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Best watches for stylish college students



John Mayer is far from prudish when it comes to divulging his personal fetishes, but unbeknownst to many, Mayer has an even stronger obsession.

Behind the sultry singing and serial dating is a man with an expansive knowledge of wristwatches. With a collection that boasts names like Patek Philippe and IWC, it’s believed that Mayer’s assembly is valued at close to $20 million.

It’s that sort of style that exudes an aura of class and sophistication. Watches bring together a look that blends long-established tradition with refinement and style.

But there’s no need to spend a pretty penny to achieve Mayer’s lavish style. For those who haven’t owned a watch since the 90s (or, god forbid, still own a Fossil Blue), begin with standard wrist wear that generates an effortless statement.

Referenced in “The GQ Watch Guide,” the Michael Kors Golden Oversized Runway Watch should be everyone’s token gold timepiece. While the designer initially began with everyday women’s wear, he broadened his scope to include men’s watches from the bold and eye-catching to the prototypical two-toned timepiece.

For starters, opt for a watch with a smooth bezel that shapes the face. With a subtle difference in the polish of the links, the matte airbrushed gold versus the ion-plated gives the Golden Oversized Runway watch a bold two-toned characteristic.

The chronograph feature is seen through layers of the face, giving it a sense of depth similar to that of a camera lens. Overall, this golden timepiece is a classic, and if it’s good enough for GQ’s demographics, it’s good enough for you.

If you’re on the hunt for something that fits a more sports-oriented lifestyle, go with the Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Watch.

Traditionally, the fashion-forward shy from wearing “rubber” with anything other than a bro tank and basketball shorts, but the devil is in the details. With polyurethane-wrapped stainless steel links, this watch can be taken from the basketball court to the boardroom. With a face identical to the gold Oversized Runway’s, this watch is hands down the best bet when looking for an alternative timepiece.

For those interested in more of a conversation starter, check out Fossil’s line of skeleton watches. It’s evident that the designers behind the Grant Twist Leather Watch constructed this beauty with strict attention to detail. The black embossed leather strap provides a sharp contrast to the rose-gold bezel.

But it’s the exposed gears that set this watch apart. While it may seem like a lot within the face, the various design characteristics and mechanics balance out in a unique way.

Follow John Mayer’s example and make your wrist wear an investment, as a watch is single-handedly the best and most alternative accessory a man can own.


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