How To Choose A Leather Watch | The Watch Hut
A classic style for men and women, leather watches have an understated elegance that means they stay on-trend for years. Casual, dressy, and everything in between, this adaptable style is a must-have for any jewellery collection, with price points available for any budget.
What to look for in a leather watch
Taste and budget are the biggest deciders when you're browsing for a leather watch, though quality is just as essential for those looking for a luxurious and durable time piece.
To find a leather watch that's high quality and will maintain its appearance, be sure to read the material details to check that the strap is genuine leather. Authentic leather will be marked as a such, and will retain its quality over a longer period than imitation leather.
For those with a smaller budget, or who prefer to avoid real leather, there are plenty of imitation leather watches available that look authentic. Just be sure to remember that the strap will likely need replacing sooner than genuine leather, especially if worn daily.
Stitching is as important as material when it comes to quality. Wide, visible stitches are more durable than small or hidden stitches, so those looking for longevity should consider this when looking for a watch. But that's not to say smaller stitching will easily fall apart - the strap should still last for several years.
Ladies' leather watches
Leather watches for women are available in a variety of designs and trends, to reflect your personal preference.
Traditional leather watches typically feature a black or brown strap, with a muted, simple face framed in silver or gold metal. These watches are ideal for long-term use, and are excellent gifts that suit most outfits and occasions.
Daniel Wellington leather watches (RRP £139.00) perfectly incorporate traditional leather watch features in a clean and contemporary timepiece. The St Mawes Rose watch is a perfect example - the wide white face brings clarity to timekeeping, while the richly coloured strap and gold highlights make it suitable for traditionalists.
For something with a more modern spin, Olivia Burton has made waves by taking the clean and simple design of leather watches and adding a touch of quirky personality. The Garden Floral Print watch (RRP £82.00) features a soft, slim, black leather strap and gold metallic casing. The floral print is elegantly feminine, but colourful enough to feel fun.
Of course, not every leather watch has to be traditional. The adventurous nature of women's watch design has made an impact on the British fashion market, and leather is no exception to this stylistic rule.
High fashion watches are often the first-stop when looking for a couture-style leather watch, such as Calvin Klein's Glam watch (RRP £249). This eye-catching watch is incredibly simple, but makes an impact, thanks to the elegant structure.
The leather strap on this watch is a key feature, as it blends into the watch face. Silver casing adds modernism and a certain artistic flair, which makes this watch ideal for fashionistas and culture vultures alike.
Men's leather watches
Much like women's traditional leather watches, men's leather watches have a long history and are a must-have for any discerning gentleman's collection. Where women's leather watches tend to have plain faces to accompany a smooth strap, men's watches typically have thicker, textured straps with slightly more detailed faces.
The traditional chronograph (RRP £345) by Tissot is a perfect example of a traditional leather watch. The strap is elegantly masculine, with the warm brown colouring adding richness and depth to the design. The chronograph is a sophisticated design, with subtle metallic touches that mean this adaptable watch will suit both the boardroom and the high street.
For a design that's a little more complex but still maintains that all-important traditional style, the Herald watch (RRP £430) by Ingersoll is ideal. The strap is flattered with a skeleton face, revealing the inner workings of the timepiece. It's a special occasion watch that will strike a chord with real watch lovers, thanks to the intricate design.
Not every leather watch is traditional, and modern men might want something a little bit more contemporary. Men's modern leather watches often feature bright colours as a centrepiece.
This chronograph watch (RRP £125) by Armani Exchange has a straightforward design, with simple time markers and casing in clean gold colouring. The strap is a traditional brown, but the exciting blue face adds character and personality.
Leather watches will never go out of fashion. For a luxury watch that you can rely upon for years to come, nothing compares to the class of a leather design. Women's leather watches and men's leather watches are available from hundreds of brands, meaning there's certain to be a timepiece that suits your style.