Presentation is everything when you sit down with a prospective employer for the first time. The suit must be sharp, the belt and shoes must co-ordinate, and of course, your watch should convey your style, personality and professional suitability.
It may seem like a minor detail, but many HR reps anecdotally express the importance of what you wear on your wrist. Wearing no watch at all suggests a lack of responsibility and no concern for punctuality. Wearing the trusty-but-scratched piece you were given when you were thirteen is akin to turning up with a creased shirt or ripped trousers. And the Timex you sport while jogging may have plenty of fascinating digital functions, but it is neither befitting of a suit, nor a client-facing role at a new company. So, we bring you the ultimate guide to interview watches, ensuring you have the edge in the job market...
GO UNDERSTATED WITH A CLASSIC DATE
The classic date may appear a conservative choice, but unless your new job is in fashion, an interview isn’t the time to express your sartorial flair. The classic date (named for the date window on the dial) is manly, understated and will look good with most suits.
The Bremont Solo – available with a tan or black leather strap – is a demure choice, based on pilots’ watches of the 1940's. It features an automatic movement, an oversized crown, and a crystal caseback – so you can truly show your new employer what makes it tick.
PICK A RECOGNISABLE BRAND
While we wouldn’t recommend an Adidas tracksuit for a professional pow-wow, wearing a universally recognisable watch brand may show your discernable taste – and give you a talking point should business discussion runs dry.
Thanks to their prominence in F1 and their fine timepieces, TAG Heuer are well known, and an elegant piece like the Carrera Calibre 6 epitomises their style. Its automatic movement offers a 44-hour power reserve, and it’s water resistant to 100m, should you want to wear it for sporty weekend pursuits too.
SHOW YOU MEAN BUSINESS
A horological passion is by no means a guarantee for a lucrative new contract, but wearing a mechanical watch from a Swiss manufacture shows integrity, and subtly suggests you are used to a comfortable level of remuneration! This Audemars Piguet piece comes from the iconic Royal Oak collection, and features an exceptional self-winding movement with 60-hour power reserve, contained within a demure stainless steel case.
For something a little more daring – but not over-the-top – try the IWC Vintage, with bold luminescent numerals and a finely crafted pocket watch 98300 calibre movement.
Save your oversized watch for the weekend, and opt for something slim to go with your interview suit. This isn’t just because slimmer watches appear more elegant, but they do not ruin the line of your sleeve, meaning you can comfortably wear cufflinks. The Gucci G-Timeless has a generous 40mm diameter, but is just 6mm thick. It also features a cream dial with a sun-brushed G shape around the edge, and a chic dark brown leather strap. Alternatively, the Zenith Heritage is just 7.6mm thick, but still contains a superb in-house automatic movement.
MAKE SURE YOU MATCH
You wouldn’t wear a belt that was a completely different colour from your shoes, and the same should be true of your watch: if you opt for brown shoes, team it up with a piece with a brown leather strap, like this stunning retro effort from the Bell & Ross Vintage WW Collection. Alternatively, avoid a leather faux-pas with a stainless steel bracelet, like the one on this Bulova Accutron Corvara. Just make sure the bracelet matches your cufflinks or any other metal accessories!