So, I'll be going to a masquerade ball in a couple of weeks. This is a ball that's held every year around this time that my wife and I attend.
Usually, I go for a dressy watch with a "bright" pocket square that matches my mask, but otherwise adhering to the rules. The watch is always my RW Maestro on a black strap because it was a gift from my wife for our wedding, and we've been going to the ball every year together (and it is at our alma mater).
However, I'm rethinking this approach for this year's ball, especially because the dress code went from Black Tie optional to Black tie mandatory. So, that reduces the amount of peacocking that I can do at a black tie event. I am really tempted to go with my RW (or one of my other watches) on a colorful strap matching my masquerade mask instead.
Or - shudder - wear a color NATO strap matching the mask. Of course, I'm yet to decide upon a mask, but I'm looking at something like this, this, or this - but that too would depend on my wife's outfit. The good news here, of course, is that I can always reuse the strap for the next year's ball.
Or should I just go conservative all around, and stick to a simple black leather strap? Thoughts?