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Smart Watches?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by Thomas Carey, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Thomas Carey

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    As I am sure many of you know in watch history there was a time when Japanese quartz watches nearly killed off the Swiss watch industry.

    Do you think "Smart Watches" will have the same impact on regular wrist watches as a whole?
     
  2. Sriracha

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    I think the whole wearable thing is over hyped. Google glass is a flop, no one uses Bluetooth ear pieces anymore, and the functionality of a postage stamp sized screen is limited at best. I think some people want to be connected every second of the day, but I mostly see people using their phones when they need to, and otherwise ignoring them. And unless G-Shock makes a smart watch, I won't be interested.
     
  3. Sriracha

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    And to your original question... no. People wear a Rolex because it's a Rolex. Not because it tells time really well, because a $10 Casio does a better job. Not because it's Indestructible, or can go the deepest in the ocean... most Rolex wearers have never have gone deeper than 20 feet. And a G-Shock would teach it a thing or two. It's Jewelry. It's a fetish item. It's a bauble of precision and craftmanship. They make gold and diamond encrusted smart watches, but it doesn't have the same cache or permanence as a hand made watch. So it's really a different market. And the ones poised to lose market share, are the Asian watch companies. They are also the ones most prepared to adjust. That's where I was going with my above g shock comment. IMHO an ABC watch is already a smart watch.
     
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  4. smokingfish

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    If you mean phone watches, haha no, those things are obsolete much too quickly.
    Buy a $400+ 'smart' watch only to have an upgraded version come out the next year. No thanks.
     
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  5. SBO

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    I think that smarthwathes stays a hype unless the battery life improve massive.
    For me personally (I don't have a smartphone (yet) or smarthwathes): but I don't think It at real value in life.


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  6. indigo_wolf

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    [​IMG]

    Notice there are sections of this forum dedicated to Moleskine and Field Notes notebooks among others.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
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  7. Cprrckwlf

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    The quartz crisis was resolved partly by (among other things) swatch and reinventing of what a mechanical timepiece is. This creates a gap in the center that, modern day, is occupied by things like G-Shocks and Fossils. A smart watch is most analogous to something like that G-Shock or a Timex Ironman or some other multi-funcntion digital piece and may offer functionality advantages to someone who is and has been happy with whatever they've got. (Battery life a separate issue.) It also potentially offers further advantages in terms of integration to the fitbit crowd, the other place where it is currently analogous. (Very few are going the Jim Rome route and strapping a watch and a fitbit around the same wrist.) I think those are the market spaces it needs to target to be successful as product category, and those are the market spaces in which it ultimately will compete.

    In order to do that, of course, price is going to need to come down to where the relative middle of the watch industry already is. Once things reach that sort of ubiquitous everyday electronics baseline price -- the $150-250 mark where quasi-obsolence every year and true-obsolence every 2-3 becomes acceptable to the everyday consumer (look at MP3 players or digital cameras) -- I think we'll see things expand and become more commonplace.

    At the same time, that middle-tier and anything lower is exactly the place where a new product or new competitor is least damaging to the watch industry as a whole. The industry exists quite happily with multiple tears of product. From your no name $15 piece, to the $30 low-end casio or timex, to the higher priced department store piece or fossil, to the full range of jewelry pieces (low-end to luxury). When and if smart watches really take off all of those first tiers will still be around. After all, they've been hurt far more by smart phones than they possibly can be impacted by smart watches. That's probably the truer battle for watches smart or dumb: getting a generation and a half used to wearing a watch and another back to wearing one.

    As to the high-end: Rolex and Omega are doing fine not competing in those lower tiers, and will continue to do so.

    Those of us who see the allure of such things are fine using our phone for "smart" functions and looking at our wrists for the "dumb" stuff. William Gibson wrote about it far more eloquently than I can in a statement that manages to flush out those that will never understand while simultaneously explaining exactly what they are missing:
    "Each one is a miniature world unto itself, a tiny functioning mechanism, a congeries of minute and mysterious moving parts. Moving parts! And consequently these watches are, in a sense, alive. They have heartbeats. They seem to respond, Tamagotchi-like, to "love," in the form, usually, of the expensive ministrations of specialist technicians. They're pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they're comforting precisely because they require tending."
     
