men wearing large flashies and diamonds on any part of them always looks either Liberace or Thug. Trying way too hard.
    Sport or casual clothing looks good with large watches, even the bracelet type. Business, however, always requires something moderate. This fellow has not let anything get in the way of his healthy, well-balanced look, and the way he looks, well, a woman would not notice his watch…mission accomplished?
    E in Texas

  83. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    this watch is absolutely amazing.huge watches are for men with a huge ego..usually.

  84. M. Arce

    August 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    As with other things (ahem) I don't necessarily believe size matters. A nice watch is simply that no matter what the size. Of course, if they have smaller wrists, the very large watches might look bizarre but at the same time, a large wrist with too small a watch would also have the same effect. It also goes with the outfit- some outfits beg for something large and attention-grabbing and other outfits demand something less ostentatious. As with all accessories, it's just gotta work overall!

  85. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    i love how his watch band color matches that of his coffee drink. talk about accessorizing! as a gay man, i think big watches on men look dopey and juvenile. sadly, my boy friend thinks they're cool. he wears them all the time.

  86. Judithar321

    August 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I love a watch. But agree with Scott — not oversized so that it looks like a guy is showing off or overcompensating. An attractive, well-sized watch like the one pictured helps frame a strong, attractive wrist and (hopefully) well maintained hands — even if they are work-worn. The same holds true for women.

    Love this photo. This guy can bring me coffee anytime!

  87. Macy

    August 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Vintage watch, with a tactile strap, i.e. non metal, every time. The perfect watch has a character and individuality that an iphone or mobile will never have.
    The one in this photo is perfect.

  88. alastair

    August 27, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I always make sure I wear a watch so that when some rudeboy asks me for the time, he won't jack my phone when I check!

    Otherwise, I'm not often a fan of big watches on a man, guess it depends on the outfit. Big watches on ladies though can be cool, almost worn like a bangle perhaps.

  89. Carla

    August 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I found that a gentleman always wears a watch.. love the new trend of black and pink gold watches some men are wearing in Puerto Rico ( reminds me of old Cuba)

  90. Jane

    August 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I tend to think that big watches do little else but highlight how small their wrist looks with it on. A bit like when a little boy tries on his father's work clothes for the first time.

    As others have said, its an accessory so it should go with the outfit and the overall persona. If its oversized, flashy, and shiny, then so be it–it won't be the watch that people stare at!

  91. Rose

    August 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Large, shiny watches on men are obnoxious.

  92. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I concur that in this day and age, one's timepiece is the cell phone, thus rendering watch-wearing unnecessary…

  93. Annie

    August 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I feel the same way about huge, shiny watches as I do about shiny sports cars: they're tacky and unnecessary. Tasteful, small vintage watches like this one are absolutely perfect.

  94. kat

    August 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Less is more. (except for sartorialist postings, that is…excellent work)

  95. Ian Batch

    August 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I love the picture Scott and its a great question personally I only really have three words to say on the subject of watches, "Tag Heuer Monaco". Looks great on a Man and great on woman both Vintage and Modern at the same time.

    Other than that its a great picture and its nice to see a fellow great looking red head getting some positive comments from the girls.

  96. PEPPER!!!!!

    August 27, 2009 at 11:47 am


    Watches are overrated. but i'll look from time to time what a man has chosen as his arm piece.

  97. Rachel

    August 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    i personally adore leather bands on watches, can't stand big flashy watches, so tacky. And please, no diamonds on the face of a watch, horrid. there is just some comforting and lovely about a worn in leather band. perhaps this is why i recently have been wearing one of my fathers watches.

  98. sam

    August 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I never wear watches myself, and I enjoy a boy who doesn't either.

    But sometimes a slim almost girly metal watch on a man is nice

  99. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I bought my husband a vintage watch for christmas years ago. It fits him perfectly. Not too big. Not to small. He says people are constantly commenting on it. He loves it and so do I!

  100. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    To be honest, I don't even notice the watch. If the watch is/was gaudy I might be worried that he's high maintenance. I don't know. I don't even notice it, totally not necessary to wear one.

  101. CK Dexter Haven

    August 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    "Overcompensation" for what? You have a sick mind…..

    I wouldn't want to have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket to check the time. Just seems silly.

    I wear a Panerai. The bigger the better. I like a big chunk of hardware. It's a beautiful, well-designed watch. And, once you've worn one, going back to anything smaller just feels like it's a ladies' watch. Even a Rolex now feels puny.

    Thing is, if it fits properly, once it's on, you don't notice it. And, i'm talking about the 44mm titanium Panerai with bracelet – a pretty heavy watch. I don't, though, wear a watch when i'm at home. As soon as i get home, everything comes off: watch, ring, shoes….

    [And, i have no "ego" whatsoever. Zip, zero, zilch.]

  102. gija

    August 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    i love watches but i really dont like the huge ones

  103. theysa

    August 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    thats a slightly loaded question. and whats big? yeah the big panerais are falling out of vogue but i dont think a chunky chrono will completely go out of style.

  104. hi-d

    August 27, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I haven't worn a watch for years either, because of cell phones, computers, etc. My husband doesn't wear one either.

    I'm staring at this coffee!!! ha ha….

  105. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Shouldn't the watch match the man's size, what he's wearing and his personal style? I collect watches and have several large watches as well as several smaller, slim watches. Any watch needs to be simple, and like any other piece of clothing, should reflect the man's taste and style sensibilities.
    As far as this guy goes, the watch is cool, but the rest of him isn't – an untucked shirt? Wasn't that over in 2004?!

  106. lintmag

    August 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    As a woman, I love a big watch for myself, even though I have a pretty scrawny wrist, but on a guy I guess I just like a basic, fairly classic watch. I don't want to see anything with jewels, too childish, too small, and please no cheap digital thing. This guy is doing well with his watch.

  107. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I am never without a watch and prefer a classic understated watch on a man over the ginormous bling encrusted gadgets that some men are sporting…and yes one cant wonder about the overcompensation factor…..

  108. Tony Post No Bills | Washington DC

    August 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    You play to build. (Play on Proportion). i.e..a small guy like me with a overpowering watch would like like walking with a compass or flavor flav clock on my wrist. I've always been a fan of vintage watches (they are cheaper…but repairing them will equal the cost of a new watch…but Hey..its a potential asset……watch collecting is a different story).I'm an avid collector of Vintage watches (manual). Vintage Watches will be rediscovered as the 'new accessory'. Think about it, by changing the band on the watch whether it be, leather, alligator, ostrich, crocodile, or even the rayon straps (similar to the rayon/nylon belts). An interchange in bands means a newly changed/transformed watch. Or is the super sized watch a form of overcompensation, hence the newly defined midlife 1/3rd life crisis. Gas prices already taxed your pockets, so we drive less. Thus less purchasing power for that hot red sports car. But still a super sized watch is easier to hide then a new sports car from the wife. But she can spot you anywhere with that clock on your wrist.

    Examples of the nylon/rayon belt from past Sart pics:

    -Tony Post No Bills

  109. smallrooms

    August 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I'm NOT a fan of big watches, because, here in Dallas, where everything is sooo big, it would not be original or cool. Big hair. Big boobies. Big sculpted fingernails. Big houses. Big SUVs. Big egos. And now big watches—usually it's a Rolex on a $30,000 millionaire.

    I know. I sound mean, nasty, and bitter. So I'll sign off and take a nice pill. With chocolate.

  110. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I can't get behind not wearing a watch. There is a totally different experience in being able to look at your wrist and having to pull a phone out of your pocket (and possibly play with it to get the lights to come on).

    I lost my watch in Lisbon while travelling and felt completely lost for a week. I ended up buying some cheap junk off a man on the street in florence (it was VERY hard to find something understated and not gaudy)

  111. Patrick

    August 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    My favorite part of this photo is the way the foremost Iced Whatever echoes the color progression from his shirt to his hair.


    August 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I happen to adore nothing more than a really big man's watch overtaking my super tiny wrist, but as for men, I prefer classic, timeless pieces on a smaller scale. Maybe I like the juxtaposition and the irony that I would never consider anything other than a big face on myself, but that I want nothing more than something small and simple for men. Hmm. What a conundrum.

    I wrote about this very thing just a few weeks back on my site, the post is called: Time Is On My Side.


    P.S. Falling pretty hard for this guy's tat too ….

  113. a swedish girl

    August 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I have to say that I'm attracted to minimalistic men, nothing too big and nothing flashy. Flashy turns me off, I like discreat…simple and discreat. Even if you successful, less is more.

  114. do you like my tight sweater

    August 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I am a girl and I DONT like big watches on men :)
    No, No, No.

  115. Timothy I. Malachi

    August 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I do love watches and I think it's like sport car. I prefer a label from italy nd I prefer leather than metal. Cause they have various of colors in leather. And usually my watches attract people's attention and it's a good way too to start a conversation with people I've just knew who admire my watches

  116. martis

    August 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    God bless Starbucks….

  117. tcarole

    August 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I love the choice of color on the band. It matches his hair. I bet if you asked him about his watch, it has a story which is what makes it cool.

  118. Eric Rohr

    August 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    The lesson here? Buy the watch, lose the smart phone.

  119. Soren Lorensen

    August 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    no i am not attracted to it

    the bigger his watch the smaller his you-know-what

    and if you don't know what ask your parents

    a watch should speak about your personality, not about your bank balance

    so for example, a small yellow child's watch can be the height of charm on the right fellow.

  120. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    i was attracted to the man im with now at first because of his 1960s understated vulcain watch. elegant and masculine face with fabric band it was at once tough, utilitarian, and sensual. i much prefer a man who keeps a low profile but when you study the details they are well chosen and interesting.

  121. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    A man never wearing a watch is like a woman never carrying a bag!!! I really cannot understand it. I am a collector and wear both smaller vintage pieces and larger functional watches according to what I am wearing and what activity I am partaking in. There is no "correct" watch style.

  122. Erica Amina

    August 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I like this guy's watch mucho. More importantly, does a man have the arms and hands to carry off a big watch? Some do, most don't. You need clearly defined MAN hands before you can carry off a big watch. Then its sexy!

  123. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I appreciate when a man takes the time to put on a nice watch. To me, it means that he cares enough about his appearance enough to add an accessory. I also think it adds a punch of sophistication in the working world.

  124. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I think it depends on proportions – if the gentleman is slim, a smaller watch face with a slim band can look elegant. A large flashy one might make that same gentleman look like a teen taking his dad's watch for a spin. Similary, a slim watch might make a plump arm look like a squeezed sausage.

  125. Black Bloke (The Flash Bastard)

    August 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I agree with you. Since I live in Southern California, I've been looking at these monstrosities for too many moons now!

    Admittedly, when T was younger, the first 'real' watch I ever bought was a Breitling. Since I have a very small frame for a man of 6 feet, I looked like a little boy with his Father's watch on…. though I STILL love a big Mens watch on a stylish femme (I don't see this as much as in the early '90s).

