Sponsored by Nixon.
As I sit here typing, I’m wearing four rings on each finger, two necklaces, three bracelets on one wrist, two on the other, an anklet with a bell that jingles every time I move and one seriously kick-ass watch. While I’ve always been covered in jewellery, the wearing a watch part is new to me. I’d wanted a watch for ages, but couldn’t find one stylish enough to sit alongside my jewellery and functional enough to be able to wear on my ocean adventures.
That’s where Nixon’s epic collection of surf watches for men and women comes in. Using a mix of Japanese and Swiss movements in both quartz and automatic, Nixon watches look the part and do the job. Whether you surf, snorkel, frolic in the water or chill on the sand, Nixon watches have some of the coolest summer features around.
If you’re a surfer that likes to travel, there’s a watch with tide charts for over 270 beaches and a wave counter. If you want to take an impromptu swim after dinner, there are blingy watches that look just at home in a fancy bar as they do in the ocean with 200 metre water resistant casing. And if you want to be able to conduct photo shoots across random islands in Fiji based on the tides, there’s the greatest tide watch of all –’The 42-20 Tide’.
While I wore a few different Nixon watches around Fiji including the ‘Time Teller’ watch in all black ceramic, ‘The 42-20 Tide’ was my main piece. We chose to shoot it at our incredible oceanfront bure at Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, but not just because it was the tropical bungalow of my dreams. We relied on the watch’s tide telling function for scheduling all of our shoots across the islands, but none more so than during our stay at Koro Sun Resort.
There are a bunch of small islands that are a short kayak from Koro Sun Resort – you can see them in the distance in these photos. The islands are home to epic caves that can be explored, but they are only accessible at low tide and if you get stuck out there when the tide comes in… well, you’re in trouble.
What I love about this watch is that it doesn’t look like your typical water-based-activity watch. I lost track of the amount of times I was about to jump off a boat or a waterfall when someone yelled “YOU’RE WEARING YOUR WATCH!” The only time I took it off was in Taveuni on a snorkelling trip when someone told me its shininess could attract a Barraccuda that could possibly eat my hand off. With Fiji being the land of practical jokes, I’m still not sure if they were serious 😛
We shot this while listening to Rihanna (for some reason we became obsessed with her on this trip) on our Nixon Blaster. Never has one single item brought so much joy to my nomadic life – anytime we were shooting, chilling or in transit, the blaster was playing. It connects via Bluetooth so you can play music straight from your phone from wherever you are – giving you an epic soundtrack for summer adventures that your whole crew can enjoy.
Photography by Michaela Skovranova.
Nixon ‘The 42-20 Tide’ watch in white (similar), Nixon Blaster in sky blue, Cantik Swimwear ‘Ubud’ bikini bottoms in black, Krystle Knight Jewellery (assortment) mixed with my own, Triangl Swimwear ‘Penny Wanderlust’ bikini top (part of a set), Pared ‘Guys and Dolls’ sunglasses in clear, and Akubra ‘Stylemaster’ hat in ‘Carbon Grey’ from Strand Hatters.