Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
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Snazzy and very a la mode but doesn't always tell me the right time!
Breo Sport Roam
Member Name: col81
Breo Sport Roam
Advantages: Looks cool, comes in a range of colours and three different sizes.
Disadvantages: Doesn't tell the time accurately, is cheaply made, does it really improve your well-being?
It wasn't until I returned from honeymoon that I decided to have a look on Breo's website to investigate the watches further and make a purchase. I was surprised to see quite a wide range of funky watches in an array of bright colours and styles and I opted for the Roam watch, as shown above, but in a lovely purple colour. The price was still £9.99 which I found was excellent for something that all the celebs have and the watch arrived in a timely fashion (ha!). When I opened the plastic packaging, I was taken aback at how cheaply made the watch was. I think because all the celebs seem to have one of these, I had expected much greater things from the watch but I was presented with a rubbery band and a small rectangular digital clock which was glued into the band with some rather unsightly lumps of glue which I had to pull off to stop it looking awful! The wrist band is made from tourmaline which is a naturally occurring mineral which apparently can aid sleep, increase concentration and improve your mood! I must say I noticed none of these and really felt that the band was just made of rubber but I'm not an expert on tourmaline to know what it feels like!
The watches come in 3 sizes: small 16 cm, medium 17cm and large 18cm. I went for the 16cm small as I have slim wrists and it was perfect. Needed to stretch the band a little to get it over my hand but it didn't feel like it would snap at all. Perhaps after a very long time the band will become brittle as some rubbers can (maybe tourmaline doesn't do this, I don't know!) and snap but after 7 months, it still feels the same as when I got it. The best feature about the band is the flattened off surface which sits underneath your wrist. This allows you to comfortably rest your wrist when writing for example, without having the slight bulk of the watch inbetween the writing surface and your wrist. I know the 'rule' is to wear your watch on the opposite hand to that with which you write but hey, I'm a rebel!
The watch face is digital and has the hour at the top of the screen and the minutes underneath with the word 'breo' inbetween. This can be set to flash per second or remain constant. On the reverse of the watch face are two little buttons which are used to set the date and time and to toggle between viewing the date and the time. I never quite figured out which button did what but it was easy to set the date and time on the watch using a ball point pen or some other such implement to poke the buttons with.
I no longer wear my Breo watch for the simple reason that it kept on skipping forward by a few hours at a time, leaving me befuddled as to what time it actually was! It seemed to happen whenever I was removing a coat or something with sleeves which pulled at the watch on removal. This seemed to somehow push the buttons which changed the hour on the watch even though I could only change the time myself with the aid of a poking thing! It became too frequent an occurance so I could no longer rely on the time keeping skills of the Breo Roam. It is now in a drawer, set at the wrong time.
To conclude, this watch is cheaply made, cheap to buy (I reckon at £9.99 it's fairly cheap), looks cool, is waterproof in the pool, comes in a wide array of BRIGHT colours but falls down in its one true aim - to tell the time accurately!
Summary: An affordable celeb endorsed watch, just make sure you're wearing another one to check the time!
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