I have had a love affair with watches for the longest time. I read an article recently about an elderly stylish lady who said that there are only 2 accessories that she dons when she steps out- a pair of earrings that brightens up her face and a good watch to see time. That resonated quite deeply with me. I went 'Oh my I am just like you ' when I read that article. That article was the inspiration for this post on my infatuation with watches. Classy elegant watches.
It all started when my husband and I started dating during our Ernst & Young days back in the late 1990s. Gosh, that sounds like another era altogether, doesn't it?! As a birthday gift, he bought me a plastic strapped Swatch watch. It was sweet of him to get me that watch, even if it was the wrong one he picked out, given that we had been there a week earlier and I was swooning over another. Guys can be so floopy at times. They just don't pay attention! We went back and changed to the one I liked. So unromantic? So fussy? But, I'd rather wear a watch I like. Wouldn't you? This was at City Hall Swatch watch outlet which was next to The Body Shop at that time when we still had Accessorize in Singapore. Sadly, now we don't. I got my Accessorize fix during my visit to Engand recently. I wore that watch for a long time, I still do even when the strap tore and I had to change to a white strap (See picture below). That fact that it still works after 20 years gives a resounding testimony to the quality of Swatch watches doesn't it? It was my husband's first gift to me. I am quite a sentimental romantic person and I have a lot of attachments to stuff, like my first Nokia handphone I have in my cupboard which looks like a walkie talkie with the antenna sticking out. The pregnancy tests I took to confirm my pregnancies [When they saw them recently, my teen girls went 'Ew, Mom you peed on them!" :) ]. Its not unusual or abnormal to be attached to things simply because they bring back memories of the times you had when you first got them or some other memories surrounding that item of value. Just simple nostalgia.
Then, my sister June got me another Swatch watch (what is with me and Swatch watches?) in the early 200Os when my girls were still toddlers. She was wearing this matte gold designed plastic strapped with matte gold designs on the face of the watch itself too. Pretty and understated even though it was matte gold. I complimented it a lot and my sister got my hint and got it for my birthday!(Thank you, di). We would meet weekly at Bayshore Park where she was living because my girls started swimming lessons at that time in the pool there. Come to think of it, that's where I met my artist friend, Sherin. My mom was also living in Bayshore Park at that time and I still remember she walking down that long winding path under swaying huge shady Angsana trees to the pool to come meet us. See, how memories are coming back? Hmmm...I am not sure if I still have that watch though...let me dig around.
Then, while living in Pasir Ris, I fell in love with the rectangle shape of the face of watches and got for myself an inlaid mother of pearl face on a stainless steel metal Guess brand watch. Not very expensive probably only around $200 plus. That watch brings memories of us living in Pasir Ris and hanging out with my girls and my then helper Gloria at McDonald's next to that watch shop. I was still wearing that till last month.
After I returned from America in 2015, I got a pair of watches in Takashimaya shopping centre along Orchard Rd. I needed a gold watch to match my gold accessories or with my Indian sarees. I visit my hairdresser Chezvous at the 5th floor of Takashimaya every few months and inevitably I would end up shopping at the shopping centre on the lower floors below. I have been going to Riz at Chezvous for the longest time since my Ernst & Young days. In between, I frequented NK Hairworks at Parkway Parade but with my hairdresser Winnie aggressively shoving package after package at my face (1 package for haircut, another for hair colour, another for straightening my fringe etc), I grew increasingly reluctant to see her. So, I went back to Chezvous where the hairdressers (Beyonce is my current hairdresser) are polite, patient and no packages have been touted there. Now, I bring along my girls there too. Anyway, these watches by Anne Klein were reasonably priced and sat rather nicely on my thin wrist (See picture below). Not branded watches but they looked alright.
Then, I got a Skagen watch. Skagen watches are super understated but very classy. Not sure how I got that steel mesh strapped watch with white face but again it brings back memories of a birthday lunch I had with my Temasek Primary friends at Thai Express in Parkway Parade. I had requested no birthday gifts please but to contribute whatever amount you can to donate to SPCA - the society against animal creulty. I actually collected over $200 dollars that day. Thank you my dearest friends for your small act of animal kindness. Then during the lunch, a friend S commented that my Skagen watch looked great on me. I thanked her and didn't think twice about her comment but surprisingly whenever I wear that watch now, I still remember that lunch and her comment. I can imagine what's going on in your head - my goodness, Nilo. You are so sentimental to the core!!
My most recent purchase just this year 2017 for our 17th Anniversary, is a simply beautiful Longines watch. I had been eyeing a particular model for quite some time, even before leaving for America in 2014. I remember checking out the Longines watch shop at Changi Airport Terminal 3 just before our departure to America on 25th Feb 2014. But somehow, it didn't get to be worn on my wrist just yet. I forgot about it actually with all that packing and unpacking in Bluebell, Pennsylvania and returning back to Singapore in mid 2015. I had forgotten about it but apparently the universe had remembered and this year my desire materialized. I admit that its my most expensive watch at over $1 K and my only branded watch now. The simple style of Roman numerals on a rectangular silver steel face is worth splurging on. It sits elegantly without screaming for attention. I wore this lovely watch all over London and Paris and just last night at my husband's company dinner. I don't wear my Longines watch often because it is just too precious.
There you have my story of my love affair with watches. I am currently eyeing a black leather strapped round faced Longines watch as well. My love affair continues....
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...