More NAS: watch woes, shoe return and a bag/ update on watch


got a call from the watcher repairer today. He asked a couple of
questions about the trouble I was having with the watch, and then asked
if I had wound it. I had no idea it needed to be wound!!! Who
knew "Swiss-made automatic movement" meant "NO BATTERY"?? Not I! I had
looked up the manual for the watch online, and it contained instructions
for watches with batteries and watches without. I was sure mine must
have a battery. But no! Is that hilarious or what?!? I gotta say, if the
Nordstrom employees at the jewelry counter had a clue about the
watches, they could have figured out the problem without sending it to
the repair person! Oh well, I'm glad to have it back. Hopefully it will
continue to run, with occasional winding. (It also stays running when
you wear it, by the movement of your wrist.)
I am so disappointed that my new watch stopped working. I wore it every day after I got it, and one morning I went to put it on and it had stopped. I re-set it and it started working again, but only for a few hours. I brought it back to Nordstrom today, thinking I would return it and order another one. I decided to let them take it in for repair. They assured me that if it ends up needing to be returned, they would exchange it for another one, at the same price, even though NAS will likely be over by that point. I am pretty irked that a brand-new Swiss watch has failed, thinking that Nordstrom took a bunch of old, faulty merchandise off Tissot's hands to pass on to us unsuspecting sale-shoppers. Some more magnanimous part of me is trying to believe that defects happen and that Nordstrom and/or Tissot can right the situation.

I also returned the Rag & Bone Shiloh loafers, which just didn't fit my foot completely comfortably, and I ended up getting a non-sale pair, the Stuart Weitzmans that I reviewed in a separate post.

And I got to see the AllSaints Evaline crossbody in pampas white in person, and loved it. It is a really nice slightly grayed-out white, soft leather, brushed silver hardware, perfect size. I'm not crazy about chain straps, but this one is smooth, not too heavy, and comfortable on the shoulder. I like this crossbody much better than the Madewell one I got recently that is cute, but so small it's a nuisance to use. It will be going to Goodwill, since it was nonreturnable. (I took that into account when I bought it on deep discount, thinking if I donated it after a few uses, I wouldn't be upset.)

Every year, I get this feeling of "last call!" toward the end of the sale, trying to assess whether I'll regret not buying something. I'm pretty sure this is it for me for NAS 2023!

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  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    The too small crossbody - URGH! - I get it, and have passed on my fair share of those. Love the new All Saints one you got instead! The chain detailing looks comfy, and it's YOUR type of greyed-white :)

    As for the watch - another URGH! :(

    I'm sorry, and would be irked too. You are sensible to take deep breaths and to draw on your magnanimous side! Inspirational. I'm hoping for a happy ending. Visually, it's a beautiful watch :) 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, Angie! Fingers crossed on the watch!

  • Jaime replied 2 months ago

    That is surprising about the watch. I mean what is a Swiss watch if not reliable? Love the new cross-body and silver loafers!

  • Bijou replied 2 months ago

    I liked the R&B loafers but LOVE the silver loafers you have replaced them with - so elegant. It's so disappointing about the watch, I hope the replacement arrives quickly.

  • ChristelJ replied 2 months ago

    I hope there is a happy solution for your lovely watch. The new bag is gorgeous. Your greyed whites are my favorite whites too. I never knew that a chain strap could be comfortable, but I'm glad it is because it's a really nice design element.

  • Roberta replied 2 months ago

    How ANNOYING about the watch! Swiss watches are the reliability cliche! I hope that works out for you.

    The silver loafers are fantastic and will go with everything.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    Jaime and Roberta, I know, right? It's kind of comical, really--the way this watch turns the cliche on its head.
    Bijou, thanks for the loafer love and the commiseration.
    ChristelJ, high-five on the grayed-out whites. They are not common, but they are out there!

  • Olive Green replied 2 months ago

    I had the same experience with a Tissot ladies watch. A few hundred repair dollars later, I reluctantly chucked it. My Timex watches? Indestructible. 
    Those loafers in silver are really interesting!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    Oh, no, Olive Green. That doesn't bode well for my watch. Good to know, though.

  • Dottie replied 2 months ago

    Hopefully, it's just the watch battery that needs replacing.

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    It can be so difficult to find the right - size bag. I hope this new All Saints works well for you! 

    Really sorry to hear about the watch but I hope they can deal with the situation. 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    Dottie, yes, I hope so.
    Thanks, Suz. The great thing about seeing the bag in person was that I was able to try my stuff inside it! Of course, the (final) proof is in the carrying!

  • Joy replied 2 months ago

    More hopes that the watch will work out and repairs will work.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 month ago

    Watch update above. It has to be WOUND! hahahahaha!

  • ChristelJ replied 1 month ago

    That's so funny, and so great! As long as you don't mind winding it, it's a happy resolution. The Swiss are redeemed.

  • Ginger replied 1 month ago

    Oh my goodness! I would never have assumed it had to be wound! I have enough trouble remembering to wind my mantle clock. But what a relief!

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    OH MY WORD! 

    Can you believe it ;)

    Mystery solved! I remember those kinetic watches. Kind of awesome! 

    Enjoy your retro watch, Sharan

  • Star replied 1 month ago

    Haha that is funny :)  

  • RobinF replied 1 month ago

    Haha too funny. I must admit it crossed my mind when I first read your post but thought, no, can't be.

  • Dottie replied 1 month ago

    Too funny!!!

  • avicennia replied 1 month ago

    How funny! My watch batteries give out at the most inconvenient times — when I have a huge deadline and can’t get to the shop. In fact one of my coworkers bought a little tiny screwdriver just so he can change batteries for me. Clearly I need a wind-up watch!

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