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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2776post #41627 of 483123/9/15 at 7:12pmpost #41628 of 483123/9/15 at 7:13pmpost #41629 of 483123/9/15 at 7:25pmpost #41630 of 483123/9/15 at 7:56pmpost #41631 of 483123/9/15 at 8:14pmpost #41632 of 483123/9/15 at 8:25pmpost #41633 of 483123/9/15 at 9:12pmpost #41634 of 483123/9/15 at 9:18pmpost #41635 of 483123/9/15 at 9:22pm
I don't doubt that the Apple watch will sell. Even the model carrying a $9,600 premium for exclusivity alone (assuming there's about 50 bucks worth of gold in it).
In its current state, I think we'll mostly agree that the gold Apple Watch is a rather shameless status symbol given that it does little more than duplicate a subset the functions of the other three portable computers Apple users often carry around (Macbook, iPad, iPhone). Makes sense why Apple feel China is the largest market for it. Of course, all high-end watches are status symbols at some level. But at least mechanical watches can, to an extent, be justified as art. We can look through a display back entranced at the precise heartbeat of a balance spring; admire the many hand-machined and often painstakingly decorated components; ponder the heritage of a given complication...
I imagine owning one of these smart watches would add to the paradox of choice. "Should I reach all the way in my pocket and unlock my phone, or is the text message short enough for the Apple Watch's shorthand texting app?" I'm looking to reduce the electronics in my life, not find myself "needing" every new device on the market. I did actually spot a Samsung smart watch on my friend's young door man earlier this winter and asked him about it. He seemed quite passionate about it and said he enjoys how it decreases how often he has to interact with his cell phone. And there was some sort of walkie talkie app that seemed interesting.
Now I, and many here among us, generally won't wear anything on the wrist that can't charge itself (or require just a bit of simple winding). But the deep appreciation of tiny, labor-intensive, mechanical works of art is increasingly lost to the younger generations of digital natives. And with the economy as it is, many more yet can't see a mechanical watch as anything but an outdated device, the function of which has easily been replaced by half a dozen devices in any room, and one or two in the pocket. For that sort, a watch offering a platform for 21st century functionality at the wrist will probably be a breath of fresh air. It doesn't do much now. But it will, in time.
I kind of get it, even if I'm not going to buy one of these any time soon. But if, somewhere in the future, Seiko figured out how to power the onboard computer with a mechanical movement and created some techno-hybrid Reverso with an analogue COSC certified side.... well THAT I would probably find hard to ignore.post #41636 of 483123/9/15 at 10:48pmpost #41637 of 483123/10/15 at 12:13ampost #41638 of 483123/10/15 at 1:45amI'm certain I recall seeing a high-end cellphone which had a mechanical watch movement in it which was wound when you opened and shut the case - so the thing worked as a normal cellphone but it had an integrated mechanical watch with a natty winding mechanism. I don't think the mechanism recharged the phone battery - that would be highly unlikely. Quite neat, but of course in five or so years the cellphone part will be obsolete and you're left with, at best, an impractical and cumbersome pocketwatch.post #41639 of 483123/10/15 at 1:50am+ in fairness to the OP, can those calling 'fake' point out a few reasons why. Just interests me that someone new pops up with a raft of high-end watches and a few more well-established voices immediately call him on it. I'm certainly no expert and the photos are quite rough.post #41640 of 483123/10/15 at 2:26amQuote:Quote:Originally Posted by Dachshund
+ in fairness to the OP, can those calling 'fake' point out a few reasons why. Just interests me that someone new pops up with a raft of high-end watches and a few more well-established voices immediately call him on it. I'm certainly no expert and the photos are quite rough.
I'm no expert either, but I could've sworn there was another photo with a sub (which ShawnBC refers to in his above-quoted post) which now seems to have been deleted. That one was definitely fishy to me. Also, on the TT RO, the screws are all misaligned. My 15400 and all other pictures of ROs I've seen have screws aligned regularly around the bezel.
The date font on the day-date also looks odd, but there may be some vintage thing going on I'm not aware of.
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