Summer Style Guide: Watches and Wallets and Warranties (Oh My!)

Summer Style Guide: Watches and Wallets and Warranties (Oh My!)

With Father’s Day, graduations and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start searching for the ideal gift or gifts for the important people in your life (even if that important person is you). Watches continue to be a popular present for those furthering their education or getting their degree, and let’s face it, what dad out there doesn’t want to be able to verify the time of the big game with an impressive wrist adornment about which he can brag to his neighbors or fishing buddies? But this style guide takes it a step further by also suggesting an accompanying wallet to go along with said timepiece. And not only are we going to do the work for you (matching the watches and the wallets… you’re welcome), but we are going to make it even easier to shop for the watch and wallet combo of your dreams by offering some tips to ensure they are the real deal by opting into eBay’s expert verification process for watches and leveraging their Authenticity Guarantee for wallets. Not sure what that is? Never heard of that before now? Allow us to elaborate a little further.

eBay is offering clients who purchase a watch between the $1,000.00 and $2,000.00 price range the option – at checkout (for a cost of $80 plus tax) – to have the watch independently and expertly inspected and verified by eBay’s third-party authentication partners. Should the buyer opt into this service, the watch they’re looking to purchase will be sent to eBay’s authentication partner where it will go through their Authenticity Guarantee process. It is here that industry experts will conduct a thorough, multi-level inspection, thus verifying the watch is authentic and as described, as are any accessories and packaging that should accompanying it. Once that happens – BOOM – the expert verification kicks in for the purchaser, which will make them look doubly good when they gift the watch to the person for whom they bought it.

But wait! There’s more! If you’re looking for a watch over $2,000.00, it is automatically eligible for eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service and wallets on eBay listed for more than $500.00 from 15+ top designer brands will also be accompanied by an Authenticity Guarantee badge, denoting their eligibility for eBay’s service. Think brands the likes of Chanel, Gucci, and Hermès, all being authenticated. No headaches. No worries. Just peace of mind and the status to go along with it. To find out more about the verifications for wallets, click here. To research expert verification parameters for watches between $1,000 to $2,000, click this link. More on eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service here.

So, now that we’ve enlightened you on the benefits and process of getting your items authenticated with eBay, let’s get down to shopping, shall we? Yay! Shopping! SHOPPING IS LIFE! RETAIL THERAPY FOREVER! LONG LIVE ONLINE PURCHASING! CA-CHING! CA-CH… oh, uh… sorry. I get really excited about shopping. I’ll focus now. Pinky swear.
Here are the five watch and wallet picks that I feel would go great together for either you or as gifts for someone you love:

The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Silver Dial Watch and the Gucci Kingsnake GG Supreme Bi-Fold

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic in silver dial and Gucci Kingsnake GG Supreme B-Fold
Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic in silver dial and Gucci Kingsnake GG Supreme B-Fold

If there is one brand that doesn’t nearly get the credit it deserves when it comes to their watchmaking, it’s most certainly Montblanc. This Star Legacy watch draws its inspiration from older pocket watches manufactured by the brand during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One look at its clean, high-polished case and silvery-white dial with star- guilloché central pattern and anyone who dare lay eyes on it will be smitten. And did I mention the rich, blue leather strap? 42mm in diameter and 42-hours of power reserve makes this a watch not to be overlooked. Learn more about the watch here.

The Gucci Wallet Kingsnake GG Supreme Bi-Fold with makes for the ideal companion to the watch previously mentioned. Not just for the character of the piece and the fact that it’s almost an opposing design to the Star Legacy watch, but for the fact that Gucci has such a rich, and interesting (I mean, have you *seen* “House of Gucci” yet?) history and is such a recognized brand amongst those both “in the know’ and, well, not. Check out the wallet’s deets by clicking this link.

