Time goes so fast. This month just gone my husband, Darren, and I have been married for a year. I remember it like it was yesterday, yet so much has happened since I wrote my life update a whole year ago. In fact, it’s been a tough 12 months and we’ve had more than our fair share of ups and downs in the days since we became husband and wife.
Perhaps the most significant was when Darren broke his wrist, back in spring. We’d been out to buy roller blades, a hobby we both had as children and had decided to take back up to try and spend more time together, since most of our hobbies are individual, and the fact that I’m a serial busy person. We got back later than planned, and it was already dark but Darren, being a fairly experienced skater, was eager to test the new wheels. In what was the most unfortunate accident, he ended up completely shattering the end of his radius on his dominant hand, shunting all of the wrist bones down into the cavity. He also chipped the end of his ulnar.
To cut a long story short, he ended up having two operations – one to reduce and fix the fragments of bone with a titanium plate, and another to release the nerves that had been compressed by the dislodged bones. He was in a cast for 7 weeks, signed off work for 13, and has been left with two scars, severely limited range of motion, and pain and stiffness that will lead to arthritis in the next 5-10 years.
It’s been a hard 7 months since the injury; Darren has had to come to terms with the life changes he’s had to make as a result, but he’s an incredibly determined man and I’m so proud of his progress since coming out of that cast. I remember back to when I had my stress fracture last year, and the frustration and depression I felt through my injury – it pales into insignificance compared to what he’s been through.
Darren is my rock. My confidante. My best friend.
The last gift I got him was the one that caused his injury, and I’ll never shake that feeling of responsibility – no matter how many times he tells me it’s not my fault. So I wanted the next gift I gave him to be a bit more personal than a pair of roller blades, as well as safer!
One of Darren’s biggest loves is design. He studied product design at college, and made the most amazing wooden chairs that looked like sculptures. On a day out in London we were at Southbank, where we had our engagement shoot, when we saw some wooden watches in the window of the Design Museum shop and I remember him looking at them for ages, clearly trying to justify adding another watch to his collection! So when JORD Wood Watches got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one of their collection of watches, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of my blog with the man I love. And this statement from their website couldn’t fit better:
“The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.”
I want Darren to look at his watch and think of the time we spend together. To see the minutes ticking away not as time gone by, but time well spent. To me, it seemed like the perfect gift.
The Dover Koa Watch
The classic design of this Dover series watch is just stunning to look at. A self-winding watch, the cogs are fascinating to see working, and the fact that you don’t need a battery makes for a really interesting design where you can see all the way through the watch to the skin of your arm underneath. When I took it to get a link taken out, the man working on it commented on how he’d seen quite a lot of wooden watches recently, but that this was the first self-winding one he’d seen. I think it’s so unique-looking, that combination of Koa wood, native to Hawaii, the black surround and brushed metal cogs all combine to give a sleek steampunk feel.
This is Darren’s first automatic watch – he has mostly battery operated ones but also a kinetic watch that he wears so infrequently he has to shake it around for ages and it’s still always wrong!
The wood is soft and smooth, and makes the watch so much lighter than others, perhaps not ideal for those who like the feel of a more solid, weighty watch, but it seems hardy enough. It does require a little more care than a silicone or metal strap, with lemon or orange oil extract recommended for cleaning, but it is splash-proof, which is good news for us as lovers of walking and the great-outdoors. I’m so convinced by the quality and design, I’m going to invest in a wood watch of my own – the women’s ones include some gorgeous colours and styles, including smaller size faces.
The Dover Koa and Black watch comes in at $295 (£240 at today’s exchange rate), though they have watches starting from $129 (£105). JORD also ship worldwide for free, which I think is great, and the turnaround time is really good, meaning you have plenty of time if you’re thinking of a wood watch as a Christmas present! Just make sure you factor in customs charges if you’re ordering to the UK – I paid about £15 in duty once it had arrived.
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JORD have kindly given me a competition for one lucky reader to win a $75 e-gift code, and all entrants will receive a $20 e-gift code just for entering! All you have to do is provide your name and email on the competition page below. The competition ends on 6th November 2016. Good luck!
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Thank you to JORD Wood Watches for the gift.
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