Based on conversations I’ve heard between my boyfriend and my two brothers, I feel like all they talk about these days is watches. I have to cut them some slack, though – us gals have handbags, shoes, and all sorts of jewelry to fawn over…and what do men have? Watches. I decided that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Unsure of what direction to go in, I turned my attention to Vincero Collective and Shinola. Keep reading below to find out my winner!
If you want a quality watch without breaking the bank… Vincero Collective
One of the things I love about Vincero Collective is how great their quality is at an actual affordable price. They range from $178 at the lowest to $595 at the highest – that’s it! Shinola, on the other hand, starts at $325 for a watch with a silicone band. I don’t know about you, but that feels pretty steep for a rubbery plastic-like substance. On the high end, Shinola watches cost upwards of $3,000. Personally, I’d rather splurge on the high-end Vincero Collective and pocket the other $2,400, but maybe that’s just me.
If you want personalization… Vincero Collective
I’m a softie for personalized things – especially when they come as a gift! To my pleasant surprise, both Vincero Collective and Shinola offer engravings. That said, Shinola has a character count of 24 whereas Vincero Collective’s count is 40. There’s nothing worse than having a perfectly crafted message to imprint and not making the character cut. For that reason, I have to give this one to Vincero Collective!
If you want a larger selection of watches and straps… Shinola
I will hand it to Shinola – they’ve got a LOT of watch options. Not only do they have eleven different watch series to choose from, but they also have different case sizes, as well as options for automatic, chronograph, and manual wind. While Vincero Collective definitely does have some great options to choose from, the selection is nowhere near as vast as Shinola, whose webpage I scrolled down for what felt like hours. Personally, as long as there are enough solid options for me to choose from, I don’t really care about the others, but I do need to give credit where it is due re: Shinola’s selection.
If you don’t want any strings attached for returns/services… Vincero Collective
Vincero Collective has one of the best return policies I’ve heard of in a while – 365 days! Shinola only allows for one month. Honestly, it’s so important to me to have that peace of mind when it comes to returns. Furthermore, Vincero Collective has what they call an “Always On Guarantee.” That means if there is ever any problem with your watch, they’ll solve it! If that isn’t possible, you’ll get sent a replacement or issued a refund.
While Shinola has a limited lifetime warranty, they charge you a $25 diagnostic fee. Paying the company to figure out what is wrong with the product they made? No thanks! Also, if you need to swap your Shinola strap, that’s $15 on top of what the actual strap costs. I figured this out when I found out that my Shinola strap wasn’t lasting as long as the strap on my Vincero Collective watch. Shinola’s repair costs are pretty hefty, so for that reason, I’m going Vincero Collective.
Overall winner… Vincero Collective
Since I’m getting into the watch game, not only will I finally be able to join this male-dominated conversation about watches, but I’ll be looking pretty chic, too. Vincero Collective made finding the perfect watch an absolute breeze, and I can’t wait to wear it for, well, a lifetime!