Can smart watches be fashionable? What do you assume about someone wearing one?

  • Goldsplatter

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    May 22, 2015 6:10 AM GMT
    I didn't post this in the Science and tech forum as I'm talking purely design and not features and specs(I guess a 'dress and style' forum would be too gay?).

    So I'm buying an Apple Watch, link bracelet, it's honestly one of the most beautiful watches I've seen that still maintains a sense of masculinity w/o the excess that most expensive watches have. I've never worn a watch before so for the first time I've been paying attention to the regular watches people wear, some super general trends and feelings

    - Most watches are fucking ugly, like they're more of a statement/identity then an aesthetic accessory

    - Gay guys seem to wear watches less often than straight guys?

    - Seeing an in shape(some muscle) and well dressed guy w/a fitness band is kind of a turn on(maybe because it shows he's transparent about the work he put in to look that way) whereas seeing a smart watch makes me think the wearer is an arrogant nerd.

    - Apple has a watch -> suddenly everyone has the same Apple watch -> doesn't matter if it looks good or not, it loses all power as a statement and instead becomes something you have to style around, instead of the other way around

    - Seeing someone try to do something techy on a smartwatch, fail, then try again = Sex appeal cut in half

    Question in the title.


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    May 22, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    Goldsplatter saidCan smart watches be fashionable?
    Yes

    Goldsplatter saidWhat do you assume about someone wearing one?
    They have the financial means to advance the future...just like people who bought cellphones back in the 90's before they were popular.
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    May 23, 2015 4:40 PM GMT

    goldsplatter
    Most watches are fucking ugly, like they're more of a statement/identity then an aesthetic accessory.


    True.

    goldsplatterGay guys seem to wear watches less often than straight guys?


    Most guys of all persuasions do not wear watches here. They already have phones and know the time.

    goldsplatterSeeing an in shape(some muscle) and well dressed guy w/a fitness band is kind of a turn on(maybe because it shows he's transparent about the work he put in to look that way) whereas seeing a smart watch makes me think the wearer is an arrogant nerd.


    Someone with money to burn on a bit of silicon in a fancy case.

    goldsplatterApple has a watch -> suddenly everyone has the same Apple watch -> doesn't matter if it looks good or not, it loses all power as a statement and instead becomes something you have to style around, instead of the other way around


    Apple could put it's logo on a rock and price it at $500. People would camp out overnight in front of the store to buy it. Herd mentality.




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    May 23, 2015 10:26 PM GMT
    HUGE watch guy here. But I've only ever worn vintage mechanical watches from the late 1800s - 1930's. Mostly European, but have 2 american ones.

    So I bought my first non-mechanical watch. Ordered it on line Thurs. I bought the Apple's stainless steel case and bracelet.
    I'm actually excited at this trend. It was my fear that watches would be fading away. At least now they'll be worn, albeit computerized, but still a watch.

    Apple has a complete line of watches priced from very inexpensive up to expensive. The stainless steel cases and bands are very reasonable I feel. Can't wait!

    Very happy Apple did this. (And I'm not an Apple fan. I don't have their phones, nor PCs.) And yes, I feel they most certainly can be fashionable. Like anything, it depends on the quality of the materials used. These are not big and bulky like the hood-rats wear..nor are they so small that they appear as a toy. (Or some fitness bracelet that some seem to think is appropriate to wear with jacket and tie. icon_rolleyes.gif )
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    May 24, 2015 3:23 AM GMT
    i guess the OP is going to get the iWatch no matter what.

    watches in general are not fashionable
    -a bracelet is possibly fashionable
    -a vintage mechanical watch is possibly collectable. No one saved the old 90's cell phones and no one will collect the iWatch.

    Unless you have a need for the watch the first couple of revisions of a new apple product is traditionally junk.

  • Beeftastic

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    May 24, 2015 9:17 AM GMT
    I just got an LG Urbane to try out the smart watch.

    http://www.lg.com/us/smartwatch/urbane

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    I haven't worn a watch in almost 10 years. I actually own a couple of very high end watches, but never wear them. I don't need another accessory to tell the time when my phone works just fine.

    I wanted to see the experience of using a smart watch, and frankly the Apple Watch's features and shortcomings don't appeal to me at all.

    In terms of what my response is to seeing people wearing a smart watch, it's two fold. I see an Apple Watch and my brain says Sheep. I see other watches and I'm curious. So far I haven't met an Apple Watch owner that was very satisfied with it.

    In general the Urbane looks great in the pictures, but it's just a bit bigger and clunkier than the ads, and it doesn't look quite as polished and classy, but the high resolution P-Oled display is beautifully done. But it's an ok look I guess. It's great during the day, but when I go to a bar at night, the dial glows and calls attention to itself (the Urbane can run 2 days with the dial on all the time, and is the preferred way to wear it). I have seen people point at it and whisper among themselves.

    One thing a smart watch is supposed to do is lessen your reliance on your phone. And I am seriously addicted to my phone. Reducing this reliance of pulling it out of your pocket and checking it when you could be having a face to face interaction with someone is one of the benefits. I do find that this helps at work when I am in even casual meetings, as I seem like I am more focused on work (even if this is not true as a notification on my watch can distract me mentally just as much).

    But the watch does not provide enough information in many cases to handle the notification, and I find I go to my phone a lot to get the full picture.

    So does this just add another gadget and another layer of complexity to my life? I'm not sure yet, but I am not sold on the concept at this point.

  • Hypertrophile

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    May 24, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    IMHO a nicely made analog watch will always be fashionable. For me, I like to know what time it is without digging the phone out of my pocket. A watch that can have any kind of watch face and can also show who's calling or display text messages has appeal too. But, it remains to be seen if smart watches become popular, let alone fashionable. Wearable tech is still a new market and there are going to be growing pains as consumers figure out what they want to do with smart watches, if anything, and engineers figure out how to make that happen. I have some doubt that beyond quicker access to the phone, and perhaps the heart rate monitor and Apple Pay, there won't be much more functionality for which the phone the watch is paired with isn't better suited.