Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Skagen Denmark: Fall/Winter 2011 Collection

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A couple weeks ago I was invited to check out the Skagen Denmark Watch collections.  Although my closet has expanded in multiple categories throughout the years,  I think my watch collection could stand to grow!  I actually only have one watch that I wear nearly everyday so when it comes to bang for the buck I guess watches work the hardest.

When I first saw the watch collection, I anticipated that the high quality and elegant clean Danish inspired designs, the prices would be reflective.  Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised to find that Skagen watches are definitely very affordable with the majority of styles in the $95-195 category with prices topping out at around $300.

The couple behind the company, Charlotte and Henrik Jorst founded their company after moving from Denmark to the United States in 1989 with the goal of creating beautifully designed high-quality objects at reasonable prices.  Judging from the watches that I had a chance to try on and photograph, mission accomplished.  While snacking on some Danish treats including bread smoked in hay, aquavit butter and lingonberry jam I explored the collection.

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With so many watches to look at, my eyes didn’t know what to try on first and suddenly the Rose gold mesh watch jumped out and begged to be touched.  Although Rose Gold is only recently gaining popularity, Skagen has been doing rose gold finishes for years and their watches have just the right tone of softly pink metal.  I was also attracted to the ceramic watches in both black and white that are actually incredibly light weight.  I also was a fan of the matte ceramic for a very different feel.  I also tried on a few watches that had more of a bracelet like feel and feature mother-of-pearl.

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A couple of my other favorite watches was the very vintage looking bracelet watch that retails for $145 (actually from the Spring 2011 collection). The Bianca Jagger very 70s gold watch that’s so wrong that it’s right, the pinstriped men’s mesh watches and the solar/light powered watches that take energy from both indoor lights and the sun to store them for operation.

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Before leaving the preview I also had a brief look at the rings and had a ball creating my own combinations and stacking them in different combinations.  I loved the metal mesh, enamel and shaped stacking rings that were  flecked with little tiny rhinestones.

You can purchase Skagen watches or jewelry online at Major Department or Specialty Stores and Chains like Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Carson Pirie Scott and Bon Ton.  I’m hoping after I come off my temporary shopping freeze to add a new watch to my wardrobe! How many watches do you own?

1 comment:

SSmithNY said...

I don't think I'd ever buy a watch that ISN'T a Skagen again. Besides the great design and affordable price point, their repair service is fantastic.

I am in no way associated with the company - I just think they and their products are awesome.

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