Why Smartwatches Will Never Take Over the Traditional Timepiece

In recent years, smartwatches have taken over the watch industry. New brands are bringing out their versions of the tech so rapidly that there is already something on the market for everyone. However, whilst they have attractive features and flashy designs, some have felt sceptical about smartwatches and worry about their effect on the traditional timepiece.

Here at New Cavendish Jewellers, we don’t believe that smartwatches will ever take over the traditional timepiece due to the long list of reasons that we are delving into in today’s blog. So read on to discover more and learn why choosing a traditional timepiece over a smartwatch is the best idea for a plethora of reasons.

A Brief Introduction to the Smartwatch

Simply put, a smartwatch is a wearable computer which has been designed to resemble a timepiece. Whilst it is a timekeeping device, smartwatches also come with many impressive functions and features, such as:

  • Internet connectivity
  • Step counter
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Exercise trackers
  • Social media, email, and text message notifications
  • Cellular connection capabilities

Smartwatches were developed from digital watches and have become a staple for many, especially sports enthusiasts, as their physical tracking and health monitoring are constantly refined and improved. Many tech brands have coined their own version of the smartwatch and developed brand-specific features, making it possible for everyone to find a model that suits them in both design and functionality.

However, although this all sounds exciting, smartwatches are not all they seem, and some have been concerned about the industry forgetting the beautiful and timeless functionality of a traditional timepiece.

Why Traditional Timepieces Are Here to Stay

Here at New Cavendish Jewellers, as stockists of some of the biggest and best classic timepiece brands, such as our Cartier watches, we will always be team traditional. Here is a list of some reasons why, although so popular, we believe smartwatches will never take over from the classics and why traditional watches are here to stay.

Traditional Watches Are Designed to Last Longer

The longevity of traditional watches is something that smartwatches will never have. As mentioned, various companies in the smartwatch industry are constantly competing to advance their models and bring out new, improved versions of their previous designs, resulting in an abundance of different generations of watches and a variety of designs. In addition, smartwatches must be updated regularly to keep up with technology improvements, avoid glitches, and keep security tight, which is another reason why so many design improvements must be regularly made.

In contrast, traditional watches are designed to last a lifetime, and in many cases, generations, with no need to upgrade their features or aesthetics. Thus, not only is a traditional timepiece a sustainable option, but it is much more cost-effective too.

Here at New Cavendish Jewellers, we are conscious about our watches being cost-effective, which is why we offer incredible financing options making it possible for you to get your hands on your dream timepiece faster. Take this Breguet Marine Chronographe watch, for example. In full, it is £19,700, but when choosing our 0% finance option, you can get it for just £369.38 per month.

Smartwatches Run Out of Power Quickly

Whilst Apple brags that their smartwatches last “all day long”, this is nothing in the wider watch industry. On average, a traditional timepiece will need its battery replaced every two years, but this depends on a long list of factors, with many batteries surpassing this and lasting for over six years before a replacement is needed.

Smartwatch Designs Quickly Go Out of Style

Think back to your first mobile phone. Was its depth almost the same as its length? Did the keypad take up more space than the screen? Did it flip up or slide to reveal more keys? Whatever funky 00s design features your phone had, we bet it looks nothing like your mobile now, which is probably slim, sleek, and all-screen. Well, if you think your current phone looks trendy now, you will probably look back on it the same as you do with your first phone in another 20 years. Of course, this is the same with any technology, including a smartwatch.

Smartwatch designs quickly go out of style; whether their case is too clunky or they have a year-defining feature that’s sure to look dated soon enough, their aesthetics constantly have to be updated to keep up with the latest tech trends.

Although new traditional watch models are released to stay trendy, their designs are generally classic and timeless. Take this stunning Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar 39mm watch, for example. This beautiful and classically designed piece is available at New Cavendish Jewellers for £43,400.

Traditional Timepieces Come With Rich History

Unlike smartwatches, traditional timepieces all come with their own fascinating history. IWC watches, for example, were founded in 1868, and although they have come a long way in terms of modern functionality and updated design, their founding fundamentals can still be found in every piece.

If you’re looking for a watch that acts as a talking point, holds decades or even centuries of history, and has been improved respectfully over the years to still hold its history, then there is no doubt that a traditional timepiece is the best option for you.

We are proud to offer an extensive range of traditional watches here at New Cavendish Jewellers, so please explore our website, visit our showroom, or contact our team for more information.