When we’re putting an outfit together a lot of thought goes into curating the perfect accessories; earrings, handbag, shoes. But how many of us include a watch on our list of accessory must haves? In fact, how many of us wear a watch at all?
I have a bit of a thing for watches. I’m not sure if it’s the old school, vintage vibe or a feeling of nostalgia for days gone by, but I have half a dozen watches that I regularly wear, depending on my outfit. For me, it’s often a fashion choice rather than a practical choice. We live in such an instant era that you’re never too far from a digital device that can tell you the time. We all have a smart phone in our back pocket so I was intrigued to find out how many of us actually still wear a wristwatch. Cue a rather non-scientific Facebook poll!
And I was actually quite surprised by the results. A whopping 70% of people claimed that they regularly wore a watch. I honestly thought I would be in the minority, especially after eyeing up many a naked wrist on the school run! But then I realised my mistake. In my Facebook poll I hadn’t specified what kind of watch I was talking about. It seems the majority of those people were actually referring to their Fitbit or other smartwatch rather than a traditional timepiece.
So is the wristwatch a dying breed? Well, yes and no. Watches are clearly still popular but maybe not in the traditional format. Technology moves on, products evolve and there is an ever increasing market for all-singing-all-dancing wrist wear. But, luckily for traditional watchmakers, there are still those of us that appreciate the beauty of an analogue watch face and the simplicity of it’s design!
Just take a look at these gorgeous watches and tell me you’d rather have a buzzing lump of plastic on your arm instead!
Fashion is all about expression, design & celebrating bygone eras so what better way to do that than with a traditional timepiece? All of the above are available at Peter Jackson who have a really great range of quality watches from designers such as Thomas Sabo, Citizen and Links of London. If you want to join the wristwatch revolution (I need to hashtag that!) then here’s a few top tips for you…
Spend More Money
Watches are one of those things that are worth investing in. I have watches that cost from £10 all the way up to £100 and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve had to replace the battery in the cheap ones. I’ve also had straps break and pins come out, none of which has happened with my pricier watches. You get what you pay for so spend as much as you can reasonably afford in order to get a long lasting, quality piece.
If you can afford to buy a quality watch in every colour of the rainbow then go for it! Otherwise stick to classic colours. Pale pink, navy blue, black, gold and silver will all compliment pretty much any outfit, ensuring you get the most wear out of your watch. I’m all about value for money especially with investment pieces such as this.
I currently have my watches chucked in a drawer with various other bits of jewellery. This is not advisable, people! I really need to get myself a storage cushion for them so that they don’t get scratched and tangled. What’s the point of choosing a beautifully designed quality watch and then not looking after it?! Storage options are fairly cheap so I’ve no excuse other than laziness, I’m afraid!
I’d love to know if you have a thing for traditional watches, too. I can’t be the only one, right? Come on, join the #wristwatchrevolution!