In creating a look or style, there's no exact science in what makes sense or looks good. There may be some rules one should abide by, but they're hardly rules that should be strictly followed to the T. For example, there are differing opinions on how an outfit should be built upon—some lean towards starting with a base colour, while some prefer to work around a theme or occasion.
If you're a watch fiend, we say, let your watch be the deciding factor on how your look du jour should be. Here are three ways we recommend to make building an outfit around your watch as seamless as possible.
Ideally, your outfit should reflect on the type of watch. For example, a dress watch would typically be worn with a more sartorial sense of dressing. Think gentlemanly pieces like tailored suits, neatly pressed shirts or even perhaps cardigans. But having said that, the juxtaposition of wearing a formal timepiece with something at the other end of the spectrum—say a tracksuit or a simple combination of a T-shirt and a pair of jeans—could make for an interesting look.
It's essential to figure out what how much visual real estate your watch should take up. In order for the watch to be the focal point of your look, opt for outfit colours or patterns that don't distract too much from the watch. Choose complementary colours to the watch's face (if it has a strong colour like the Longines HydroConquest L3.718.104.22.168) or coloured strap (like the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono). Or take on a more tonal approach by pairing more muted shades together, while still allowing the watch to shine. Or if all else fails, going monochrome is always a safe bet.
Sometimes, having a specific, unique design tends to give off a certain vibe that helps to steer an outfit towards a look. Cartier's Santos de Cartier Skeleton watch, for example, has such a sharp aesthetic that calls to mind a sleek and chic silhouette—an all-black Bottega Veneta fit that's designed with minimal flourishes and accented with details as sharp as the skeleton dial. If the watch is designed to be sporty or has nods to a particular era, find a way to incorporate those elements into your look.