Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Who's Watching You?


You’re late for a very important date (again), all because you haven’t found a timepiece to complement your life (let alone your outfits). Just one day in the life of you might include a morning surf session, rainy mountain hike, dinner date at Town, and then a moonlit night dive.

John Patterson could relate, and in 2005 decided it was time his Kaua‘i lifestyle partnered with a top quality watch that perfectly enhanced Hawai‘i’s extremes.

That’s when he began designing Swiss-made quartz watches – waterproof to 100 fathoms and unstoppable at high elevation, www.leichic.comsporting scratchproof faces, military-spec illumination, even Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dials and the island chain etched on the back.

But they’ve only been for men – until this month, when Bathys Hawai‘i launched its first women’s line. The Lunar Wahine features a scratchproof sapphire crystal face, glowing numerals visible in total darkness, a moon phase indicator to track tides, surf and stars, and a date window – all waterproof to 330 feet and accompanied by two waterproof straps: one black leather, one genuine spotted stingray.

They’re changeable in less than a minute, so now you, too, can go from casual to fancy, mountain to sea in a hop.

And still be on Hawai‘i time.

Bathys Hawai‘i watches are available at Ben Bridge Timeworks in Ala Moana Center, 808. 951-5600

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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