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I hate to be without a watch and always feel lost if I don't know the time. I'm one of those people that likes planning and having a reliable timepiece is essential. I bought this watch for myself when I was doing some Christmas shopping and have been wearing it constantly since I received it. This watch was produced exclusively for Avon and cost me £15.00. It is no longer available through the Avon catalogue and I couldn't track it down on their website either.
Because there are such a vast number of rip-offs and fake Hello Kitty items, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are buying a genuine authentic piece. The easy way to tell is to check the item you are buying and see if there is a Sanrio mark on it. Sanrio is the company behind Hello Kitty and pals, so if you're looking at the real thing it should have their mark on there somewhere. In this case this is an authentic product and it has a Sanrio 2011 mark on the back of the metal casing, as well as the Avon logo.
As for the basics, this is a quartz watch with a basic dial and hands to show you the time. I prefer a proper clock face with hands, and I hate watches without numbers on as it wastes my time guessing what position the hands are really in. This watch features numbers marking the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions, and there are little diamante crystals in position of the the other numbers so it is still very easy to read the time. There is an hour, minute, and second hand which makes it useful for accurate timing.
I love watches and I love Hello Kitty so this was a match made in heaven! It is a ladies design watch, and I have quite slim wrists so need to wear the strap fastened to the tightest notch. I think this would probably be too large for a young girl to wear, and is better suited for an adult to wear. The whole watch is nicely decorated in a Hello Kitty "angel" theme. I like that the main colours - black for the strap and silver for the watch face and bezel - are neutral and plain so this makes it a versatile piece that I can wear day to day and it blends in with my outfits quite nicely. It doesn't look particularly childish and you can't necessarily tell that it's a Hello Kitty design unless a closer look is taken. The details are lovely, with the traditional Hello Kitty face appearing on the watch face, and there are love hearts and angel wings printed in pink onto the strap. My favourite little extra is that there is a pink bow charm hanging from one side of the watch face, and this adds a cute fun touch. It does have the tendency to become a little annoying though, as the charm jangles around and makes a tinkly noise whenever I move my arm around.
I wear this watch constantly. I keep it on all day round including the night, and only take it off when I am going to coming into contact with water, to protect it from damage. Due to this, the watch has experienced a lot of wear over the past few months. There are various bits of damage and wear & tear occurring although the overall condition is still good. There are a few loose threads fraying from the strap section that holds the excess in position, and I tidied these up by trimming them with a pair of scissors. There are also some parts of the wong and heart design that have started to fade and have rubbed away in a couple of places which is a shame.
As for time keeping, I have had absolutely no problems with it at all. It keeps time perfectly, and as this is the purpose of wearing a watch, it does its job well. You can adjust the watch forwards or backwards by releasing the small pin on the side of the face, and winding it to the desired time, which happens during the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time. This is effective and the pin stays in place securely in the meantime, it would be impossible to accidentally change the time without intending to and purposely pulling the pin out.
Overall, I think this is a great little watch which has a lovely design that pays attention to detail. I like that it is a little more grown up than the kids range Hello Kitty accessories, and the smart silver and black colouring makes it easily wearable. It comes in a smart but plain gift box so this would make a nice little present for a Hello Kitty fan, and I'm pleased that I bought this for myself as it always gives me a little smile when I look to check the time. A lovely watch with a cute Hello Kitty design.