    Then I found an old '70's Timex on the ground downtown and wore it ever day until I lost it (to the next lucky winner!)…

    By then, I'd narrowed my obsessive collector's personality down a bit… I was born in '67 and stick with things from that year when and where possible, including the Chevy Nova I use as a daily driver. I have a small collection (4 or 5 1967 watches) with my favorite being a stainless Rolex that I found in a "Boy's" size smaller than normal, larger than a Woman's watch. Perfect for little ol' me…

    Now… with such a boom of Vintage everything… it's getting a little too 'done' for me and I have such an aversion to following suit, I'm considering not wearing any watch at all – may even just sell the car and stick to my Lambretta (Scooter).

    Um… too much answer, I know. Thanks for bearing with me!

  126. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I fell in love with a man over a watch.

    My eyes became a camera the first time I saw him standing in line; everything surrounding him was an out of focus blurr. He was an angel, I knew, sent into my life to be my life time partner. He was the man that I had prepared for by marrying others, learning to be the best person I could ever be.

    His watch was large and expensive looking with a vintage-esque silver expandable band. This was a sign that he was a photographer, the profession of my dreams. The watch reminded me of a camera I quess?

    He broke my heart during a 6 month relationship: womanizer without even a camera !

    Now I like to see a man with no watch as I do not wear one myself.

    Signed ,

    Anonymous today

  127. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Boy, let me tell you, it is not attractive. Simple is always better, and what is better than vintage? I'll skip the giant chunky watch, thanks.

  128. Sarah

    August 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I like an understated watch. There is always something about a guy with a really classy smaller watch, like he's not putting everything out on the table at once. There's something to discover later. I guess it's like women who show too much skin at once, they always look a bit over-done, but a hint of skin is sexy. Same thing.

  129. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Some rappers have two watches per wrist, and a 4-6 inch vertical platinum bangle. Guys with their bulky rolexes remind me of that, except the grandpas at the golf course, of course.

  130. Katy McDevitt

    August 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I like men who wear minimal (and pretty minimalistic) accessories, including watches. I don't mind a watch but it needs to be unbig and unblingy and ungaudy. Vintage is good, yes. A plain white-faced black-strapped Timex is good. It's not about thebucks spent, at all. Ostentation is a big buzzkill. I like the watch on this guy but he loses me with the icky tattoo. Icky tattoos are icky.

  131. Linn Emilie

    August 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    starbucks CRAVINGS…

  132. The Daily Connoisseur

    August 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I like big watches and I cannot lie :)

  133. claytorama

    August 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    So what kind of watch did this guy have?

  134. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    To me, a nice watch is important. It should be subtle. I consider mine to be an heirloom. Rolex Explorer II. I wear it every day, with everything. And is should fit comfortably. Not like a bangle and not like a brace. Comfortable.

  135. lenmeister

    August 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Maana at 10:14am above states the exact reason some men (including myself) wear a watch. It's become a complementary accessory as well over the years I think. As for the debate over big vs small watches, it all depends on the wearer. Chronographs are in fashion(current)-not in style(individual), and they are bigger because they hav more than one motor-not to be big, they hav other functions (I should know, work closely to watch manufacturers)
    I reckon that a bigger guy would wear a watch with a wider quadrant proportional to his physique vice versa for a smaller built gentleman.
    And I find its more practical to wear a wristwatch instead or relying on phones or mp3 players but thats a matter of choice again.
    I mean if you're in a business meeting do you really want to pull out your smartphone or mp3 player for the time? lol just my take
    And I don't wear a watch to impress the ladies-its personal, serves more of an ingroup bias purpose

  136. Αβαδιστη

    August 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Watches are made for those who believe in the linear time. So they are fake counters. Who need them?

  137. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I love big, sporty watches – solid colors, no "bling" – as long as they don't overwhelm the wrist.

    And, as a plus with guys who accessorize with watches, I love stealing my bf's watches when my own look demands it.

  138. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    very cool watch — I agree with the person who said the watch should fit the wrist. I'm an American living in Italy and I think men's watches are getting too big over here. I bought a vintage women's sport watch because I couldn't find a new one that wasn't huge.

  139. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    No big watches on men. Please. it's too tacky. subtle is the way to go. or no watch at all.

  140. doisedois

    August 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    huge, expensive watches are SO TACKY.

  141. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I think that many are missing the point here. Many large watches (pilot's and diver's watches) are SUPPOSED to be big. They are designed as such to be functional.

  142. Rosie

    August 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I like a big man's watch on a woman–but I have to agree, and prefer the smaller size on a man! Slightly contrary, but maybe that's why it is appealing ;)


  143. t.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Doesn't matter if his watch is big or small to me, though the really giant ones are a little excessive.

    On the other hand, I think I'd find this guy hottt whatever kind of watch he was wearing…

    t @ Now Craving

  144. Tristan

    August 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I wear an old swiss army watch (its 9 years old, had it since i was a teen), it has a dark brown strap and deep blue face. Its a masculine and subtle time piece which generally represents my personal style ;)

  145. indigo warrior

    August 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I think it's like any kind of accessory. One should be able to say "Wow, he (or she) looks great!" as the first thought that comes to mind, as opposed to "What the heck is that ______ !?!" in response to an accessory or make up or whatever. The whole before the parts.

    I could have cared less about the watch when I saw this picture. I saw a lovely human first. Never mind that he got the drinks.

  146. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    My ex and best friend wears one fairly large watch at times, but he also wears a vintage watch that was once his grandfathers. It's amazing. I wish I remember the name of the designer. I like both… big and blingy or classic and sleak. Really depends on what look he's going for and how well he's pulling it off.

  147. ErinL

    August 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I like the size of his watch, but I don't mind larger watches on guys as long as they're not tacky.

    He looks great though. I'm loving his chambray shirt.

  148. Sara

    August 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Love his horse tattoo… looks like it was drawn by CW Anderson.

  149. Holly

    August 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I am in Silicon Valley so not the epicenter of fashion. We do get transplants from Europe and anyone with a "jumbotron" or plasma t.v. strapped to their wrist looks weird here. However, even with all the ambient time (phones, gadgets and the like), I still think men look put together with a watch. It is one of the few accessories left with the death of ties. I think a watch should express the wearer … vintage, classic, nerdy, sporty, etc. The watch type gives you insight into the person — even if it is just that day.

  150. Lord Brummel

    August 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I agree with you, Sart. Watches have become too big, and this tendency is not going to stop any soon. Even Patek has started to get bigger, I believe…

    I have not been wearing a watch in ages, and I do not have any.

    And it damages shirt cuffs… unless you wear it over the shirt, like the late Mr Agnelli, one of a kind.

    So for me it's a no no, but I understand that many people love watches and that it can also be very elegant. Better if understated. But is that not real elegance?

  151. piatenko

    August 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    i love pocket-watches

  152. Jade

    August 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I would FAR rather see my husband in something like this than any of the "look at me" watches you see now.

  153. cami falcão

    August 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I'm with you, can't figure why people are still wearing watches these days.
    NO, ladies are not more attracted to guys with giant watches or any sort of watch at all (at least not me or my friends), but when a guy has a great one like this, it can be fun, but still totally dispensable.

  154. Cobalt Violet

    August 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Unless you are P-Diddy and are planning to break out in a rap … no giant watches, please.

    Loathe giant watches on men. First of all, what are they trying to prove? Second, not elegant. ( I do love a man's vintage watch-leather band- very sexy.)
    Third, if he is very demonstrative and talks with his hands I am afraid of an accidental knock out.

    Um, LOVE Wayfarers on a guys. Super sexy.

  155. biacovetti

    August 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    you can wear a good-looking watching without looking like you insecure and overcompensating. but lets be real no one ever reads a watch anymore so dont act like ur looking at ur wrist for the time lol

  156. C.J.M.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    When men wear large watches I find it obnoxious, but when women wear large men's watches I think it's fabulous!

  157. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    depending on the watch reflects that they are classy so the answer is yes. agreed on the big gaudy watches though…

  158. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, to me big watches are just as vulgar as big logos on anything you wear. It's just a way of showing of what you can spend but some people regard that as quite cheap.
    So I guess you're not in that peer group. You obviously belong to the stylish, more authentic one, but that's another kind of showing of status. :-)

  159. Antonio Barros

    August 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    This watch has the perfect size.. not too big and not too small!

    the singular

  160. Vitania

    August 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Watches for men are like handbags for women. It completes an outfit. A woman should never leave the house without a purse, a man shouldn't leave without his watch. A good selection of sporty to formal, and of course, there should be atleast one showstopper!


  161. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I just got a giant, wall clock like watch for myself. I got the watch because I am scheduled to take the Law School Admissions Test which has prohibited digital watches. Since, every minute is important on the LSAT, I need a watch that can be as easily seen by me on test date as it can from space. So, in other words I have to use a watch that works for my needs.

  162. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Gotta admit the tattoo and why a horse intrigue me. It's a nice change from the de rigeur tribal or Black Flag.

  163. Nicole

    August 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    First, I love that the band matches the color of his facial hair!

    Second, a guy with a good taste in a quality timepiece is attractive not so much the fact that he wears one. I do believe some guys treat it as "symbol of success" just like they do with anything else material that they own, which is a huge red flag to me. I like men whose style generates a quiet explosion – not an atomic bomb.

  164. *corinne

    August 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    no no, i like watches exactly like this man's! ideal, and very chic.

    and now i want to go to starbucks.

  165. Lisa

    August 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    the watch does not attract….the man does. but if i see big ugly shiney watches….i think…bad taste. success does not automatically mean taste…obviously and unfortunately, right?

  166. PaigeMarshall

    August 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I should say I am so much fascinated by the iced caramel macchiato in that tray that I would not see the watch! :)

  167. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    His watchband matches his hair.

  168. la Bug

    August 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    A big, flashy watch on a big, flashy guy is an A ticket. My taste runs more toward the Citizen Stiletto (super thin) on a reedy, Adrian Brody-type, who will, inevitably, think he's too good for me…
    I'm gonna go find me a mesomorph in a freakin' huge watch.

  169. BLankPAGE

    August 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Well, I like huge watches, when they have something to do with the rest of the outfit. and I think they don't fit to anybody.

    I dated a guy who had only huge watches and he looked very fine with them.

  170. James

    August 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I've been searching for a new band for my favorite watch (a WWII-era Soviet piece) for ages — thanks for the inspiration!

  171. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    A man can use his watch, as well as other accessories, to better define his style very much as women do with our accessories. His mood (mellow or mod), where he's going (club or office), what he's wearing all can determine if he chooses the stainless steel tank or the leather strapped Cartier.
    Of course, that can (and maybe the definition of person style is that it should) all be tossed out the window and he could just wear what he likes best … in that case, give me a classic, quality timepiece that can go anywhere anytime… any time.

