Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Michael Kors 'Large Layton' Chronograph Watch (Review)

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale started last Friday, July 15. I definitely took it as a sign when I saw this on sale...

If that isn't enough reason for me to get it, I don't know what is.

Read more for the review.

Michael Kors 'Large Layton" Chronograph Watch in Rose Gold $166.90 (Anniversary Sale Price); $250 (Retail)
Item #363938
Etched tachymeter encircles a slick chronograph watch sporting illuminated markers on the tonal dial. A dual-finished polish lends handsome texture to both case and bracelet.
  • Trifold buckle with spring-lock closure.
  • Approx. band length: 200mm.
  • Approx. band width: 22mm.
  • Approx. case diameter: 43mm.
  • Date function.
  • Water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 meters).
  • Rose gold-plated stainless steel/mineral crystal.
  • By Michael Kors; imported.
via Nordstrom

I have been on a hunt for a rose gold watch piece. I've always liked Michael Kors's watches, but found the price tag a little too steep. When I found out about the sale on Hautelook for Michael Kors watches, I sat around and waited too long and the piece I wanted was sold out.

A few weeks back, I decided to get the a Fossil Multifunction Rose Gold watch since it was a cheaper alternative. It looks similar to this Michael Kors watch except it has a smaller face. I just bought the Fossil watch to think about it in case it sells out. A few weeks later of buying it, I haven't worn it once and the watch stayed inside the box.

When I found out about the sale, I checked online which watches were on sale. I saw that there were two Michael Kors watches in rose gold were on sale for the anniversary sale. Both equally looked attractive online, but I called the store to have one of each put on hold, so I could check it out after work to see which one I'll like more.

It really took me an hour to decide which one I should get. Several people gave their input on which one looked the best on me. I really liked the 'Blair' Mother-of-Pearl watch when I saw it online (left) because of how elegant and feminine it looked. As far of the 'Large Layton' Chronograph watch (right), I was drawn to the rose gold face and the masculine appeal of the watch.

I stood there and contemplated which piece to get. I kept going back and forth with my decision, but in the end, I picked the Large Layton over the Blair watch.

I ultimately wanted a rose gold watch, so the rose gold face of the Large Layton won me over. The Blair does look elegant, but the Blair watch has a mother-of-pearl face which is an iridescent face that results in different colors reflected depending on the angle. And with the Swarovski crystals around it, it emphasizes its "bling" factor. I felt that it was too much 'shine and sparkle' for my taste. And it felt like it was too "old" for me. I also noticed that the Blair watch's rose gold tone wasn't as deep as the Large Layton watch. The Blair watch almost looks gold with a slight hint of pink, where as the Large Layton watch has a really nice shade of rose gold.

When it came to the size of the watch, I was concerned about the size of the Large Layton on my tiny wrist. The SA at Nordstrom said that the Large Layton was about 43 mm while the Blair was about 39 mm. The face does makes a difference on my teeny wrist which measures about 140 mm (14cm). If I were to base my pick by size, it would have been the Blair watch. The size of the face is a perfect proportion to my wrist. The Large Layton watch is definitely big on my wrist, and feels heavy when I wear it. Although after wearing it a couple of times, I've gotten used to it. After the wrist band has been adjusted to my wrist size, I really love how the face is actually big in comparison to my wrist. It's a chunky, statement piece, and the size definitely suits it's masculine look.

How the MK Large Layton looks on my tiny wrist.
The Large Layton looks similar to the Fossil Multifunction Rose Gold watch, except the Fossil watch's face is smaller than the Large Layton. But there was really no comparison on the overall appeal of the Large Layton over the Fossil Multifunction Rose Gold watch.

I'm really obssessed with this watch ever since I bought it. And all the times I've worn it, I definitely get plenty of compliments on how beautiful this watch is. If it weren't for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I probably would've end up keeping my Fossil watch. I'm really glad that I waited. The temporary price drop* on this watch was definitely a sign that I was meant to have this watch.

*Regular price effective August 1, 2011


  1. Thanks for posting this. I've been eying the Marc Jacobs watch for a while now and I'm so glad MK is having a sale. I went to check it out today, but the lady told me it isn't on sale or sold out at the store (when I was clearly holding it in my hand)! So I might have to buy online. I'm on the fence with the large face. I tried it on and it is so big and I'm pretty sure your wrists are way smaller than mine lol. I like the smaller one but the rose gold isn't on sale :(

  2. @Jenny: Hi Jenny! There are only two MK Rose Gold watches that are one sale (which are seen on this post). I was on the fence about the large one too, but I ended up really loving it a lot! The last picture shows how big the watch is on my tiny wrist. I decided to go with the bigger one since I wanted a chunky statement piece. Good luck with your purchase!

  3. It looks so good on you! I got one of the silver MBMJ watches from the sale and I love it! I've been wanting a rose gold watch too but the color is sooo close to my skin tone it just looks weird :( Good choice!

  4. @vivien I'm obsessed with MK watches right now. if money grew on trees, I would probably get another one... but gold. hehe.

  5. Ahhh, just discovered your blog now while searching for Michael Kors Layton watches.. Love it! I'm very tempted to pick up the large Layton but am concerned it might be toooo big on me as I'm only 4'10 and very petite, tiny frame. Would you suggest going for the smaller Layton which has a 38mm diameter instead? Thank you! x

  6. I love this watch and i'm so glad you didn't go for the blair! I'm considering getting the rose gold MK runway watch, but am a little worried by reviews I'm reading online about the colour fading :( i remembered you wrote this post so i was wondering if your watch has faded? I really want the MK watch but i don't want to buy it if i won't get my money's worth. Thank you so much! xx

  7. I love this watch, so glad you got it instead of the blair! I know this is an old post, but i really want to get the rose gold MK runway watch and wanted to ask you if your watch has faded? i've read a lot of online reviews saying the colour faded on their MK watches :( Thank you so much! xx

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