In the months leading up to my birthday last year, Peter must have asked me the million dollar question a hundred times: “What do you want for your birthday?”
Usually I reply with something like: “Oh I don’t need anything!” (very unhelpful), but instead I hit the review sites and started researching watches.
Watches are a funny thing – they’re so basic and functional, but so personal at the same time. I’d been eyeing off leather-banded watches for a few months, but didn’t want to spend up big on a style that might only last a couple of years, and simultaneously didn’t want to spend too little and get something that wouldn’t last more than a year or two. My research landed me on the Cluse website, and since being gifted this beautiful piece of functional jewellery (thank you to my lovely husband), I’ve been asked numerous times what I think of it – so I thought I’d share.
The general ‘style’ I like can be found in a few places. I love Horse watches (they get extra points for being a home-grown Aussie brand), Rosefield and Brathwait styles, but didn’t want to spend more than about $100. The Cluse watches have unfortunately gone up in price with popularity over the past year (boo), but I have to say that after using it for almost a year, I can see why hype has grown around the brand.
When the watch arrived, I immediately fell in love with the packaging. The watch comes in a beautiful leather pouch with a lace-up leather tie to keep it shut. I’m actually not sure if I was more obsessed with the pouch or the watch when I first opened it! I continue to use the pouch when I travel, or even if I think I might need to take my watch off while I’m out working at a cafe or a co-working space, and it stops my keys rattling around in my bag and scratching the lovely rose gold hardware or glass screen.
I ended up *subtly hinting* to Peter that I liked the rose-gold La Boheme Leather watch, and that’s the one he ended up choosing. He actually ended up purchasing it from overseas (though you can get it in Australia), and it worked out considerably cheaper to purchase it from The Netherlands. One thing to consider when pricing up your purchase is that if you do purchase directly from the Cluse website, you don’t have to pay for shipping.
Functionality wise, the watch works well. It fit perfectly on the second last hole (if you have super skinny wrists you may struggle a bit), and after almost a year, the battery is going strong. It’s easy to change the time with the little knob on the side, and the white face makes it an easy watch to read (do you ‘read’ a watch?!) at a glance.
The hardware has held up MUCH better than expected. I’m quite careful with my jewellery, and try hard not to let things get scratched, but I’m also incredibly clumsy and prone to breaking beautiful things. Surprisingly, I can’t see any scratches on the watch, and I know for a fact that it’s been brushed by brick walls and heavily bumped against the kitchen counter. Not bad!
I feel a bit mean including this in the ‘bad’ section, and I’ll explain why…
Many of the Cluse watches come with leather watch bands, and that’s definitely more my style than a hard band – but as all leather does, it has worn over time. I love a bit of distressed leather, but instead of ‘distressing’, the band has marked very easily. Things like oil marks (I’m guessing just transferred from my skin), creases and general dirt tend to show up very clearly on this band, so it will need to be replaced fairly regularly. The good side of this is that a push button mechanism makes band replacement very easy, and I know they’re designed to be regularly replaced, so I can’t really complain.
New bands can be purchased here if you’re interested.
In the end, I don’t think I could have asked for much more in a watch. I would repurchase from Cluse (I plan to repurchase a band from them shortly!), and would encourage people looking for a new watch to check them out.
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.