As much as we rely on our smartphones in life, there are some things that will never become outdated or go out of style. One such thing is a beautiful wristwatch – men and women of all ages love wearing them because not only are they handy but they can also be a fantastic accessory. Still, there is more to a watch than just its design – picking the right model, and the right size for your wrist can be a difficult task. Here’s how you can do it:

Picking the right case diameter

While women’s watches can often be small, discreet, and treated as jewelry (case diameter <38mm), men’s watches happen to be bigger and often bulkier, commonly ranging from 38mm to 46mm. As tempting as it can be for men to get even bulkier watches than that, anything that’s above 46mm is seen as flashy or even tacky. The best way to pick the right case diameter is to measure your wrist and pick accordingly. Wrists that are 6-7 inches are “medium”, and the best cases include those between 38 and 42mm. Bigger wrists (7.5 to 8 inches in circumference) can pull off larger cases (44-46mm).

Case thickness is important

Case thickness is closely connected case diameter, and the rule is that the thickness of the case increases or decreases together with the case diameter. In the era of mechanical watches, it was believed that a thinner case was higher quality, but it’s not the case today with so many electronic watches and quartz designs. If you pick the right case diameter, the thickness will be proportional to your body, too. Most commonly, 38mm to 42mm cases are about 7 mm thick, whereas the thickness of 44mm and beyond cases can be up to 9mm.

Watch movements

When learning about watches, you will soon learn that “movement” stands for the inner mechanism of a watch as well as the sweep of its hands around its face. This is the “heart” of the watch and there are three types: quartz, mechanical, and automatic. The hottest watch debates are between people who argue whether it’s the Swiss or the Japanese movements that are superior. Those who value Swiss watches are inclined towards aesthetics, whereas others argue that the best Japanese watches are built with both more beauty and precision in mind.

The perfect band

The way a watch looks on your wrist is also impacted by the band material you choose. Sturdy and durable, stainless steel bands always appear much heavier and thicker than bands made of leather or fabric straps. People with thin wrists might want to consider the latter as heavier materials can make their wrists appear even thinner. In addition to leather and fabric, bands made of silicone are also gaining popularity due to their convenience and affordability. Not to mention that they look good on large wrists, too.

Paying attention to details

The devil is in the details, or so they say, or in this case – everything is in the details. Pretty much every watch has something that makes it stand out from the others and designers are putting a lot of effort into these details. Hands and subdials of a watch, the markers and crowns, all can vary from one model to the next, and they can add a lot of elegance to a watch (not to mention the size, too). People with large wrists can pull off watches that have large dial elements, as these will not look out of place. Medium and thin wrists, on the other hand, are better suited for minimal features.

Wearing a nice watch is a great way to discreetly point out your good taste (or to show off). Still, with so many different styles and designs to choose from, it’s easy to forget that the size of your wrist also plays a part. When you pick the right size watch for you, rest assured that you will be more comfortable wearing it and that you will be able to wear it for as long as you’d like.