There's no "right" choice when selecting a watchband. Both leather and metal watchbands are attractive, functional and sold at all price points. Individual preference should guide a decision.
"Watchband" is a generic term describing the band holding the watch on the wrist. A metal watchband is called a "bracelet," while a "strap" is a watchband made of any material other than metal.
Function and Comfort
Typical daily activities should be taken into account when making watchband choices. A leather strap may feel less noticeable on the wrist, while a metal bracelet lasts longer under varying conditions.
Style and Elegance
A leather or metal watchband in a high-quality material conveys power and elegance for both men and women but elegance can also be displayed more subtly. A bracelet or strap should be appropriate to the situation in which you wear your watch.
In 2010, most watchbands, of any material, will run between £6-$200. A strap or bracelet that's higher quality than the watch will make the watch look better but the reverse is true as well.
Some watches' construction limits the choice to either strap or bracelet. Avoid allergenic materials, regardless of how attractive the watchband. Inexpensive cloth or rubber straps can be a fun alternative if you like to change looks frequently.
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