My parents, being intelligent people, always let me pick out my own birthday present. This ensures that I receive a gift that I want, and that their money isn’t wasted on something that will either be re-gifted, sold on eBay or shoved in a drawer.
For my recent 30th birthday, I decided that it was time that I owned (pardon the cutesiness) a Big Girl Watch. I wore an inexpensive Anne Klein watch through most of college, and then, I just stopped wearing one.
Like many members of my generation, my primary time-keeping device is my cell phone. Why do I need a wrist watch if I have an electronic satellite-driven device that always tells me the correct time and automatically adjusts to new time zones? A wristwatch can’t do that.
What got me thinking about buying a watch–beyond the obvious fashion-accessory component–was that I was recently chastised by a Congressman for glancing at my phone during a lunch meeting. He thought that I was ignoring him, when really I just didn’t want our meeting to run over its scheduled time limit. Whoops.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that every man I know wears a watch. Some wear Breitlings and Rolexes others own watches by Armitron or Kenneth Cole, but they all wear watches, while most of the women I know do not.
Watches seem to hold more importance for a man than they do a woman. Men seem to wear them as status symbols, proof of their power, wealth and importance. But women seem to think of them as just another accessory, whether the watch costs $200 or $20,000 doesn’t seem to matter as much.
So today’s question is fairly simple: Do you own a watch? Do you wear it regularly? Or do you use your cell phone to keep time? And are the rules different for men than they are for women?
P.S. For those who asked, the watch in the photo is the Philip Stein Small Watch Case in Mother of Pearl ($675). The leather straps are interchangeable.