Finding the right watch for your wrist size

Whether you have an eye for art or not, it’s wired in you to notice if something is out of proportion. You may not be able to pinpoint what exactly is wrong, but you’d know without a doubt that something “looks off”.   And while the quest to find the best watch for you come down to many things – style, movement, heritage, complications, the last thing you’d want is to be thrown off course because the fit isn’t right. Therefore, everyone must know "how a watch should fit".   Here what you should consider when finding a fit that’s right for you.     HOW TO MEASURE WRIST FOR WATCH LUG-TO-LUG HEIGHT      Lug-to-lug height is the factor that is most noticeable and is the first to be compared proportionally to your wrist width.   It refers to the height of the watchcase head-on and extends to include the lugs. Lugs elongate the height of the watch face, making it look bigger. Hence, lug-to-lug height makes for better gauge than the case diameter.   Contrary to popular belief, wrist circumference is not the most accurate in gauging the appropriate watchcase size as wrist shape varies from person to person – i.e. some people have rounder wrists while others have flat oval wrists. It is more accurate to measure your wrist width, the broadest surface of your wrist just above your wrist bone, where your watchcase sits.   The golden ratio for lug-to-lug height to wrist width is approximately 0.8 to 0.9. This means, if my wrist width is 50mm, the best lug-to-lug height is between 40mm (50 * 0.8) to 45mm (50 * 0.9). Assuming the height of the lug is 3mm on each side, the resulting appropriate case diameter should be between 34mm to 39mm.   Modern tastes have gravitated towards watches with larger cases. While it’s not a hard and fast rule to be limited by the golden ratio, you do not want to go to the extent where the lugs extend out over your wrist, as it’ll be both overwhelming and uncomfortable on your wrist.   As a side note, men should avoid watch sizes below 38mm, as they overstep into the category of women sizing. Ladies, on the other hand, have the option of smaller watch faces for a daintier look.     CASE THICKNESS      It is important to consider case thickness especially when purchasing a dress watch, as they should fit comfortably under the cuff of your shirt or suit. For sports watches, thicker cases may still look fine.   In general, the thickness of the watchcase should be half that of the case diameter, assuming the watch does not have complications (added functions) like chronograph, tachymeter, moonphase, date window.  Factors such as the movement size and battery size also add to the thickness of the watch.       BAND WIDTH     A well-proportioned dress watch typically has a band width that is about half that of its diameter. Straps for sports watches, on the other hand, or often wider.     BAND MATERIAL     Out of the array of watchband materials, leather bands are most likely to give your watch a slim look. For an even sleeker look, go for seamless and unpadded leather straps.   Due to the nature of its material, metal watchbands tend to appear larger and chunkier. Opt for fine-knit metal straps (Milanese mesh straps), as opposed to solid links, for a less chunky look.     WATCH DETAILS & COMPONENTS     When picking out a watch, it is also important to note the size of elements like the markers, watch hands, subdials, lugs, pusher and crown. The thicker and bigger these components are, the more likely it’ll give the illusion of a larger watch.     Certainly, there must be a reason why there’s no universal watch size guide. So don’t let others tell you what size to wear. Instead, use the guidelines above as a blueprint, and trust your gut (or, your eye for proportion) to find what you feel fits well.
2021-02-18

6 tips for accessorizing tastefully

Not everything on your wrist has to tick. Accessories lend distinction to your outfit, allowing you to stand out without spending an exorbitant amount on designer apparels. But accessorising can get a little tricky at times, especially when it’s so easy to come across as “overdoing it”.      For starters, here are 6 top tips to keep in mind when accessorising:   MIND YOUR ATTIRE Your accessories should conform to your dress code. Beaded, woven and leather bracelets are great options to liven up casual outfits. For more formal attire, stick to classic metals like gold and silver.    BUILD YOUR COLLECTION If you’re new to accessorising, start with wrist wear of slimmer styles, more neutral and universally flattering colours, subtle patterns and textures. Such pieces are more versatile and easy to style.   KEEP IT SIMPLE As a rule of thumb, keep to a maximum of three pieces at once, watch included. Unless you’re going for a “I’m wearing my entire drawer on my wrist” kind of look.   ONE STATEMENT PIECE Choose a statement piece and build your look around it. Other accessories should play a supporting role to make that key piece a star.   GET IT SIZED RIGHT Even a stunning piece of arm candy won’t look flattering if it keeps sliding back and forth at the slightest movement or looks disproportionate compared to the rest of your frame. Select the right wrist wear according to your wrist size, arm length and height.    CHOOSING BETWEEN GOLD AND SILVER Determine your skin’s undertone by observing the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear greenish and you have a slightly yellow tinge to your skin, you most likely have a warm skin tone. If your veins look bluish and you have pinkish skin, you’re likely in the cool-toned spectrum. Alternatively, try on a gold and silver bracelet and see which suits your skin tone better. Gold jewellery flatters warm undertones, while silver jewellery looks better on cool undertones. Those with neutral undertones usually carry both well.   With the basics nailed, you’re all set to experiment with the assortment of accessories available! Find out more in A Gentleman’s Guide: Beyond Watches and A Lady’s Guide: Beyond Watches.
2021-02-18

