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Q & Q Solar-Powered Watches

Colorful, affordable timepieces requiring zero upkeep

by David Graver in Design on 01 April 2014

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Sometimes all you need from a watch is reliability and a little bit of vibrancy. Japanese brand Q & Q (which stands for quest and quality), founded in 1976 as part of Citizen Watch Co., offers both with their new range of ultra-affordable SmileSolar pieces, now available globally. In a wide array of joyful color combinations, each watch carries personality and style that's sharp enough for adults while plenty playful for younger owners. They also happen to be eco-friendly; both the strap and the case incorporate recycled materials, contributing to the brand's awareness that a watch is a necessity that doesn't need to be detrimental to the earth.

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Perhaps best of all though is their ease of use. Powered by the sun, one single solar charge keeps the watch going for up to three and a half months, meaning upkeep is simple and hassle-free. There's no need to change the battery, and no concern for making sure the watch is wound or moving. Each piece is also constructed with a waterproof casing, rendering it as functional as it is fun on the wrist. With a durable acrylic resin face and a polyurethane resin strap, the brand keeps the outdoors and active lifestyles at the core of the design as well.

To further add to the watch's overall value, a portion of all sales are donated to Table for Two, a non-profit that delivers meals to school children in Africa and Asia. You can purchase from the complete range of Quest & Quality watches online for $40.

Photos by David Graver

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