This poll may ruffle a few feathers, but I saw a couple of women at lunch today wearing anklets and it made me wonder…
I used to be really into watches. I suspect that along with the rise of the BlackBerry, and other smartphones, my watch ‘thing’ kinda fell by the wayside. In spite of my waning purchases and use of watches, I still appreciate nice watch design. A couple of months ago, I spotted a Steinhausen watch. If you’re not familiar with Steinhausen, the company makes the watches you usually find in auto and mens’ magazines. The adds usually tout a ridiculous high suggested retail price (I’m normally thinking, “Who the hell would pay $750 for this watch”). That high price is then given the obligatory bold, diagonal, red slash treatment, with a new low-low, special offer price of $69. Now you’re thinking, “This watch must be P.O.S. if it can be marked down nearly $700.” Ok, I digress.
Instead of spotting the watch near the back of Automobile, between ads for Enzyte and rubber floor mats, I saw a deal pop up on 1SalelaDay.com (think of it as Big Lots meets the web). In spite of all the eye-rolling about the price cuts, this particular watch, called the Impulse, intrigued me..
I found the design of the watch interesting, and for the ridiculously low price of $19.99 (a far cry from the $250 MSRP), I decided to order one. About 10 days, or so, after placing the order, a little box containing the Impulse landed on my porch. I was quite excited to give the Impulse a test run.
Putting aside how weird it felt to put on a watch after years of not wearing one, I noticed something with the design of the watch face that presented what would turn out to be an irreconcilable problem. Take a look at the image posted above. Can you tell the time? Of course, it’s about 7:03. Now…take a look at the picture below and tell me if you can easily detect the time.
Ummm. Let me see. It’s about… __:42?
Exactly! For some reason, Steinhausen decided to advance the numbers for the hours rather dramatically after half past. The hour between about __:35 and __:50 is pretty much anyone’s guess. Of course, we all have a general sense of what time it might be throughout the day, bu not so much so that I always know. In my book, a watch shouldn’t make you work to figure out the one thing it’s made for — to display time. Of course, the folks that designed this watch have a completely different view of their product. Check out the description of the watch on Steinhausen’s website.
“Our unique rotary movement Impulse Quartz watch is unlike anything we’ve issued before. The hour and minute are easily readable. There’s no guessing the time from moving hands or roman numerals. It’s almost like a digital watch only 1,000 times cooler!”
Steinhausen needs to stop it! Right now!
Funnily enough, aside from the whole telling time thing, the watch is actually pretty nice. The build is solid, the bright red pops off of the deep black — both on the face and strap. The strap seems pretty durable. Nevertheless, I still don’t want it.
It would be a shame to just let this watch sit in a drawer next. Of course, I could donate it, but I thought that it would be fun to give this watch away. Maybe you have a better sense of the individual hours of the day; or you just aren’t as put off by the 15–20 minutes of mystery each hour. Whatever the reason…who doesn’t like a freebie contest?
If you’d like to win this watch, here’s what you need to do.
The first person to have his/her name appear six, unique, times is the winner. It’s that easy!
I will mail the watch to the winner by USPS Priority Mail. Good luck!
We have a winner.
Last fall, I posted a short piece about shoes, and how I was mortified when I took an honest look at the condition of my shoes. I din’t mention that I also worked with a guy, Rod, who always had his shoe game together — nice shoes with a good polish. Well, since that time, I have been slowly sifting through my shoe collection. I now have a laundry basket full of shoes I no longer like. From them, any undesirable shoes that are not significantly worn will be donated to charity. The rest will be pitched. I figured the only way to stop wearing busted shoes is to not own them. To that end, I used the occasion of initiating Operation Twenty12 as an opportunity to pick up a new pair of shoes. They are pair of plain black Soho Oxford shoes by Robert Wayne. I spotted them at DSW about a month ago, but didn’t purchase them. Subsequently, I haven’t been able to find the shoe at two different DSW locations. I rolled the dice yesterday and went to the DSW at Wheaton Mall (Maryland) and was disheartened to discover the shoes were not displayed. On a whim, I went to the clearance rack. (Well…that’s really not a whim, because I usually start at the clearance rack at DSW (or any store for that matter) and work my way back to the main area of the store.) Voila! There were my shoes. There were actually two pairs of them. I debated whether I should just get both so that I could alternate and not wear one pair down. I decided not to get the second pair at the time, but I will likely go back today to pick them up. (Fingers crossed, hoping they’re still there.) It doesn’t hurt that the shoes are marked down from the DSW-discount price of $80 to $54. Both prices are well below the suggested retail of $119.
So, thus I make my start with the clothing section of my project. It’s a baby step (pun intended), but it’s a step. Here are a few pictures of the shoes, juxtaposed with the shoes I was wearing yesterday. Ironically, the shoes I had on yesterday are the shoes that I referenced in my post in October. Those old shoes are just sad. Business casual shouldn’t be an excuse for wearing busted gear.