| Simone Andrea Mayer |
BERLIN (dpa) – A new wristwatch is not something you buy every year. A look through old watch catalogues shows that despite small changes in style and trends, it’s possible that a watch from 50 years ago could be considered stylish today.
The important thing is that the watch is of high quality. Gold watches in particular are back in fashion.
The arrival of the mobile phone led to wristwatches falling out of fashion. Later, businessmen rediscovered the wristwatch as a status symbol and that heralded the introduction of ever-larger watches.
But according to the organisers of next month’s Inhorgenta jewellery trade fair in the German city of Munich, wristwatches are now becoming simpler in design. The fair’s trend scouts say understatement is the watchword. The new watch designs tend to be very thin and restrained, but are also elegant at the same time.
According to Germany’s jewellery trade association, Bundesverband Schmuck und Uhren, the vintage look is one of the main trends in men’s watches: wristwatches that resemble models from decades ago but with a smaller case.
Other details common to this type of watch are a simply designed watch-face and wrist strap.
Rose-hued gold is one of the more popular colours in this range.
Regular gold and pale gold are also trendy materials. Many of the new watches have mixed rose gold with other metals.
“The playful combination of classic metals like gold and silver can give a modern watch a lively youthful look,” says style expert Anna Bingemer-Lehr. “The combination of rose gold and steel is also a very interesting look. Gold represents value while steel stands for strength.”
Among the trend colours of this year’s watch faces is a subtle shade of blue. Watches with rose gold metal have been given either a blue or brown face.
For the wrist strap, grey and flesh tones are in fashion but strong, bright colours are also present in many collections. As in the past black remains a popular colour for men’s watches.
Among the watch shapes in fashion are rectangular for digital watches while the more spartan-looking models tend to have a circular shape.