Forget Apple’s iWatch, the real fashion lies in the resurgence of the classic and everlasting pocket watch. Dig out your grandfather’spre owned watchesbecause the new trend is not with the technology, it’s looking to the past to add the element of style instead.
The pre-wristwatch timepiece holds a distinguished history dating back at least four centuries, but the accessory to many an outfit is making a strong comeback, according to trend spotters and jewellery industry analysts.
You can include celebrities and fashion icons such asJohnny Deppand Justin Timberlake to the list of people who are donning pocket watches, which surely indicts the significance and strength of these fashion reports.
There may well be an iWatch on a wrist near you but among the fashionable set, the hottest timepieces are the ones your grandfather owned.
For a while people were swaying towards mobile phones and computer screens instead of watches to inform them of the time, but this is thankfully now not so much the case. While people still do use these options for information, luxury names successfully marketing watches as design showpieces are causing sales to start climbing.
Another key factor to the pocket watch resurgence is the retro-hipster chic. The embracing and appreciation of all things vintage has allowed the pocket watch to become a natural extension of that trend. Plus, pocket watches also play into the steampunk movement, a Victorian-minded retro sensibility that’s also gaining ground (See our article onSue Beatrice).
There’s a certain irony in that today’s owners of pocket watches may be fascinated with all the inner workings ofantique pocket watches, but they’re not always so concerned with the watch’s essential function- seeing it as more of a fashion statement than anything else.