How did wristwatches gain popularity?
What does the future of timepiece look like?
When people used to talk about clocks, it was clear that conventional wristwatches with mechanical clockwork were meant. These were unrivaled and accordingly dominated the wrists of men and women. Wristwatches with digital displays were added and also enjoyed great popularity. In the meantime, however, more and more smartwatches can be seen, some of which are displacing classic watches. Will technical developments go so far that mechanical watches will soon be hard to admire on the wrist?
The effects are already being felt
If you take a look at the watch industry, you will see that the rapid development of smartwatches is already having a noticeable effect. This can even be observed in Swiss companies, many of which are among the most popular and well-known watch manufacturers. Manufacturers who produce cheap to medium-priced watches are particularly affected by the decline in sales. Instead of these, consumers are increasingly buying smartwatches, which explains the financial losses. The situation is somewhat different in the higher price segment, as there is still strong demand for luxury watches. First of all, it cannot be assumed that, for example, classic watches from IWC will face too much competition from smartwatches for scientists.
Smartwatches are conquering everyday life
As with so many inventions, the first smartwatches weren't developed enough to appeal to many consumers. This only changed when more and more functions were added that are important for people's everyday lives. These digital watches can now be used to make phone calls, play songs and receive messages without any problems. Sometimes the most popular smartwatches in Germany even replace the smartphone, but they can also be linked to and used in parallel. It is to be expected that the range of functions has not yet come to an end and that future models will make the everyday life of their users even more pleasant.
Wristwatches lose none of their charm
Classic wristwatches can certainly not compete with smartwatches in terms of functions. On the other hand, they trump the latter when it comes to the function as a fashion accessory. Wristwatches with mechanical clockwork - especially in the more expensive range - round off the most varied of outfits with their mostly noble style. This applies to both the private and the business sector, with prestige counting even more in professional life. Smart watches do not even begin to achieve this effect, which most manufacturers do not even try.
The future of watches
Basically, of course, it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen. What is certain, however, is that smartwatches will be further developed and will be of interest to even more consumers due to their even greater range of functions. This is even more true if the designs of future models should approach the style of conventional wristwatches. The manufacturers of wristwatches at the low to medium price level should adapt to the circumstances and show a reaction in order not to drown in the watch market. Luxury watches are unlikely to be affected at first. They are usually very expensive and interesting for buyers who value other aspects of a watch than receiving messages or going online. But whatever the future of watches looks like: the internal clock remains the most reliable. At Scinexx you can find out more about the internal clock.
August 21, 2020
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