07 Feb 2012

Invicta Women’s Angel White Crystal Pink Plastic Quartz

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Bling, bling and more bling. Accessories and timepieces festooned with baubles and dotted with jewels are the style order of the day, as evidenced by the myriad chunky bracelets and watches worn by tastemakers of all stamps. Invicta, the watch brand that prides itself on its cool, bold designs, has introduced a timepiece in keeping with this spangly, bangle-y trend: The Angel White Crystal Pink Plastic Quartz.

Aesthetic details:

  • 39mm case diameter with 9mm thickness.
  • Mineral crystal-encrusted case border
  • Pink plastic watch bracelet
  • Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, with the other hours denoted with black markers
  • White dial
  • Date display window at the 3 o’clock position
  • Grey toned hour and minute hands
  • Silver-toned second hand
  • 20mm band width

 

Technical details:

  • Swiss Quartz movement
  • Water resistant up to 99ft
  • Analog display

This watch is exceedingly hip. Its massive 39mm diameter watch face and bright pink plastic 20mm bracelet place it squarely in the category of “Boyfriend” watch. The hard plastic bracelet juxtaposed with the crystalline watch face border gives the watch an aggressively youthful aesthetic — so youthful, in fact, that it looks flat out inappropriate on anyone over the age of 20. Not that it matters; the culture’s veneration of all things youthful should insure that this timepiece will have quite a broad appeal. Although it goes without saying that anyone who wears this watch will not need it to tell time, its large dial makes the watch face highly readable, and the Swiss Quartz Movement keeps excellent time.

The Invicta Angel White Crystal Pink Plastic Quartz Watch

The Angel White Crystal Pink Plastic Quartz: Back view.

I suppose the combination of plastic and crystal is meant to convey a kind of contemporary irony; an accessory that looks like the prize you’d find in a Happy Meal retails somewhere in the neighborhood of $500. But the union of an inherently proletariat material like plastic with an element that is meant to suggest a diamond just looks strange and, well, cheap. The fact that numerous reviewers complained about the entire piece shattering completely when dropped seems to confirm its lack of quality engineering. Frustratingly for those with more delicate wrists (or even normal sized wrists), this watch will likely have to be resized, as the standard setting is very large and isn’t adjustable. Invicta charges $10 for this non-warranty service.

The Angel White Crystal Plastic Quartz comes with Invicta’s comprehensive 1-year warranty and has many of the fine features that have come to define the Invicta brand (precise timekeeping; water resistant up to 99ft; bold, unapologetic coolness). However, ultimately this watch is too young for an adult, too big for a child, to fussy for casual wear and too cheap for formal attire.

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