Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 15:50 UTC
Apple "According to Chinese gadget news site Tech.163, Apple may be in the process of developing its own smart watch that connects to your Apple devices via Bluetooth. Based on the report, Intel will be working with Apple to create the smart watch, with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplays with ITO-coated glass." It must be the holiday lull. I'm this close to putting this in the joke category.
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RE[5]: Good idea, wrong producer
by Laurence on Fri 28th Dec 2012 12:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good idea, wrong producer"
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Apparently men didn't wear wristwatches, but used pocket watches (I guess mobile phones compare to those now). Wristwatches were for women. This changed during the war, don't know which one, I guess the first world war.

I didn't know that. Interesting stuff (I'd rep you just for that if I could).

I don't know about England, but here in The Netherlands most people still wear watches. Personally I have a number, each for certain occasions. Most of the time I wear a Casio F-91W:

It's the cheapest watch I have, but I wear it because it's small, light and complete. In other words: you don't feel it, it doesn't get in the way and has an alarm, stopwatch, backlight.

When I wear an Apple shirt I have 3 Apple watches to choice from. If its a Formula One weekend I have a F-1 watch. On holiday I have a water proof (swimming pools and sea) watch with a button to switch between local and back-home time. For meetings I have 2 expensive watches, for musicals and stuff a classic looking watch and for weddings I have a few pocket watches. And a couple of others.

That's a great deal more coordinated than I think I'd ever bother to be, but if you enjoy watches / have the income to afford such treats then good for you ;)

I'm still hunting around for a replacement to a watch I broke 15 years ago and yet to find anything I like ;)

Watches, like most fashion accessories, are very personal items. So finding even just one watch to match my personality has been a trick affair (though I'm glad to see you've had better luck there). Where as I think most people see phones more as gadgets, so are more motivated by function (and I guess a degree of form too) more than pure aesthetics and owning something individual to them.

Maybe I'm way off the mark here, but I'd imagine even someone like yourself who enjoys Apple products would feel a little strange about wearing a generic Apple wrist watch which (for arguments sake) 1 in 10 of the population could buy. Or are you not as bothered about having more individual items when it comes to watches?

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I'm very picky when it comes to watches. Yes, I'd buy an Apple watch even of millions of others do, but I'd only wear it when I go running or the cinema (so I can peek why my phone was vibrating). Perhaps at work if it's not too heavy.

When you go to Spain or Turkey you can find many watches, from cheap to expensive. From a distance most shops seem like watch heaven, but on close inspection I don't like most watches.

The Casio one is a watch I was on the lookout for. It's retro, but it also has some history to it (and even its own Wikipedia page). Items are more fun if they have a story behind them. Most watches don't.

I really dislike watches with "fake" stuff on them, like dials that don't do anything, a fake compass or these dive timer aids that can't be rotated. What I also dislike are watches with all kinds of texts on the face, like its specs or watches that have overly artist ways of showing the time, making it more like an IQ test than just reading the time.

My watches need to be easy readable, void of any distractions, no fake functions and an established brand (the history bit). I can't say all my watches fit that description, but then again most of them I rarely wear. I have 4 I use most.

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zima Member since:

The Casio one is a watch I was on the lookout for. It's retro, but it also has some history to it (and even its own Wikipedia page). Items are more fun if they have a story behind them. Most watches don't.

Yeah, that part is... curious ;) (better don't take it on a flight to the US, I suppose ;p )

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Pocket watches are not common in modern times, having been superseded by wristwatches. Up until the start of the 20th century, though, the pocket watch was predominant and the wristwatch was considered feminine and unmanly. In men's fashions, pocket watches began to be superseded by wristwatches around the time of World War I, when officers in the field began to appreciate that a watch worn on the wrist was more easily accessed than one kept in a pocket. A watch of transitional design, combining features of pocket watches and modern wristwatches, was called trench watch or "wristlet". However, pocket watches continued to be widely used in railroading even as their popularity declined elsewhere.
The use of pocket watches in a professional environment came to an ultimate end in approximately 1943. The Royal Navy of the British military distributed to their sailors Waltham pocket watches, which were 9 jewel movements, with black dials, and numbers coated with radium for visibility in the dark, in anticipation of the eventual D-Day invasion. The same Walthams were ordered by the Canadian military as well. Hanhart was a brand which was used by the Germans, although the German U-Boat captains (and their allied counterparts) were more likely to use stopwatches for timing torpedo runs

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Laurence Member since:

Yeah, I'm familiar with pocket watches as one of my closest mates collects them. ;)

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