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Soerensen Surf Watch Review – or – How to be a Gentleman Surfer

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So a nice guy from Copenhagen sent us some watches to review. The brand’s called Soerensen and makes watches you can wear in and out of the water; at business meetings and the like.

What was interesting though, was their target audience. The watches are designed for the ‘Gentleman Surfer’. And it got me thinking, what is a Gentleman Surfer? Am I one? I mean, I own regular suits as well as wetsuits.

So I decided to find out just what a Gentleman Surfer might be. All while wearing a stylish new watch of course.

 

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First up, I went for a surf.

Earnest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

I was definitely much better at surfing several years ago, when I worked evenings and lived in a van by the beach. So by Hemingway’s standards, my surfing is far from noble.

On the plus side, the watch held up nicely. The thin, unobtrusive shape meant I hardly knew it was there. And given it was underneath a neoprene top, a wetsuit and a glove, this is to be applauded. Other watches I’ve owned would have quite literally left their mark. Checking the time was easy thanks to the simple, unadulterated face and long hands. Which was a blessing given I was prising apart three layers of neoprene at the time.

 

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Next up, a business meeting.

Finding myself travelling to London to entertain a client seemed the perfect opportunity to test the gentlemanliness of the watch. So as we sat down at a sushi restaurant in Soho to talk about grown up things, I kept a close eye on how my client might react to the shiny piece of Danish engineering adorning my wrist.

For a while I was worried the strap, which has more of a sporty than a business look, might clash with my black suit jacket and stately demeanour. But it didn’t seem to register. Possibly because I was wearing the jacket over a faded Billabong T-shirt and jeans, but whatever.

 

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Finally, opening a door for a lady.

The real test of a gentleman. I’d practised for years opening doors for myself, but this was the big time. I was at a door, a lady approached, I rolled up my sleeve, pulled it open and waited patiently for approval.

Of course, being a lady she just said thank you and carried on her merry way. Such class. But I definitely saw her notice the clear face and minimalist ergonomics as she walked past and, dare I say it, go ever so slightly weak at the knees.

 

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So there we have it. A Soerensen Watch is an appropriate arm accessory whether you’re in the water, at a business meeting or melting upper-class hearts. The face is wide, easy to read and the design is a nice mixture of simplicity and style. The straps are comfortable, strong and come in a range of designs.

 

All in all, Five out of Five.

 

As for discovering what makes a Gentleman Surfer, I think I nailed it with that door stunt. But just in case, I’ve thought of some other ways to be more gentlemanly in the water:

 

How to be a Gentleman Surfer:

  • Give more waves than one takes.
  • Treat all fellow surfers as locals.
  • When changing, avoid the temptation to flash passing cars.

 

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You can find Soerensen Watches on their website and social media pages:

Website / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

 

 Cover photo credit: Vimeo.com

 

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