Saturday, May 14, 2011

Don't give me that "hair past a freckle" response - get a wristwatch already!

Before our UTS press conference a couple of weeks ago, we were asked who had a wristwatch. I thought perhaps half of us would have put our hands up. I love wristwatches - not only are they practical, but they are definitely a great fashion accessory :)

However I was honestly blown away when only about 10 out of 250+ put their hands up, myself included. Being journalists, I would have thought punctuality was a necessity, but I suppose with mobile phones being far more mainstream than they were say 10 years ago, people don't see a need for a wristwatch.

To tell you the truth, my wrist feels naked without one. I'll usually be wearing one unless I'm exercising because I don't want to make my lovely white leather and rose gold watch all yucky (you can see a photo of it in a previous post - What's The Time Mr Wolf?)

I still remember the first watch I had. It had been passed onto me from a family friend, and it had Mickey Mouse in the middle of the face, his arms as the hands of the watch. Pretty cool if you ask me, but as I chewed everything in my sight in those days, I sadly sucked the life (literally) out of the fabric band. Not good.

My Grandma taught me how to tell the time on this this practise clock she'd made herself on the cardboard from a Rice Bubbles packet. Since I was about 7, I've had a watch permanently on my wrist. I can remember the flower-face silver watch I was given one year for Christmas on a stretch-metal band. Its brand was "Girlfriend" (yep, the magazine had it's own brand going) and it was actually genuinely a beautiful watch. A little hard to read perhaps with only two numbers, the 6 and the 12, on display but fancy nonetheless. 

I've also gone through the Swatch watch obsession faze. I wanted nothing more than a Swatch watch and was given one for Christmas in 2007 - after which I discovered my friend Bethany was given the exact same watch and we argued the entire year about who actually got it "first" (technically, I did because of the time difference between here and England) and who "copied" the other person. That watch has seen it's fair wear and tear and now rests in my draw. It was also known as the watch that "ticks really loudly" - particularly annoying to those who sat near me alphabetically in exams or to those sleeping over at my house. It was known to tick at the opposite time to my wall clock which could make sleeping a litttttle difficult at times.

Perhaps that was a load of ramble but I just had to say it. Watches don't have to be boring - the bigger the better! I think they often add the final touch to an outfit and they're very handy when someone asks what the time is (avoids the mad scramble in your bag to find your phone - "Can you ring my phone? I can't seem to find it amongst all this junk.").

If you love jewellery but really aren't into the idea of wearing a watch, there are watches that are disguised as a bangle. The one shown above is from - the quality doesn't look the greatest but there's a million out there if you look.

Do you wear a watch regularly? I'd love to know why/why not. Make sure you vote in the poll on the righthand sidebar :)


Sohan said...

I had the same watch as you. The rainbow one right? Ha! I had that and another clear swatch watch my mum bought me at the airport before we went on a holiday cause I forgot mine at home (I felt so bad cause swatches are so expensive but mum got it anyway cause she liked me wearing them!)

I went in and out of watch phases but recently I have a stainless steel one from sportsgirl, I love it. It's digital (which I prefer). But I think watches can look very masculine so I like to wear mine like 2 inches from my wrist so they look more feminine. But that's just me. :)

Great post Laura :)

Sophia said...


I have a Gucci one which has no numbers on its face and a Tommy Hilfiger one which has a broken second hand - you can see I love practicality.

But yes, I NEED MORE! Sorry, Sohan. I love oversized masculine watches. Very sexy ;)

Laura said...

Yes it was the rainbow one Sohan!

And I'm going to have to agree with Sophia on this one - I LOVE oversized masculine watches.