The reality is, I haven't had many perks. I've been offered plenty of chocolate teapots and electric toothpicks along the way, but I'd never had anything that made me do a toddlersqueal.
So when JORD contacted me asking me to review one of their watches, I'll be honest, I thought it was a joke. It seemed too good to be true...
I'm extremely fussy about watches. The last watch I owned was a Nixon about 10 years ago. But when I looked at the JORD website I had a serious job choosing a watch to review because they're all great.
Here are some of my favourites from the Delmar and Fieldcrest series.
I like these because they're attractively priced and would make a great Christmas gift or Father's Day present without breaking the bank too much. I like the simplicity of the design; they make a big statement with the wooden strap, and the faces still add interest where you'd get people commenting on them. These watches are more about letting the wooden strap do the talking, and there's a lot to be said for that.
But, having agonised over what watch to choose, I fell in love with the Sawyer model, in Zebrawood and Obsidian.
No doubt about it, it's a stunner.
I loved detailing on the strap with 5 lines, and different thicknesses of the links. Also, I'd never heard of this type of wood and let's be honest it looked cool. Very fracking cool, in fact. The obsidian face with all the gold details and the bold JORD lettering. Sexy!
So I eagerly sent back my email to the helpful guy there, trying not to sound too aroused in case he changed his mind.
What I liked about the service - I measured my wrist so they could remove a few links and make it perfect for me, and also I loved the automatic email I got telling me it was on its way. I've ordered a few things from the States before, and it's nice to have reassurance, and tracking to let you know where it is. What I liked about JORD's emails about the delivery was that it made me feel like ordering a wooden watch from them was a memorable event.
When it arrived...
It was presented in a beautiful wooden box, giving it a touch of class. As soon as I opened it, it was instant love, with the watch wrapped around a hessian cushion. All these details made it a unique experience.
It's barely left my wrist since.
- It's sexy! No two ways about it. It's lovely to look at.
- People really stare at it; I notice this happening all the time.
- People don't just stare, they give compliments about it.
- It feels light on my wrist.
- It suits my fashion style.
Wait, my fashion style?
OK that's embarrassing, you'll want me to describe this. My fashion style can be described as pretty relaxed. "Grew up in Cornwall, did a bit of skateboarding once, and when he's at work he works in a digital agency, so wears nice casual shirts or T shirts."
This watch goes with everything.
Example: Barbour jumper covered in toddler snot, battered Vans shoes, skinny Lee jeans.
Thanks very much, JORD. Loving this watch.
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