21 January 2015

My Search For A New Watch


For nearly 10 years or so, I have not been wearing a watch. Danny wears one. And I found myself asking him the time way too often. So I decided a watch would be good for my Christmas present. :) :)


Since I'd been out of the game for so long, I didn't realize that SOO many watches these days have just MASSIVE watch faces! I couldn't believe it. It's not my personal style, so I had to look hard to find ones that were smaller.

This grey and rose gold beauty is the one that I ended up getting. It's from an Australian watch company called The Horse. (Thanks to our amazing wedding photographer, Rachel Thurston, for telling me about the company.)  I've been so, so happy with it.

After the jump, see the other watches I was considering. Including the first two GORGEOUS suggestions by designer and Book/Shop owner, Erik Heywood. I thought I'd share in case you're in the market for a watch this year...

The gorgeous "Max Bill Ladies" piece from Junghans, a German watch company. I almost got this one, but decided to go with a more conservative price. To purchase stateside, you can order online from Amazon. $567.


Another "Max Bill Ladies" watch by JunghansSo beautiful for spring. $536 via Amazon.


The ever functional Casio. So tempting, especially at only $23.74 via Amazon.


Two watches by Tsovet. LOVE the boldness! $225.


Timex Original Classic Round. Perfect for fall, especially. $70.

The Swiss watch by Mondaine, patterned after the official Swiss Railways clock. So cool. Danny especially loves this one. $170.65 (via Amazon)


The all gold Kensington watch by Nixon. $175 via Amazon.


The Saxon Swiss made watch by Larsson & Jennings (of Stockholm & London). I love the timeless look. $477.


Satin Gold Watch by Uniform Wares. $610.


Void V03D watch by Swedish designer, David Ericsson. $200 via Amazon.


Rose Gold & Grey Rubber. By Uniform Wares. $610.

See more on my Pinterest watch board

Any favorites? Any favorite watch makers not listed?

-Mara

P.S. I think a watch makes such a special gift for significant others or for something special. When I was age 15, I worked at a wedding center in Arizona (The Wright House) and on my last day before heading to college, the owner held a dinner in my honor and gave me a nice watch. I'll never forget it. 

19 comments:

  1. My vote is Swatch. I know it's not very novel, but I've been wearing one since the 80s! They are waterproof which I need. I used to ride horses and my hands where always wet washing, cleaning water buckets, etc. That's how it started. Now I just expect my watches to be waterproof, so all leather bands are right out me. Swatch watches are sturdy, affordable, long-lasting, reliable and come in so many types, from classic to crazy, that there is almost always something I like. I loved my plain stainless one from 2003 and when I thought I'd lost it I went on eBay and found (and bought!) the exact one again. Then I found the "lost" one. So now I can't imagine I'll have to buy another watch...maybe ever!

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    1. oh! How did I forget Swatch!!! I am so glad you wrote in. I just checked their website and I love so many of them. I'm especially liking several in the Swatch Originals. And you're right, a waterproof watch seems so dang practical. I keep having to take my watch off every time I do the dishes (we don't have a dishwasher down here) and honestly - it's getting kinda ridiculous. My watch ends up sitting on the kitchen counter (it is there now as I write this. :)

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  2. I have a Citizen Eco Drive. I know other brands make solar, but this is the first solar watch I have had (I'd never heard of them before) and I LOVE that I will never ever have to change a battery.

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  3. I have been unsure about whether or not it was right for me to write this comment, but you guys have always encouraged discussion so here it goes.

    I'm a long time reader, almost since the beginning, and when I was at my darkest places in my life, this blog offered me treasures of knowledge and insight. I'll always be thankful for that. I'm missing that. I'm missing the insights Danny and Mara would share that helped me in my struggling marriage, helped me love my siblings and parents, helped me cope with life in general.

    I have nothing against watches and lipstick. Lifestyle and fashion blogs are fun sometimes. But there are so many of them out there, and they usually leave me feeling inadequate, poor and frumpy. My insecurities are not your responsibility at all, but I feel like you have so much more to offer this world. Danny and Mara have something special, I really believe that somehow you have learned something that the rest of us are grasping for.

    There might be a handful of readers who are in the market for a new watch, but who reading your blog DOESN'T need a little help with courage, love or forgiveness?

    I really hope this doesn't sound critical, and I'd never presume to tell you on your blog what to write about. But I thought I'd voice my request for some Danny and Mara of days gone by. And if the evolution of the blog takes you in new directions, I offer my gratitude for your posts of the past, and I for what it's worth, I'm still reading them. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Sorry if the blog doesn't always offer you what you need. I do try everyday to give what I can. You know I don't make a living off of this blog. It has been an act of charity so far. I do wish I could always keep up with the life changing essays day after day, but the truth is they take a lot of time to do. Don't worry - I still have LOADS of them that I want to post - hundreds, actually! :) And I'll do them as I can - hopefully more often than I have been able to lately. But sometimes it's just easier to post about other things that interest me. When I do that, it's because I still consider it something valuable or fun - as if I was sharing something with a girlfriend. I know that I personally LOVE to hear from my friends about the stuff they love, the stuff they are up to. So it's fun to put some of that info. out there from my end as well. But I'll be the first to tell you that watches and lipstick are not the most important things in life. Not at all. :)

      Lately we've been busy working on our retreats. And you may not know that I nearly do this entire blog alone. So know that I do desire to put out as much worthwhile content as I can and I'll continue to do my best. Also, thanks for encouragement. And thanks for loving so many of my posts. It is my dream to get this site designed for once so that those posts can be more accessible and available.

