Today I have a Slow Watch review from my boyfriend. If you like this, check out his attempts at a juice detox.
Somewhere on the internet, there must be some stats about how the global sales of watches have sunk since the mobile phone market has monopolised everything we do. I don’t think I had worn a watch for about ten years, having always relied on my smart phone for the time of day.
At the best of times, I can be described as a phone addict – I’m constantly checking my phone and if I was totally honest with myself, most of the time I don’t know quite what I’m checking it for. In meetings,* there is nothing more blatant and rude than someone with their phone on the table, constantly pressing the home key to find out what time it is, or to check if something far more interesting has happened in their virtual life outside the room.
I suppose the positive to this is that watch makers can now be much more creative with how they sell their products. Apple’s watch is set to revolutionise the industry, but personally I feel that a digital watch is something that was for my teenage years, when I would spend hours learning all the functions of the latest models in the Argos catalogue. I never even thought that I simply needed something that would tell me the time, and that being able to do this 100 metres under water or in a war zone wasn’t important.
The Slow Watch is something different, but yet wonderfully old school. It’s a watch with just one hand, but a 24 hour face. The watch has a Swiss-made movement, and the concept is that we have all lost the ability to be ‘slow’ in such a busy world, and a watch with only one moving hand that shows the whole day helps us to do this.
Here’s one of the watch’s creators talking a bit more about the idea behind the brand:
So, does it work?
Firstly, as an accessory, it really is beautiful. There are lots of styles to choose from and I went with a classic leather strap with gold rim, but there are many, many variations on design for every taste and since I’ve been wearing the Slow Watch I’ve had many, many complements on the design. It looks great with a suit, and equally with casual wear.
As a watch it’s slightly more tricky. I have to admit that there have been occasions when I’m in a hurry where I’ve resorted back to my phone for the time, and it was slightly embarrassing in the cinema to have to hold the watch right up to my face to be able to work out what the time was. That said, once you’ve got the hang of just how precise the mechanism is, it’s a great watch to have, and does make you appreciate the amount of time (or lack of it) you have in your day.
*Note to Boyfriend from me – this is just as annoying outside meetings…
We were sent the Slow Watch for the purposes of this review.