I admit, I was not a watch wearer before testing watches for Geargals. Now, thanks to a parade of PR samples, I have to wear a watch or I end up looking at my naked wrist as if it has something to tell me. Most of the watches I get to review are the techy kind, the size of soft drink cans with so many features I’m left cross-eyed. All of my watch reviews start with some disclaimer about how non-techy I am, so I was stoked to open the Wenger package to find this dainty little tells-time-only beauty. This time I can review ALL of the features, I thought to myself. Naturally, I haven’t figured out how to change the date on the watch yet (okay, so I haven’t even tried), so in my world it’s the 24th today.
Wenger stuff pretty much oozes quality, so it’s not surprising that the Standard Issue is a sleek, sexy, time-tellin’ machine with some serious impact resistance. I ran over it with my car, shot it with a .22, and gave it to my dog as a chew toy, and it still came out telling time like crazy. Okay, so we all know I didn’t do any of those things, but the watch is built for military use (Swiss Army – hello) and I’ve no doubt that it can take abuse. Maybe not being run over by a car, but I bet if it really did get sent through my dog’s digestive tract, it would come out ticking.
I have found myself wearing this watch a lot, mostly because it’s comfortable, unobtrusive, and gorgeous. I do like my beauty simple, and here is the epitome of simple watch beauty. No gaudy numbers on the face, no sparkly things, nothing to detract from its simple elegance. I don’t think I ever would have purposefully chosen a white-banded watch, but I have to say it really goes with everything and is very flattering, especially with my golden Alaskan tan. No, really! I got this tan in Alaska, really, I did. We had an epically hot summer and I actually got a real Alaskan tan. And I swear I will keep it, no matter the cost in airline tickets to Mexico, because I have this fabulously beautiful white watch to tell the time AND complement my tan.