01 February 2013

Daniel Wellington Classic York Watch: Review

I don’t do watches. At least, I didn’t do watches until the moment I clapped eyes on this. Meet the Classic York, by Daniel Wellington. And classic is exactly the right word. It’s elegant, relaxed and timeless, which seem to be the hallmarks of this Scandinavian brand. It’s also extremely well crafted: the details, from the stitching to the DW imprint on the reverse of the strap, are perfectly executed. It feels expensive, when it’s not really - or not very – though I was exceptionally lucky to be sent mine by the brand. 

But honestly - how could you not love this watch? The dark leather strap works for every occasion, while the rose gold face keeps it modern and fresh. The simplicity of the style makes it perfect for layering – here I’ve styled it with some rose gold bracelets from Cos (whose jewellery is surprisingly well priced), and a slightly freaky evil-eye bracelet from eBay.
The brand’s offering centres around one timeless watch face – 40 mm wide for men, 36mm for women–complemented by a range of interchangeable straps. Depending on your mood, it’s possible to entirely change the look and feel of the piece.  As well as their leather line, you can make like James Bond and choose from a range of canvas Nato straps –  the stripey ones, originally used by the navy. Teamed with the traditional watch face, these give a stylish, fresh and preppy look that’s perfect for spring and summer.

Daniel Wellington watches range from $175 (or from $35 for the strap alone). They’re available online at danielwellington.com but, if you’d like to get your hands on one for free, make sure you keep an eye on the site next week. That’s all I’m sayin’ for now!

What do you make of the Daniel Wellington style?
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