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veen  ·  477 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: RGM Watch Company: An American in-house manufacturing case study

I got myself a smartwatch a while ago.

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kleinbl00  ·  476 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I got one for my wife. Anybody who thinks that a mechanical timepiece can reproduce the function of a minicomputer on your wrist is daft.

But anybody who thinks a minicomputer on your wrist can reproduce the function of a mechanical timepiece is equally daft.

WanderingEng  ·  463 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    But anybody who thinks a minicomputer on your wrist can reproduce the function of a mechanical timepiece is equally daft.

Are we talking aesthetics here or something else? I don't disagree with aesthetics; I'm the guy with the vintage tube hifi. But I'm interested if I'm missing other aspects.

kleinbl00  ·  463 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Principally aesthetics. But there's also something about a hand-crafted object of miniature precision that can be hundreds of years old and still functional.

Plus you put it to your ear and it ticks at you.

Dunno. I'm more of a clock guy but nobody gives a fuck about clocks. It's all about the watches. And they won't teach you clocks until you know watches.

veen  ·  476 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's not even in the same ballpark. I got the Withings Activite watch, which is essentially a small, discrete, exactly-my-style (black & steel) look that happens to have a step counter and Bluetooth. Ticked all the boxes for me except 'high-fashion piece of art', which is not something for me now anyway.

Personally, I have been on a War Against Notifications (especially after reading Sherry Turkle) so I'm glad I didn't buy that Moto 360 I was considering a year or two ago.