I've written about my love for Shore Project watches before so when they got in touch and asked me if I'd do them a favour (not this review by the way) in return for a gift box that contained one of their watches and four straps I was more than happy to take them up on the offer. I'll be honest for the last few months before I received the watch I was umming and ahhhing about when to buy one, so when the email came through I jumped at the chance to get my hands on one.
And let me tell you - it hasn't disappointed me at all. I've always been a watch wearer, and I've always been a fan of more chunky and maybe practical watches - I'm not a dainty watch strap kind of gal. But last year when I managed to lose the bezel, smash the screen and have the battery go in my watch I stopped wearing one all together. I became the person who gets their phone out to look at the time to do it seconds later because they ended up checking instagram instead. So having a watch on my arm feels like I'm me again.
The thing I love about these watches is they are totally customisable to you - you choose your face from three different Projects, (I chose the Cowes from Project 2, but I am also smitten with the Lulworth's blue face from Project 3!) and then you choose your strap. In the interest of making my watch as universal as possible I went for a strap for every occasion - silver mesh, mint green fabric, navy polka dots and brown leather. Something for every outfit!
I'll be totally honest, going from having not worn a watch for 8 months to this, I worried it might be a bit big for my wrist, but that really hasn't been the case - it just took a bit of getting used to - especially as I am one of those odd balls who wear their watch on the inside of their wrist! I mostly have the silver mesh strap on at the moment but the mint green came to Glastonbury with me as it's so simple to switch them over. And after a couple of months of wearing it's held up really well - it's been camping, festivalling, swimming, on my wrist all day every day and both the face and casing are unscathed!
The box set is £170 for the watch face, four interchangable straps (each with their own store bag) and a really lovely shopper that I use all the time too, which I think is a pretty awesome price. A watch with one strap starts at £115, and the straps are from £20 and if you sign up to their newsletter you get a free strap on your birthday!
*Like I said although I was sent the watch free, it wasn't for the purpose of this review. I'm about 99.9% sure I'd have bought one with my hard earned cash because I love the way they look!*