13 Feb 2012

Invicta Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Grey Rubber Quartz Watch Review

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Written by: Holly Troupe

Invicta Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Grey Rubber Quartz

The Invicta Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Grey Rubber Quartz: An inharmonious combination of gold and industrial polyurethane.

Oh, the ethereal angel: that beacon of softness, light and incandescent beauty. The Angel line of watches by Invicta attempt to synthesize those qualities, and is described as being “Designed with a touch from above.” However, this collection—for the most part—is muscular, chunky and patently terrestrial. The use of unapologetically synthetic materials certainly doesn’t add a heavenly quality; these pieces are flat out robust. The Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Rubber Quartz, even with its golden patina, is no exception.

Watch Features:

  • Analog Display
  • 30mm Case with 11mm Case Thickness
  • 15mm Wide Grey Polyurethane Bracelet
  • Flame-Fusion Crystal Dial Window
  • White Dial
  • Plastic Unidirectional Bezel
  • Stainless Steel 18k Gold Plated Case
  • Gold-Toned Hands and Arabic Numerals
  • Swiss Quartz Movement
  • Water Resistant up to 99ft
  • Traditional Buckle Clasp

When exactly did we lose touch with the concept of beauty? There was a time when the use of plastic as a base material for ostensibly luxury items was carefully concealed; now, inexplicably, it is flaunted. The Angel White Dial Rubber Quartz marries a dull, grey rubber bracelet with a gold-plated case, like some sort of Dadaist effort to mock opulent sensibilities–the components in its name sound like a contradiction: Gold Plated Grey Rubber?

The Invicta Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Grey Rubber Quartz: Side view.

The Invicta Angel White Dial 18k Gold Plated Grey Rubber Quartz: A side view.

The case is 30mm and not nearly as rotund as others in the trendy watch pantheon, but the plastic unidirectional bezel gives it considerable heft. Why this piece should need a unidirectional bezel since it is only water-resistant to 99ft is unclear. The polyurethane bracelet is thick—a substantial 15mm–and has a penetrating industrial smell. It is very lightweight, so it is unobtrusive when engaging in athletic activities. The dial is white with gold-toned Arabic numerals and hands. There is no date window. The watch is highly readable although the dial is not luminescent, so it doesn’t have nighttime legibility. The movement is Swiss Quartz, which typically keeps excellent time.

What this watch lacks in aesthetic appeal, it should make up for in resilience. The dial window is Flame-Fusion Crystal which, combined with the hardiness of the polyurethane bracelet, makes this is a durable timepiece and a fine sports watch. It should be durable after all, because it doesn’t really have attractiveness to recommend it.

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