Enter for a chance to win this Tissot luxury watch valued at $945 courtesy of Ann-Louise Vancouver

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Let’s be honest… If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to convince you why you should want a luxury watch.

The grand prize: a Tissot Carson watch valued at $945.  Photo: Tissot Watches

Afterall, it’s not about needing, it’s about appreciating. Like fine art or excellent wine, luxury watches reflect an appreciation for craftsmanship, tradition and timeless style (pun very much intended).

With that in mind, we’ve partnered with Ann-Louise to provide watch enthusiasts with some practical points to consider before your next luxury watch purchase. Watches like this aren’t impulse buys, so you’ll want to consider each of the following to make sure you’re happy with your timepiece for years to come.

Oh and if you want to win a new watch, you can find contest details HERE.

WATERPROOF VS. WATER RESISTANT

Photo: Tissot Watches

In the world of luxury watches there’s no such thing as “waterproof”. Even high-end diving watches are only water resistant up to a certain point. That said, if you’re worried about getting your timepiece wet, be sure to ask the dealer how it will fare when the rain starts to pour.

LOOKS, MECHANICS OR BOTH

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No judgement, if you love watches simply because they make you look and feel amazing, then just choose your favourite style. If you’re more drawn to the craftsmanship of luxury watches, particularly those made in the high-end Swiss tradition, you’ll want to choose between automatic or manual-wind pieces.

Unlike automatic or manual- wind pieces, quartz watches are technically more accurate and often less expensive, but lack the traditional gears, springs and craftsmanship often associated with luxury watches. Another interesting thing to consider; watches that aren’t powered by batteries are powered by the energy given off by the motion of the wearer’s wrist. Everytime the watch moves, the watch self-winds. Not only is this super cool, it’s a testament to the sheer ingenuity inherent in luxury watches.

STYLE VS. LIFESTYLE

Photo: Tissot Watches

It’s easy to get caught-up in ornate details or a flashy face, but be sure to consider both your style of lifestyle before committing to your next piece. If you’re planning on wearing this just on special occasions, go as flashy as you’d like. If you want this to be your go-to piece, consider opting for neutral details that will go with every outfit in your closet. As an example, the look of the Tissot Carson (pictured) is meant to be more of an everyday wear watch; one that you can wear to work and into a night out on the town, whether it be a hockey game, elegant dinner or first date.

BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET

This may seem obvious, but it’s good to peg this down before going shopping. With luxury watches selling for anywhere between $1,000 to $100,000+ you don’t want to find yourself get caught up in the experience and biting off more than you can chew, financially speaking. Fortunately, more and more luxury watchmakers are choosing to offer more accessible price points, in an effort to build upon the tradition of luxury watches.

Photo: Tissot Watches

Designed to be the very first automatic watch that one buys, the Tissot Carson Gent represent an important step in the life of every young professional — a purchase that is significant, long lasting, and representative of its holder and their status.

If you’d love to get your hands on this beautiful timepiece, you can enter the Ann-Louise Tissot Carson giveaway HERE.

Ann-Louise Jewellers opened the first Vancouver location in 1983, and since then they have earned a reputation for their incredible expertise and selection of luxury watches, engagement rings and jewelry. They are an authorized dealer of Tissot Watches and have locations throughout the Lower Mainland.

To learn more about the new Tissot Carson collection, visit annlouise.ca

This contest is being run in accordance with Ann-Louise Jewellers’ own terms and conditions.