My Apple Watch Idea...

Tom C

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Hi, I am new to Mac Rumors. I have created some images of an Apple Watch collection which could be called Apple Watch Swiss because they feature ideas from Swiss watch companies and I wanted to post them somewhere. I made them using the Alpha and Mask tools, as well as the copy, paste, rotate etc.. in Keynote, and then screen-shotted them.

Hope you like them.

Thanks

Tom.
 

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MarcoCapa

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Hi, I am new to Mac Rumors. I have created some images of an Apple Watch collection which could be called Apple Watch Swiss because they feature ideas from Swiss watch companies and I wanted to post them somewhere. I made them using the Alpha and Mask tools, as well as the copy, paste, rotate etc.. in Keynote, and then screen-shotted them.

Hope you like them.

Thanks

Tom.
Interesting but try to eliminate some logos... The Swiss will never add all that logos....
 

Piggie

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Nice work :)

It does however highlight how 'Toy'ish' Apple's circle icon layout looks, when you put THAT face of icons, against what we'd consider a classy/tasteful body of a quality watch.

Their colored round icons look OK on the funky sports watch, but they really clash bad when you go up market.

I can see that being redesigned, very soon, even if it's skinned/colored to not look so toy tacky
 

Rogifan

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Nice work :)

It does however highlight how 'Toy'ish' Apple's circle icon layout looks, when you put THAT face of icons, against what we'd consider a classy/tasteful body of a quality watch.

Their colored round icons look OK on the funky sports watch, but they really clash bad when you go up market.

I can see that being redesigned, very soon, even if it's skinned/colored to not look so toy tacky
Wouldn't you be using a watch face and thus wouldn't see the colorful home screen most of the time? Note that no where on the "home screen" does it display the time. Also if you notice, the only metal bands Apple created are stainless steel. I think these mock ups make it obvious why.
 

Piggie

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Wouldn't you be using a watch face and thus wouldn't see the colorful home screen most of the time? Note that no where on the "home screen" does it display the time. Also if you notice, the only metal bands Apple created are stainless steel. I think these mock ups make it obvious why.
Oh yes.

However, it still clashed to my eyes badly and looks very un Apple.

The colorful round tiles are perfectly fine on a a sports watch, or a fun watch, a swatch perhaps.

To have a gold/titanium/black, one may say classy? looking strap, that's toned down, elegant perhaps, subtle metal tones.
To tap the screen and have something that looks like a childs toy menu pop up does scream at you a bit.

If you could, for example Skin the icons, like tone them, perhaps Make them monochrome and then tint them, it would help a VAST amount if the rest of the watch was a more classic style.
?

Its a bit like a Silver/Grey Understated Audi car and seeing it full of brightly colored children balloons.

As you say the one screen with the watch face can be fixed, but it could look out of place if the rest of the UI isn't.

That being said, the watches won't look like this anyway :)
 

lostgear

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OMG.....truly revolting :eek: Those brands are all "King of Bling" and shunned by true WIS.
 

Rogifan

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Oh yes.

However, it still clashed to my eyes badly and looks very un Apple.

The colorful round tiles are perfectly fine on a a sports watch, or a fun watch, a swatch perhaps.

To have a gold/titanium/black, one may say classy? looking strap, that's toned down, elegant perhaps, subtle metal tones.
To tap the screen and have something that looks like a childs toy menu pop up does scream at you a bit.

If you could, for example Skin the icons, like tone them, perhaps Make them monochrome and then tint them, it would help a VAST amount if the rest of the watch was a more classic style.
?

Its a bit like a Silver/Grey Understated Audi car and seeing it full of brightly colored children balloons.

As you say the one screen with the watch face can be fixed, but it could look out of place if the rest of the UI isn't.

That being said, the watches won't look like this anyway :)
I don't think it looks nearly as bad as you say.



And like I said, I think most people will choose a watch face they like and won't be spending a lot of time looking at app icons. With the Sport collection I like how Apple lets you coordinate the watch face colors to the band.

 

Julien

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...With the Sport collection I like how Apple lets you coordinate the watch face colors to the band....
It appears the fluoroelastomer Sport band will be available on all 3 lines (18K pin for the Edition) at the starting price of the line. Of course all bands are sold as mix/match optional. I plan on buying the Sport watch and a couple of different color fluoroelastomer bands to change up. Hopefully a Modern Buckle leather too depending on Apple pricing. Will also look at 3ed party bands.
 

laszlo182

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Awesome. They look really stunning :) I would buy it... Maybe eventually some brands will be interested in making compatible bands. I think they will.

I like your idea, and I support you also because you made it using Keynote ;)
 

SHNXX

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OMG.....truly revolting :eek: Those brands are all "King of Bling" and shunned by true WIS.

Wrong.

Tag Heuer has some serious haute horlogerie watches these days with amazing complications.

Breitling's an independently owned brand which is nevertheless successful.
Their Navitimer is an iconic design, one which is copied by many.

Rolex is the biggest most successful watch company today (also independent) and they use the most robust movements inside the best sport watch cases and bracelets (for and finish).

None of these brands would be considered "high end," but only watch novices would laugh at these three successful brands.
They cover a different market segment from the Patek, Lange, etc but nevertheless have serious watches that are historically relevant, whether it's the tag Monaco, tag v4, Breitling's navitimer, or the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona, the world's first GMT complication, etc.
 

edhchoe

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No, no no, and no.
I like watches and I have had dozens of watches from Casio G shock to swiss and german mechanical watches. And I am a watch wearer.
However, I have never been attracted to square or rectangular watches.

