A recent survey says that one in five people in the US owns at least one wearable, a term used to refer to smartwatches and fitness trackers. Health buffs and tech-savvy individuals are the ones commonly seen sporting wearables. However, some wear them for the sake of jumping on the bandwagon and being a part of the trendy crowd.
Just because smartwatches and fitness trackers have been making a splash since 2014 to 2015 doesn’t necessarily mean that traditional timepieces are doomed to become extinct sooner or later. There are numerous reasons why standard watches, including especially classy and premium ones such as the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak, will never cease to exist.
Why Traditional Timepieces Won’t Go Extinct
While it’s perfectly fine for you to get your hands on smartwatches or fitness trackers, you should never ever turn your back on their long-established counterparts that first came into being back in the mid-1800s. Here are the top reasons why wearables cannot take the place of traditional timepieces no matter how hard they try:
When you want to know the time, all you have to do is take a peek at a standard watch. On the other hand, a wearable requires you to tap on the display, press a button or flick your wrist just for it to show you the time. Poor quality ones may give you a nagging headache. It’s because they either refuse to respond at your first attempt or give a delayed reaction.
While some brands and models have always-on display functionality, these smartwatches and fitness trackers need to be changed daily or every other day, which is not convenient for anyone with a busy day-to-day life or who travels a lot.
Most traditional timepieces are powered by batteries that many refer to as button cells due to their shape. Button cells can power up customary wristwatches anywhere from one to three years, depending on the functions. Some of them are automatic, which means that their wearers’ movement is what keeps their components working.
On the other hand, the batteries of wearables can provide the power that can last anywhere from one to three days only, depending on their wearers’ usage. Some smartwatches and fitness trackers with low-power consumption need to be charged once a week or every other week. When it comes to longevity, the rechargeable batteries of wearables pale in comparison to the button cells of traditional timepieces.
Stylish and Classy
The watch faces of smartwatches and fitness trackers can indeed be easily replaced simply by long pressing on the display or downloading additional ones. Many of them even allow the wearers to use their selfies or photos of their pets as watch faces.
However, when the display is off, wearables tend to look the same. Traditional timepieces may not have replaceable watch faces, but who needs to replace them when they look completely phenomenal as they are? For instance, the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak and other fine timepieces are admired not only for their reliability and durability but also appearance. An owner can be hard-pressed to consider changing anything about a timeless timepiece.
Smartwatches and fitness bands may be trendy and packed with cool features. However, none of them can surpass or let alone equal customary watches when it comes to convenience, simplicity and looks.