  172. greendress

    August 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    jenniebelle 10:42 AM said…
    "my question to u is what u think about the new trendy plastic watches?"

    i think Swatch proved years ago that plastic watches can be trendy, sporty and whimsical. i still have mine from my teenage years. it can show a little glimpse of your personality.

  173. sandra

    August 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    i didnt even notice the watch, i was too busy trying to figure out how many thousand calories are in the starbucks cups hes carrying.

  174. Madame de la Moleskine.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    first thing i noticed was his watch matches the frapuccino!


  175. Bronwyn

    August 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I don't like big watches on men or women. Which is a bit of a problem for me lately (I'm a woman, by the way) because I've got to the age where I need either a big watch or to wear my reading glasses all the time. I can't even really see the hands on my watch without the glasses. I just don't see the appeal in either big watches or big handbags – they're necessary functional items and should be elegant but unobtrusive.

  176. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I love a vintage understated Cartier or Patek on a man, a la Agnelli. But I also love a big mens watch on a woman, a la Garance.
    p.s. The man is hottt!

  177. UES boy

    August 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I stay away from anything bigger than 42mm diameter…even that can look big depending on the model.

    Watch styles are like fashion styles. Right now, big watches are in and one day they will be out. Classics are always the best option for the money.

  178. holly

    August 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I'm a watch freak…I think of them as I do any accessary. You can tell alot about a person through their watch.The guy in the picture is an excample of what I'm talking about. His watch totally goes with his over all style…I sense a reoccurance of smaller watches, even sunglasses.

  179. BobKentNoVa

    August 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I have a small collection of quality watches. Thin and simple is my preference. I like that such a watch is so unobtrusive that you can forget your wearing it, until you need to know the time. I've always been anti-bling too.

  180. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I think that it's a question of model and the man wearing it.

  181. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    my vote is a small vintage or one that isn't too flashy. hate the big flashy expensive ones that remind me of the small guy in the big hummer.

  182. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    The watch a man wears must match him. If he's a big guy, he needs a big watch. If he's thin, a smaller watch will do. If he's loud an boisterous, well, you get the picture…

    I love a man with an elagant, but on-the-large-side watch. Not flava-flav style, just elegant. I think the European guys do a good job at not overdoing it.

  183. Rik

    August 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I believe there's more important things than making sure your watch looks just right. Those with the big, chunky, metal watches obviously have too much time on their hands to be worrying about just that- their big, fancy watches! However, the man you photographed- his [red?] watch is fine. Seems to only add to his character/style. That's the key- Keep it simple!

  184. Dolo

    August 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I couldn´t agree with you more!!! Total overcompensation!

  185. shoemein

    August 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I definitely am not a fan of large watches, they just look too chunky on a man's wrist. However the quirky or unique vintage watches I can appreciate.
    Love this shot, he's rugged AND stylish!


  186. Locksmith Sartorialst

    August 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    one more Panerai guy, love it.

  187. jeff

    August 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    After giving up watches a few years back, I find it very uncomfortable to go back to wearing one. Only if I'm in a suit, then I'll wear something sleek and minimal.

    I find status watches to be outdated, garish and an immediate turn-off

    However, the simple timepiece on this Hottie works. Then again, I think anything would work on him.

  188. green lantern

    August 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    IMHO…watches are conversational and situational pieces. Small and thin, big and thick, simple and complex faces abound with events and moods tied to every combination. Please don't show up at a formal dinner party with your G-Shock twerping and beeping about…gouche! On the other hand (pardon the pun), sailing with a Flava Flav timepiece swinging around one's neck could get you thrown overboard as an anchor.

  189. Andrew

    August 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    i have small wrists, and a younger, 'boyish' face so whenever i wear watches that are 38-40mm in size, i look like a kid playing with dad's watches.

    about a year ago i wanted to get a classic rolex datejust with oyster bracelet and silver face. however, when i put it on and looked at myself in a full length mirror all i could look at was the hunk of stainless steel hanging on my wrist. it looked like all i was trying to do was show off that i bought a rolex.

    i then tried the date model which is a slightly smaller version at 34mm and it fit perfect.

    i get compliments all the time, as it is vintage and i change out bands/straps all the time. it looks like a fine integral detail in my entire ensemble of an outfit as opposed to a 'look at me' piece of flash and trash. i've had people tell me they admire my sense of proportion, that i had the guts to go smaller, and that it looks like when a guy with a normal size wrists wears a regular datejust.

  190. southerngentinL.A.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I'm old school. I was raised by a man who felt a man always wears a watch and is always mindful of the time. If for nothing else, to make sure you're being respectful of other people's time. And, if someone inquires as to the time a man should not have to fumble with a gadget (imho). I do, however, understand that some cats don't wear any kind of jewelry and some cats hate the way watches feel. So, that said, If you're going to wear one then simple, subtle and classy is the way to go. To that end, this cat is handlin' his biz….peace.

  191. Marta

    August 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Hello!This is my first comment here though I visit you (and arance Doré by the way :) EVERY day. I am an European woman and I love the watch of the man in the pic, very casual, natural, simple… but I don´t like big watches for men! ( I do like a woman wearing a man´s watch)Extra bigs seem too pretentious to me.My message to men: keep watches simple or classic!

  192. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I love watches. I'll continue to wear one no matter how many gadgets have a clock. It's not for a status symbol, but a nice watch does look good.

  193. honolulu

    August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I don't like watches in general but this guy is smokin and I wish he was bringing *me* the iced latte.

  194. Brigadeiro

    August 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I like big watches, but not big flashy ones, I like funky ones, otherwise I like vintage or understated watches (LOVE Rado) – not as a symbol of success though, I'm more about the aesthetic :)

  195. Tanya

    August 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    definitely simple, and yes im not sure what you mean by small, but i do agree that this guys watch is perfect. Im really not a fan of big shiny watches, it just makes a man look pretentious…not hot.

  196. Lisa

    August 27, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I think a big watch can be very masculine…though it needs to fit the frame of the man. A big watch on a small frame man just looks silly!

  197. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    want to see the guy, not the watch. if it adds to his look, perfect. if it takes from or distracts….no.
    watches are jewelry and so whether expensive or not, I think meaningful is the best- my guy has a Rolex but from his parents. Class.

  198. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I like a man who has a watch, especially a man that I am interested in. It gives me a conversation starter, "Excuse me, but do you happen to have the time?" Although I do not really like men with big watches IT DOES seem a little like over-compensation.The more simple the better, it shows they care to take that extra time to put on a watch. But that they don't want to sensationalize what they wear.

  199. Fringe

    August 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    The only man who needs a big watch is James Bond.

  200. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    My Dad always used to wear gaudy fake Rolex watches, so when I see a big gaudy masculine watch I just think of a certain time when that's what men wore.

    Now I never see guys my age (26) wear them, but if a guy wore one now it would be a brilliant conscious choice or a dated one.

  201. jolene

    August 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    A lot of men don't like to wear jewellery, so a watch is all they have to play with. And maybe a wedding ring, if they're the marrying kind.

  202. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Scott – did you ask him to shift his watch "downwards" so that you could capture the size of the watch better while he held on to the caffeine?
    My point is I tend to wear it downward a bit for small vintage watches just so that I can read the time quicker….

  203. -h

    August 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    my pet peeve is when goes dont wear watches because "i just use my phone." Wear a watch!! It doesnt have to cost thousands or be massive hunk of metal, just wear a nice looking watch.

    some people can pull off the massive watch on others it looks silly. a good tip, if it looks like something 50 cent would wear and you're not 50 cent, that's gonna be a no-no

  204. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I can't disagree strongly enough about the idea of ditching a watch for a smartphone or whatnot. A wristwatch does more than tell time. I regard it as a classic piece of male jewelry — one of the few items that is really acceptable across the board. And the style and type of watch also express personal style. A smartphone is so sheeplike and says nothing about its owner.


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  206. Rory

    August 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    What's with the "Ladies, are you really attracted to guys with giant watches?" What about us GUYS who are attracted to guys? Doesn't our opinion count?

    Disappointing to see you presume everyone reading your blog is straight.

    I'm sure it's not intentional. I just hadn't expected you'd be unthinkingly sexist.

  207. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Big watches, sports cars..tres tragic! Like all opoulent shows of wealth, only about 1 in a million can carry it off.

  208. August Daze

    August 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I prefer oversized watches on women. When I see a guy with one I assume he's insecure, but that's just me.

  209. Keir

    August 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    To me, the mechanical watch approaches the pinnacle of timeless design. While your mobile phone will be obsolete and discarded in a few years, a fine watch has will last a lifetime. Watches are amazing and dependable pieces of machinery that require admirable craft in their manufacture. Aesthetically, different watches suit different clothes and different personalities. However; a mechanical wristwatch will always trump the disposable electronic gadget buried deep in your bag or your pocket as a measure of the time.

  210. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    i love watches!! they add sooo much too an outfit….
    my great grandfathers watch is so special to me! also i have other nice watches.
    i would like to say that gaudy watches are sooooo ghetto. esp the people that be having them encrusted in diamonds and or crystals. GHETTO!!!

  211. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I feel like big watches are cumbersome and detract from the overall look. However, I can see that being one of the only "manly" accessories, making it stand out more has some appeal. However, a gaudy men's watch makes me think they will smell like Axe body spray. I like the look of a leather band on a man much better than stainless steel.

  212. Fashion4Life

    August 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    i dont usually think about this sorta stuff! i think that if you are the kinda gentleman who can pull of a rather large watch, then go for it. confidence is sexy.


  213. Baby Hercules

    August 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    As a man, I think I would rather see one of those big chunky mens watches on ladies, instead of men. Watches are very hard to pull off in my opinion. I do like the watch on this gentleman though. You just have to be careful with the size of the watch making your hands and wrists look weird.
    On a side note, why would someone go to Starbucks in NYC when probably 2 feet away there are much better coffee shops that cost the same if not less? I'm so tired of the glamorization of the evil corporation that is Char-bucks. Booo.

  214. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I really like his tattoo! It has a quiet, serene tone almost like a letterpress print or a line drawing … and I like his palette with the blue-gray that complements his coloring. The tan leather strap is perfectly in tune. The watch suits him!

    Solid old watches of a certain size, I love – the seiko diver's watch for example – and they don't work on everyone. But if the watch fits …

  215. Ciça

    August 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I really don't like men with giant watches! It seems ridiculous to me, it feels like overcompensation!!

  216. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Uh, forget the watch, how cool is that damn tattoo? (Big watches are unnecessary.)

  217. Kristy

    August 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I love watches! I love BIG watches! I love them for men and women. My husband has a U Boat and although it is huge, it has a vintage feel. Black face with white numbers and a worn brown leather band. FABULOUS.

