August of 2007, ten years ago, I started the path to become an architect. My wardrobe back then was very different, much like many people whose preferences mature and change, but mine noticeably went from colorful to ‘black with some gray’. This is one of the accurate stereotypes assigned to the profession of architecture, one that I had hoped to avoid when I first started my education but then came to completely embrace. You see- my transformation began as I came to realize that I could not own anything white or light in color, for if I did, it would inevitably end up with black marks all over it from my drawings and modeling.
And then after some time of just wearing black- and sometimes gray- I came to love the way the color made me immediately look chic and put together, even when I hadn’t slept in days because of work, while allowing for another piece in the outfit to shine as ‘an accent’. So, it has become my staple along with quirky jewelry that ironically look like my architectural designs and musings.
For a long time I had a lot of difficulty finding the right watch, I wanted one that was simple, classic, and wouldn’t take away from the look I was trying to create. Countless times, any watch I would try would immediately ruin an outfit. That is where the Daniel Wellington Classic Black watch came into the picture. Of course I chose the black face with gold accents and a black leather strap. Would you suspect anything else? It is elegant yet understated, timeless yet contemporary. While it doesn’t aim to draw attention to itself, its simplicity calls the eye. Being a minimalist, the clean lines and simple shapes create a perfect sophisticated timepiece.
What makes this watch and company particularly unique is the ability to easily alternate their watch wristband. This aspect really appealed to me since I knew that I could change the strap for another leather or for one of their trademark NATO straps- the Classic Cornwall is another favorite of course – to give the watch a new personality.
It is a quality designer watch without the astronomical price-tag: lightweight, with Japanese quartz movement and water resistant up to 3ATM for £129. The versatility of the piece allows me to pair it with pretty much everything in my wardrobe- it can be dressed up or down, used while precisely putting together an architectural model or while defending a project at a formal review. I can finally keep time in style wherever I go.
And there goes my excuse in the future for being late on a deadline.
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