12 Feb 2012

Invicta Lady’s Wildflower Orange Quartz

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Written by: Holly Troupe

Caseback for the Wildflower Orange Quartz

The Sterling Silver Caseback for the Invicta Wildflower Orange Quartz

Wildflowers are untamed, pastoral floral phenomena. One associates the wildflower with images of rolling fields speckled with dots of pastel color, clean blue skies and maidens in pale ruffled dresses dancing round ribbon-swaddled maypoles. The Invicta Orange Wildflower Quartz timepiece, however, does not lend itself to this decidedly romantic image.

Watch features:

  • Analog Display
  • Mineral Crystal Dial Window
  • 37mm Sterling-Silver Case with 12mm Thickness
  • 22mm Rubber Watch Band with Offset Metal Stripe Accent and Buckle Clasp
  • Unidirectional Bezel
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • Day and Date Calendar
  • 60-Second Chronograph Sub-dial
  • Luminous Silver Color Dial
  • Silver Toned Hands
  • Water Resistant up to 330ft

This is a big watch, with a deceptively utilitarian face pocked with instrument panel-inspired date, day and 60-second sub-dials. The bezel is unidirectional; a feature typically found on diver’s watches, but with a water resistance of only up to 330ft, the Wildflower barely qualifies. The thick rubber watch strap is bright pumpkin orange with an offset metal strip and a clasp that is, thankfully, adjustable. Invicta insists that the Wildflower timepieces are “Flawlessly integrated representations of elegance and strength.” Really? What on earth is elegant about a fat and blindingly orange rubber strap? The timepiece looks like a child’s toy, but a clever and sophisticated hipster toy— something Restoration Hardware would include in its toy and novelty line. The Japanese Quartz movement keeps accurate time; for those who are interested in that sort of thing.

The back view of the Wildflower Orange Quartz

The back view of the Invicta Wildflower Orange Quartz

If you intend to use this watch as a time reference point, then I should point out that the watch face is difficult to read. The face has a textured, webby pattern, which interferes visually with the silver watch hands and hour markers. The sub-dials also hinder legibility and are themselves somewhat poorly structured. The date sub-dial is particularly awkward, since it only uses numerals for the odd-numbered dates and black markers for the even-numbered dates, but the date markers for 31 and the 1 meet at the top without any marker in between, so it looks like 311. The chronograph 60-second dial is accented in orange in the upper third section of the face.

The watch strap is rigid and doesn’t mold easily to the wrist. Over time, the band might become more yielding, but one couldn’t really expect this to be the sort of timepiece to endure through the generations. The boldness of color is the only distinctive feature of the whole timepiece, and yet it is not enough to make it truly interesting.

Ultimately, this is a piece of costume jewelry directed at the youth market. Nonetheless, it is too synthetic to be elegant, too loud to be casual and too drab to be exciting. Still, it’s a sturdy, muscular piece that perhaps a casual diver or water-sport enthusiast will find useful—providing she has a series of orange swimsuits that need accessorizing.

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