  218. vavavinny

    August 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I am a male and I do not wear a watch, mainly because I have never really liked them. If I were to wear one, though, it would be medium-sized, not too big and not too small, and definitely Cartier. I am all about statement pieces, and usually the bigger the piece, the better. But too large timepieces just look plain silly. I think it is pertinent for men to remember what the watch was originally invented for: to tell the time. But now, watches have developed into a classic style item, and also a piece to advertise wealth- like many other wardrobe staples. Regardless, I think people should remember practicality over statement object when it comes to time-pieces. A mega-honking watch is just unecessary. When it comes to timepieces, the less ostentatious and showy, the more elegant. As for women and watches, nothing is sexier than a woman wearing a man's watch- that fits her wrist properly, of course.

  219. vavavinny

    August 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I have the same shirt this man- who is QUITE sexy, by the way- is wearing. It's from the Gap. I loved it so much I bought it in 3 different colors (black, tan, and army green) ;)!

  220. Sentimental J

    August 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I think it's cool that a guy wears a watch, but it doesn't have to be that way. Wearing a watch of any kind doesn't show that you're any different, but perhaps there is a small factor that shows you dress well. Usually based on my observations, only the ones who care to dress decently not even speaking about fashion wears a watch. In the end, I think a watch to a guy is like a bag to a girl.

  221. timfromnola

    August 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    as a watch collecting southern guy, i am quite pleased to see such a lively discussion with so many different opinions on watches. if anything, there seems to be little indifference.

    i started my collection with a swatch watch several years ago, and have since changed directions several times. i bought my first vintage watch about 4 years ago; and from then on i have been hooked. the smaller proportions almost always come across as understated and elegant. the dings in the case or marks on the dial just give character. one thing that draws me to vintage watches are the details that are hardly seen: the movements. before the mid 70s, most watch manufacturers produced their own movements (or engines). there was an entire industry with legions of craftsmen who took their work seriously; and they produced an instrument that can still be accurate 50, 60, sometimes 100 years later. that is why i love to wear a vintage watch; and it is a sartorial detail that possibly only i know about. i don't wear a watch for anyone else. that said, sometimes a sport watch is the right watch for the occasion. personally, i don't own anything that is as big as a panerai; but i don't hold anything against those who do.

    i think that above all, a watch is a way to accessorize for men and women….and however large or small, elegant or sporty, diamond-encrusted or simple; it tells alot about who is wearing it.

    i don't care which watch you choose, but keep wearing them. an iphone is not a suitable substitute.

    p.s. this guys watch works well for him and his outfit.

  222. vavavinny

    August 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Rory, I'm gay as well, but I was not at all offended or disconcerted by Scott's failure to add "and gay men" to his posting. Regardless, I'll give my opinion anyway ;)! This guy is HOTT, and I must say that he definitely gives an excellent argument for a man to wear ANY size watch, because with that fantastic face and amazing physique, his wrist would be the last place I would aim my eyes.

  223. Sylvie

    August 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I am not attracted to guys with large watches. Leather bands, or small vintage watches like the picture are good though. I do think it's masculine and prefer for a man to wear a watch, just not an oversized gaudy one.

  224. Logan Wolfe

    August 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I say the first rule is proportion. If most men followed this simple rule then tacky extraneous time pieces would be the exception and not the rule.
    As for why I wear a watch? I hate taking out my cell to check the time only to remind myself that no one has called.

  225. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    OK-I certainly will show that I am 50 by saying this, but I have never understood the big watch fascination. If you are a large man, then you certainly would want one, but for the rest of us, it just looks like so much vulgar overstatement. Besides, they are impossible to wear under a tapered sleeve or shirt with a close-fitting cuff.

  226. Anonymous

    August 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I don't like ostentatious watches on anyone. To me, watches are time pieces – not fashion. As a tall woman, I wear a simple, inexpensive man's Timex with a black leather strap. Cell phone displays are too hard to read. I guess my age is showing…

  227. Fashion Obsessed

    August 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I'm absolutley obsessed with this shot.
    Nice work Scott.

  228. V

    August 27, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Watches are as much an important fixture to stylishly tell time as it would complement a man's wardrobe. Whether you view it as an accessory or a necessity, watches DO reflect your sense of style and shows us ladies what type of man you are, status symbol or not.

  229. foodie hunter

    August 27, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    i like watches. i like to wear them and do notice them on men. yet, i'm not a huge fan of giant flashy watches on men (or women for that matter). if a guy is wearing a well designed watch with pretty clean and modern aesethetic than i'll definitely take notice. a classic/modern well-designed watch doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be super expensive.

  230. Blue Piranha

    August 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I haven't read through so I'm sure it's already been said, but a guy who is sporting an elegant, or unusual, classic or vintage watch has my attention. I hate those big heavy watches.

    And some vintage watches are SUCH things of beauty. The dials, the lugs, the hands…all fantastic.

    I often troll eBay and other places looking for vintage watches for my husband, and the added bonus is that I can wear them too, if I like. :)

  231. Erin

    August 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I think it depends entirely on the man. I have one friend who is this huge black guy with beautiful dark skin and a very dapper style, and he (successfully) rocks a different blingy, flashy, chunky watch every day. Another friend, however, is very slim and tan and does the whole skinny thrift-store look, and every day he either wears a thin vintage Seiko or a children's Mickey Mouse watch from the 80s.

    …so, that long explanation to say, I just think it's all about your look. Both are extremely attractive in my opinion if done right.

  232. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 12:07 am

    A watch won't make it and won't (necessarily) break it for me; however, if it's big and gaudy, I'd definitely reconsider his priorities.

    This guy's is perfect. Makes me want to get to know him, so that's good :)

  233. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 12:09 am

    luv your blog and your work Sart…but for gods sakes…what is with the heterosexist question…why not leave it open ended…"…for the guys and those who love them. Are guys more attractive with giant watches?…" Makes it feel more inclusive all round, with even some straight bros chiming in to add richness to the dialogue…cos like women dress for other women…some of us make a sport of style checking each other…unless of course this post was meant for hets only…still luvin what you do…particularly these style notes that highlights the subtleties that make this fashion game truly democratic, playful and fun…

  234. Ronan the Librarian

    August 28, 2009 at 12:29 am

    So bizarre…I have been agonising over the past week over which watch…and hey presto Sart has a post to solve my dilemma! How does he do it? No longer the chunky Panerai but the Breguet…

  235. crowsfeet

    August 28, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I love those sleek understated watches on men and women. No bling, no monsters. I also believe that digital watches are for workouts.

    The idea of wearing a clock was at one point in time as novel as wearing a telephone, or the stereo. We wear computers and televisions now too. We are odd creatures, indeed.

  236. J. Tan

    August 28, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I'm attracted to anything that's retro^^

  237. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 2:37 am

    I think watches are cool but not the oversized ones. I kind of miss them. A watch definitely looks better than a phone stuck in your pocket. But thats the world we now live in.

  238. Nikki - - Monomestile - -

    August 28, 2009 at 2:43 am

    If a man can wear a watch with style and ease, I don't care what size it is.
    I know a guy who wears a watch that is almost like a cuff, but it's simple. Just white leather and a rectangular timepeice in the middle. He wears it all the time and it's like his signature; he's really made it his own.
    However, I'm not one for chunks of metal. There's no individuality in those watches.
    But really, if a man makes it work, then it really doesn't matter. I think that can be said about a lot of things.

  239. Charlotte

    August 28, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I think a huge man's watch is much sexier on a woman. On men on the other hand I prefer a pocket watch!

  240. louise

    August 28, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Vintage watches for men every time! Big shiny metal things are a complete turn off. And I like wearing men's watches myself (I am a woman).

  241. j'taimee

    August 28, 2009 at 3:24 am

    I somehow think that watch can be for a man what the right handbag can be for a woman. It is, as you say – in this day of high tech and easily accessed time telling devices – a functional accessory. I think that it depends on the attitude/intention with which it's worn….

  242. Swiss Girl

    August 28, 2009 at 3:25 am

    As a swiss girl, the watch country, i need to admit a watch is a sort of identity.
    You can know at first sight if the person has taste (and money) and a good part of his caractere.

    And big watches are may be really good looking on guys with huge wrists ^.-
    I think

  243. Nicole

    August 28, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I definitely do find watches attractive. To me, it's got the same sentiment as wearing cufflinks, their beautiful, making a man looked dressed. I can just imagine a man going through their sartorial routine: shirt, pants jacket belt watch. Just like a woman wears her diamonds, a man wears his watch. But sometimes free hands look just as mesmerising.

  244. Mats

    August 28, 2009 at 3:37 am

    A gentleman never ever uses a phone as a timpiece. So,a man with some class wears a watch!

    Here in Europe there is also a trend growing right now to leave the phone at home. It seems to be so out to be reachable all the time.

    And therefore you also need a watch. Of course you choose one that fits your style.

  245. MItchIE

    August 28, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I wear what some would call a large watch. But i have a large wrist. I love the simplicity of a timex expedition or an easy reader but my wrist tends to dwarf them. My Panerai, submariner is perfect (at least i think so) not too flashy, not too big, just a classic timeless design that suits me. I nylon band in the summer and a custom tanned leather band in the cooler months.

  246. Anca

    August 28, 2009 at 3:58 am

    I'm mostly attracted by a pair of strong arms regardless the size of the watch :) but still I like better a tiny watch to a ginormous one.

  247. Lidi

    August 28, 2009 at 4:10 am

    I rarely take notice of them.

  248. sofiasophie

    August 28, 2009 at 4:31 am

    With a man like this one, I don't mind the watch, it can be big or wear no one, doesn't matter….
    Ohlalaaaaaaaa, this man is THE perfect one and he doesn't even look gay….. Viril,terribly sexy, simple and healso looks sweet!

    Oups, sorry…. to answer your question about watches, usually I prefer something more like this gentleman is wearing, a man watch but not tooooo big!

    Thanks for this post….

  249. Simo

    August 28, 2009 at 4:37 am

    small and thin thats how i like it
    i do have a little collection but very simple
    my favorite one, was a gift from my father a fifties swiss vintage watch

    have a wonderful day guys.


  250. Rice

    August 28, 2009 at 4:52 am

    This is a difficult one.. for myself, as a woman, I love wearing mens watches. It's about the proportions of my wrist and the watch; a big watch makes the wrist seem more elegant and delicate. but with big watches simplicity is key. no diamonds or gold, please, unless you are a rapper, maybe… Really, i believe all watches should be classic, a watch is one of those things that should stay with you for a long time, and that works with all kinds of situations. it's like your favourite jeans, converse sneakers, leather bag, RayBan aviators… those things that, when you put them on, pull the rest of your look together.

  251. Dima Boulad

    August 28, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I really don't care about watches ! It's just another overrated fancy accessory.

  252. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 5:10 am

    The size isn't important, just the look and his story is the best.
    And i think Sart isn't not good idea to replace a watche by a cellular phone.

