The plight of the skinny wristed girl - Looking for the perfect ladies watch

Kirsty Whyte - Soho House - Freedom To Exist - plight of the skinny wristed girl

This might sound like a fable but there are many of us out there.

Never buying bangles in the fear that if you over gesticulate one may fly off & take a nearby persons eye out! Or when you were at school; friends looping their finger & thumb around your wrist exclaiming “...look at this; my finger even overlaps!...

The struggle is real!

But the main thing for me was being unable to wear a watch. I either had to remove every single link; so it no longer sat properly in my arm. Or having to punch a few extra holes into a leather strap; which never last as long. Even finding a watch case that was elegant, easy to read but didn’t look like I was a child wearing my parents; was basically impossible. Short of buying a vintage Cartier (a little out of my budget) I was stuck.

There are of course advantages to having slim wrists; like reaching for my iPhone between the wall and the bed when I drop it!

Then I thought I had found “the one” on the high street but after wearing a while it just didn’t sit comfortably; especially when typing at my desk. I had to take it off while working which defeated the point.

I knew it wasn’t just me; there was a world of petite women & men out there. There are YouTube videos and web forums trying to find a solution or ideal watch.

So I set myself the task to design my ideal watch. I loved the vintage styling of men’s watches in the 40’s & 50’s (a much smaller & minimal dial then you tend to see today). I wanted something; brand & diamonte free, that was easy to read & most importantly would comfortably & proportionally fit on my slim wrist.

This is how Freedom To Exist's first collection The 30 Edition (named after its 30mm dial) came to be.

For me it was important it could be warn by all, so we added several extra holes to the leather straps meaning it could be warn my the petite & average size wrist wearer!

Kirsty Whyte - Soho House - Freedom To Exist - plight of the skinny wristed girl

The lozenge shape allowed the watch profile to be as small as possible, while casing the mechanism and also aided comfort on the skin.

So finally I have a watch that I can wear, enjoy & admire. Freedom To Exist has already had great feedback from petite wristed customers (read our "being little" post); from all over the world; with lots of interest in the Far East too.

I even on occasion wear the large 40 Edition over a thin jumper if I want to mix up the look; as both watch straps accommodate petite to large wrists. The only issue I now have is choosing which colour to wear!

You can see our range of watches for skinny wrists here

Written by Kirsty Whyte - Creative Director - Freedom To Exist

You can find the full range of our debut 30 Edition watches HERE

"I was losing the will to live searching for a ladies watch with a leather strap. My criteria were; long enough strap, easy to read face but not huge numbers, dial not too big and not too small, no fuss, no visible brand name, and elegant. Paul and Kirsty were extremely helpful, and their service and speed was much appreciated. A great brand; I’m glad I found it!

Monica - Customer