Everything you need to know about what you need for your watch collection.
Any true watch enthusiast knows that watch collecting is not just about acquiring timepieces but also about researching, curating and displaying one’s watch collection. Even though watches are accessories in themselves, they can be enhanced by a variety of different supporting items that take the watch collecting experience to the next level.
So, here is everything you should know about the watch accessories needed to elevate a collection.
The wide field of watch accessories can be broken down according to the function they fulfill. It comes down to:
Watch accessories to keep your watch collection
If you have more than one watch and take pride in the collection you have built, you’re going to need a place to store them. Keeping all your timepieces in their respective boxes is far from convenient and easily makes you forget about certain pieces. However, you also do not want your precious watches flying around in a drawer or randomly spread out on a bedside table as that exposes your timepieces to potential harm and scratches from rough surfaces. If you’re looking for a way to keep your entire collection neat, organized and safe both at home and on the road, a watch case is the way to go.
Watch cases are the perfect method of storing your collection all in one place. The case’s materials are of particular importance, since a good watch case needs to be sturdy enough to protect the contained watches from harm but also soft enough to adequately cushion the timepieces. That is why leather watch cases are a superb option, since leather is a natural material that is both robust and pleasantly soft to the touch at the same time.
In terms of the casing, watch case frames should be sturdy yet lightweight, which is why aluminum and carbon fiber is an optimal material choice. Carbon fiber has one of the highest material strengths in its class while still being incredibly light, which is why it is commonly used in race cars, planes, and also the casing of high-end watch cases.
When it comes to the interior of a watch case, the cushions are the main focal point to pay attention to. Cushions that can easily be taken in and out of the case provide easy, convenient access to your timepieces. Before purchasing a watch case, make sure that the cushion size corresponds to your wrist and watch bracelet circumference or consider ordering custom cushion sizes, since you want to avoid a fit that is too loose or too tight in order to protect your timepieces and keep them in place. Speaking of security, a lock on a watch case provides augmented safety for your watch collection, whether that be to keep your timepieces out of your children’s reach at home or adequately protect them while traveling. Lastly, watch out for convenient bonus features, like additional internal compartments to keep your straps organized. It is those small details that distinguish a good from an exquisite watch case for your watch collection.
While it is great to have the option of storing your entire collection in one designated place, you’ll want to keep the timepieces you wear on a daily basis in close reach. And frankly, considering what works of art and craftsmanship watches are, they deserve to be attributed a prominent place in your home. That is where watch accessories for the home come into play.
Watch stands to display watches at home
A watch stand provides easy access to your favorite watches when putting them on in the morning or taking them off after a long day. Not only do watch display stands conveniently save you the time and effort of having to place each watch into its respective case, watch stands also help prevent the scratches and blemishes that build up from putting your watches on hard surfaces. Additionally, watch stands showcase your timepieces in an artful manner and thereby become part of your home decor. Place your watch stand on your night table, dresser or desk to add the ultimate personal touch to your four walls. In that manner, a watch stand is the perfect combination of an embellishing home accessory and a functional watch gadget. This makes watch stands great practical gifts for housewarmings, holidays or any other celebratory occasion.
But what if you want to take your timepieces out of your home and onto the road with you without having to bring an entire briefcase worth of watches? Fret not, because a watch travel case has got you covered.
Watch accessories for travel
A great watch travel case should keep your watches safe and organized and be compact enough to fit in with the rest of your travel gear. While different formats for watch travel cases do exist, the proverb “all good things come in threes” is well-established for a reason and extends to travel watch boxes as well. Three watches simply is the optimal number to take on a business trip or a weekend getaway and a watch travel case that accommodates three timepieces easily fits into any duffle bag, briefcase or carry-on luggage.
In terms of material, we recommend a semi-rigid case that is able to protect the contained watches from harm while also providing enough buffer and flexibility to accommodate external pressures and prevent watches from being compressed internally. A leather exterior paired with Alcantara interior lining makes for an exquisite combination of two materials that are both extremely durable as well as soft to the touch and therefore perfect for keeping watches secure amidst the turbulence of traveling without having to compromise comfort or style.
The importance of personal aesthetics is prevalent for watches and their accessories alike. After all, a collector’s selection of watches is a deeply personal affair. Watch enthusiasts spend hours upon hours curating a collection that reflects their personal values and taste. So, why should watch accessories be any different?
Custom watch accessories
Whether it is a watch case to hold your entire collection, a watch stand to display your favorite timepieces at home or a watch case for travel, watch accessories are a prime opportunity for you to express your personal style. Bespoke services enable you to customize everything about your watch accessory to craft a one-of-a-kind item tailored around your unique collection, taste and vision. Choosing the anodized aluminum color and the exterior leather shade or hot stamping your initials are just a few of the ways through which watch accessories can be personalized.
So, to round things up, you now know what kind of watch accessories are out there and that they generally fall into the category of watch accessories to keep your collection, watch holders for the home or watch accessories for travel, depending on the function they fulfill. In addition, you learned what material properties, measurements and additional features to look out for and how to customize watch accessories to fit your personal needs and taste. With this knowledge, you are fully equipped to find the perfect watch accessories for your collection.
Written by Elizabeth Hanisch