Trendspotting: Watches Are Making a Comeback
Jul 21, 2011
During the past decade, the cell phone became the undisputed champion of the timekeeping world. We stopped wearing watches. We stopped buying alarm clocks. And “Do you have the time?,” was removed from the pickup-line dictionary lest we be asked in response, “Don’t you own a cell phone?”
Recently, I started thinking that I should buy a real watch (I own a PixelModa sportwatch for the pool and the plane). And I’m not the only one.
According to the Seattle Times, a lot of fashion-forward people are turning back time and taking their watches out of mothballs. It seems that, like a B-movie villain, the wristwatch has come back from the dead.
The immediate difficulty with buying a watch is how to choose one that compliments any outfit. (Yes, I think this is more important than whether it keeps good time.) Of course, I could buy a couple of watches in different metals and materials, but that would be getting ahead of myself. Perhaps something with an interchangeable strap or made from a neutral material would be best?
I also have a personal issue to consider, my tiny wrists. Chicken wrists, my Brother calls them. They’re barely 5.5 inches around. I’ve seen curling irons with more circumference. So I need a watch that doesn’t have a huge face. And I need something that is fully adjustable or at least, something that won’t look misshapen when I remove half the links.
The final issue for me is how much to spend. I’m looking for a watch that I can wear everyday, something nice but not ostentatious. Thanks to my Father’s watch obsession, I know that a good watch is an investment piece. But I’m looking for something more like a Treasury bill than a 401k.
(I’m ignoring the Oprah connection. You wouldn’t even know it was there if you weren’t looking for it.)
I like this Philip Stein watch because it’s modern and sophisticated. The interchangeable, leather strap is a nice feature. The face isn’t too big and it has numbers instead of dashes or dots. I hate when a watch looks good but is difficult to read, form and function should not be mutual exclusive.
I love this watch, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to drop seven bills on one just yet. Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs both have accessory lines that make nice watches. I’ve been looking at this tortoise shell one since our old Scheduler bought one a couple of years back. It’s versatile and stylish, and it’s certainly a more reasonable price.
So what do you ladies think? Is this just a temporary respite from their long-forgotten grave or are watches back in vogue? And if you wear a watch, do you have a favorite style or brand?