Today I was surprised in the mail with what I consider to be a totally perfect gift. Beautifully wrapped in lovely grey tissue paper printed with TOKYObay writing all over it, I swiftly opened it up to discover a smooth and luxurious feeling leather box. slipping the latch upwards I was welcomed with a delightful looking pillow and around it was clasped a gorgeous muted tone teal colour watch.
Being brutally honest I am not much of a watch fan, BUT, the Scala Watch is a recent Spring Summer new release and I am completely smitten by it. I think because it's such soft leather and neutral tone, it feels so nice to wear and not cumbersome even though it's a unisex style with it's oversized polished silver case. It's a really nice modern and clean design with what I would describe as a 'boyfriend' style and feel to it. The full numbered dial and design and elongated index at each hour look like they were inspired by the dial on the 1950's kitchen scales. This retro touch is contoured with a simple cut edge strap in a matte leather that is so smooth and the extra colour hit on the handset pulls this classic watch into 2016 and I just love it! The case size is 40mm and this watch actually comes in a few other colours too, but I am smitten with this one.
Next to this divine retro watch, I was also given the beautiful black cuff which I think compliments well with the contrasting colours and cute little pendant that attaches to it. I am totally in love and want to say thank you to Dory and Jun at TOKYObay for designing such lovely items. The company has such a cute and interesting story that I touched on briefly in one of my interviews with Amber.
Established in 1991, TOKYObay is a San Francisco designed watch and accessory brand born out of a collaboration between two talented designers from two very different backgrounds. Jun Kobayashi, from Tokyo, and Dory Isaacs, originally from the UK and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, came together as two friends with time on their minds. The East meets West watch and accessory line is infused with everything from Jun's days as a bassist in the popular niche group Flower Travelin' Band to Dory's upbringing in England as a passionate fashion student and ceramic studio owner. The result is a constantly evolving, unique fusion of Japanese minimalism and fashion-focused sensibilities. Always stylish, well designed and full of colour, TOKYObay is perfect when dressing for the everyday.