Swatch Co-Inventor: Apple Will Succeed and an Ice Age Is Coming for Swiss Watches

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  1. ronjor

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    Too bad, I'd rather have a good Swiss watch.
     
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    As a watch collector, I can agree. :thumb:
     
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    Hmm... hope I am not the only one who doesn't use any watch.
     
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    Same over here, but if I buy one, it would not be a smart watch.
     
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    So would I but they tend to be not durable enough. What is needed is a nice looking watch that is accurate with good features that can withstand a level 10 earthquake.
     
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    I like my Swiss watches! I won't be switching to those digital-phone-watches.
     
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    Swiss watches will adopt Android Wear, and that will only increase the range of watches you can buy, it won't kill off the old ones. They will be fine.
     
  11. J_L

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    Functionality > Aesthetics.
     
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    The media have focused on the techies and marketing gurus to asses the Apple smart watch. They have given it a thumbs up so far and most of them credit the soaring demand to the Apple name. When sales are astronomical it appears that the device has appeal over several sectors of the market, but that is not always true. The lineups outside Apple stores are mostly the core groupies. Online pre-orders, the same. Then there are the Fashionistas and the upwardly mobile- just have to have it. They probably also own a (real) Rolex. What about the remainder of the market? Will a smart watch have long term appeal or will it be another pet rock?

    First of all, this is a watch. It is a cool watch, but it is still a watch. Many people own watches, but many no longer wear them because their smartphone is always at hand to check the time or to browse internet. Personally, I like a good quality TP. Some just show the time and others come with nifty dials that display the info at the ready.

    What about a watch as an interactive device? With it firmly secured to your wrist you have to use your opposite hand to manipulate it and the screen is very small. My two thumb texting gurus tell me that a smart watch is not for serious communications. The smart watch is a toy (their words!). Teenagers tell me that it is not a time piece, it's the other cool stuff that it has on board, however they will not be asking for one or buying one because they would have preferred a Roman Centurion style armband to accommodate a wide screen over a watch. Now that would be really retro.
     
  13. Infected

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    I have two watches, but only use them when going out to dinner and such.
     
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    As a former eBay watch collecting addict when I could afford it, I say phooey to it all.

    For funtionanality as a timepiece, how can any watch possibly be better than a $150 G-Shock, Solar, Wave-Ceptor 6 channels, with auto day and date, 200M WR, and auto light??

    And if you want to go all out, Casio taken to its most extreme, this watch for a person with no special needs, can not be beat in any way. (Unless you just appreciate the fine art of watching making.)

    MTGS1000D-1A $900 USD

    The stainless steel covering of the MT-G employs G-SHOCK's advanced Core Guard Structure of stainless steel, resin and alpha Gel® to ensure mechanical integrity, coupled with LED-infused Tough Movement for ongoing precision. Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping ensures accuracy through radio-controlled time/date updates from global transmitting stations, along with Triple G Resist for shock, gravitational drop and centrifugal force resistance. The MT-G is the epitome of modern wrist couture. Stainless Steel analog watch with a black face.
    Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping
    Tough Solar
    Triple G Resist
    Tough Movement
    Panel Composite Band (Solid Stainless Steel / Fine Resin)
    200M Water Resistant

    NB: Casio's Tough Movement applies to analog hand watches. The Casio Tough Movement does a few new things, the most important of which is the introduction of an LED (light emitting diode) and LED light receptor (phototransistor). The light shines through a series of small holes in the movement to the receptor. If the light shines through perfectly, the watch does nothing, however if the small holes are out of alignment with what the radio controlled time indicator has in its data, then the gears adjust. This ensures that the watch is always perfectly on cue with the atomic clock, and that any potential shock to the movement damaging the accuracy of the watch is corrected with haste.

    Casio's Triple G resist includes GRAVITY RESISTANT STRUCTURE

    The G-SHOCK Gravity Defier’s centrifugal gravity resistance specifications significantly surpass 15G, the maximum level required of cockpit instruments by the continuous acceleration test standards for aircraft equipment (ISO 2669). Tests show that the 1/100-second stopwatch and other functions operate normally under conditions such as air racing with strong gravitational forces.

    Sapphire Crytsal/Anti Glare Coatibg

    Available in other flavors(materials and colors) - http://www.gshock.com/watches/MT-G/MTGS1000D-1A link provided at the risk of being removed for spam.
     
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    http://www.geekwire.com/2015/reviewing-worlds-first-smartwatch-timex-datalink/
     
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    I keep my Swiss Mondaine watch: the Swiss Railway watch. I love it. It is a watch I can see the time on. As someone said to me long ago: when you are standing in front in a tram (streetcar), folks at the back in the tram can read the time on your watch.
     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/can-the-swiss-watchmaker-survive-the-digital-age.html
     
  18. zapjb

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    Crapple could sell 10 million **** sandwiches in a week for $500 a pop. And maybe even of *** sandwich 2 in 8 months.

    I believe half these watches will be in the back of drawers or on eBay in a year. This product screams "Frampton Comes Alive".
     
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    i have a pebble time smart watch, a third of apple's price, 64 colour e-paper screen readable in bright sunlight and 7+ day battery life, motion sensor, microphone, bluetooth, smart watchband support, gorilla glass screen.m works both on ios and android. ale has reluctantly listed the app for it in the apple store. quite a few apps already, as well as supporting the apps for the older b&w model. buying apple just because they are apple and trendy? betcha spend 5 grand on a gucci bag when a functional bag could be had for ten or so.

    http://www.t3me.com/sites/default/files/news/2015/03/Time_Steel_3up-660x495.jpg
     
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