I have no doubts that the new Apple Watch will be mind blowing in more ways than I have fingers to count on, but mechanical watches will always be my favorite piece of wearable technology.
Mechanical watches are the ultimate form of non-digital technology. They are tiny worlds unto themselves. Almost like a living organism, designed, assembled, and maintained by hand to tick accurately and confidently. There is tradition and history in watchmaking that stretches far before we even had cameras to capture them, and a lot of that art and craftsmanship remains largely unchanged today.
Part of the charm in mechanical watches is knowing that each movement must be assembled by hand. There are no robots or machines that can put these incredibly minuscule moving parts together in a way that manages to come alive as they do. These technicians are among the highest form of craftsmen, and their intense attention to nearly microscopic detail is a large part of what makes the mechanical watch movement so incredibly fascinating.
My mechanical watch will never link via bluetooth to my phone, nor would I ever want it to. It will never vibrate with a notification from Facebook, or pulse with a request from LinkedIn. It will never beep to remind me to buy paper towels at the store, and it will never flash because someone is trying to call me. A mechanical watch, with careful and intensive care, will only do the one thing that it was designed and crafted to do properly--keep time. It is one of the few truly brilliant pieces of technology left that is built with only one function in mind, and it does so with nothing more than a clever harnessing of spring-loaded energy. No batteries, no charging, no solar. Just smart engineering.
Mechanical watch movements are micro-engineering at its finest. They are works of art, inside and out. Complex, expensive, unnecessary, but timeless, and timeless in enough ways to make them endlessly fascinating and remarkably beautiful.
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