Watches are my favourite item of jewellery and something I wear every single day without fail. I'm yet to succumb to the witchery that is using my phone for absolutely everything and still prefer to feel the weight of a watch on my wrist, otherwise I feel butt naked.
Adexe London describe themselves as being the non-conformist brand which differentiates itself from the mass-produced competitors, by offering traditional quality and luxury, but invoking contemporary minimalism. Vertically integrated under one roof. With one mission in mind:
“Create Finely Crafted, Uniquely Appointed Timepieces at Affordable Prices”.
I really like that everything from Adexe is designed and manufactured in-house here in London and the story behind the brand is one worth reading. I was given the option to choose a watch to review and I had quite a problem deciding which watch I liked the best, there is quite the choice of strap design, the design of the face and not to mention the colour of both before deciding which size watch face works best with your wrist. In the end, I managed to whittle my choice down to the Mac Grande Mesh watch.
Presentation is important when buying anything to me and I really like the brightly coloured box the watch comes presented in. Removing the lid, inside you see the watch in all its glory already fixed together and ready to wear.
The Mac Grande Mesh is black in colour and is made from hand-polished All Stainless Steel. Priced at £119, this watch could quite easily be worn by anyone regardless of their sex and because it is black in colour, it can be worn with any outfit be it formal or casual.
The Adexe Mac design is available in three different styles depending on your preference for colour and size and each watch also comes with a pair of pre-set extra straps in black or brown colour. In addition to the extra strap, inside the box you will also find that this watch also includes a really tiny tool which means you can change your strap you without having to set foot within a jewellers or watchmakers to ask them to do it for you. Some of the features of this watch include:
- Case Material: Hand-Polished All Stainless Steel
- Case size: 41 mm diameter
- Band Width: 20 mm
- Glass: Curved Hardened Crystal
- Straps: Hand-Made Mesh Band
- Waterproof: 3 ATM
- Movement: Japanese Miyota GM15
- Battery: 5 years
The dial of the Adexe MAC Grande Gun Black Watch is also a matte black colour, and the dial features a slightly sunken sub-dial which features five minute markers whereas the the outer dial houses the hours, so for me, this design makes it really easy to tell the time without having to squint at a small dial to figure it out. The hands on the dial are a matte silver hands which really compliment the black gunmetal design. At the base sub-dial you will also notice that there is a small number which represents the date of the current month without displaying the month. I am quite looking forward to see how well the dates work with the changing numbers of days per month.
The extra set of straps to accompany my watch or not just any ordinary leather strap, it is a contactless strap. I know I said I didn't like to rely on my phone to do absolutely everything for me, but I was intrigued by the term 'Contactless Strap'.
To look at, the strap just looks like any normal leather watch strap, but this is anything but. The bPay Contactless Straps features a contactless chip which is safely secured within the strap. This chip then enables you to pay quickly and securely for any purchases of £30 and under, making it perfect for everyday use, commuting, a night out and even travelling. For me, as someone who commutes on a daily basis, the option of just flicking my wrist over the tap-in options for the tube and bus to allow me to get on with my day.
The bPay straps work with any Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card. All you need to do is download the free bPay app, or visit bpay.co.uk to activate your account, top it up with money from your account and you are good to go. All I have to say is that if this technophobe can manage to make this work, then anyone can!
This is my first watch from Adexe London and it has been quite the experience, not ony have I got myself a watch that I can wear for any occasion, but I also have one which means I don't have to worry about carrying a lot of cash with me at all times and I also have the means of getting around London, not should I forget my wallet, but when I do!