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    2. Jane! I know you and love you, and loved this comment.

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    3. My husband was part of the blogging world when blogs were a new thing. He and a friend in the music industry ran a fairly successful niche blog (3,000-4,000 daily visitors) called The Bluegrass Blog, now Bluegrass Today. Brance had to eventually stop doing it because of the time and energy it required of of him with VERY little monetary compensation. As in he probably would have made more working a minimum wage paying job. Thankfully he also ran a small recording studio at the time, and I also worked, so we weren't dependent on his earnings from his blog.

      Since then, we have only played with blogging... a little family blog for grandparents, devotional blog etc. Recently I decided to revamp our personal blog. I had a transformation of sorts in my late twenties after overcoming some major health issues that led to depression/anxiety and I really wanted to reach out to people who may be struggling the way I did. I have only been at it a couple weeks now and I am exhausted. This kind of blogging really is a labor of love! Thanks for all the hard work and sacrifice you both put into this blog! I look forward to reading the special posts you have planned for the future. I too go back from time-to-time to read those earlier posts :)

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    4. I do agree. Blogs should be a niche. And you had an amazing niche with marriage, love, etc that not many people can write about or give valuable insight. I do hope you return to those posts and your blog may just grow into something you can do full time. But, if not, your readers will still love it. I know those are the ones I love!!

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    5. Lauren, not many know how much work goes into a blog. You really have to have one to know. So I appreciate your comment and recognition that something like this really is a labor of love. All the best to you in your endeavors!!

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    6. Thank you :). It's inspirational. You guys really give a lot of yourselves to help others.

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  4. I don't think blogging is ever "an act of charity." It's either a creative outlet or it's an attempt to make money. If it's the former, then you may feel free to write about whatever you want to, but you cannot expect to grow a readership with sporadic posts and content. If it's former, you need to make writing a priority and consistently post without disappearing. (I'm confused why you have hundreds of posts written, but cannot share them.) It sounds like writing is difficult for you, so perhaps this isn't the medium for your message.

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  5. Difficult or not, much of your writing has been fantastic. Judging by all the comments on so many former posts, I don't think I'm alone in hoping that you will keep going. I feel good about allowing this to be your blog and allowing you to post whatever and whenever you decide.

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    1. Thank you so much for your support!! Some fantastic writing? That made my day, my dear. While writing may not be a major passion specifically - communicating and sharing and having a voice is a passion. And I hope most of my posts at least communicate something worthwhile to someone.

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  6. For what it's worth, I like to have the full-on relationship stuff broken up with other things, be they serious like the Selma discussion or light like the watch shopping. Honestly, all relationship/marriage/divorce all the time is heavy going for me as a reader and I imagine for Mara and Danny as writers. But they don't need me to defend them so I'll stick to my perspective.

    I like a mix. I like lifestyle that's not too over the top (out of reach for most people, ridiculously luxurious, whatever) mixed in with the relationship stuff. That's what life is like: you know someone with particular expertise in a subject, but that is just part of what makes them who they are. They also like to tell you they found a really great watch after not having one for years and years. It reminds me that before Mara was a "love blogger" she was deeply involved in the business of fashion. That is a big part of her life and who she is. I see no reason why that needs to be banished from this blog. They also love music and will occasionally write about that, or movies, or books.

    Honestly, for me, post after post of really deep relationship stuff is a recipe for burnout and makes the blog one-note. All feedback is helpful, I'm sure, and this is mine. I like the mix. Keep at it until you find the balance that works for you. I agree that more consistency in posting is important - don't go missing for weeks and months at a time, or give some warning before hand. But I'm liking the mix!

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    1. I loved your comment so much. And I agree with you! I personally prefer a mixture of posts. A lot of my posts are heavy duty numbers and LONG. So I've always had the intention to break things up here and there with other things of interest that I feel still can add value (i.e. I love natural beauty stuff, I love tips for living in smarter ways, I love healthy living, I love topics pertaining to women, I love traveling, I love reducing waste & chemicals, and yes, I love quick and easy style when I can find it.) I'm always working on maintaining my own balance of that mixture (my desire is to always have more of the super meaningful posts instead of less) - but it's definitely hard to keep up with it at times.

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  7. Since I have bought SO MANY of the various things you have recommended on the course of your blog (THANK YOU -haha) I think I owe it to you to share my recommendation of a watch :) I don't own it ...yet ...but I love many of the Daniel Wellington brand watches for women. And while I'm here I just want to thank you and Danny for your goodness. You guys are simply great. :)

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    1. Your comment made me smile. Glad to hear you have liked some of my recommendations!! :) :) I only share something if I really, really do like it and would recommend it to a friend. And...good call on the DW watches. So, so very nice!!

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  8. Here are my impressions of some of the brands. My choices were subjective, and based on what interested me. I made no attempt to make a marathon of the show and include every maker, as I am simply not built for it, physically or mentally. I tried to focus on second- and even third tier brands. I deliberately avoided "jewelry" watch brands, high end brands, and brands connected with the conglomerates.

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