Pandora bracelets are so fun to wear; when I’m not at work, I like to wear two on my right wrist and one on my left. So it seems my wrists are dominated by Pandora!…except for my watch. I thought and thought about getting a watch face for my bracelet, but I was still undecided since I haven’t seen one in person. Pandora has the Embrace watch faces widely available, for use mainly with the double leather bracelets. But I was chatting with my Pandora sales lady and she said that the watch faces are a bit difficult to snap onto the bracelet – it almost feels like you’re going to break the bracelet before it snaps shut. Any how, I wasn’t sold on the look of these, just not my personal style (a bit big).
After looking online for a while, I came upon a brand called Time Beads which produce clip on and screw on watch faces compatible with the European style charm bracelet brands (Chamilia, Trollbeads, Pandora, etc.). They also produced limited editions of Pandora and Chamilia branded Time Beads, and for Pandora these were only available in Belgium and Germany (to the best of my knowledge). This was the perfect solution to the question of bracelet or watch – now I could have both in one bracelet! These are quite rare and go for about $200-500 (depending on how the watch is embellished, e.g. CZs) which isn’t too bad as the RRP was €145 for the plain ones. They come up occasionally on eBay and the various Pandora groups, and luckily I came across one on eBay that was selling for retail (thanks, Christine Ng!) and I jumped on it. After a couple weeks in postal purgatory, I finally got it!
I played around with it on my bracelet for a while and I rearranged my silver/clear crystal to make it fit, but I’m not sure about the Pandora timebead…The first problem is that the battery is dead :(. Considering these were originally produced in 2010 I guess that shouldn’t have been a surprise, but now I have to get the battery changed to get it working. Also, I’ve heard a big complaint is that these spin around a lot, so I put a silicone o-ring on the bracelet and the clip timebead over that. That did fix that problem, but I find that the timebead sticks up a lot off the bracelet; to the point where I’m not sure it looks good. I think I have to find a better configuration with different charms to make it look better? Lastly, the timebead is a slightly different silver than my charms. I think it’s because the watch is stainless steel versus the charms which are sterling silver, which makes sense because most watches are stainless steel. It just makes it look a little off to me though…what do you guys think? Any suggestions on how I can make it look better?