It's Christmas and when that little whipper snapper asks for a watch where do you start? For the second year running I have put together a great selection of watches for the little people in your life. Kids watches should be fun, reliable and not to heavy for little hands. But most of all (and I speak from experience) they need to be affordable because lets face it, if they don't loose it and it lasts the whole school year there is going to be high fives all round! So here we go with a Merry Watchmas for the little peeps!
Tik Toc Track RRP $180 (plus monthly fee)
My top pick this year is the new Tic Toc track, safety kid watch. It features a Draw Fence feature, directions and lots of reporting capability. The App takes a little bit to get used to but overall it is a great Kid Tracker/Safety Device. It is also really light which is important for little people and can tracked via both your PC and smart devices. This watch is like buying a phone for your child in the sense that you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee for the tracking and mobile features. It starts at $7.99 a month for the basic package plus the $180 sign up fee. They do offer an international roaming feature, great if you are overseas with the option of just renting the watch while you are away. This watch really caters for the little people in your life who are not ready for a phone option. It's cute with lots of fun colour options. Visit http://www.tictoctrack.com.au/
SUPERDRY URBAN WATCH: RRP $79
The SuperDry Urban watch is the trendy choice for kids in that 8-14 category. Available in a huge variety of colours, 50m water resistant and $79 bucks it's a no brainer. It is a perfect mid size with a 38mm case so whilst might be a bit big for a little tucker is perfect for your tweens. http://www.westendcollection.com.au/
SMIGGLE MOOD/PREDICTO WATCH RRP $39.95
Not sure what mood you’re in? Press your Smiggle Mood Watch to just what you’re feeling. Or need an answer to an important question? Ask the Smiggle Predicto Watch for the answer. These magic light up watches tell the time while keeping tabs on your present and future! This watch is all fun and the kids will have a blast just playing with it. Visit http://www.smiggle.com.au/shop/en/smiggle
Lorus Kids RRP $69
If your kid is a constant swimmer or you spend all your summer on a boat then the Lorus Kids range is a great option. It's 100m water resistant which means it can withstand any watersports (apart from diving) that your munchkin can throw at it. It's easy to read and a nice size (32mm) for little hands. Visit http://www.lorus.com.au/
DISNEY ORIGINAL COLLECTION RRP $79
What kid (big or little) doesn't love Disney? The gorgeous Original Disney collection in Petite and Running is available in a rainbow of cute colours. With Mickey or Minnie pointing the way there is a possibility that your kid could actually get ready for school on time! Visit http://westendcollection.com.au/
Flik Flak (by SWATCH) RRP $ 65
From Finding Dory to the Good Dinosaur to colours, flowers, rainbows and cupcakes the Flik Flak range from Swatch has something for every child. Staring at $50 for your entry point, you are sure to find something for your little one to love. As always the Flik Flak range is great for that learning to tell time stage with easy to read numbers and dials. Visit http://shop.swatch.com/en_au/
My wonderful Husband flew out to Melbourne this week and even though I spent the beginning of my week in the luxurious tropics of Cairns there was definitely a little pang of jealousy. I am a proud Queenslander (cue Billy Moore moment) but was born in the lush Otways of Victoria so spent my teenage years Greyhounding from the Sunshine Coast through to Melbourne and beyond to spend time with my extended family. My days wandering Melbourne were a treat filled with art, adventure and fashion, it's a wanderlust never forgotten. Sujain Krishanan, a man in love with the urbanity and gallantry of the world's most livable city combined a devotion for watches and design in the place that inspired him the most. After taking a holiday in September 2013 Sujain did the thing we all wish we could do; quit our day job and turn our passion into a full time reality. He created Melbourne Watch Company.
Price accessibility, uniqueness and design are at the core of MWC. Sujain and his team strive to provide their customers with a combination of story and style, its a watch with a purpose. MWC now have eight collections under their belt and have just passed their three year anniversary demonstrating the need for this line of high quality authentic Australian products. Premium materials are prevalent throughout the range including high grade Japanese mechanical movements, 316L steel and sapphire crystal. "We aim to push the boundaries with what we can offer for the price, such as the unique ceramic dials on our Portsea range, or the engraved bezel on our Sorrento collection. While we do offer a few quartz models now, we’re very much steering in the opposite direction from many minimalist fashion brands" says Sujain.
Each collection from MWC is inspired after a landmark or location within Melbourne. You can take a wander through Flinders (the original), Hawthorn, Carlton, Avalon, Parkville, Sorrento, Collins and my favourite Portsea. Always a sucker for a blue dial, I love the swank of the Collins. It is stylish and classy just like the street it's named after. The Portsea (my favourite) oozes a sense of seaside Summer. The dial is classic and articulated and makes me yearn for those trips to the Peninsular.
MWC is decisively working towards bringing more of the manufacturing side of the business locally with a goal to setup a new office/showroom in the city by the end of the year. Staying true to their authentic design core they are actively collaborating with prominent Melbourne businesses including the production of a unique piece with Cox Architecture. Their aim is to capture the spirit of Melbourne in a single time piece which will certainly be exciting to see. Starting at $429 the pieces from MWC are exclusively available from their online store www.melbournewatch.com.au/ until the opening of their new showroom.
I will always remain romantic when it comes to my youthful meanderings through Melbourne but the call of Billy Moore pulls me in the direction of the Sun. At least the Greyhound now gives way to a plane flight so when the call of sneaky laneways, iconic spaces and fabulous watches come I will never be far away.
It's one thing to take your brand and have a crack at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair. It's another to balls-out throw yourself entirely at the mercy of the HongKongers, a people that are tech savvy, fashion engaged and authentically traditional. But that's what David Ericsson and Alexis Holm decided to do. They shared an office located on the ground floor at 15 Square Street in Sheung Wan and each working on their separate brands, David with Void Watches and Alexis on Gram Footwear slowly created a mix of showroom, office and workshop. They created SQUARESTREET.
Alexis brought with him SQUARESTREET, the namesake brand he had created back in his native Stockholm. SQUARESTREET watches mix Swedish minimalism with an contemporary edge and it is this edge that makes these watches just that little bit special. Alexis who believes himself to be a mad scientist of sorts loves experimenting with new materials and processes to create points of difference. "I like to think of our watches as celebrations of design," states Alexis. "They are more like amalgamations of different elements, shapes and materials carefully placed to create that perfect balance.”
What I like about this brand are the acetate cases. The tortoiseshell case with a light brown lizard print band in their distinctive Minuteman design is a stand out for me. Simple but very cool. I am also a fan of the new release, Plano. The Plano is wafer thin with a hairline bezel, 50m water resistant and houses a Swiss 716 Ronda movement. Named after the Spanish word for “Flat”, Plano features an oversized 36mm pane of glass made from hardened mineral, covering almost the entire front of the watch. This lends it both an air of fragility and elegance all at once.
If you are ever lucky to be in Hong Kong a visit to SQUARESTREET should be on your todo list. For the rest of us you can visit both http://www.squarestreet.se/ and http://www.15squarestreet.com/ to purchase and learn all about their amazing products.
MEL'S NOTE: If your not Australian 'Balls-Out' means 'Exuding tremendous effort and trying extremely hard.' We do recommend pants at all times!