menswear essentials

Telling Time Handsomely Without Paying Handsomely

When I look at a man, I always notice two things: the condition of his shoes and his watch. If his shoes are untended with worn heels, it tells me he might not be too concerned with details. A watch is one of the few jewelry items a man can pull off. (The only one, some would argue.) A carefully chosen watch says a lot about someone. The watch can clue me in on whether a guy is fussy, ostentatious, efficient, unconcerned, smart or in desperate need of attention.

Men’s style magazines, blogs and ads will tell you that a Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe or Bell & Ross are the timepieces to have. They’re magnificent watches and reliable chronometers if you have a few thousand dollars to spare. But if you don’t have that kind of cash on hand, you’re still in luck.

Here are nine inexpensive, reliable and very handsome sundials from my three favorite makers (Timex, Swatch and Skagen) that you can wear with confidence:

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