What distinction can you make between a formal watch (Cartier, Vacheron) and a casual watch (Seiko, Rolex)?
Then, there came the Seventies, the genius of Gerald Genta, and the introduction of the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, and the world of watches literally went crazy. One of the first headlines for the Patek Philippe Nautilus was like “There is a steel watch that is costly as gold ones”, and people raced to buy it, after an initial skepticism.
The creation of the “luxury sports” category meant that the traditional categories were no longer valid, or better, no longer binding. You would find breaches of etiquette in formal occasions that would have sent Lord Brummel wailing in the night.
How dressy is dressy?
Do you find it more or less dressy? Actually, the One is a little bit less formal than the Saxonia (even if it is way more expensive).
VIPs and watch wearing
There are mostly three kind of activities: leisure, business and formal.
Leisure – Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law
Business is business, baby
You might wear a flashy gold Rolex, or resort to a playfyul plastic Swatch, if the latter is better for your overall plan and the image you want to get through. It is up to you and your goal, not to cumbersome social rules.
Formal is different than business
Remember that you got to have the knowledge about what you are wearing, though, because people at the event are going to comment about your watch and ask questions. If you cannot justify why you are wearing a vintage timepiece, nor you have an idea about horology, you would be written off as a fool.
You can find much more about horology and its fascinating history in The Watch Manual, a thorough e-book that explains all the basics about watchmaking and its protagonists.