Photograph by Aurelio Icasiano III
Style Watches

Yes, we're trying to make pocket watches happen—again

It’s ancient, sure, but a pocket watch doesn’t need Victorian clothing or a Zoot suit to stay relevant. Even casual wear can accommodate the addition of this accessory.
Aurelio Icasiano III | Jan 06 2019

DAILY RIDER

Whether you’re taking the train or zooming on a motorbike, a railroad pocket watch adds old world flair to an otherwise modern outfit. The watch is worn on the smaller pocket found in the larger right side pocket. (The smaller pocket is commonly—and erroneously—believed to hold loose change.) Wearing a waistcoat offsets the stark casualness of a leather jacket and jeans, while a stainless steel or silver chain complements the zippers.

THE WATCH: HAMILTON RAILROAD WATCH

The railroad watch was a common accessory during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was made in large quantities and was designed for everyday use.

 

AUTUMN EXCURSION

As the colder seasons set in, a pocket watch provides an interesting detail to go with the darker colors of warm clothing. The watch is worn the classic way, nestled in the pocket of the waistcoat, though the chain is fastened a little higher at the second buttonhole than is traditional. The style of the chain is kept simple, in line with the rest of the look, but can also be swapped out to accommodate different styles.

THE WATCH: ROLEX PRECISION

With a slim, flat case, a dress watch is usually worn with formal clothes, but can be used to offset a more casual outfit. The clean lines of the watch also contribute to a laidback appearance.

 

BOARDROOM TIMEKEEPER

In a no-nonsense office, a pocket watch can add personality to classic attire. Here, the watch is worn on the jacket’s pocket, with the chain fastened to the hole of the boutonniere on the lapel. Different chain and fob designs can further set the suit apart, allowing the wearer a good degree of expression.

THE WATCH: RECORD FIVE-MINUTE REPEATER

A gold pocket watch adds color to business wear and the double hunter casing (with lids on the front and back) provides additional character to the outfit. The five-minute repeater function is mostly left alone but could be used for the occasional reminder.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER
Paul Del Rosario
 
STYLISTS
Bill Daland
Ria Gamboa
Barry Viloria
 
STYLISTS’ ASSISTANT
April May Kagaoan
 
GROOMING
Eddie Mar Cabiltes
Muriel Vega Perez
Zeny Artibel of Beauty Kingdom Philippines
 
MODEL
Christian Busby
 

This story first appeared in Vault Magazine Issue 17 2014.