When I told hubby I was getting a new watch, he was really surprised. It’s true that I haven’t worn a watch for quite a few years now. It’s not because I don’t like watches, it was more for practical reasons. When you have a baby, wearing nice, expensive accessories is not really the best idea, unless you don’t mind them being ruined. So when we had our son, I really stopped wearing any type of accessory.
But now, I finally feel as though I can start wearing pretty things again! A gorgeous pair of earrings, a jangly bangle, a sparkly necklace. And now, my watch.
Welly Merck watches
Aaah, my new watch. It’s by Welly Merck, a young kickstarter-funded company which was founded in 2015 by Welly and Merck. Designs are modern, simple and stylish.
When Welly Merck got in touch asking if I’d like to collaborate, I did my research. I promised myself when I started this blog that I would only collaborate with quality brands that offer products and services our readers will genuinely be interested in.
Regardless of which design you choose, all Welly Merck watches have a Swiss Quartz movement and a sapphire crystal face. Now I’m no watch aficionado but I do know that both of these are considered high-end specifications in the watch-making world.
Swiss Quartz movement
A Swiss Quartz movement means that the movement that drives the hands on the watch face has been manufactured to comply with strict Swiss standards. Switzerland, of course, sets the standard for all watchmakers. Time-keeping of Welly Merck watches should, therefore be extremely accurate and reliable, and require minimal maintenance.
Sapphire crystal face
Sapphire crystal is used by high-end watchmakers for the watch face as it is strong and the least likely to scratch or shatter. I am terrified of scratching my new watch, and I’m a bit clumsy and heavy-handed, so I’m really pleased that Welly Merck uses sapphire crystal for the face. Hopefully it will look perfect for years to come.
Let’s talk about looks
Okay, so now we know the technical side is top notch. But a watch also has to look good, right? Hubby has an Apple Watch but I just don’t need to carry around that amount of gadgetry on my wrist. My iPhone is plenty thank you!
Now I am not a fancy person. I tend to like simple and minimalist things, so I do find the Welly Merck style appealing.
There is plenty of choice on the website, so you should be able to find a watch that suits your individual style. You can choose a big or a small face, a leather or mesh strap, whatever floats your boat.
When I found the Pioneer New York in rose gold, I knew it was The One. I love rose gold. I’m not sure I’ll ever fall out of love with rose gold. It’s just my absolute favourite. For everything.
The newly launched Pioneer New York in rose gold
The watch arrived quickly after placing my order, and was beautifully packaged. The colour of the box is a little Tiffany-esque.
I actually received my Pioneer New York right when it launched, so it is Welly Merck’s newest design (correct at time of press).
It has a simple white face with second hand, and a rose gold mesh strap which is adjustable to your size – there is no need to remove any links. I have to admit that putting the watch on and sizing it to your wrist is a little tricky to get the hang of at first but after a few goes, it’s easy.
Perfect for every day wear
I absolutely love how the watch looks on. I chose the 36mm watch face which is the perfect size for me. And I’m very impressed with the quality and finish of the watch.
The simple design means I’m happy wearing it as an every day watch, but the rose gold colour means I can also dress it up for (rare!) evenings out. The straps are interchangeable too, so you can switch it up if you like.
The Welly Merck team are efficient and friendly to deal with, and always respond promptly. There is free worldwide shipping and your watch arrives within 3-5 working days.
The Pioneer New York 36mm costs $199 (around £150). There are cheaper styles available – the Pioneer New York is the most expensive women’s style.
If, like me, you’ve gone for years without wearing a watch, it might be time to consider getting one. It would also make a fab gift for someone special.
Aside from the fact that it’s very handy to know the time without having to go digging around in your bag for your phone, a gorgeous watch really is a must-have accessory. A watch is a statement piece, and an important finishing touch to your outfit which can enhance your overall look. Plus, you may actually be on time for stuff!
A gift for you – 15% off your very own Welly Merck watch
I have a special gift for you! If you’d like your very own Welly Merck watch, or you know someone who would love one as a gift, please use my code ‘WNatalie15’ and you’ll receive 15% off your order. Whoop! It doesn’t have to be the same as the one I chose, you can use the code on any style, women’s or men’s. You can check out all the gorgeous watches available on the Welly Merck website. Have fun choosing your favourite, and happy shopping!
Disclaimer: In collaboration with Welly Merck. If you decide to purchase a Welly Merck watch using our code, Mums Off Duty will receive a small commission, which goes towards the costs of running this blog. Thank you for your support x