When I was a kid, an apple watch would have been the coolest item ever. I would have programmed all of my running and workout information and calculated every bio-metric possible.20 years later, I still think the watch has a lot to offer, but will it be able to replace my trusty crystal faced time piece? There is so much at stake here, if the the watch looks childish or needs to be charged like my phone, or isn’t able to take impacts, it probably won’t be a great tool for me. So lets start defining what a timepiece should provide and what I want it to provide:
A timepiece, should above all else, keep accurate time all the time. There isn’t an excuse for this not be expected, I wear a watch so that even if my phone battery has died or isn’t accessible, I can know instantly at a glance what time it is. With that said, I recently dropped my crystal faced watch onto a tile floor when I haphazardly took it off my wrist and resulted in a broken timepiece. So, even a classic timepiece isn’t fool proof.
Additionally, a timepiece needs to impress. I opt for simple and well designed, usually meaning there is some sort of basic geometric relation to time (time is kept traditionally via round devices due to lunar cycles thus my watch shape is typically round). This seems more fitting for masculine shapes and frankly the apple watch hasn’t yet proven to be that. From what I have seen of reviews, the design seems to be more aimed at feminine markets and workout watches.
We are going to find out whether the apple watch is niche market success, a complete success or a dismal failure for one of the most prolific design icons of the 21st century. But if all else fails, Apple can just release ‘flexible’ iPhones that double as wristbands and solve the watch issue altogether.