What An Actual Watch Expert Thinks Of The Apple Watch

We’ve seen a vast amount of “hands on” stories on the new Apple Watch, but here’s one with a difference. Hodinkee editor Benjamin Clymer has published his first thoughts on the new Apple Watch after handling it at the Apple event on Tuesday.

Uniquely, this review doesn’t come from a fashion journalist or a tech journalist, but a writer who specialises in watches. Actual watches, the kind with hands and dials.

Here’s what Clymer thought of the Apple Watch after giving it a try:

  • The design of the Apple Watch is better than any conventional watch priced around $US350: “There is nothing that comes close to the fluidity, attention to detail, or simple build quality found on the Apple Watch in this price bracket.”
  • The Apple Watch’s design is restrained enough to be worn by men, women, and children: “They didn’t exaggerate the options and make one decidedly male oriented at 44 mm and a girly equivalent at 35 mm or the like.”
  • Apple’s selection of Apple Watch straps are really high-quality: “Changing straps is one thing, but the attention to detail on the straps and bracelets themselves is downright incredible.”
  • It’s tough to fit the Apple Watch under your shirt cuff: “I believe that great design should not disrupt daily life, and a watch that doesn’t fit under a shirt sleeve is missing something.”
  • BUT! … It’s still a digital wristwatch: “I don’t see people that love beautiful things wearing this with any great regularity.”

Read the full review here ยป

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