I have to admit that black hasn’t always been my go-to color for watches (that honor belongs to silver). I personally prefer minimalism to flash any day of the week, and I never thought of a black watch as part of that equation. Well, that was the case until I bought The Blackout watch by BLAAX, which not only exceeded my expectations, but also broadened my appreciation for minimalist design and style.
Though I was slightly apprehensive about the all black color scheme of the watch at first—every watch I’ve owned until that point was silver—there’s something about the simplicity of this watch that draws the attention of the eye and appeals to my inner minimalist.
So, a couple months ago, I decided to put it to the test and take only one watch (Blackout) with me to Los Angeles for our week-long #JetsetLA photo and video shoot and see how it fares in sunny California and with different outfits. Armed with an assortment of handcrafted leather bags and eco-friendly accessories from Jetset Times SHOP, I met up with Nadia, Communications Associate of Jetset Times, and set out to showcase LA’s top spots with our BLAAX watches and stylish products made for savvy and trendy travelers.
Los Angeles in springtime means casual with an emphasis on cool and comfort, which is exactly the look we went for when we stopped by Walt Disney Concert Hall. With my Blackout watch and Nadia’s Shadow Black watch on hand, our photos turned out exceptionally well as our watches wonderfully complimented our matching black merino t-shirts, not to mention Frank Gehry’s world-renowned architectural design marvel made for quite the backdrop. And despite my largely black wardrobe selection, what I liked about Blackout is how the matte black casing offered a nice, and not overshadowing, contrast to the rest of my outfit—it worked well as a stand-alone piece, while at the same time complimenting the darker black hue of my shirt and black leather shoes.
This same contrast was later replicated at Griffith Observatory, where I had a slight wardrobe change, but still kept it casual with a white shirt, khakis, black wooden sunglasses and casual leather shoes. As one of my absolute favorite spots in all of Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory has the best panoramic views of the city and it’s the perfect place for sunset photography and just a nice way to end your day. And whatever you do, do not forget to visit the world famous observatory inside, which houses one of the best planetariums in the country. It’s also a great place to bring your family, plus has great views of Hollywood Sign and other notable city landmarks as well.
On the way home from Griffith, we decided to make an impromptu stop by a nearby freeway overpass to capture some classic shots of California palm trees, beautiful evening skies, and, of course, LA’s notorious traffic! Surprisingly, after a whole day of shooting and traveling all across the city, the watch didn’t feel heavy or cumbersome on my wrist at all. Blackout features genuine leather band, small crown and 48mm stainless steel case (compared to the 44mm stainless steel case of Shadow Black), and yet is so incredibly lightweight that it’s quite easy to forget you’re wearing a stylish timepiece at all (contrast that to the weighty design of my 100% stainless steel watches and it’s almost night and day in terms of weight difference).
The next day, we switched up the vibe and headed to Santa Monica. After Nadia’s beautiful swimsuit shoot along the coastline, I changed into a classy navy blue suit by Joseph Abboud, brown leather shoes and belt, white collared shirt, and stylish black camera bag. I was very impressed by how well the watch effortlessly matches the suit’s minimalist design while delivering the perfect mix of sophistication and style. And this unique balance was even more evident on Rodeo Drive, where we also had an amazing time with our shoot for a women’s luxury handbag line. Whether dressed in business attire or dapper casual with a dark blue button down shirt and roll top leather backpack, the watch proved to be a versatile and reliable wardrobe accessory.
One of the great and underrated aspects of this timepiece is the subtle nuanced detail that may go unnoticed. Despite what the name may suggest, this watch is all about contrast due to its polished gold plated second hand and BLAAX logo. For me, it’s important to have a watch that draws the attention of the eye, but does not distract. Stylistically, it’s a difficult balance to strike, but like any great wardrobe accessory, a good watch should function as an extension of your personality and help accentuate, not overwhelm, your style. To this end, Blackout certainly delivers an all accounts.
After days of long shoots and little sleep, no trip to Los Angles could be complete without a stop by DTLA! For a trip back in time with a 1920s ritzy sort of vibe, The Edison is the perfect spot to dress it up with collared shirts and cocktail attire. And staying with the speakeasy vibe, Seven Grand is definitely one my favorite whiskey bars in Los Angeles. Each cocktail is wonderfully handcrafted with over 200 available whiskeys to choose from; and, not to mention, $6 cocktails and $5 beers at happy hour makes this a can’t-miss watering hole.
So, after one week with one watch, how did Blackout ultimately fare on the streets of Los Angeles? I have to say that I was really impressed by the versatile, functional and sleek design of this watch to blend effortlessly with any style, from casual dapper to business attire, and all the while delivering high quality and defining what it means to be minimalist. It’s a statement piece that any traveler, male or female, will undoubtedly appreciate as a worthy addition to their minimalist style.
All photos credit via Jerry Alonzo Leon