How to use a chronograph

“Chrono-what?”   A familiar reply accompanied by a look of puzzlement, just prior the wearer’s discovery that the sub dials on the watch face served a purpose beyond that of looking “cool”.     The chronograph is one of the most sought-after watch types, yet it remains as one of the most underutilized complications. While the chronograph does boost a watch’s aesthetics with its added detail, subtle layering and at times, even unique texturing, it’s great to know that it has a practical use too.   Strip away it’s pompous sounding name, chronograph watches are simply watches with a stopwatch function.   Chronographs aren’t just for pilots and racers. They possess real world, day-to-day use for the rest of us. Be it tracking cooking times, exercise routines….or timing your wife when says she’ll be ready in five minutes.   The extra sub dials and pushers along the side of the watchcase are distinct to the chronograph. Here’s a breakdown of each element. COEN ANDERS’ Founder’s Collection chronograph watch measures minutes (60) and seconds (60).   To start, press the top pusher once. The second counter will start moving. Each round that the second counter completes represents one minute, which is also recorded in the top sub dial as the minute counter moves by one tick.   To stop, press the top pusher again. The second counter will stop moving. You can then easily record your timed event through the minute counter (top sub dial) and second counter.   To restart, press the bottom pusher once. Both second and minute counter will now return to their default positions.   Now those subdials on your chronograph watch don’t have to be so intimidating. You can actually use and appreciate them for their function, in addition to their form.   Each watch is unique. Please refer to the official watch documentation for instructions specific to your watch model.
2021-02-18

How to change your nato watch straps

Nato straps are not only extremely comfortably on the wrist, but are also incredibly easy to remove and reinstall. All Coen Anders straps are designed to be interchangeable so that you can adapt your timepiece to fit every occasion. Find out how to change your Nato strap in just a few simple steps!     GENERAL TIPS:   You will need the tool you received with your watch in order to change the straps. It can be found in the envelope, together with your warranty card. Alternatively, you may also use the SIM card ejector pin for your mobile phone. Find a flat surface to work on. Lay down a watch polishing cloth or towel to protect the watch and keep things from rolling away. Always work from the backside of your watch. That way, if you accidentally slip with your tool or spring bar and scratch the watch, it won’t be visible. Don’t rush – patience is key!   From Nato to Nato       STEP 1:         Pull the strap out through the floating keeper and the two spring bars.   STEP 2: Starting from the 12 o’clock end, pull the longer part of the Nato strap through the two spring bars, then through the floating keeper at the end of the shorter Nato strap. Pull the strap all the way through until it straightens.   From Nato to Leather       STEP 1: Pull the strap out through the floating keeper and the two spring bars.         STEP 2: Put the tool through the lug pinhole and press against the spring bar. Once the spring bar is released, remove it and set aside. Repeat on the other spring bar.       STEP 3: Slide the spring bars into the loops of the new leather straps.   STEP 4: Hold the dial firmly and insert one end of the spring bar into a lug pinhole first.     STEP 5: Once the first end of the spring bar is secure, use the tool to carefully compress the other end of the bar so you can slide it into the other pinhole. The spring bar should click into place. Repeat on the other strap.            
2021-02-18

How to change your leather watch straps

By far, the simplest way to breathe new life into a watch is by changing its strap. Your timepiece can look remarkably different with a new band, and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the strap’s material, colour and style. All Coen Anders straps are designed to be interchangeable so that you can adapt your timepiece to fit every occasion. Find out how to change your watch strap using the instructions and photos below.     GENERAL TIPS:   You will need the tool you received with your watch in order to change the straps. It can be found in the envelope, together with your warranty card. Alternatively, you may also use the SIM card ejector pin for your mobile phone. Find a flat surface to work on. Lay down a watch polishing cloth or towel to protect the watch and keep things from rolling away. Always work from the backside of your watch. That way, if you accidentally slip with your tool or spring bar and scratch the watch, it won’t be visible. Don’t rush – patience is key!   FROM LEATHER TO LEATHER     STEP 1:   Put the tool through the lug pinhole and press against the spring bar. Once the spring bar is released, remove the strap and set aside. Repeat on the other strap.   STEP 2:   With the help of the tool, pull the spring bar out from the strap loops.     STEP 3: Slide the spring bars into the loops of the new leather straps.     STEP 4: Hold the dial firmly and insert one end of the spring bar into a lug pinhole first.   STEP 5: Once the first end of the spring bar is secure, use the tool to carefully compress the other end bar so you can slide it into the other pinhole. The spring bar should click into place. Repeat on the other strap.         FROM LEATHER TO NATO   STEP 1: Put the tool through the lug pinhole and press against the spring bar. Once the spring bar is released, remove the strap and set aside. Repeat on the other strap.   STEP 2: With the help of the tool, pull the spring bar out from the strap loops.   STEP 3: Hold the dial firmly and insert one end of the spring bar into a lug pinhole first.     STEP 4: Once the first end is secure, use the tool to carefully compress the other end bar so you can slide it into the other pinhole. The spring bar should click into place. Repeat on the other spring bar.       STEP 5: Starting from the 12 o’clock end, pull the longer part of the Nato strap through the two spring bars, then through the floating keeper at the end of the shorter Nato strap. Pull the strap all the way through until it straightens.          
2021-02-18