Watch Me: Fashionably Sporty with Ritmo Mundo

I used to be a watch person. Then mobile phones took over.  Then came the iPhone and all hope was lost of getting anything on my wrist for a while.

Back in July of this year WWD wrote an article on fashion watches seeing a re-invention:  “Particularly as consumers use their cell phones to tell time, watches have become even more of a fashion statement”.  I’m inclined to agree and I have been wanting a new timepiece for a while, wondering what kind of style to invest in.

Last month I was given the opportunity to test drive a few new watches from Ritmo Mundo – both the Ritmo Mundo label and their IZOD collection.   There is a functionality to this IZOD watch (above) that I like.  Sporty but chic; something that works both in the gym and as well as the bar when I’m wearing my leather jacket and black cigarette pants.   It’s playing off a classic design but with a modern oversized look.  And despite the more ‘chunky’ shape it didn’t at all feel cumbersome on my wrist – this is the 48mm case in black and stainless steel and probably as large as I would go, diameter wise.

There is a lot of variety in the IZOD collection but as you can see above, I was drawn to the black / silver colours.  What else did I like? The luminescence – each hour glows in low light conditions.

Another of my favourites and perhaps a little more fun is the Ritmo Mundo sliding puzzle watch, image above.  The puzzle pattern hides the watch face – you can play with the puzzle but this is not The Crystal Maze, Blog Reader – you can slide it out of the way when you want to tell the time (this, thankfully is not dependent on solving the puzzle).  It is a lot more expensive than the IZOD that retails at between $80-200 – but is made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the watch face and has additional features such as the engraved buckle and water resistance.

I’d be interested to know your attitudes to watches, Blog Reader.  Do you invest in a classic timepiece? Do you wear one that has been passed down through the generations? Do you have a need for one at all? If you do – where does fashion come in?

Wearing: My new baby: IZOD IZS1/1 Black 48mm case in stainless steel.

You can purchase Ritmo Mundo from Amazon and Macy’s.  Take a look at the Ritmo Mundo website for the full collection.
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Comments

  1. says

    i bought my michael kors runway watch before i started my blog as a gift to myself when i quit my job to become a stay at home mom. i think i have worn that watch almost every day since. =) i do also have a tag heuer watch that my husband bought me as a gift back when we were dating (for some reason now that we are married…those big ticket gifts don’t come around as often…lol). the battery on my michael kors watch has been dead for months but i still wear it all.the.time….so yes, it is definitely more of a fashion statement.

    as for your new watches, i think i like the first watch the best…it’s a nice classic piece. i am sure i would fiddle with the puzzle one too often and break it…lol!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  2. says

    Like you… i stoped wearing them when i got my first iPhone.
    I Think i would wear one again, if i found “the perfect one” but i havn’t yet :)
    (I have been looking for a vintage Rolex but to expencive right now)

  3. says

    I gave up my watch years ago, pre-mobile phones, having found that when I wore it to school, I did nothing but look at it…! I was recently gifted a beautiful watch from La Mer and have almost been converted back to wearing one, but must admit that I wear mine more so because I love the way it looks than because I need it to function as a watch :)
    xox,
    Cee

  4. says

    I totally agree on watches being a fashion statement. I’ve had a watch stolen at JFK and haven’t replaced it since I haven’t found an affordable model that I like as much. I dream of owning something from Hermès or Rolex, or even the Première from Chanel.

  5. says

    I’ve been the -don’t-wear-watches-girl for a long time. But a brand recently proposed to gift me a watch of theirs, so I took it as a challenge (I think you saw that blog post anyway). I think that I have been converted. But it has to be a perfectly manly one.

    Love the way you wear that one, Sarah!

  6. says

    Hi Sara, just wanted to see if you are ok? I have seen so many pictures from Hurricane Sandy there is so much destruction :( hope you and your family are ok! I’m keeping everyone in my prayers.
    Adri

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