Recently I’ve gotten to know a number of beauty bloggers. They must have rubbed off on me as I rarely review products — but here it is, of the BERING watch I won.
Inspired by the beauty of the Arctic, BERING blends minimalist Danish design and functionality in this sleek timepiece.
The face is a carbon dial in a subtle basketweave pattern, overlaid with sapphire glass. The strap is an adjustable black stainless steel mesh, with an unusual three-prong clasp system that requires you to hook one end of the strap to a pin before snapping down the buckle and the actual clasp in place. It’s secure but slightly finicky and does require some getting used to.
The case is made from tough HighTech-Ceramic. Fine ceramic powder is pressed into a mould and then heated at 1600 degrees centigrade to achieve optimal material strength and a hardness the brand boasts that “only a diamond can exceed”. Once cooled, the case is sanded, shaped and finally hand-polished for a high-gloss finish. According to BERING,
High-quality materials such as HighTech-Ceramic and sapphire crystal, with their extreme scratch-resistance and strength, ensure that time leaves no trace.
Being both a klutz and cheeky by nature, I decided to test their claim. I took a ballpoint pen, a metal ruler and a penknife to it, and the watch remained unscathed.
Nevertheless, the accompanying limited lifetime warranty is reassuring. And I doubt I’ll try — okay, I will try to resist the urge — to scratch my watch on purpose again. It’s the most expensive accessory or piece of clothing I’ve ever owned – siao ah.
Although Yvonne (my official stylist) says it’s suitable to wear to work, it’s a men’s watch and I think it looks less professional and more like sporty-casual on my small wrist. However, it does not feel hefty at all thanks to its slim design and lightweight materials.
Admittedly prior to winning their contest I hadn’t heard of BERING — the brand is only two-and-a-half years old — but I think it is reasonably priced for a dress watch, especially when other designs by Chanel and Rado (a pioneer in ceramic watches) can fetch over $1000.
It’s stylish and it does live up to its claims to durability. But more importantly, did I mention that it’s worth SGD450 — and that I won it?