  253. Eliana Tomás

    August 28, 2009 at 5:25 am

    i love simple and small. and a man who actually wears a small and simple watch knows exactly where he stands. and this goes to women too…
    btw, he's hot! i love ginger!

  254. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

    A good watch is the best jewellery that a man could wear. When a woman wear perfect earrings she seems perfect and trendy, and every man should try to wear the perfect and stylish complement. An atractive man should wear the best perfum and a beautifull watch, only this

  255. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I think wearing a big chunky metal watch is show offy. The big chunky rolex's are a major turn off. I much prefer a guy with a small vintage watch or a modern, simple watch like a black swatch watch. Something that isn't too out there is the key.

  256. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Can't stant big and flashy!! Just like I can't stand the big D&G belt buckles…

  257. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Yes, must agree – big watches are cringe worthy. It's just another example of tasteless peacocking. A nice small simple watch, like in the pic, is tasteful and elegant.
    Leave the big timepieces to scuba divers and pilots and other people for whom a big watch is about function, otherwise you might as well just be driving a Hummer as well.

  258. Sigrid

    August 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Oh Yum! The watchband matches his hair colour, and I just bet that most gorgeous tattoo is of a chestnut horse as well. In fact who cares about the watch , gimme that tattoo on those arms over a stupid watch any day.

  259. alicja

    August 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

    vintage-watch this is it! guys really don't use all functions of big-watches, so in my opinion b-wes are unnecessary

  260. concupiscence

    August 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

    they often say that women tend to dress for women, not men. similarly, i think that men tend to show off their status/initiation symbols for other men. gadgets fall into this category. i can read these symbols to an extent but i'll only like them if they please my aesthetics. or i could grow to like them if they are the man's passion, independent of rivalry rites. since showy watches are not to my taste, the second may still apply.

    one other thing. this man is gorgeous. when i first looked at the picture, i had no freaking idea there would be a discussion about watches following, i was just really taken in by his handsomeness. now, the question for me is: would a big watch take away from or add to the powerful impression he makes? i think it would block it to an extent. btw love the colour coordination with the watch here :)

  261. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

    in my opinion the chinese market destroyed much of the symbolism behind wearing a watch. Gone are the days when you could look at a Rolex Submariner and form an opinion about the gentleman proudly sporting it. now you can buy a copy for $15 bucks and every Tom, Dick and Harry can be a James Bond.

    That stated, a gentleman never wears copies. And I share your enthusiasm for fine vintage watches. Currently I wear a Rolex Oyster Perpetual gold and steel. It's fine with jeans or a tuxedo. I am fiercely oblivious to fads.

    I win.


  262. juliejulie

    August 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    The watches should fit the person,just big enough to look, i guess, manly, but still small so it didn't look overly flashy. It's like when people buy huge bright red sports cars and insist on driving them insanely fast, it looks silly, instead of classy.

  263. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Watches are about the only things a man (especially over a certain age) should wear – except perhaps a wedding or signet ring and perhaps a simple necklace or occasional braclet – delends on the man.

    The basic rule (and basic rules arre good for men's dress…) is simple and slim for a suit and maybe something more for casual such as a thicker more bold timepiece.

    i agree with almost all of the other poster, diamonds, precious metal, diving watches etc are vulgar and naff.

    yes us euros do wear watches more I suppose, but perhaps that is just tradition; we like our witches and watchmakers – sort of a link to our craft past like proper tailors and car makers – impractical but they speak of continuity and humanity.

    This fellow looks great by the way. Proper understated taste – as a man of a certain age (ie over 25) should.

  264. Amblus

    August 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I was so distracted by the hotness of the guy I didn't even notice the watch! Hubba.

  265. KD

    August 28, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I love watches, but NOT the huge ones. I love this one.

  266. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Huge watches say "I'm rich, but my taste is poor"

  267. nene

    August 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    God no! A gaudy watch is a complete horror! If there has to be a watch at all, make it a nice vintage piece like this one, with a leather band and a minimum of bling metal.

    Love your pictures by the way!

  268. minorkeys1

    August 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

    good question, sart. first, i love watches, the perfect accessory in my opinion. i definitely prefer large ones, especially on women, but also on men. I don't care for flashiness, but a simple large face and minimal metal (I like leather straps) is quite charming.

  269. Octavia Morris

    August 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

    massive watch = massive turnoff. i have a gold ringwatch, they're wayyy cool

  270. Jewerly etc.

    August 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Wow I never thought of it that way. But I much prefer a big watch on a man. Dainty watches like the above look better on a female. I'm actually trying to get my dad to give me one of his watches.


  271. Charlotte

    August 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

    My husband has a Rolex Explorer – small, understated, extremely sexy.

    He doesn't need it for the time, as you say we have plenty of clocks. He wears it because it was his father's, and that's the sexiest of all.

    I think the big watches are like the Ford Explorers – they work well for really huge humans.

  272. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 10:45 am

    No. I bought my boyfriend a vintage 1960s watch and he loves it. It's elegant and discreet, yet unique.

    Luckily, he doesn't have to compensate for anything ;)

  273. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

    In case anyone was curious, that looks like a Minerva Pythagore… Same exact watch I have, down to the strap and everything.

  274. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

    It's all about stile…. the guy above looks GREAT with the small one! And some other guys with the huge…
    The only thing that I don't agree is that kind of person that use for "satus"…size x sucsses as u said!

  275. ghersionmyjersey

    August 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

    like everything else, it depends…

  276. Mo

    August 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Oh yeah, you bet I LOVE watches(and man who wears a good one). Actually I own a sleek-looking men's watch myself, it's big and therefore makes my wrist look delicate and incredibly sexy, that's the whole point.

  277. hc

    August 28, 2009 at 11:19 am

    easy question, but still very relevant. on the street of wall, it is a big no-no to wear gauche watches with platinum/silver/gold bracelets.

    understatement is king regarding watches, a thin silver plated face, with leather straps suffice.

  278. Danielle

    August 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

    i say "Bleh" to big watches. men or women. i like a subtle watch. i love the watch featured above. i love that round simple face witha nice leather or croc band.

  279. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Nothing gaudy on a man is ever sexy.

  280. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Big watches look sexy only when elegantly weared and not too bright either… big and sober actually.

  281. Alessandro

    August 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I like watches and have a small collection; I prefer diving and chronographs; some are big some are smaller. I wear them on leather and rubber straps. The dials remind me of sports car instrument panels; in fact, as a child i use to call the dials in my father's Alfa Romeo 'clocks'. My ultimate favorite is the Omega Speedmaster and i challenge anyone to find it gaudy or tacky. That said, I'm surprised about all the negative comments on watches, big watches (not blingy ones – hate those) while nobody has commetned on how ugly the tattoo looks. Tattoos are vulgar not watches

  282. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    To me, a man wearing a big shiny watch might as well strap a Corvette to his arm.

  283. iheartkiwi

    August 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    is anyone else as enamored with his horse tattoo as i am?

  284. Mythri

    August 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    simple and understated is always best and vintage always serves as a good conversation piece

  285. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Honestly, if I notice a man's watch, then I am not attracted to him. When someone is very attractive to me, I don't notice details like the watch that are not important to me.

    I just got back from Paris and Nice, France. I was shocked by how the watch seemed to be used as a modern-day codpiece. It looked ridiculous to me.

  286. CH and LK

    August 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I love a big watch on a man. As long as it's subtle and not flashy (a nice, simple Swiss Army, perhaps) I think there is something extremely classy, smart, elegant, sexy, and masculine about it. A guy that checks his watch is much more charming than a guy that whips out his iPhone every five minutes. I guess I'm just old-fashioned though – I haven't caught on to the iPhone craze just yet ;)

  287. Candice

    August 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I never gave much thought to men and their watches. But I definitely don't like that bling bling style AT ALL. This guy's watch is perfectly fine, although I'm sure I would have never noticed it. Good for telling the time, which is exactly what a watch should be doin!

  288. MJ

    August 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    i love men with small vintage watches like that. leather, round framed, and not so big. i hate flashy, huge, and bling bling watch.

  289. MJ

    August 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    i love men with watch(nor without) but not the big flash bling bling ones. those big things make me uncomfortable. :)

  290. lady san pedro

    August 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I say men look good in watches that suit their look and lifestyle.

    If not, it should at least suit the occasion.

  291. Crystal

    August 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    i'm a ladyyyyy and i think guys with huge watches are a big thumbs down. haha
    there was a time when big faces were the 'it' thing, but now that technology helps us along so much that we even 'read' time digitally..

    if you're going to wear a watch, i'd rather it be a statement and i don't mean by the size.

    like this! http://www.watchismo.com/modern.php?cmd=view&id=314

  292. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I like them big!For men and women.I am a woman and the last one I bought was a big men's watch
    that I love on my thin wrist.I'm tall and slim so I think it looks nice on me!And I have to say that the watch is one of the first things I notice on men!

  293. Simone de Beauvoir was totally hot

    August 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    i am not wild about a huge watch, i think they can be worn well as an accent (my boyfriend has a low profile gold calculator watch with a stretch metal band he got a walgreens, its a great metallic accent). when i comes to status i always think of the slim deco style work by Pierce Brosnan in the Thomas Crown Affair remake, status and understated class.

  294. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I think a man should wear a watch diameter that is smaller than the width of his wrist. Large watches are gaudy. And worst, the watches with the "bling". Seriously, not attractive.

  295. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I prefer the size of this gentleman's watch for men; a really huge watch is too fussy and in some cases seems a little too much like what a pimp might wear…

  296. Devi

    August 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    For some reason, BIG watches look great on Italian men with and their very sun-tanned arms.

  297. Devi

    August 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Also I HATE jewlerly on men. It's tacky but I love watches on men.

  298. Caroline

    August 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Sart, if you did a version of this blog for the single and looking, I think you'd be a millionaire. Speaking for myself, I've wondered if some of the very lovely men you've photopgraphed were available.

  299. Tony

    August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    As a guy, I have to say that I've completely stayed off the big-watch bandwagon – my brother has a Panerai that's as big as a dessert plate, and after trying it on once, I realized I could never do that. It's very Robb Report. If I do wear a watch (nowadays usually only with a suit), I wear one of my grandfathers' – I have three, 2 from one and one from the other – I was wise enough to sneak in and grab 'em!

  300. SallyO

    August 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    My father purchased his Omega watch in 1952 for $35 and he has been wearing it ever since. It is a simple understated classic style with a metal band. THAT is true vintage style.
    BTW, I hate giant watches on men.

  301. Wanderlusting

    August 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Who cares about the watch? Look at his awesome tattoo!

  302. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Oh, what a guy!


    Like him

  303. Bianca

    August 28, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I think a watch is a guys best accessory. It gives a sense of movement, of purpose to anything you might wear. Guys simply look very attractive wearing watches. To answer your question- yes, big watches (the really big ones) are over the top. Its like you're trying to hard. And guys should never try too hard, it should always come naturally.

