I had been seeking a new watch for a while, after returning one that was impractical for my lifestyle (white leather is so pretty, but too easy for me to get dirty). Here are the general aesthetics I was looking for while shopping:
- Rose gold case
- Minimal white face
- Neutral leather strap
Enter Fossil's Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Light Brown Leather Watch.
STATS (from the Fossil website):
- Case Size: 36mm
- Case Thickness: 8mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Movement Type: Quartz
- Closure: Strap Buckle
- Circumference: 190 +/- 5mm
- Strap Width: 14mm
- Strap Material: Leather
- Water Resistant: 3 ATM
I haven't worn a Fossil watch since middle school, but I ended up walking out with this after a visit to the Fossil store. I don't think it would have stood out to me online - it is definitely more stunning in real life. The details of this design give it a nearly symmetrical look. The case is Fossil's popular Jacqueline style, which usually has roman numerals; however, the numbers on this one are taken from their Vintage Muse style.
First Impressions - From a Designer's Perspective
A lot of watches use typefaces that are too distracting for my taste, so I appreciated these thin numbers. They're also slightly raised, which adds a bit of depth and interest. The flat dash marks stay out of the way of the face design, and the raised dots that correspond to each hour are delicate little rose gold studs.
I really like that the date is in a circle near the 6. This element is also taken from the original Jacqueline style. It is a little small, but overall, I think this concept is a refreshing change from the usual square near the 3.
I do feel that the hands could fit in with the rest of the face more, but I appreciate that they glow in the dark. The second hand is a peach color, which I think complements the rose gold. The ticking is very quiet - I didn't even notice it until I held it up to my ear.
I like the look of an oversized case, which sometimes comes with a lot of weight. I enjoy that this watch has a tapered side profile to reduce bulk. The bezel is sleek, and the crown stays out of the way of the overall design.
I don't dig the narrow tapered strap, but the tapering is much less noticeable once worn. The underside is quite pretty on its own, and I would totally rock it as a bracelet.
The watch band is sort of an ecru, light beige color, with a 14mm wide quick release leather, and a rose gold buckle. I really want a cognac band, which sounds basic, but this option doesn't seem to be readily available. I'll be trying some non-Fossil replacements in the future and will update on how they work out.
The band itself runs on the larger side. I have smaller wrists, and the tail of the strap is visible when I view it top-down. This doesn't bother me, but since I am using the smallest/second smallest hole, I do worry whether the strap will stretch over time.
In terms of comfort, I am not sure yet. I've had to take it off after extended wear, but I think that it's something I can get used to wearing.
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Here is the Jacqueline next to some other pretties to consider:
1. Fossil - Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Light Brown Leather Watch. Get it here.
2. MVMT - Women's Rose Gold/Peach Leather. Get it here.
3. Daniel Wellington - Classic St Mawes Rose Gold. Get it here.
4. Nixon - The Kensington, Brown/RoseGold/White. Get it here.
5. Skagen - Anita White Dial Brown Leather Ladies Watch. Get it here.
6. Arvo - Rose Gold Case With White Face. Get it here.
Hopefully this inspires someone with a similar style and budget!
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EDIT: 8/31/2016 - 3 Months Later
Here's a photo of the watch glowing in the dark! I still love it, and I've even bought some new straps for it. Accessorize those accessories!