Posted at 5:00 AM Jul 24, 2009By Kathleen Willcox
These strange, superannuated things known as "time pieces," or "watches," to the layperson, have gone the way of the 10-pound "portable" phone. It's time to bring them back, damn it! I'm sick of casting about my 12-gallon linen bag to figure out what friggin' time it is.
As luck would have it, there are several hot new watches on the market - and a burgeoning movement to bring this simple, fun and, yes, officially retro, accessory back.
Old School Meets New Cool:
This over-sized watch face (pictured above) with a slim, ladylike snake-skin strap is perfect for the on-the-go funster with downtown style and arty sensibilities. The face of the watch is dominated by psychedelic Dali-esque gold numbers, but the conservative, vaguely spinsterish strap brings it back to terra firma. $24 at Urban Outfitters.
Sex Pistols Meet Pez:
Fun, funky and Pepto-pink with a bubble-gum dash of danger, this Normal Watch is the apotheosis of the kind of Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers/The Donna's silliness/faux socio-political commentary (the watchface reads: "I WANT CANDY," the innocuous desire resting coolly on the barrel of a large black gun) that I seek out when strapping plastic things to my wrists. $19.99 on Amazon.
Swatches for the New Millenium:
Ah, Swatches. Those were the days. The Toy Watch Jelly Collection brings the fun back with a plasteramic face secured with a matching silicone strap. The faces are removable and interchangeable. Just think of the wacky color-combo possibilities! Create your own here. Warning: the creativity, at $175, doesn't come cheap.