  304. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    i wonder how many people who commented are from usa? i am a gringo expatriate. i've noticed that outside the usa, the watch and the shoes make the man… (ok, i'm a guy, and Sart said he wanted women's opinions, but i think i have a little perspective that can help…) leaving out the "size matters" question, i think it's interesting the different way that americans look at the watch question vs. other countries. where i live in latin america, one of the 1st signs that men doing business look for in other men is a nice watch. it's like a badge, "i'm not full of shit. i'm ok." maybe that's shallow. but, we're on a fashion blog, right?

  305. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I love watches. They are an important detail on the whole outfit. It dosn`t mean it has to be big or expensive to be the right one, just interesting… But is not only about metal. Since you wear it all day, you share with it almost everything, happy and unhappy moments, it`s a connection with your soul and reflects your spirit.

  306. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Anything too big, too shiny or trying too hard is unnattractive.
    Class, which is waaaaayyy sexy, is defined by how you carry yourself around. Guys have to be noticeable when right next to you, when far away they should just be like a serene prince charming…

  307. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Has to be Panerai. :)

  308. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Big flashy watches are definitely in the "trying too hard" category. They are not attractive to this woman. If I want to know your net worth I will just ask.

    A well chosen, and well used smaller watch however, is very nice. It suggests, among other things, that perhaps the gentleman looks occasionally at his watch but might spend far more time paying attention to me. If you are wearing a Bluetooth or packing a Blackberry you are pretty much telegraphing a dedication to distraction. The proportions are nice aesthetically too.

  309. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    To me, a smaller, sleeker timepiece screams 'class' much louder than a giant ungainly hunk o' metal

  310. SartoriallyAddicted

    August 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    …I bet if you checked out http://www.wristwatchphoto.com/ or http://www.panerai.com you'd change your mind. Cheap, chunky watched are tacky. Panerai is incomperable.

  311. Anonymous

    August 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    After getting ridiculously big, watches are now getting smaller as eyeglass frames are getting bigger. Go figure.

  312. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

    the watch is a nice one. i dig it

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  313. Halie

    August 29, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I like a man with a big ol' watch on him… hehe. I think a large watch face looks very well with a leather band, and very old school classy. I think that if you are going to opt for the metal links, you should go with a smaller face. It's less imposing that way. And with a leather band, you only get a little glimmer of shininess. Too much "bling" is badbadbad.

  314. Justine

    August 29, 2009 at 5:52 am

    In France (unless, where I live), most of the people think that big watches hide a lack of… masculinity or confidence.
    Therefore, no one is impressed by big watches. A guy like this one is so much attractive!

  315. pixie

    August 29, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I don't ever wear a watch. I have an iphone and if i want accessories it will be some beautiful piece of jewelry.

    That being said I don't mind a small watch on a man its a nice accessory for them because I don't like men that wear jewelry.


  316. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Big flashy watches are definitely a turn off. Leather bands with a small to medium face is good, but I personally have never liked metal watches. Wear something that suits you, not a status symbol on your arm.

  317. Eddie

    August 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Man should own nice watches. I like to wear different sizes watches for different reasons. Big watch makes me feel wearing a clock around my wrist.

  318. joshylola

    August 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I like big retro watches.If a man wears elegant and simple, I like big watch :-D

  319. JB

    August 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I have to agree…the big watch trend has now gotten out of control. I can take up to a 42mm, but after that it just seems overkill.

    The vintage watch look compliments a modern wardrobe perfectly. A 35mm 1965 Omega says a lot more classy than a humongous clunker that won't outlast its battery.

    Surprised at the Italians, who always seem to get it right.

  320. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Big shiny expensive fancy-ass watches are stupid. They are a pathetic atempt to show off. Watches in the picture in this post show personality and style, which is good.

  321. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I wear a thin G-Shock. I put it on in the morn to workout, and leave it on till I hit the hay. I also wear it face down, so you only see the clasp. I love the photo of Zegna a bit ago in his plain black watch with what is, no doubt, a $5,000 suit. The whole fashion watch thing is over for me. But I agree, reaching for a phone or player to get the time can be a bit crass. In a meeting or with friends I want to sneak a peek. Not drag something out.

  322. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Ugh, no. A watch should be beautiful, preferably quite simple. It is, and that ought to be visible, more closely related to your jewellery than to your lap top. If you need more than the convenient ability to tell the time, then forget the watch and buy some advanced electronic doodad. Or a flashy PA.

  323. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    As an avid lover of watches, I feel there should be no restriction in regards to the size of the watch. Placing ego-type mannerisms to watches stereotypes the owner of the watch and discredits their personal style. Attention should be directed to the manner in which the watch is worn and how it corresponds with their look.

  324. Max Keilbach from Berlin

    August 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    No, watches are not about time, it's about wearing a peace of technical mastery, condensed into a few – hopefully beautiful – cubic inches. Of course nobody needs them, you'll find watches everywhere in the street, not talking about your cellular device. But hey, that's what luxury is all about, isn't it?

  325. Nicholas

    August 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I'm a 24 year old guy and have never in my life worn a watch. Maybe it's because of my generation- growing up with phones and devices with the time on them as you said in the post. Doesn't make sense to wear one. They're annoying. They do look good on some individuals though.

  326. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    This guy exudes 'cool.' I love his watch, i think it's just-perfect. I'm a woman who wears a classic Longines male watch that my father passed down to me. I get compliments about it all the time because It's not the typical feminine watch that you see most women wearing. It's simple, classic and clean and something about it screams quiet sophistication. Flashy doesn't always mean better. Bigger doesn't always mean more :>

  327. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm


    The flick or quick turn of the wrist to see the time on the dial always makes me think of my father. To me he represented all that was cool and grown up about being an adult man. He owned the same watch for years that he had to wind up. Even when we gave him a new one one Christmas he continued wearing the old one after wearing the new watch for show to make us happy. His was a simple dial with an elasticized metal band. He's gone now but this picture and the watch took me back to once upon a time…Thank you.

  328. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    As a man I find the vast majority of big watches to be too big for the wearer. The watch should complement the wrist, not conquer it. I love vintage-style analog watches and especially military style field watches, weather they're expensive or modestly priced.

  329. S. Kahlon

    August 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Ever since I was in sixth grade, I have automatically downgraded a guy for wearing a gaudy, huge watch.

    I was a genius from the start, I tell ya.

  330. Michelle

    August 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I really think it depends on the outfit. Simple and vintage is great with the right outfit, while I do have a weakness for one of the big complicated numbers peaking out from the cuff of a great shirt with a somber suit as a bit of a contrast.

  331. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    a good watch is a thoughtful touch. I think it says a lot about the person. perhaps because they're not absolutely utilitarian, but have a use.
    love vintage!

  332. Phil

    August 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I think, it really depends on the occasion. I am a watch collector and I don't tend to wear a vintage leather strap watch if I am in my t-short and shorts – I will wear something a bit chuncky or sporty (like my Rolex Sea Dweller or my new acquired Panerai). But if I am in the office wearing a full 3 piece, wearing a leather strap watch seems to be a given. I don't wear much jewelery beside a ring, so wearing a watch for most men do spell what their personality or taste are like in a very subtle way if you are in the know. Sometimes I see people wearing clothes that are very casual (e.g riped Ts or shorts) but their watch tells me that they don't really give a damn what they really look like when they dress down. They are wearing a £10K watch and they don't mind letting lose on their appearence, but subtly telling you that they appreciate good design/style

  333. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I love a man with a great watch.
    I don't know what it is but I always seem to respect a (classy) watch wearer more. That said, I'd rather no watch to a cheap watch. I think it's how I've been brought up with Omegas and Cartier watches.
    As a woman though, I love to wear a mans Omega watch. It looks wonderful with a blazer.
    Large watches, whilst fantastic, are more difficult to wear because they must be appropriate for the outfit as they get so much attention.

  334. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I wear a large watch . . .and I'm a girl. It's only white, and it doesn't have any gaudy bling on it.
    Watches should be simple and elegant . . .

  335. Courtney O.

    August 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    it definitely doesn't matter what the watch looks like or if he's wearing one. a huge sparkly one could be a fake anyways. A large attention-seeking watch is actually less attractive, because it seems he's trying to show off.

  336. Tim McFarlane

    August 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I like a nice watch, if it fits the outfit being worn. Personally, I don't like super-chunky watches that much. A nice, simple, elegant watch face that tells time is all I need. I do think that its important to have a different watch for different occasions, like a casual watch and a dress watch.

  337. Anonymous

    August 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    i build my entire wardrobe around vintage watches. this fascination of yours should've started long ago!

  338. skala

    August 30, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I love a guy with a nice Rolex, Cartier, Omega, etc. I like the watches that are elegant with a twist and not over the top crystalized gaudy and enormous. Watches can be over designed and too heavy. Plus when you invest in a high quality watch it becomes an heirloom.

  339. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Oooh my, big watches? What an ENORMOUS turnoff. And I'm surrounded by them here in France–though perhaps a tiny bit less so since President Bling Bling has been so mocked!
    Ps. As a redhead, I'm psyched to see such a handsome fellow here! We're usually not so represented…

  340. NUM

    August 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

    To answer your question: as a woman of fashion exposure and love for beautiful things I notice nice watches, no matter what the size. I look, then I admire. But there are some situations in which I see the panerai, automatically think the guy is displaying his wealth, take a closer look and lose all attraction that may have been there to begin with. It's kind of like seeing a bald man in a convertible that doesn't look good on him. So, Yes, I think it is more a success display… unless of course it is a true fit and the wearer appreciates the workmanship as much as anyone should.

  341. JustNorman

    August 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    dig the watch and the ray bans. stay classy my friend

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  342. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    forget the watch….he's sexy…love ny

  343. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Bla, bla, bla, the beard, the drink, the wristband. It works. Size don't matter.

  344. ItsyBitsyKC

    August 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I am not a huge fan of accessories on men, unless when they are timeless, classic pieces.
    Large, diamond-encrusted, space-y watches on men are just plain distracting and annoying. I'm not sure how I feel about metal bands because it just looks so heavy. There's something warm and sensuous about leather that makes watches with leather bands extra sexy.

  345. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Perhaps it's different in europe but I have not noticed a trend towards ridiculously large watches here in north america. quite the opposite, men aren't wearing watches at all anymore! they all rely on their stupid gadgety cellphones for the time, and its so frustrating to feel like asking someone for the time is causing them a huge inconveniance, as they fumble in their pockets for it. next on my list is a nice watch, with a brown leather strap and a classic face.

  346. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    hi, i think he looks great! for me it´s better if the man doesn´t try to hard, BTW can someone tell me where can i find this shirt???

  347. Helen of Joy

    August 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I love watches …used to collect them myself. The vintage simple and classic look always feels timeless for me.
    The sporty ones…looks very immature even if it's expensive.Just my take.

