By lore, a watch should not be worn with formal attire; you’re at a sophisticated evening and that is where your attention should remain. But who doesn’t love breaking the rules?
Smart casual – TAG Heuer Autavia
In the clothing world, smart casual is tough. In the watch world however, a sports watch hits this dress code every time. When it comes to the Autavia there’s no need to overthink the suit options, apart from whether your cuff width can fit it; otherwise you may have to roll up your sleeves, which, if worn on a casual Friday, might just be the look that you’re after.
Formalwear – Seiko Presage SPB069, ‘Moonlit night’
The deep navy enamel face of the ‘Moonlit Night’ is paired here with the rich blue velvet of the dinner jacket. It’s not always necessary to match outfit and watch exactly, but in this case it works beautifully.
Businesswear – Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
The beauty of grey when it comes to watches is that you can rotate your staple suit colours – navy, black and charcoal – along with many other patterns and it will always look sharp. The bright pops of blue in the hands and numerals can also be used in pairing accessories such as a tie, pocket square or even a shirt.
Summer Suiting – Longines Legend Diver
In terms of pairing watches with summer suiting – which is all about light and breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linens – the idea here is to keep it simple, subtle and casual. The black yet casual dial of the Legend Diver, combined with canvas or rubber strap keeps the overall look comfortable yet elegant.
Images by Blake Sanders, shot on location at Oscar Hunt Melbourne.