Watches of today – timepieces, gadgets or a fashion statement?

A watch is one of these things we more than likely all own, at least one.

Its history started in 15th century, the pocket-watch for the men and the wrist watch for the women… this changed though in the early 20th century when wrist watches became the one to have, pushing pocket-watch into a faded background. This was then but what about watches today?

The watch was created as a timepiece; at first it’s main and only job, was to tell time… this is no longer the case in today’s digital world. Today we can buy a watch to suit a variety of needs…

Fashion Watches

Fashion Watches are principally designed with looks in mind. They are used to complete our outfit and are very often treated as jewellery. They can vary from simple, delicate pieces to more rich in colour or decoration – whatever you fancy I bet you can find one on the current market.

Teaching Watches

Teaching Watches are created with our youngest in mind. They are used as a teaching tool to aid time telling skills and feature more information than usually found on a watch. Different colours help kids to learn quicker and make it much easier to understand all the rules of time telling.

Sport Watches

Sport Watches are here to help us achieve our goals. They might have functions like stopwatch, which will help the track runner or they can be water resistant, which might be helpful if you are a swimmer. There are even watches created for a space travel or space walks should you ever find yourself presented with the opportunity 🙂

Gadget Watches

Gadget Watches combine the timepiece abilities with other tools we might need in life. There are watches with a built in multi lingual data bank – how handy that might be at times where you find yourself surrounded by people speaking in a different language.

I think this list could go on being divided into smaller subcategories… the bottom line is: today there is a watch for every need out there… but do we really need it?

With mobile phones, or should I say smart phones, as well as other gadgets being commonly used by most people such as tablets, mobile media devices, even iPods all tell us the time, how many of us still wear a humble watch simply in order to tell the time?

Not many I am guessing, but… we still wear wrist watches, just for different reasons now 🙂  These days we wear it as a statement, for the wow factor, because it was in our family for generations, because it is cool to have a funky watch or simply because it’s a matter of habit! Today the watch is more of an accessory than an essential device to aid our coping with life, therefore it will probably never go out of fashion, and maybe you just need to upgrade it to a different model.

I personally love watches. They are such a great reflection of our personality.

Do you love watches?

Do you still wear it or is it somewhere at the bottom of your drawer?

To get a perspective on the mind boggling array of watch possibilities on offer now a days you could have a look at a website like The Watch Hut! I did and was shocked, amazed and now I’m saving….

* Post written in collaboration with The Watch Hut.
Source of all pictures: The Watch Hut.


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22 responses to “Watches of today – timepieces, gadgets or a fashion statement?

  1. I like fashion watches if any, I have small hands, a slim wrist and need a delicate strap. I love watches but not so much on me.

  2. I love watches but rarely wear them. I would love to have a rose gold watch! Great post!

  3. Watches are something I have never really worn, not that I don’t like them mind the MK rose gold has been on my wish list for a long time x

  4. I sadly like watches what overrun my budget :o) But to wait a while before you can buy it makes it more interesting :o)

  5. I have worn my current watch for over 10 years and love it. It was a gift from my mum

  6. I haven’t worn a watch for 30 years now – I blame mobile phones (and me!)

  7. i love wearing watches, they are both a fashion statement and a time piece gadget!

  8. suzanne3childrenandit

    I know a lot of people who have ditched their watch in favour of using their mobile to tell the time. I don’t think I will ever be able to giving up wearing one, I see it as an accessory more than anything.

  9. The youth of today almost never wear watches – my son asks what the point of them is when you can look at the time on your mobile phone! Personally I wouldn’t be without mine 🙂

  10. I love the Watch Hut, I managed to get my husband a watch for Christmas from there at £70 off the RRP. It was still over £200 so he was very lucky boy! He needed his for business, to look the part. It’s funny what a certain type of watch says about you x

  11. argh there is too much choice for everything in this world!!! I’ve never worn a watch but I’d like my boys to rather than relying on electronics to tell them the time! x

  12. There are some great watches out there aren’t there. I tend to go through phases of watch wearing then not for a while!

  13. I love watches – I really like the second one in your first picture x

  14. My hubby is a big fan of watches and he is also into antiques. I however am not. He bought me a very lovely watch for my birthday last year but to be honest i always forget to put it on!

  15. I always forget to wear my watch. It’s a Storm watch and I love it, but it stays, forgotten, in the drawer most of the time. Poor watch.

  16. Oh gosh I’m missing my watch! It took 40 years to get it but I have a little Tag, currently a broken Tag! It will be 8 weeks before I get it back – with a hefty bill no doubt. Have loved my fashion watches in past but I adore having a timeless classic now 🙂

  17. Anything but timepieces 🙂 Fashion accessories more like.

  18. craftsonsea

    I haven’t worn a watch in years, however I’d love to get one for my son soon as I think they’re a great way to help kids learn about time (and why mummy needs to get out the house soon!!)

  19. I really want an Ice watch but the one I had my heart set on is a mans one!!

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