“ Brand: Past Times „
Last Christmas I asked my partner to get me a vintage style watch, which I would pick out. We looked everywhere in jewellers, high street shops and online and I just couldn't find anything like the type of watch that I had in my head. Then seeing a Past Times shop closing down went in to have a look around and there saw the watch I had been after, the Victorian Lacework Marcasite Watch.
The watch comes in a cute little Past Times box, with a cushioned pad that the watch sits around and a magnetic lift panel so that you can view the watch inside.
The watch is made out of some kind of metal - nothing expensive like silver or gold - more like sterling silver with a tarnished silver/black tone as the overall colour. The watch as the name suggests is styled on the Victorian jewellery era and this watch has a 'lacework' design. This was exactly the type of style that I had been looking for; I really wanted a light and delicate watch with a filigree style to it. The dark gemstones set all over the strap and watch face are marcasite, which is made from pyrite and a lovely dark sparkle to them.
The strap of the watch is a patchwork of laced pieces of metal that make up a lovely detailed pattern to the strap. There are little hollow hearts and crown like pieces that make up the lattice work and these are all individually attached to one another which makes the strap flexible against you wrist rather than a solid timepiece.
There are two changeable links to the watch that can be taken off or left on depending on your wrist size. I don't know where they got their wrist dimensions from, but you'd have the have tree trunks for arms for it to fit snugly! Even with both of the links taken out the watch strap measures 18cm which is very baggy on my wrist, however I quite like it being loose fitting as it does look much like a bracelet and its delicate frame looks nice loose against the wrist.
The watch face is framed by a fancy antique clock style surround. The dial is made of mother of pearl and has a lovely sheen to it, with Roman numeral numbers and delicate little silver coloured hour, minute and second hands.
The watch feels quite light and you can tell it is not an antique heirloom, but I think it looks stylish and beautiful on my wrist and I am so happy that I found it. This costs £40 from some Past Times shops (if there are any left?) and is also available online.