Product Type: Breo Sport Chronograph
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Breo Sports Watch
Author Name: superness11
Breo Sports Watch
Advantages: look good
Disadvantages: can't tell the time
I got my Breo watch for Christmas and my family also bought my boyfriend one. I know it's a little bit dull having matching watches but we both just loved the design. I was bought a hot pink one and Kevin was bought a blue one. Slightly stereotypical, right? Nevertheless we were thrilled with our gifts and thought that they would be the perfect complement to our active life style.
In 2008 The Breo roam was awarded the Good Design award. Breo claim that the sports roam is designed to the highest engineering standards and is a statement of design and quality. Unfortunately for us the Breos did not live up to their promises and we were bitterly disappointed with the poor quality.
*Price and availability*
The cheapest I have seen the roam watch for is £5.00 from play.com with free delivery but the watch is widely available in shops and online. It is cheap but if you carry on reading you'll see why I think this is a waste of money. There are many 'roam' style watches around and I think even Primark had one of similar style for around £3.00.
The watch comes in three sizes; 16, 17 and 18cm sizes, aimed for children, women and men. I have quite slim wrists and the 17 cm is a little too big, I could probably wear the children's size better; there a little clasp to fasten it so I would not have to squeeze my wrist through the gap. I didn't need to open the clasp for mine and can just slip my wrist in and out. My boyfriend has the 18 cm design. The watches come in 25 different bold and exciting colours and add a little bit of flair to your wrists. The watch face is a very small LCD screen about 10mm x 7mm and set in stretchy silicone band. The whole watch only weighs 9.1 grams so it is perfect for wearing while playing sport or working. The watch is also water resistant for up to ten meters making it extremely versatile.
In order to change the date or time there are two very small buttons on the side: 'a' and 'm,' these need pushing in order to set it. The instructions that come with the watch are very helpful but I still struggled! It requires a really sharp pencil or needle to push the button in. This is just an unfortunate consequence of having such a small watch and the designers wanting the watch more streamlined looking; like a bangle.
It does take some pressing and the buttons are quite stiff and don't want to be compressed. The movement behind the watch is quartz and you can also set the day and month as an option to view on the screen instead on the time. However flicking from the two involves the use of those very small buttons on the side. You can also just have the screen showing it counting down the seconds if you press the side button again.
The Roam watch is made with a material called Tourmaline. Tourmaline is a natural mineral and is believed to be linked to beneficial health effects such as increased concentration, natural detoxification of the body, improved sleep, relaxation and meditation, improved vitality and mood. Wow all this from a funky watch? I have not found the watch has helped much with relaxation or mood because the damn thing cannot keep the right time. How can I be relaxed when all of a sudden the watch sets its self back to 12:00!
My Breo looked fantastic and after overcoming the obstacles of setting the time; I found the watch really comfortable to wear. It was nice having a loose fitting, light watch that looked really stylish. However after a few days of wearing it, it started re-setting itself and the time kept reverting back to 12:00. I got so frustrated with it constantly not working and having to set the time again that I decided to take it back. My second watch lasted me two months before I have given up on it. I looked at my watch one day and thought I was 10 minutes late for work. On checking the time on my phone I realised my watch was fast and so set it back to the right time.
A week later I found that it had moved too quickly again and was about 3 minutes fast. Unhappy that my second watch was playing up I asked the retailer why this had happened and apparently this can happen if the watch gets too hot. Bear in mind that I only wear the watch in the UK, have normal body temperature and always take it off for showering, despite it being water resistant; I couldn't understand how I was making it too hot! I asked for a refund and ended up with a store voucher which was better than having a broken watch!
My boyfriends watch experienced none of the mechanical faults mine did but after a couple of months the band snapped when he was rock climbing. Whether this was a design fault or he had got it snagged I do not know; but I do know that he won't be replacing it.
They are cheap, cool looking watches. But what is the point of a watch that can't tell the time! We were both disappointed with our watches. They are really poor quality and badly made and even though they are fairly cheap they are a complete waste of money. I would not recommend this product at all.
Summary: don't waste your money!