At some point late last year, I mentioned in passing to Michael, that I really liked the look of white ceramic watches, and I would love to have one. This became his mission, and every time we were near a jewelry store or department store that might carry watches, he insisted that we go in to see if they have a watch that I like. (Notice how I make it sound like that was some kind of hardship for me).
This mission did prove to be more difficult than I expected though; they were all too small, too jewel encrusted, not ceramic, too expensive, etc. Then one day, we found ourselves in Nordstrom’s at the jewelry counter and there it was; the perfect white watch. It was made of smooth ceramic, with no extraneous jewels, bold rose gold accents and a skeleton face. The lovely saleslady slipped it on my wrist and (just as she knew I would) I loved the way it felt; smooth, cool, and heavy on my wrist. It felt like luxury.
“How much” I asked tentatively.
I had already prepared myself for not being able to afford it. It was an Invicta, it was gorgeous, and I was in Nordstrom’s, for God’s sake.
“$1600” she replied nonchalantly.
I was prepared to hear hundreds over my price range; I was not prepared for thousands. The shock resonated from my toes, up my spine, and to my wrist which began to shake in the saleslady’s direction.
“Take it off” I practically shouted.
She hesitated and looked confused. I shook it in her direction again and insisted “Take it off!”
She slid it off and back into its cushy locked case as Mike and I walked away wordlessly.
That was the last day we looked for white watches.
Flash forward, approximately 6 months later. I happened to be cruising ideeli, one of my favorite sample sale/designer discount websites when I noticed “women’s ceramic watch sale” emblazoned across their home page. It couldn’t hurt to look, I figured. Maybe they will have a white one. And they did, they had several white watches. Not only that, but all the way at the bottom of the page, there it was - THE white watch; the one that broke my heart 6 months prior – the price underneath it said
That’s right, $130. I could hardly breathe. I immediately called Michael and spluttered into the phone “The watch, the white watch, the one from Nordy’s, it’s for sale, it’s online, it’s $130 dollars, I can’t breath.” Without missing a beat, he said, “well, BUY it!”
And I did.
For four weeks I’ve been patiently awaiting its delivery and today, it arrived. It’s every bit as smooth and cool and beautiful as I remember and I didn’t have to take out a small personal loan to buy it.
Take that, Nordstrom’s.