Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is the Future of the Wristwatch Timed Out?

Say It Ain't So

While there does seem to be a sudden influx of new wrist accessories emerging I for one am taking a strong stance in protest of them replacing my beloved wristwatch. In BOF's article a few days ago highlighting these new tech savvy, watch replacement devices, they seem to be suggesting the watch is in danger of extinction. I beg to differ. Even if I alone have to work hard to keep it in circulation. C'mon, how sexy is a man with a nice watch? It's also an excellent indicator of someones success. At my mid twenty age mark, I can make the general assumption that a young man sporting a watch is more mature and responsible than one with out. I know, your cell phone does the exact same thing. But I stand by my judgement, it's simply a fact. Judge your own male friends. Watch wearing = mature, responsible, many on the road already to employment/financial success. Watch less male friends = irresponsible, party animal, immature, (single). Don't kill the messenger. 

My friend Shane, a recently reformed bad boy, was gifted with a sexy Tag Heuer watch (below) for his college graduation (it only took him two or three extra years). But let me tell you, his maturity and sex appeal sky rocketed. All he has to do is flash the shiny seductive timepiece and the ladies come flockin'. 
Lesson be learned: if you're a bachelor, buy yourself a watch, roll up those oxford sleeves, and buy a girl a drink. You're golden. 

Shane's wrist @agirlcrush Instagram
Although, these new era wrist watch replacements so to speak may definitely be on to something. For one, they hook up to your smart phone. How much more connected can we get? I realize the cellphone is an essential tool in today's world, right up there with breathing, but what's next? Have some metal chip inserted under the skin of my forearm to connect me 24/7 to that vital lifeline of a phone? Not a bad idea actually. Like my purses, I tend to lose my phone a lot.

Most enticing to me is the Nike Fuelband. This seemingly little guy measures the amount of energy you exert a day and sends the data straight to your smart phone. Not to mention lights up in neon congratulatory lights when you reach your daily goal. Many of these crazy modern wrist devices, especially ones engineered by cell phone designers like Android, tell the time in addition to displaying Twitter posts, e-mails, and other points of interest gathered from your multi purpose cellphone. 

Apparently it's common knowledge these are to be worn on your left wrist, thus replacing a watch. Well, not I. There's always my right wrist and I eternally have space available for an additional accessory. Watches are too pretty, too classic, and too significant to come near extinction. Think of all the publicity Bubba Watson and his luxe half a million dollar watch helped win Richard Mille when he won the Masters.
To my people out there who unify with me in an inherent inability to deny the allure of top of the line luxury items, when it comes to desired timepieces my heart beats solely for a Rolex. I know, there are other more expensive watches out there. I mean I'd settle for a classic Cartier. There's just something about picturing a gold men's Rolex shining on my wrist that melts my heart. And when Carrie gifted Big with an engraved Rolex on their anniversary in Sex and the City 2 I dreamed of one day doing the same. After I have one gracing my own wrist first of course.

Victoria & Jennifer get it.
Chaz (my dad), if you're reading this, I know a Cartier watch can hit close to the cost of a year of my college tuition, but these things last a lifeTIME. I'd vow to be forever punctual. Check out all the celebrities who share a love for Cartier timepieces as well.
While my money doesn't yet give me the privilege to treat myself to any of the above I guess I'll have to stick to the all too common Michael Kors watches. Not to dis MK as he struck a goldmine with the release of his watch collection, but I'm sick of wearing the same damn design as probably 9 out of 10 other people my age. 

However, while a majority of the time I'd prefer the classic grandfather timepiece, I do occasionally love the sporty, colorful watches of brands like Shark and Nixon. See my sleek black Nixon below. These watches also stop at a much more friendly price point. They're particularly great for boys not yet at the maturity level to handle a shiny more expensive watch. My friend Raj, (who may be at the maturity level ready for a real man's watch, however his friends who chronically borrow his things certainly are not)  has a fabulous enormous hot pink Shark watch I'd love to sport around in. Only real boys wear pink. 

If any watches are in danger of extinction because of the outburst of the Nike fuelband and similar devices, it's these. I will always prefer a men's watch on my wrist over a dainty woman's. So all you grandfathers out there, pass that family heirloom on down to your granddaughter. She'll be the most envied girl in school. 
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1 comment:

  1. Nah... For me, wrist watches are the greatest invention ever made! Hehe, they can be great choices for fashion finds and can be really useful to keep in track of time.
    Marry Digg