The wristwatch has changed the way people perceive time. Starting with the mechanical watch utilized during WW1, to the quartz revolution. Later in the 1970’s digital watches introduced LED displays, followed by the breakthrough of the smartwatch in the 2010’s providing complications a timepiece had never seen before. Yet the future lies in the hands of the hybrid smartwatch.
The mechanical wristwatch is characterized by the ticking sound. As the pendulum in the grandfather’s clock, the escape mechanism is the device measuring time. Mechanical wristwatches can be hand-winding, requiring the mainspring to be wound periodically and manually. To avoid this operation, the automatic one detects wrist movements instead.
The quartz watch is the most precise time tracker yet invented (except the atomic clock, which is not very useful for wristwatches). The idea behind it is simple: a microscopic quartz crystal is made to vibrate by an electric circuit at a constant frequency. Electric impulses are then translated into motion to change the clock.
The electronic watch digitally displays time on a LED screen by diverging from traditional dials with hands, commonly known as the analogue watches. As to power the LED screen, digital watches implement electric circuits as well as quartz crystals to keep time accurately.
This is why the hybrid smartwatch will be the novelty within the industry. It will combine an automatic movement with the latest smart features. Particularly, hybrid smartwatches aim to focus on a limited number of functions as to elevate the device from a time-consuming to a proper time-management tool. Thanks to this, the battery will last longer, even up to weeks on a single charge. All in all, the purpose of wristwatches has changed drastically within the last century. From simply tracking time to being a device with smart functions. In spite of this, apps tend to be more time-consuming rather than useful time-management tools. In this context, the hybrid smartwatch will optimize our time usage and neglect any distraction.
All in all, as time has progressed, the purpose of wristwatches has changed drastically. From simply tracking time with analogue watches, to being tools that innumerable functions. Due to this last characteristic, smartwatches have become more of distractors than actual time-management friendly tools. In addition to this, smartwatches are available in digital format and have designs that dramatically diverge from the beauty of classic analogue watches.
- Miyota Movement 9015: https://miyotamovement.com/product/9015/
- ETA Movement: https://www.eta.ch/en/our-products/quartz-movements
- Hamilton Pulsar picture: https://www.watchuseek.com/7-watches-that-changed-the-world/