Wearing pocket watches with style
Pocket watches add a very stylistic sense of class, being not just a functional timepiece, but also a coveted fashion item. Nowadays, most pocket watches are worn by those historical purists who wish to recreate Victorian-era dress, or those followers of the recent trend of 'steampunk', a rebellious counter-culture that seeks to emulate the more anarchic aspects of Victorian living. In the 1990s, however, some three-piece suits were manufactured that allowed for the wearing of a pocket watch in the vest pocket - this led to a mini resurgence that cemented the pocket watch's reputation as a classier, more formal timepiece than its wrist equivalent.
Considered to be three of the most reliable and decent manufacturers of pocket watches are the companies Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne. Manual winding is common in contemporary pocket watches, and these brands have a history of manufacturing perfect quality versions.
Styles and Designs
Characteristically, a pocket watch must either be open-faced or 'hunter-style', which has a sprung-loaded protective cover for the dial, and which first came to prominence at the end of the 18th century with the rise of railroading.