Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling strapped for cash all you want to do is go shopping? Apparently you are not alone. In the UK the economy has been in trouble since 2008, with many thousands of people losing their jobs and even their homes. Yet sales of luxury items such as women’s watches have not suffered: there are still plenty of people who are going out there and buying enough of these to keep this particular area of the retail industry afloat.
The fact that sales of luxury women’s watches are so high is perhaps even more surprising when you consider that most people now carry mobile phones and often use them to check the time. But think about the last time you saw someone wearing a really nice watch: you probably had a good look and either said something complementary about it (if it was a friend) or thought it (if it was a stranger with whom you did not fancy starting a conversation).
Watch-making technology has never been better and a luxury watch will last you a lifetime and always tell the correct time with minimal maintenance. And the range of styles is staggering: from delicate gold watches with intricate designs to chunky watches that look similar in style to men’s watches, to watches that look like silver bracelets with a watch face added (Links of London, for instance, has several Sweetie dial watches that look like silver bracelets with various different colour faces available to choose from).
Watches may be so popular because they are worn so much, during the day and during evenings out. During the day around the office they are a visible, yet subtle, display of wealth and look very professional. During the evening, a beautiful dress watch can really make the most of any evening attire.
Women’s watches are widely available but luxury watches (that will cost considerably more than others) are best bought from reputable jewellers that not only know what they are selling but can prove their products’ authenticity. There could be nothing worse than taking your much-prized luxury watch to a local jeweller to have it repaired and to be told that you have paid a hundred times or more what it is really worth.
Links of London sells several really beautiful timepieces that will not only tell the time accurately but will also look amazing on your wrist. Ask for advice about what material would suit you best (this may depend on where you work, or how old you are, or your skin tone) and take on board their advice since they are very experienced in selecting watches for their customers.
Watches are a really good investment, too, and a designer watch can hold and indeed increase its value over time. People often pass their watches down to their children or grandchildren. Opt for a classic design that you will still want to be seen wearing in ten or twenty years’ time and make sure you get a good fit so that your watch will always sit comfortably on your wrist and not risk damage from day-to-day use. If your watch is particularly valuable don’t forget to check that it would be covered through your home insurance if it were lost or stolen.
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This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).