  348. Farah

    August 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    big watches are just a waste of money and they are really, but I mean REALLY inatractive. I usually like the 'normal' size classic watches with a nice brand like hermes, rolex, chopard or something like that. PLEASE MEN dont buy big watches!!

  349. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Balance. They key to it all.

  350. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    my husband just bought me a men's tag carrera after i had our baby. i love it. it's a huge watch that almost covers my tiny wrist.

  351. Anonymous

    August 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    just on the issue of watch bands, gentlemen… the round vintage watch the man is wearing would have looked genius with a two-tone woven wrist strap such as the one James Bond wore in Goldfinger or a red with a white middle stripe band.

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  352. andrea.at.the.blue.door

    August 31, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Excessively large watches bring on my gag reflex the same way Hummers do. A gentleman's wristwatch should be slim, discreet, and on a real leather band. A good pocket watch can be substituted.

    And he should never look at his watch while he's with me, for pity's sake.

  353. Meg Fee

    August 31, 2009 at 1:25 am

    i love this question! i have such a "thing" about watches. i can tell instantly if i'm going to have a lasting attraction to a man by the watch he is wearing. it has to look like the watch is for him and not for anyone else–meaning not because he thinks it will impress those in his office, or because he thinks it makes him look cool, etc. so my take on the whole "big" watch thing is…no–i don't like it all, because "overcompensation" hits the nail on the head.

  354. Anonymous

    August 31, 2009 at 3:00 am

    A few thoughts, firstly different guys will where the same watch for different reasons. In design terms, I have found recent larger watches slightly lacking in quality versus more conventional alternatives. Also, so much of (clothing) style can be combinations, that a recognisable timepiece can ground more eccentric sartorial variations.

    I also feel that Blackberries are more vulgar than most timepieces (save ceramic-white Chanel), and phones, in general, will not be essential accessories in future. Indeed trend-leaders will soon not use one at all, choosing instead to limit technology's expansion into personal space -and an automatic watch is far more satisfying. Anyone for an iFob?

  355. Dianne

    August 31, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I do like it if the watch is almost hidden. :)

  356. AnLi

    August 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I think watches on men are a bit like shoes on women. Men don't really notice our shoes, we don't particularly care about the men's watches. But other women notice our shoes, and other boys notice each other's watches ;)

    I personally like watches that aren't way out of proportion, so moderation is key.

  357. Teresa @ good-grace

    August 31, 2009 at 10:56 am

    DEFinitely overcompensation … for a multitude of things. For me, it's kind of the same as the status sportscars or SUV's that both men & women feel the need to sport around. "look at me!! look at me!!" … blech!

  358. Patrulla

    August 31, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I like to use "giant men watches", jajajaja. ¡Kill me!

  359. Skogseva

    August 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I love the watch my husband is wearing, Georg Jensen (a danish label), black, sleek, elegant!

  360. Cynthia

    August 31, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Men with gaudy watches seem too showy. A medium sized watch works perfectly- especially if it fits snugly- I prefer about 1/4 up the forearm. I think a good size-guide is: for men, the size of a large women's watch- for women, the size of a small men's watch.

  361. Mythos

    August 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    What is it with everybody nowdays wearing wayfarers and aviator lenses? And some of them do not even have the face for it! It's especially worst here in Greece where all younger women wear them!

  362. Charmaine Lake

    August 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    My fiance is Italian and I just realized all his watches are big.

    How come I never noticed, I'll never know.

  363. Elise

    August 31, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love watches because they are such a fabulously classic accessory, and yet they are so unique to every individual. They can be expressly feminine or completely masculine. A gaudy watch begins to blur that line, which I tend not to appreciate in accessories.

  364. Alecia Stevens

    August 31, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Well, I got my husband a Tag for his 50th birthday as symbol of our time together (duh!) and he wore it for six years. It made me notice his very sexy, developed, tanned forearm (he was a golfer.) Then, it broke one day while he was wearing it and it fell off his arm without notice. (Someone probably has a nice Tag today since it was only a strap problem!) I miss seeing it on him. It was sexy. Sort of confident and older – not trying to be 30-something – he was owning his era – when men wore watches. (even though he has an iphone.)

  365. sam

    September 1, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I really never like big watches on men, though I love wearing a big brushed metal watch on my wrist. It immediately makes me feel more effortless, and I love playing with how delicate a woman's wrist can look with a big men's watch and a flowy, looser top. Coincidently, that's why I don't like them on men. Worn fitting they look stuffy, worn loose they look like waifs. My favorite thing about the surfer hippy look popular at my college was hemp and leather bracelets on men, this has translated to some nice understated watch designs that feel rugged and adventurer-ish in the summer.

  366. travelbug

    September 1, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Yes, big watches on guys are a passé symbol of money, money , money. Over-compensation in spades. After our giganzo financial meltdown, I don't think they'll be in style much longer — even in Europe. I think you're right to single that trend out as ripe for revision.

    The dude here is an authentic-looking hetero dude. As refreshing as his drinks. His ink side-tracked me temporarily. A little hokey. The watch attests to the fact that he will always identify with the carrot-top he was as a kid. The pale puce shade of his shirt is a perfect color counterpoint to the rust/orange.

  367. Sienna

    September 1, 2009 at 4:16 am

    In my humble opinion it depends on how you were raised, I was raised in an aristocratic family (and I hated it) were the watch is merely something used to tell time. It is neither big, bold or something that instantly attracts the eye but more subtle, elegant and chic. Something that you comfortably can spend money on knowing that it will last your whole life and work with any outfit. My grand-father for example has the most stunning Patek Philipe watch, a simple gold one with a black leather strap and it has throughout my life been the only item that has made me feel safe in life. It is not even remotely close to being big and thats what I like about it! My grand-mother always said: Big egos… big accessories! Meaning the bigger the watch the bigger the ego!

  368. Lina

    September 1, 2009 at 4:21 am

    It looks like Kevin McKidd from Grey's Anatomy, Dr Owen Hunt!

  369. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Definitely not into guys with huge blinged out watches. What a turn-off.

  370. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Flashy oversized watches look silly on men and women. Watches are fine if they are tasteful and fit the wrist properly. Vintage is a lovely sentiment.

  371. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 11:31 am

    hate big watches – specially on men. Men wardrobe should be simple and discreet.

  372. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 11:39 am

    In general, the bigger and flashier the watch the bigger the jerk.

  373. Donna

    September 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

    the simplier the better! please stich with the classic guys!

  374. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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  375. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I always say, "If a man wears a watch, it means he is reliable." However too big of a watch is unattractive and does feel like he is overcompensating. I don't want the jewelry I am wearing to be upstaged by a man's accessory.

  376. Hidde

    September 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    The shape of the watch is imperative. My essential watch is a Hamilton Ventura. It was the first battery-powered timepiece. And its triangular, sci-fi inspired shape has never been copied. An American original.

  377. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Watch… what watch?! All I see is one sexy redhead

  378. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    The only excuse for BIG is a Panerai…
    Any & everything else, SMALL please!

  379. jon

    September 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Can I get an Amen for proportions.

  380. Amber

    September 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Personally, I would prefer a smaller watch on a man. A big watch would seem too pretentious for me. I prefer subtlety on men.

  381. Blank Label

    September 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

    i love watches. they add lots of value to an outfit. it's a subtle addition that adds lots of flavor to the outfit.

    big bulky watches will always be unattractive though. and I define big as anything larger than a Submariner.

  382. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

    His watch isn't giant at all? But yes, he looks good, and I do like watches. I find it annoying when people rely on all their gizmos to find out the time. THAT is unsexy.

  383. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Size doesn't matter. But it can't be for fashion. I like a man in a plain classic style that he wears on a daily basis for years, or a sporty style because he actually does something, like scuba diving.

    Doesn't have to be expensive but it needs to be sturdy. The $10 special from the drug store doesn't cut it.

  384. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    His tattoo is an image from equine marking registry papers. Funny. I'd be interested to know if he knows that. I've had to fill out that form so many times, I recognized it right away.

  385. schmaela

    September 3, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Giant watches, much like giant trucks are indicative of insecurity. I like this guys look, and I like his ink. Original yet understated.

  386. Ann

    September 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    A good watch acts as an thoughtful accent, completing a look but nothing more. As such, it may be larger or smaller depending on the context. If ever it becomes the focus of an outfit then the effect is lost.

    I love how the orange band pops against his shirt. A little goes a long way.

  387. Anonymous

    September 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Forget the watch. He's gorgeous.

  388. Terri

    September 4, 2009 at 3:50 am

    on the contrary. i think watches on men are good just in case i need someone to tell me the time, but the big silver ones that are so popular these days have just become way too symbolic of materialism and corporatism. i would be more attracted to a wrist with a leather strap and a thin gold-rimmed face. something old, worn and grandaddy. that's character! however i hope it would be attached to someone young, smart and gorgeous!

  389. Adrian

    September 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    watches like the Hublot Big Bang and the Audemars Piguet Offshore collection are very popular in europe nowadays. It is true that smaller men look kind of funny with these watches on but on the right person they can bring a look to a whole new level

  390. Anonymous

    September 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I am italian and I hate big watches. Especially if the are plastics and colored. It is a very inelegant attitude coming from tv self called "idols" and soccer player. Here we call these kind of people "tamarri".
    A watch has to be proportioned with the wrist. My is tiny and I have a rolex datejust.
    Anyway watch companies lately have started to increase the size of their watches and I don't undertsnd why. Just compare, for instance, the sizes of an omega speeedmaster made in the seventies (the moonwatch) and those fabricated today.

  391. Gladis

    September 5, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Like with my own watches, I believe men's watches should be the right size for their wrist. The huge and exaggerate look has begun to look ridiculous and very cliche as of lately and this this understated classy look is very apealing at least to me.

  392. Star

    September 5, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Small vintage watches are lovely, but, personally, I need a watch with a bigger face, so I can read it without having to change to my reading glasses, just to see the time. Pratical aspects will intrude (similar analysis possible for ladies' shoes…do love strappy high heels, but oh the pain, simply can't do it); something to keep in mind, when evaluating what we see on other people.

  393. mac.goddess

    September 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    My husband & I were laughing at the big, trendy watches when we were at dinner at a trendy restaurant. Just next to our table were two men who sported HUGE, watches. We had not noticed this trend, but once we did – they were EVERYWHERE. My husband wears a purposefully, sensible Omega & I wear a 1952 Bulova (it was my Dads & it keeps Perfect time). Needless to say – NOT a fan of the big, clunky watch style. (Nor really the major foul language that kept wafting over to our table from the Big Watch Guys.) AND FYI – we felt that we maybe deserved the not-so-great dining experience at the trendy restaurant (loud music, big watches on loud, foul-mouthed customers) & haven't been back to that specific establishment.