  8. moostapha

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    I'd love a smart watch. But, I'm not going to wear 2 watches, and I'm not going to ditch my Omega for it.

    I might get a different omega or two to rotate eventually. But I'll never take one off for a smart watch.

    I wish Glass was doing better. I have one. I like it. A lot. It's insanely convenient, and I'd easily put it above every smart phone I've had or used for phone calls, texts, gps, weather, "what's around me" kinds of things, or any kind of notification.

    I also go months at a time without wearing it...because I get really sick of every person I interact with (and some I don't) talking to me about it. I feel really bad for the people who got one of the really early ones.
     
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  9. Hertz33

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    I really enjoy my Moto 360. Is it gonna replace the analog watches completely? I don't believe so. But for now I've abandoned my analog watches and wear it exclusively. It's a nifty and helpful gadget and I enjoy changing countless faces.

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    And judging by your picture you are still pining for an Omega :p
     
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  11. moostapha

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    I was wondering about that when I saw it.

    No offense, but that's one more reason I'll never own one.
     
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    I personally wouldn't buy a "smart" watch, mainly because I wouldn't use most of the functionality they offer. I'm also a little concerned about their durability.

    I'm sure there are plenty of people who own expensive watches for the "ooh-ooh, look at me" factor but there are also plenty of folks who appreciate the design, engineering, and craftsmanship that goes into a making high end mechanical watch. For many men, a watch is the only piece of jewelery (besides a wedding band) that they wear and besides clothing that allows them to express some individuality.

    I like regular watches at lot and if I had plenty of disposable income, I would probably have lots of watches. I'm not hung up on uber expensive watches, plenty of Seiko 5's and Casios appeal to me too. I have a G-Shock on most days mainly because it serves my needs. A Breitling Aerospace would offer similar functionality but I cringe at the thought of banging a multi-thousand dollar watch into to door or corner.

    Rolex makes a fine watch but the only model that really appeals to me is the Sub. I could easily substitute a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms too. Not that I'll own either one in this lifetime...
     
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  13. moostapha

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    You get used to it.

    Seriously.

    These things aren't faberge eggs. It's not good to use one as a hammer, but it's not going to damage the crystal or bezel or anything else except maybe strap/bracelet pins because you bumped a door.
     
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    What watch face is that?
     
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  15. Hertz33

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    Omega of some sort. There's a page on Facebook "360 watchfaces". Good stuff there.

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    Thanks!
     
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    If someone bought me one I would use it. The novelty looks cool but I imagine it would wear off sooner than later. I would never spend my money on one. As has been already mentioned it is just another expensive piece of electronics that will go obsolete every two years.

    Plus it is another thing to make us more disconnected from actual human contact, and another added level of social rudeness. I completely unplugged from all social media a year ago and it is one that of the best decisions I have ever made. I am a bit of a walking contradiction. I like and appreciate tech, but at the same time I would like to move more and more to an unplugged way of life. My wife and I have a little one and we are going to hold off as long as possible till we let her look at a screen.

    Stepping down off of soap box now.
     
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    Could you let me know where you got that Moto 360 face?? I have a couple of Omega's and would LOVE to dress my Moto 360 up as a Speedmaster like that...combines those good looks with the black and gold of a Suunto too.

    Was it on Face re pro or Bad apps may be?? If you can send me the link that'd be awesome.
     
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  19. Hertz33

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    I honestly can't remember. I'll dig around and let you know.

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    Thanks...was just searching Face repro and a few G+ groups, couldn't find it...is it in Watchmaker or Facer?? Or is it alone on the watch where you choose it with ur finger?? If it's in an app you might see the name of the watch or file for me...

    Thanks!
     
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