Have you ever tried running with trains around Denmark with DSB, as you’ve no doubt steadily on the unique Mondaine watches which have adorned the various railway stations and stations around the country. The Swiss watches won the fight at the time and credited with injecting the Danish stations in a little extra color, and today most Danes recognize the beautiful design from Mondaine. The Alpine country has been some of the world’s most accurate clocks ‘birthland and most stylish watches from Mondaine are also designed with an extra feather in the CAP, as precision and punctuality is naturally the main ingredient for any clock which is designed and manufactured in Switzerland. The watches are manufactured with the reputable Swiss quartz movement that is very unique and exclusive. In other words, you can also get a stylish design at very reasonable prices with a wristwatch from Mondaine.
We know most of all Mondaine from various railway stations. The fact is, Mondaine has over 50 years of experience and it is one of the established players in the market, unlike many of the new more fashion embossed marks. Mondaine is the guarantor of classic design with Swiss quartz movement, while trying to accommodate all and deliver watches that reach out to all corners of the world.
We have been with them in the windows since 2012 but it seems that now is the time for smartwatch. With Apple’s proposal already in the market and Android manufacturers strengthening their ranges with new releases like thesecond generation of the Moto360 and the Samsung round, more complete equipment than the first versions, smartwatch is no longer the stranger of last year.
But who is in the best position to win the first great war of the smartwatch? Will the design, price, or platform be the primary choice? Let’s see what the situation is right before the big sales season of the year and that will mark part of the near future of some models.
TWO YEARS IN SEARCH OF THE ROUND DESIGN AND APPLE ARRIVES TO ANNOY IT
It was back in 2012 when Sony was headlining the market with an accessory that we can consider as the first that could receive the name of smartwatch. At Xataka we tried itand what we were offered for 129 euros (which has been raining since then) would seem to us today as an imitation smartwatch. Just notifications of calls and messages, little more. It happened so unnoticed that nowadays (almost) no one remembers him as the pioneer and they give that honorary title to a watch that, arriving even after the Sony Smartwatch 2, has been the one that has generated more noise. Yes, we are talking about the Motorola Moto360.
The images above, which represent the original Sony smartwatch and Motorola Moto360, serve me to “mark” the roads that different brands have decided to go to give a design to their smartwatches. The round has ended up being imposed after the rotund entry of Motorola with its first watch, for months reference in this aspect.
The format of classic watch, with dial and watchface with handles has been the most imitated. Samsung, the most prolific in this of the smartwatch, took in 2013 its first model, the Galaxy Gear , with a square format that later would repeat with its Gear 2, that arrived in two versions. In both cases and despite being in 2014, the design of the terminals was of great finish and visual appeal. But it did not have the expected success.
The emergence of Motorola models, the aforementioned Moto360 and the LG G Watch (a few months earlier had started their adventure with a square model that went unnoticed), imposed a trend that ended a few days ago with the presentation of an advanced clock from Samsung With round design, the Gear S2 , the first of the company. Before I had tried with a format that made a lot of sense but again without success: the Gear S with curved screen.
If the wristwatch had to be resurrected, more or less advanced, the choice of the industry had almost completely turned to the round format. Comfortable, discreet, very attractive visually and chasing the nostalgia of who has had or aspired to put a watch on his wrist packaging. Huawei smartwatches have also chosen that line, and only among the important ones under Android Wear (or Tizen in the case of Samsung) have been Sony and ASUS have maintained their commitment to the square format. Sony has its latest model, the Smartwatch 3 that by now has no new representative for 2015, while ASUS we can consider him as one of the top students in Android at the design level. It already was with its original Zenwatch in square format, and it is still with Zenwatch 2 that insists on that design.
Seeing this history and the preference of consumers and brands for the round format, all made us think of an Apple smartwatch that will replicate this strategy: take the classic format and make your dial the screen of an advanced device. But the Apple Watch only keeps the crown and the strap from the classic watch. The box was decanted by a square format of less visual appeal though finished and high-priced watch details.
The CLOCK AS A PERSONAL AND FASHIONABLE OBJECT
That Apple has not already given its Watch a round design nor does it seem the most attractive design level (yes it is the most complete finish) does not divert the focus that the company was clear that it should give your watch: its spirit Of complement, of personal object, gadget very inclined by the fashion . Its finishes, with a gold model, the care of the details and the number of options at the level of straps ( recently expanded with more colors for the affordable model of aluminum) make its aesthetic possibilities (and consumer spending) Be the highest.
A lot of other manufacturers have joined this strategy with a very brazen wink. Sony, despite having the only square design of relevance along with the Apple Watch, took out a model with metal finish and the possibility of not exchanging plastic “casing” but include leather and leather straps as a symbol closer to the classic watch that To a technologically advanced product.
Also LG with the Urbane Watch or the Huawei Watch present finishing and design of personal complement of dress. In many of these cases, the work achieved is superior to that of Apple, which incidentally combines with well-known brands like Hermes for some of its belts.
The GAME OF THE HIGH END AND THE PLATFORM
Given the equality of specifications among smartwatches in the market, and that design at the end is something that has a strong subjective component, price and ecosystem will be two of the entry barriers that advanced clocks should soften for consumers.
In terms of operating systems, the two giants of the world electronics are the ones that play alone: Samsung has chosen Tizen without ever giving up Android Wear, while Apple has Watch OS and exclusive compatibility with their iPhone. In the case of Android Wear yes there is opening for who owns an iOS smartphone and prefer what a watch with Android Wear has to offer.
In the cases of Apple and Samsung with Tizen the potent thing is that the control of the manufacturers on the operating system is much greater than that leaves Android Wear, and that, at the moment, marks the experience of user. We will see who gets better development of his own and takes the external developers. Apple leaves with clear advantage in both aspects.
The rest of the manufacturers that have chosen Android Wear will have a cliff to save: competing with each other to share a market share in which Apple has all its part. We’ll see what impact Wear gets for iOS and the level of development of this adventure because it can be important.
In Android Wear there are more models to choose from and almost all of them fighting at prices below (or even far below) the most basic Apple Watch. But then the financial results will come and the gain of Apple with each Watch sold will leave a stretch as immense as it is now the world smartphone. And in this Apple for now has no direct competition.
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