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Keeping track of time
Saturday, 22 October 2011 18:34

When it comes to jewellery, men are far more limited in choices than women. For starters a lot of men just aren't into the jewellery thing. Even if they are, they often have difficulty finding something that can be worn without feeling sissy or overly bling.

At Belts and Briefcases we have a strong love of wristwatches, even though we don't sell any ourselves. It doesn't matter if it's a digital quartz Casio or the most intricate mechanical Vacheron Constantin (we're definitely partial to Omega and Panerai though.)

sports chronograph watch
Sports chronograph watches are a popular choice.

Unfortunately watches are enduring hard times these days. This is an industry which has just had its lunch eaten by the mobile phone market. Since almost everyone now carries a smartphone with an internal clock, the humble wristwatch has taken a nasty beating in the last 15 years.

It's a shame really, because watches are so much nicer than phones. A glance at your wrist is much quicker than digging a phone out of a pocket, and watches don't annoy you with telesales calls, text messages from an ex, or tinny music being played loudly on public transport. When I'm out and about I always notice what kind of watch a person is wearing. Maybe it's the practicality aspect that appeals to us guys. Not just a piece of jewellery, it tells the time too!

While there's plenty of websites out there dedicated to watches, one of the best on the net is watchuseek.com. I admit it, I waste too much time lurking around their site admiring all the photos of beautiful wristwatches.

Another great website worth checking out is watchesinmovies.info – very useful for identifying watches from a film or TV show. Next time you spot a nice wristwatch on some actor's arm and want to know what it is, try their site.