First-off, I wanted to give you a heads up that our contest with Jord Watches closes in seven days, so make sure you enter now for your chance to win a $75 voucher to a new watch, and to get a guaranteed $20 voucher for participating! Below is the link to the contest, to the Jord men's and women's watch selections, and to this particular watch, in case you need some motivation.
So, it has now been about a month since I got this watch in the mail, and that means it's finally time to give you guys my last words on it! Make sure you check out my initial impressions in our unboxing article first as the prologue to this if you haven't already, otherwise read on. I've had time now to get this watch out in the field and test it with a few outfits, and below are my impressions on a few key areas I would consider in buying one of these unique timepieces.
What I've realized over the past month of playing with this watch is that it's identity essentially boils down into two key considerations for styling it in outfits: texture and pattern. Texture obviously due to the wood materiality, and pattern as a result of the wood grain and the link configuration. I picked this colourway in particular because the understated face and metal details really allow the wood to do all the work, and the grey neutrals go with all the typical pairings I would associate with this particular aesthetic.
Speaking of aesthetic and pairings, in my mind this watch is best styled into an aesthetic spectrum somewhere between American workwear and hybrid Japanese Yukata/Aizome (indigo-dye denim) style. The American emphasis on craft lends itself to the wood motif, and the Japanese obsessions with texture and pattern create a wide range of style possibilities for how to wear this piece. The light snow outside and the fact that I was just completing a research proposal on the Nakagin Capsule Tower led me to lean towards the Japanese motif, but really you can pull this off with any multitude of complement pieces.
Typically, packaging design is less often something I would expect to see in a fashion product review. Tech companies have the unboxing experience down to an art (Apple for obvious reasons), but less often so is this a defining aspect in any sort of clothing piece in the former half of a three-figure price range. I mentioned this in my unboxing feature, but I have to mention it again: the packaging of this watch is fantastic.
I don't claim to be a watch aficionado, but the wood box this comes in certainly rivals the boxes of the small-sample of $500+ watches I've seen in my life. It's refreshing to see practically usable packaging come to reasonably-priced pieces like this.
My only qualms with this watch came via the link system and clasp parts, which I had to finick with a little bit prior to wearing. The guys at Jord are awesome enough to custom size your watch for you, but the link size is about 1cm which means if you have a disproportionate wrist to hand size like myself you might have issues in it being big enough to make it over your hand yet small enough to fit your wrist. I don't mind adding or removing links myself, but it requires a bit more finesse than just popping pins out (I had to double check with a watchsmith to get links added) so I would recommend ordering yours about 1cm on the big side of your actual wrist size.
I also had an issue with one of the metal clasps not latching initially, which I was able to sort out quickly. I assume this is a rare occurrence, however I would say the metal on the clasp is the one thing I would want improved in the future.
Thank you so much to Jord for giving me a chance to wear and review this awesome watch. In closing I would certainly recommend it to anybody who loves a unique timepiece that accents their own unique style. Once again, make sure you enter our contest in the next 7 days to get your $20 gift card and a chance at winning a $75 gift card! You'll definitely be seeing more of this watch in future articles.
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