  394. Anonymous

    September 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    big watches…definitely overcompensating! :D :D

    Greetings from Chile

  395. Anonymous

    September 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Classic is best…but vintage is better

  396. Anonymous

    September 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Just an observation. I wear a large but not gigantic Omega, and almost every woman I next to cannot resist touching it. Sometimes i ask them if they want to try it on, and their expression is that of a 5yr old Christmas morning! Men have so few pieces of jewellery they can wear without feeling feminine, and women appreciate the weight and power of truly masculine and tastefull pieces that adhere to the "form follows function" ideal.

  397. The Wanderers' Daughter

    September 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    This guy's watch is perfect.
    I only like a man's watch if I would wear it myself. This one I would wear. My husband doesn't wear a watch, and I respect him for it. I wear the men's watches in his stead.

  398. LauraAlexa

    September 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I adore the tattoo.

    But to the question: I prefer a man with a watch that says, 'function'. There's nothing more unattractive than gaudiness. This might be because I'm a student of history and there's little gaudiness in the community of young historians (we're all very poor). In fact, I have an old pocket watch from my grandfather that I gave to my guy friend almost as a joke. But now he's using it, because his phone broke and he can't afford a new one.

    A big watch doesn't always seem wrong. My father loves timepieces. For his 50th birthday my mother bought him a beautiful Breitling. When he wears it, he wears it with such pride and joy. It's pretty damn cute.

  399. Jungsu Kim

    September 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I think it is truly depends on individuals' looking. Sometime less is better than more..

  400. Life with Kaishon

    September 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    If it is too big I think it is showy and it bothers me to no end!

  401. Anonymous

    September 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    giant watches sucks.
    discretion = elegance

  402. PickMeUp

    September 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I am definitely not a fan of huge watches. It reminds me of the 'bling' on rap videos, yo! But I do absolutely ADORE this photo. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  403. Daniel Will-Harris

    September 7, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    People just need to wear more INTERESTING watches (like those I design–see the MoMA store, or below)!


  404. Adrienne

    September 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    there's something nice and mature about a modest leather watch on a man… but its not something i particularly take note of.
    the guy in question, however, i definitely would. wayfarers, tatoo and coffee seal the deal ;)

  405. Anonymous

    September 8, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I own a few watches all on the smaller end on the size scale. Men and women all comment on my grand fathers 1964 Omega Seamaster when I wear it, its sleek, fits my wrist and is almost twice my age.

  406. tomassocroccante

    September 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Lat to this discussion: I have no interest in wearing a watch the size of a travel alarm. 42mm, maybe, sometimes, easy for sports. But those "honking" big 48-54mm speedometers? No thanks.

    I don't want anything I wear to be "seen from across the room" by virtue of its size or flash. And I sure don't want half a pound of metal on my wrist, or wearing out my sleeves.

  407. pietman

    September 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    this guy got it right big time.

  408. Anonymous

    September 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Ladies….Of my modest watch collection, my favorite is my father's WW II vintage Gruen; nice patina; cleaned but never polished; square case; understated lizard strap. It doesn't make my wrist look pencil thin. What do you think?


  409. Anonymous

    September 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

    What i want to know is, what's this guy doing buying heaps of bad chain store coffee? – surely a sign of poor taste.

  410. Anonymous

    September 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

    finally someone asks the question. my friends and i are employed in the fashion industry. when we refer to a panerai-wearer, it is never complimentary. huge watches need to go away.

  411. Ndumiso Dlamini

    September 10, 2009 at 4:32 am

    My Favourites are Hermes watches, esp the Cape Cod. Its so subtle, and unobtrusive which makes it so utterly chic

  412. Anonymous

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I'm 48. Around 43 my eyes went – 'age-related long sightedness'. I need a large, clear-faced watch so I can tell the time without putting on my glasses . . .

  413. Nicola

    September 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Can't we ask the same question about designer 'IT' bags? I find it most unappealing seeing women walk around with bags that they can hardly lift, let alone, carry for the sake of it being an 'IT' bag. It's all in the way and why you buy what you do. If you buy it purely because you love it, then fine. If you buy it for it to act as a status symbol – something is wrong. I suppose you can say that about life really. Do, buy, be what you love … not because it allows you some form of status.

  414. E.to.the.H

    September 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Men and watches go together.

  415. Anonymous

    September 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    That's a great watch! And if you leave your phone in your bag or at your desk instead of carrying around in your pocket like an electronic leash, a watch is essential.

  416. almal

    September 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    elegance is the key. don't try to over do it, and you'll never go wrong. with simplicity you'll always end up looking much better and elegant then the rest.

  417. julia

    September 12, 2009 at 10:23 am

    hey, you think this is big.

    i live in athens-greece and you should see some of the watches here on both men and women.

    come to think of it you should take a look at some of the get-ups.

    by the way great blog: fun, entertaining, colorful, happy

  418. Anonymous

    September 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    THANK YOU! I am so sick of these giant watches. I have to wear a suit most days and regularly type on keyboards. Those watches simply don't work. I still bemoan the loss of a little Swiss watch I bought in the '80s that was really handsome and sat perfectly flat on my wrist.

  419. Joy

    September 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I prefer a small watch or none at all. Something stylish but not gaudy or ridiculously flashy and expensive. I find the vintage, leather watches to be the most attractive and stylish.

  420. JJ

    September 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I do like watches on men, but I like them simple and streamlined. Nothing gaudy or huge, thanks.

  421. Anonymous

    September 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    this looks like "archie morris" from ER

  422. Anastasia

    September 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    shiny sporty car? Isn't it an overcompensation as well?
    I think it is not about his watch, or not only about his watch… it is more about his watch, his tatoo and his beard…
    And what about watch – fine simplicity requires a personality – not everyone has it ;)

  423. SONIAGD

    September 20, 2009 at 3:38 am

    The 'big watch' conundrum is over compensation. Men just want to be flashy and blinged-out to attract the ladies. So ladies, don't ask a dude about his watch. Unless it truly is something special.

  424. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Very outstanding these days, indeed. Every watch with more than 40mm diameter looks like taken out af a hip hop video. Penis enlargement.
    I doubt that there`s a watch more stylish than a 36 mm Rolex Explorer.

  425. Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    a french publicist said "having a rolex means you are successfull."
    Maybe you should ask him that question.

  426. Simone

    September 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I LOVE the vintage watches with the brown leather bands! So classy. And girls can wear them with really thin bands!

  427. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Got loads of em, mate.
    Zenith x3, Omega x4, Universal Geneve, Benson, rotary, the simpler and 1950's classic, the better.

  428. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:17 am

    i am particularly drawn to the various sizes of his starbucks takeout. the grande or perhaps venti iced tea is perfectly pared with his watch band. in addition, the tea seems to have been steeped to order as it bears great similarity to the gentlemen's natural hair colour. pedestrian… however prodigious.

  429. Spliffed

    January 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I don't like the mega huge watches.
    WHAT I do like is vintage watches <3
    They look SO much better

  430. Anonymous

    March 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Real men love watches. Watches are not simply about the time. Take a second to look at the inner working of a J. Lange & Sohne or even a simple Dornbluth and you'll see what I mean. These watches are manual wind ups, and you can flip them over when you're home alone together and admire all those wonderful whirling dials! What better way to get in touch with your sartorial self. PDAs and iPods? Bahhhh, you've got a thing or two to learn about sartorial, methinks…

  431. audra

    March 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Who cares about a watch anyway? If a watch is one of the first things you notice on a man, you have probably got a problem :)

  432. Pauline

    June 3, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I find it 'complete' when a man is wearing a watch. I was raised by a mother who did not have that much in terms of material things but she always always wore (and wear) a watch and a pair of lovely earrings. She kept telling me when i was little, forget the bag, forget the hanky, never mind the shoes or your shirt…WEAR your watch and clip on your earrings. It will complete you. It stuck of course and on my wedding, i gave my husband a wrist watch as a gift. He's worn it ever since :D heaven !!

  433. Anonymous

    June 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I couldn't care less about what watch a man or woman wears.

  434. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Love big, chunky diver's watches. No diamonds and all of that jazz, but 43 to 48mm. Funny, hardly any women complain about huge, monstrous trucks and SUV's or hand bags, and nobody decries the 'functionality' of 5 inch stiletto heels, yet a 'big' watch is a problem.

    I love big watches on men and women.

  435. Kevin

    September 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I know I’m a bit late to the conversation, but matching your watch to your wardrobe is an artform. It’s one of the few pieces of jewelry a man can pull off, and doing it properly is much harder than most realize.

  436. Tim

    February 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Very interesting thread!

    -This is a well-dressed man and the watch totally compliments the color of his hair and the face his shirt. The key point here is that he totally coordinated his entire outfit. Being that he matched his watch band to his hair, he can probably wear it with a lot of different things.
    -Coordination is key. Generally, leather bands don’t go well with t-shirts and shorts. Steel bands don’t go well with suits.
    -As a general rule: anything watch over 40mm is too big no matter how big of an arm we are talking about.
    -Watches are a status symbol, of which the significance greatly depends on specific social circles and micro cultures. For these people many times the only thing that matters is price, not really how it looks or matches. Rolex is probably the largest offender to this regard.
    -My favorites include the classic offerings from Patek Philippe , Piaget, Jaeger Lecoultre, or Vacherine and Constantin.

  437. Anon

    May 24, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Looks like a vintage Favre Leuba

  438. Iovinci

    August 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I like this watch, and I will take one of this Caffe!!

  439. dave

    October 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Dont really get the new piggy watch era. if its a fashion thing, have fun with it. I’m more with the older group that just wants a reliable, tough and simple watch under 40mm. If it gets misted up after going for a swim, I’ll give it away.

  440. multi

    April 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    He’s one of the Hill-Side models.

  441. armani watches uk

    August 14, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I don’t like for man too look like he tried too hard.

  442. ryangenji

    November 20, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Can anyone share the name / brand of that watch?!

  443. Chris

    June 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

    I’m the guy that will wear a wife beater with a pair of good Levis with some good wear and some docs. Neo 50s type hairstyle and I’m covered in tattoos so my sleeves and chest piece get looks already that some might call trashy, i top it all off with either my PAM 372 or Graham Chronofighter. For me, it’s the style piece. 90% of the people I talk to have no clue my watch is as expensive as their cars in some cases, nor do I care. I like showing the depth of my character in subtle ways to those who are perceptive enough to pick up on it.

  444. Joey

    October 31, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I have this page bookmarked and from time to time I like to refresh my memory about this example of a perfect watch and a lovely strap. The rest of this guy’s style is of lesser importance to me, but the watch has been an instant hit.

    The upper size limit for a watch of good taste is 40 mm, I have not yet seen an exemption to this rule. Atop of that, if it’s accompanied with proportionate thickness, color (gold/steel), shape and style of hands/dial, then you have a watch for all occassions, formal and informal, day and night. I am talking about men’s watches and age 30+, and only about the first visual impression. Other factors of a good watch are something that would need a much longer discussion.

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