People will say that everything gets better within the modern age, and that’s certainly true for a certain section of the world. For instance, games consoles are better now than ever before thanks to advances in graphics. However, there will always be purists: some lovers of expensive watches believe that Omega trumps Apple. Are smartwatches destined to beat off their analog counterparts for good?
It is worth pointing out that smartwatches have become a key part of society today simply due to their functionality. They can do an awful lot more than their analog brothers and the ability to link them to modern hardware like smartphones makes them the way forward. This has prompted plenty of apps such as Spotify to offer first-party versions specifically designed for smartwatches, as well as swathes of other devs to offer third-party solutions for other popular apps such as Instagram.
If this continues to go well, there could be further diversification within this sector. It could well be the case that online casino providers such as Wynnbet in New Jersey move to offer an app that players can use on the go on something that isn’t a phone. They already offer a whole host of live games for a mobile-only setting. To move into another type of app would continue to modernize their output. The options for games to implement on a watch-specific version of the app are rather broad, as slot games or a form of bingo could fit nicely into the round face of a smartwatch.
However, this isn’t to say that smartwatches are always a force for good. A common complaint that is usually aimed at smartwatches in comparison to their analog counterparts is that they aren’t fashionable. To many, a high quality, usually Swiss-made analog watch from companies such as Rado or Rolex takes priority over any form of smartwatch. While usually a more expensive option, a proper watch arguably carries a certain degree of craftsmanship and attention to detail that the “smarter” offerings simply cannot compete with.
There would appear to be a happy medium between the two poles of the watch world, though. High-end manufacturers have tried to conceptualize and market a smartwatch of their own, as IWC did some years ago, but that iteration never made it into the hands of consumers. The answer here lies in another Swiss watch manufacturer, Winwatch, who have managed to implement something known as a STISS crystal into one of their timepieces in order to make a hybrid-type watch that allows for contactless payments. The hope is that such a device gets picked up by the Rolexes and Omegas of this world to then please the purists who wish to keep the fashionable aesthetic of their expensive watch but modernize them in some way.
If the development path of the STISS crystal and other smart solutions continues, then there’s no reason why analog watches can’t catch up. They would offer an ideal blend of style and features to not only purists but also those who have money to burn and want something rather clever.