I’m pretty much convinced that the photos I take using the Instagram app on my iPhone are, like, high art, so I was stoked to learn about Instawatch, from accessories brand May28th, which turns your Instagram snaps into a watch face. After choosing your photo (you can also upload any non-Instagram photo you want) and selecting a band color, ordering your new wristwatch is just a couple more clicks away. The worst part of making my first Instawatch was choosing which photo to feature — again, my Instagram photos are just amazing – but I eventually settled on this Southern California sunset photo. The brilliant, dusky colors (caused my all that smog) and the palm tree silhouettes will remind me of where I grew up whenever I check the time. Rad. [$44, Instawatch.me]
I’ve been looking for a chunky, menswear-inspired watch for awhile now, and this one, with a black tuxedo stripe and ring of rhinestones, might be The One. I’ll wear it with a slouchy black V-neck sweater and jeans, and be fashionably on time everywhere I go. [$22, Nordstrom]
When it comes to watches, my priority is not being on time — in fact, I’ve worn my fair share of broken vintage versions just for the look of them. I can’t be alone, right? (Or am I?) Regardless, I covet the hell out of gorgeous, brutally priced timepieces (whether they’re functioning or not). Rolex? Bulgari? Sign me up. Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of budget that allows for $30,000 watches. That diamond and sapphire-studded leopard-face Cartier? I can’t have it, even though I want it. Luckily, there’s a world of watches out there, and there are tons that look believably rich, without the rich price tag. Check out my 10 picks for sweet watches at prices that won’t make your heart stop ticking.
The cool minty color of this watch totally reminds me of the “Daiquiri Ice” flavor at Baskin Robbins, which I ordered by accident one time as a child and then started hyperventilating because I was so scared it was going to get me drunk and then I’d get arrested and never be able to become a successful paleontologist (please don’t question my childhood logic). Anyway, now that I’m an adult, I’d like to wear this watch while drinking a real daiquiri and wondering whatever happened to that whole paleontology career path. [$58, Anthropologie]
I am not a frequent watch wearer, but for the last five years or so, I have been lusting after Hermes’ Cape Cod watch with the double-wrap band. I keep waiting for the perfect special occasion to splurge on such an expensive timepiece, but it just hasn’t arrived yet. In the meantime, what’s to stop me from embracing the double-wrap trend at a far cheaper price point? Nothing! So imagine my enthusiasm upon discovering that Swatch — yes, Swatch — has a line of double-wrap watches just for the ladies? Priced at a mere $50, I think I’ll get one in the blue-green “Arctic Sea” color and one in “Honey Melon.”
It’s quite easy to get into a watch rut. Most people aren’t expected to have seven timepieces for seven days. But why not have as much fun with your watch as you do with other jewelry and accessories? The Liz Claiborne Slim Black Watch is a mod take on a classic silhouette. Whimsical lettering livens up the timepiece, which would look fun peeking out from your blazer sleeve or would look chic with a plain T-shirt. It’s time to switch up your everyday look!