“ Brand: Swatch / Watch for: Women „
I've been a fan of Swatch for many years now, ever since I first discovered their quirky watches whilst on holiday in Germany. For those that don't know, Swatch is a popular Swiss company which specialises in making quirky and unusual watches. Many styles are fairly limited in their editions, although they do have more mainstream watches which seem to hang around longer (or maybe that's just my imagination!). They aren't for those who love big, expensive, metal-based watches, but they are very fun and unusual.
Because of the name and the quirky designs, you can expect to pay more than a typical watch from, say, Argos. This particular watch costs around the £50 mark, and can be bought easily enough from Amazon.
My friend bought this watch and showed it off to me, and I just had to get one because the design was so colourful. I hadn't worn a watch in several years, but Swatches are always comfortable (even the fully plastic ones) and this was no exception. I have to say that it does have a bit of a tricky clasp though, and because it's on the small side, you will more than likely need help putting it on - it's a fiddly little thing!
I've found Swatches are always reliable when it comes to keeping time, although I can't comment on how fiddly the battery is to change as I've yet to change it. It has a very simple, traditional clock face with short coloured lines (rather than numbers) to mark the time, and two silver hands which can be adjusted via the knob on the side.
What's most striking about the Swatch Filamento Multicolore is the strap, which is made up of several coloured plastic strands in aqua, lilac, black, brown, orange, yellow and reddy pink (from left to right). I've not experienced any problems catching them on anything as the watch fits fairly tightly on my wrist; however they may be something of a problem around young children who may be compelled to pull them!
I have heard stories about the plastic straps coming loose and breaking off, but I'm yet to experience that; probably because I don't wear it too frequently. I can see it happening though, and to be honest I don't have a great track record with Swatches lasting in the past - there always seems to be something that goes wrong with the design or the strap!
Because of this, I would recommend this watch only for casual, fairly infrequent use unless you're happy to shell out on a new watch soon after buying this one. Unfortunately I'm going to have to give it 3 stars overall, it is already showing some signs of wear and the durability could be better for £50. If you have lots of watches and like to wear them interchangeably, then don't be put off because it looks lovely and is a good timekeeper.