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph and a Bottega Veneta Bright Yellow Men’s Wallet

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph and Bottega Veneta wallet in bright yellow color
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz Chronograph and Bottega Veneta wallet in bright yellow color

TAG Heuer and racing go hand-in-hand, and the Formula 1 collaborations the brand has executed over the years have certainly gained a following. This stainless steel, 43mm quartz timepiece has a blue notched and fluted racing bezel in polished stainless steel and aluminum which matches perfectly with the tone-on-tone blue chronograph’s sub dials. See more about the watch here.

To compliment the yellow accents in the aforementioned watch, I chose a bright yellow Bottega Veneta soft leather wallet crafted in a traditional intertwined leather pattern. While the wallet is labeled as, “men’s,” it’s clear we live in a generation where labels aren’t as important, so this wallet – and the watch – could be purchased for anyone. The wallet is listed here.

The Nomos Tetra 450 with Dark Blue Dial and the Chanel Light Green “Caviar” Zip Wallet

Nomos Tetra 450 in dark blue dial and Chanel “Caviar” zip wallet in light green color
Nomos Tetra 450 in dark blue dial and Chanel “Caviar” zip wallet in light green color

Nomos is a sleeper brand that is often sought after by watch collectors because of its accuracy and reputation with regard to its mechanics, yet it is sometimes, sadly, a brand that is overlooked by the general public. The Nomos Tetra 450 has been a popular model for women enthusiasts, and the dark blue dial version with its white hour markers and gray strap make for a stunningly affordable wristwatch. Read more about it here.

One can never go wrong when purchasing anything made by Chanel. Read that sentence again. Now again, once more. Then go ahead and click this link and consider purchasing this striking iridescent, light green “Caviar”’ quilted wallet by Chanel which is the perfect combination of green and gray, thus making it an ideal companion to the Nomos in this selection.

The Omega X Swatch Mission to Jupiter “Ultra man” and the Louis Vuitton “Virgil Abloh” Monogram Leather Bifold

Mission to Jupiter MoonSwatch and Louis Vuitton “Virgil Abloh” Monogram leather hi-fold wallet
Mission to Jupiter MoonSwatch and Louis Vuitton “Virgil Abloh” Monogram leather hi-fold wallet

When Swatch introduced their “Moonswatch” collaboration with Omega in late March of 2022, watch enthusiast’s heads exploded all around the world. Buyers lined up in front of Swatch stores (some camping out from the night before a-la 1990s-era Madonna concert goers) hoping for a slim chance to get their hands on at least one of the new releases. One of the standouts, largely because of its muted colors, was the “Mission to Jupiter” Moonswatch… also dubbed the “Ultraman.” View the watch here.

There is no doubt that Virgil Abloh was, in his own unique way, larger than life. And with Jupiter being the largest of the planets in our solar system, I feel this Louis Vuitton “Virgil Abloh” Monogram Leather Bifold wallet is not only an ideal companion in theme, but also in hue. Check out this rare piece here.

The KITH X G-Shock 25th Anniversary Limited Edition and the Hermès Constance Slim Wallet/Fanny Belt Bag with Rose Gold Hardware

Kith x GShock 25th Anniversary Limited Editon and Hermes Constance Slim wallet/Fanny belt bag with rose gold hardware
Kith x GShock 25th Anniversary Limited Editon and Hermes Constance Slim wallet/Fanny belt bag with rose gold hardware

The popular retailer KITH is known the world over for selling high-end sports and lifestyle apparel and footwear, both online and in physical locations, whether they be self-standing boutiques or in shop-in-shop style locations. They joined forces with G-Shock to celebrate the watch brand’s 25th anniversary and created a very cool GM-6900 limited edition in rose-colored case and KITH monogrammed strap. Go for gold, and add in expert verification, here.

Thinking that a fanny pack is cool is mind blowing to me as someone who grew up in the 1980s but leave it to Hermès to create a slim wallet in black leather with rose gold “H” hardware that can double as a fanny belt bag. This is another choice that I was drawn to from the standpoint of going with more of a playful watch on the wrist with a wallet that’s as serious as a heart attack. Take a peek at the piece at this link.

Hope you enjoyed reading this watch and wallet pairing style guide. Just selecting items for it gave me a sense of shopping and remember what I said earlier in this post… shopping is life.

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