Monday, December 5, 2011
The cult Michael Kors watch
Compiling your Christmas wish list? Add an oversized men's watch to it (if you haven't got one already).
'A great watch can update any outfit and be sporty, luxurious and utilitarian all at the same time,' say Michael Kors, the American designer who does a timepiece very well. Take my word for it. His rose-gold ladies chronograph watch is the best and most constant accessory I wear each day. It just completes every – and any – outfit effortlessly.
Ella Gregory of Coco's Tea Party, who has the same watch in gold, agrees. 'It goes with everything and pulls the most simple/boring outfits together. It's always the first thing people compliment me on,' she says. 'It doesn't even bother me that it's become such a trend piece. Because it's not overly bling-y it feels like it will last a long time.'
That's the appeal of the oversized men's watch: it's become a classic. And, what makes Michael Kors the go-to brand is the fact his watches are well made and affordable, yet look luxurious and expensive.
It's partly down to the metals. I spent ages in Time² watches trying on designs in gold, rose-gold and silver (the shop assistants were ever so helpful – and patient!). In the end, I think my decision was secretly influenced by David Beckham, who bought wife Victoria a rose-gold Daytona Rolex for her 36th birthday last year (which, in turn, inspired the gorgeous Brian Atwood rose-gold platform pumps she used in her s/s 2011 collection).
So there you have it, my Michael Kors watch is the bargainista version of Posh's Rolex! Sure, £199 may not sound cheap, but this isn't a piece of throwaway fashion we're talking about here. On style and quality alone, it's great value for money – even more so given it looks far more expensive than it is. And, as it's something I'll wear for years to come, the cost per wear argument is easily won.
Which Michael Kors watch would you choose? Gold, rose-gold or silver? Let me know.