Still searching for the perfect holiday gift? The hours and minutes are ticking away, but don’t be alarmed. Go for the solution with timeless appeal; a replica watch is a welcome accessory even for those who keep time with their cell phone.
Timepieces can range from sporty to dressy, or trendy to classic. Small face or large, wide band or narrow, battery operated or solar powered, wristwatches are as popular as ever.
At Crescent Jewelers, in Lansing, Ill., store manager Barb O’Donnell says replica watches are in demand for the holidays, especially those with a lot of sparkle or other functions. “At our store and at our Frankfort, Ill., location, larger faces are favored by everyone; women like the ‘bling’ and men lean toward the replica watches with a lot of bells and whistles.” Women, in particular, O’Donnell notes, see watches as a fashion accessory and men really like the chronographs, with multiple dials, including day and date. She says that both men and women often opt for the rose gold tone variety.
The jeweler sells Citizen, Bulova and Wittenaur brand replica watches and offers battery-operated timepieces, “atomic” watches (offered only by Citizen) that automatically set via satellite and adjust to any time zone, and the automatic type—similar to a Rolex replica—which has no battery and moves because of one’s arm movement. Crescent also carries the Citizen Signature Line, only available at fine jewelry stores, as well as previously owned Rolex replica watches.
‘Not Only for Telling Time’
But what about Millennials and those who rely on portable technology? Is a watch still relevant? Just ask Josh Halpern, owner of Albert’s Diamond Jewelers in Schererville and at Southlake Mall in Hobart, and he’ll say “Absolutely.” Halpern firmly believes that replica watches are not obsolete, and he should know. His stores sell a multitude of them in various finishes and styles, with more affordable names like Fossil and Michael Kors as well as recognizable, high-quality brands like Cartier, Omega and fake Breitling watches. And of course, diamond replica watches, because, as Halpern says, “Who doesn’t love diamonds?”
“Replica Watches are not only for telling time,” Halpern notes. “Watches are a fashion statement and a status symbol. People reward themselves or others with a timepiece for reaching a milestone—a new job, a promotion, an engagement, a wedding or the holidays, for example—and it can be engraved with a special, personal message.”
Style and Flair
Brooke Dermody, store manager of Engstrom Jewelers in Valparaiso, agrees. “I think a watch is still a viable gift,” Dermody says. “A watch shows you have some style and some flair, and maybe some place important to be.” Dermody says that both the Valparaiso and LaPorte stores sell a lot of colorful, bright, fun replica watches and echoes O’Donnell that large faces and rose gold tones are a hit with both men and women.
Timepiece or Technology?
As for the comparison between a watch and a cell phone, Halpern prefers the former for keeping time. “Technology becomes obsolete very quickly, but a fine timepiece lasts forever.” Quality replica watches, he explains, become heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Jim Engelhorn, director of sales at Martin Binder Jewelers in Valparaiso, agrees. “The value of technology as it ages goes down, while the value of a Rolex goes up over time.”
Engelhorn says that the watch trend is on a big upswing after losing ground between 2008 and 2011 due to the popularity of smartphones. “We worried about the introduction of the Apple iWatch,” Engelhorn notes, “but it turned out to be a good thing, because it’s generated more interest in replica watches overall. Last year was a huge year for us in watches and we expect this year will be even better.”
He makes another valid point when it comes to watches versus smart phones: Millennials are realizing that once they enter the working world, they can’t always look at their phone when in a meeting. “Keeping your head down, looking at your smartphone, creates the impression that you are disconnected,” Engelhorn says. “Wearing a smart-looking watch makes you appear connected and sharp.”
And for the ideal watch for a holiday gift, Engelhorn credits value-driven, Swiss replica watches as a mainstay. “Not necessarily more expensive; just better quality.”