Most everyone has a cell phone these days, and as this image so subtly alludes, analog timepieces may be fading into the background. But not really.
Windsor Jewelry has been selling jewelry and watches for almost a hundred years. We have customers come in every single day to watch-shop or for watch repairs.
But more and more, we have customers come in, glance at our watch displays, and ask, “Does anyone even still wear a watch?”
We rely on timekeeping for a host of reasons. Now in an age of technological advancement, digital what-have-you, and the ubiquity of computers, is there still a genuine need for watches?
Not necessarily. But…
As a necessity to existing, we do not need smartphones, laptops, or even the Internet, regardless of how those things may enrich our lives. The human race survived for quite a while without any of them.
Do we need to be able to tell time? Of course not. But it is a foundational asset that makes many parts of our societal infrastructure function properly.
Granted, the smartwatches referenced in this report have abilities even the most advanced mechanical watches simply cannot hope to achieve, but their essence is the same: a portable device for timekeeping worn on the wrist.
Yes, you have a portable timekeeping device in a cell phone, but the simple convenience of something worn on the wrist supersedes pulling something out of your pocket.
Case in point: wristwatches were originally worn exclusively by women, and men carried pocket watches. How many pocket watches do you see today?
Smartwatches also prove that tracking the passage of time has evolved in not only form, but function. Weaving computerization into the function of a watch will only increase the longevity of the species, if you will.
Are watches becoming obsolete?
The unequivocal answer is no.
Remember that there was an era when the ability to keep time was unknown. We’ve come a long way since then. And regardless of form, a watch’s utility in our society has become nearly invaluable.
However, form is ever important to humanity. Watches are often worn as accessories: objects that, although they have an actual function, find use through aesthetic appeal.
There will always be those who want to own the highest quality available for the sake of esteem.
And there will always be those to fill that desire: those who will strive to create the highest quality for the sake of achievement.
If you don’t believe that, just look at brands like Breguet, Koenigsegg, and Gucci.
So we pose the question again: Do we still need watches?
No. No more than we need concrete, telephones, or combustion engines.
But that does not imply any of those things are going extinct.
So what do you think of watches? Do you wear one? Why or why not?