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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Daniel Wellington Classic Winchester Lady Watch Review

Since I saw this watch on many fashion bloggers' wrists, I can't help but want to have the same. I admire the design and the classic or vintage vibe it boosts. A couple of months back, I checked on this fabulous website filled with these types of watches, of course where else but at http://www.danielwellington.com/ right? I was hoping to find a lot of variations in style, color, and dial but to my surprise - whoooaalaaaa! It's all the same classic dial and the only thing that changes is the strap. So I thought, hmmm, this must be special - like those classy vintage watches you pass on to the next of your kin huh? LOL. And this must be really pricey ... and as I checked the price, they were indeed costly.
Chai and her Daniel Wellington Classic Winchester Lady Watch

So I kinda lost hope in wanting to have my own Daniel Wellington watch, knowing that I personally couldn't afford it. Well, maybe yes I can but it would cost me a fortune of my month's salary and I had to sacrifice my other "needs" and expenses just to get one for myself. The one I wanted costs $175 (Php7,000) and that's already a piece of my house expenses (I'm the breadwinner in the family - which you can read in my "About" section). So I told myself, blaaaahhh ... fuhgedaboutit!!! But what's this I saw? A little spark of hope! Daniel Wellington was giving away and sponsoring these watches to fashion bloggers with quite a huge population of followers! So then, I grabbed that opportunity and took my chance on this Daniel Wellington sponsorship. And the rest was history ...



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It was March 20 when I was contacted by Anton Wetterlöf from Daniel Wellington asking me to choose my prize now, coming from Vale's Fashion and Cookies DW Watch Giveaway. Oh boy did I just win my luck? Yes! I did! I was so giddy-excited ... this is the first classic and classy watch I'm yet to own! A dream come true! Thanks to Vale of course! (^_^) I'd love her forever for giving me this opportunity! So I immediately chose my favorite style - the Classic Winchester Lady Watch. I chose the one in rose gold dial and of course, the nato strap is in blue and pink combination. A whopping $175 worth of watch! Yay!


It was shipped to me on Mar 23 and arrived a few days later (can't recall the specific date). Got it claimed from customs on April 10. The wait time wasn't that long. I was carefully wrapped in bubble packaging or whatever it's called. Good thing it didn't bear any cost declaration. Otherwise, I would've paid much more at customs for a prize that's supposedly free. Yeah that sucks but that's how our "customs" works lah~


The first thing I noticed is how elegant its packaging is. I dunno whatever it's called but this "box" ain't just a simple box but off fine, leather-like finish. Call it fashion-blogging fail lah~ I really dunno what it's called. LOL. But whatever it is, it's surely protective of its contents. The Daniel Wellington logo sits on the center of the cover, embedded in its classic font face.


Inside, there's a garterized protective sheet holding the watch and a mini-leaflet information about the watch. It tells the bearer about the classic history of "Daniel Wellington" and about the DW watches collection, including the use of nato straps. One thing I expected was information about its warranty since most expensive and classic watches would have it. Maybe, because I'm not a watch-expert, I dunno of the lack of warranty dissatisfies me or not ... it has "limited" warranty since it only states it is subject to the country where the product is purchased.


Nevertheless, I still enjoyed getting this watch. It comes with this tool to help change batteries I guess - which I wouldn't dare do .... I'm scared to ruin it. LOL.I guess I'll have an expert do that instead hehe. One thing I just noticed though is that the dial that went to me had a few minor scratches in front. It's not too noticeable here and on any angle I shot but it seems really obvious - maybe try to enlarge this pic. If I were a watch collector, I'd be really disappointed. But, well, I'm gonna be looking after function so, I just let it be ...


The nato strap was first used by the royal navy divers during World War II. Then, it was made famous by the James Bond movies - Dr. No and Goldfinger when Sir Sean Conneryt combined the nato strap with his Rolex submariner. Ain't that an amazing part of history too? Read more about it at the site's About section. Mine's rather cool! It combines my favorite colors.


I was actually thinking if I should get The Classic York Lady or Classic St Andrews Lady watch as they have genuine leather bands and boasts off more of the classic era, given the band colors too. The other one with a leather band is the Classic Sheffield Lady though that one has a black strap. All three (3) are valued at $199 and the most expensive of all the watches at the Women's section. But then again, my eyes were already caught with love by the Classic Winchester Lady so I settled with it.


This classic timepiece has become a favorite to fashion enthusiasts, classic watch collectors, and bloggers alike. The story of Daniel Wellington has been told in more ways now as the success of this watch brand has been phenomenal worldwide. Coming from its Swedish roots, the brand has become a classy household name for watches - something you'd want to have despite having other brands present.
Link: Natostrap
Colour: Blue/pink
Ringcolour: Rose gold/Silver
Clock-face: Eggshellwhite
Clockwork: Quartz Japan citizen 1L22 movement.
Size(diameter): 36 mm
Hight of casing: 6 mm
Water resistant 3ATM avoid all contact with water
Natostraps are interchangeable.

Their vision to create authentic, modern classics have already transpired. This collection has one model - a slim watch design in eggshell suitedial with stylish case, and interchangeable straps which you can have in different colors. The effect is a sleek, smooth, and easy to wear watch that's good for any occasion.


So what about you? Do you have a Daniel Wellington watch favorite? Which one suits your taste? How would you style it?

PROS:
  • Easy to style vintage watch design
  • Looks classy and elegant with its classic and unique one-model design
  • Fast shipment, with no declared value (as a prize) saving up the bearer for customs
  • Complete set, protective case, stylish packaging
  • Appropriate ladies' size watch dial - not too big that might make it look like a men's watch (which is common to some other classic brands)
  • Slim watch design, perfect for that sleek look
  • Really easy and fair step-by-step mechanics from my blogger friend, Vale who have given me this. Thanks to Fashion and Cookies     
CONS:
  • Slightly scratched front dial
  • Limited warranty at the country where the product was bought (and since mine was given, so there's none?)

Given the opportunity, I would get one of these and give one for my mom, dad, and sis! It's still truly a wonderful watch with a gorgeous outcome! I'm still truly in love with its hehehe~
CHAI'S VERDICT: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4 Stars!!!)
Go start your shopping now! I am yet to have an outfit post with this watch so soon, I'll have one! I'll let you know ... Most immediate snapshots would be on my Instagram account. :)
ONLINE SHOP: http://www.danielwellington.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DWatches
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/danielwellingtonwatches
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/danielwellingtonwatches
Good luck to your watch hunting! If you have a Daniel Wellington watch story to share with me, just let me know!


Chai

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