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When it's time for a new watch, you know firsthand that the search can feel exhaustive. Your personal timepiece is an expression of your personality, so it has to be perfect. Whether your aesthetic says utilitarian chic or vintage-obsessed, a watch that doesn't reflect your style is a total outfit buzz-kill. Oh, and if you're into uber-feminine styling, sometimes a wrist-watch feels a bit too menswear or cumbersome with a delicate outfit. Your answer? The watch pendant.
What It Is
A watch pendant is a hybrid of a wrist watch and a necklace. You've seen pendant necklaces before -- a chain that has a sizable charm hanging from it -- it's the same idea with the watch pendant, but in this case, the charm is a watch face. Whether a simple circular timepiece face, a larger decorative pendant or a pop-open locket with your mini-clock housed inside, a watch pendant hangs around your neck like any other necklace, but it tells time -- quite a functional marriage.
Why It's Cool
When it comes to telling time, toting a timepiece with you does not always blend with your ensemble. When you're decked out in a feminine night-on-the-town outfit, even slim watches can ruin your look. And having to pull out your cell phone every few minutes just to check the time is a little inconvenient. Opt instead to wear your watch as a piece of statement jewelry. Worn around your neck, it simply looks like a necklace and allows you to check the time to your heart's delight.
How to Wear
Watch pendants are super versatile. Let's say you're in a little black dress with a deeply V'd neckline and a pair of red stiletto heels. Pull a watch pendant over your head -- find a locket version in a cute shape such as a heart for an incognito way to keep your eye on the hour. Or imagine you're planning a day of window shopping with a friend and you're in an oversize racerback tank and maxi skirt. Layer a vintage-inspired watch pendant with a couple other chains and charms and enjoy a boho-chic look.
Where to Buy
Search thrift and antique stores for true vintage watch pendants if that's your style. For new versions, search online retailers such as Amazon. Visit the jewelry counters of department stores as they carry a wide variety of watch options. Search specialty stores and boutiques that have a retro or vintage-inspired aesthetic and thrift-like vibe as pendant watches often fall in line with vintage styling.