How technology has changed the watch experience


Mechanical watches are the traditional ones in the world of watch making, since they have been around for centuries.

They move by a rope mechanism similar to the toys we had in our childhood but quite complex. Mechanical watches have hundreds of tiny Pisces working in sync to push the hands on the watch dial. Mechanical movement is available as self-wind and automatic. Self-wind movement requires you to manually stress the spring in the watch witch then moves other parts.

Again, the principles are similar, in the manual lift, the user must wind the watch every few days using watch crown, while, in the automatic, watch winds itself with the movement of the wearer’s wrist. The latter are often referred to erroneously as pulse watches.

They do not need any source of electrical energy, they are not electronic machinery, but mechanical. Therefore, they are more imprecise and delicate than those of quartz. Ultimately, that moves to the price, which is also more expensive. They typically measure intervals of 1/6 of a second much lower than those of quartz, so a delay or advance of several minutes per month is normal.

Naturally they do not need any battery change to work because they do not use it, but they have to be properly cleaned and greased every several years by a watchmaker. A well-maintained mechanical watch will last us for many decades.

Good mechanical watch by Tudor, Rolex or Casio will cost you $300 and up. Technology advances and availability of smart watches has pushed traditional watch manufactures to incorporate smart functionality into mechanical watches.

This makes these watches more complex then ever as these have digital circuits and mechanical movement powers both the watch and digital circuitry that makes smart functions like notifications. Mechanical watches with smart functions are called hybrid watches. X-One and Origin are few examples of hybrid watches and how technology has changed traditional watches.


About Smart watches

The smart watch is the prime “wearable” that has become the most obvious addition to our phone. A wonderful invention that accompanies us 8 centuries ago is profoundly reconverted and leaves its mechanical ingenuity for interactivity. Smart watch does not have any mechanical part, it has electronic circuits.

Smart watch is the proof how technology changed the watch experience. It runs on battery and has too many functions other than time keeping, date and chronograph.

Smart watches: Are they useful?

They are the fashion gadget, behind the latest generation mobile phones or ultra-thin tablets the time has come for smart watches. Even though my position against the dilemma between smart watches and mechanical or “traditional” watches is more than clear, it is clear that in this article I will try to be as objective as possible.

The smart watch really is not so much (yet), and is that in addition to giving the time; obviously, the functionalities of the clock in question are completely linked to the functionalities of the mobile phone to which they are usually linked.

In addition, each smart watch or smart watch only works with the mobile with which it shares operating system, that is, that Apple and Android extend their war to the world of watches.

In favour of smart watches

Obviously, having a screen makes it possible to do things more typical of a mobile phone than a clock. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how you look at it, because some of us do not like to be connected 100% of our time.

Another point in favour of smart watches (or not) is the integration with the rest of the devices we have. This fact allows us to save time that we can devote to other things in its place of work.