Pocket watches have a feeling of luxury to them in today's world, and an association with the very wealthy. Whilst it is true that the upper classes did wear pocket watches, they were not the only ones. It may be true that the poor didn't wear them, but anybody that had a job that required them to know the time, would have had a pocket watch. With this in mind, the very formal stereotype can be thrown out of the window, and we can have some fun with the look, introducing it to modern fashion concepts and tailoring, or even looks such as punk, for a style that surprises and contradicts expectations.
But for a generation that has never experienced them, how do you wear a pocket watch?
New pocket watches have the benefit of being made in the modern age with all the technological benefits that bestows. The movement is often quartz and every bit as accurate as a standard wristwatch. The materials are often more modern too. The most popular contemporary choice is silver, giving a cool finish with a great polish, it also allows the greatest colour flexibility when pairing it with an outfit. These days, engraving and laser cutting can create fantastic designs for you to choose from.
There are variations of albert chain to choose from according to your particular style. Double alberts with jewels were once very en-vogue, but can be seen as a little fussy for contemporary requirements. The attachment is another variation, with spring rings (like a large necklace clasp), lobster claw and traditional t-bars all available.
A chain that matches your pocket watch is a classic choice, but consider your usage. Fine chains look very elegant for formal events, but a sturdier chain is better for everyday. That's not to say you can't have some fun with mismatching chains, and teaming ornate bejewelled numbers with torn dungarees for an eclectic look.
The classic look is to attach the albert chain to the buttons of a shirt or waistcoat and stow the watch in the pocket.
A casual look could attach the chain to a belt loop and store the watch in a jeans pocket.
Worker style overalls could see the albert attached to the strap and the watch tucked in the chest pocket.
Indeed women are now getting in on the act and converting pocket watches to necklaces to be worn long, dangling from the neck over their outfits!
The world is your oyster - now you have your pocket watch and chain the only limit is your imagination!