Apple needs to make round dial watches.
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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No, no no, and no.
I like watches and I have had dozens of watches from Casio G shock to swiss and german mechanical watches. And I am a watch wearer.
However, I have never been attracted to square or rectangular watches.

Apple needs to make round dial watches.
The problem is that a round watch would either have too little usable display room or be too big. I'm sure they thought about it, but decided to go with a rectangular design to appeal to a broader audience.
 

betabeta

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Nice work on the images, I just don't see the point of replicating the past. I prefer a fresh start, I never wanted a rotary dialer image on my phone, and I don't want analog watch hands replicated on my Apple watch.

My phone looks nothing like its corded analog sibling from the past and I really don't want my watch to look close to one of those watches.

I respect the past and those are awesome watches to wear, so if I wanted that look I would wear one of those. I want my :apple:watch to be different.
 

lostgear

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Nov 9, 2010
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Wrong.

Tag Heuer has some serious haute horlogerie watches these days with amazing complications.

Breitling's an independently owned brand which is nevertheless successful.
Their Navitimer is an iconic design, one which is copied by many.

Rolex is the biggest most successful watch company today (also independent) and they use the most robust movements inside the best sport watch cases and bracelets (for and finish).

None of these brands would be considered "high end," but only watch novices would laugh at these three successful brands.
They cover a different market segment from the Patek, Lange, etc but nevertheless have serious watches that are historically relevant, whether it's the tag Monaco, tag v4, Breitling's navitimer, or the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona, the world's first GMT complication, etc.
Their marketing seems to be working on you then :roll eyes:
 
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odds

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Nice work :)

It does however highlight how 'Toy'ish' Apple's circle icon layout looks, when you put THAT face of icons, against what we'd consider a classy/tasteful body of a quality watch.

Their colored round icons look OK on the funky sports watch, but they really clash bad when you go up market.

I can see that being redesigned, very soon, even if it's skinned/colored to not look so toy tacky
Hmm, I see what you're saying but I must disagree. Especially with Tom's images above, the bands just look quite dated when compared with Apple's Watch interface. After all, if you think of the people who actually wear those two-toned, super high-end Swiss watches, it's mainly old men and rappers.

I think Apple's Watch with the bands Jony and team specifically designed for it look modern, high-end, and classy. It's just not "high-end" and "classy" like the Rolexes and other Swiss watches are.

Do you understand what I'm trying to say?

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Nice work on the images, I just don't see the point of replicating the past. I prefer a fresh start, I never wanted a rotary dialer image on my phone, and I don't want analog watch hands replicated on my Apple watch.

My phone looks nothing like its corded analog sibling from the past and I really don't want my watch to look close to one of those watches.

I respect the past and those are awesome watches to wear, so if I wanted that look I would wear one of those. I want my :apple:watch to be different.
THIS! Well said, betabeta.
 

lostgear

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Nov 9, 2010
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Seems like you probably can't afford nice watches and have never bought any but just like to talk **** about stuff you can't afford.
Lol.......you know nothing about me, but regardless have dived into a personal attack.

I assume therefor your argument has faltered#

To answer your assertion though, I refuse to pay retail price for the likes of Breitling, Tag and Rolex because I know what there markups are, the true cost of these watches, and the marketing costs.

I'm a bit of a watch flipper at heart, with generally 3 or 4 on the go at once. Currently it stands at an IWC Mk12, Sinn U1, Longines Heritage Conquest Chrono, Rolex 1550 Gold Shel and a Damasko DA37.

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SHNXX

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Lol.......you know nothing about me, but regardless have dived into a personal attack.



I assume therefor your argument has faltered



To answer your assertion though, I refuse to pay retail price for the likes of Breitling, Tag and Rolex because I know what there markups are, the true cost of these watches, and the marketing costs.



I'm a bit of a watch flipper at heart, with generally 3 or 4 on the go at once. Currently it stands at an IWC Mk12, Sinn U1, Longines Heritage Conquest Chrono, Rolex 1550 Gold Shel and a Damasko DA37.



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Please feel free to share the accounting books of these private firms with us anytime to support your claims.
 

lostgear

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Please feel free to share the accounting books of these private firms with us anytime to support your claims.
I have nothing to prove and am happy with my watch choices, I am also glad with Apple's understated, bling free, :apple:Watches.
 

StoneJack

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The OP idea is to make a gold plated belt (or two tone) one with a gold illustrated face. Nothing difficult, I think, third parties will release both of them :)

Having said that, AW does have a full gold version already :)
 

SHNXX

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My Apple Watch Idea...

I have nothing to prove and am happy with my watch choices, I am also glad with Apple's understated, bling free, :apple:Watches.

So you don't know anything about those brands' markups and you're just making **** up because you don't like those brands. Got it.

How do you know what it costs for rolex to build a rolex watch?
Do you have a watch company?
Have you visited their factory?
Have you looked at their balance sheets?

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People with serious (above 100k USD) watch collections almost universally have Rolexes.

You may not like Rolex, but you can't argue that it's a ripoff or that it doesn't have historical merit when the watches you own have much more suspect history.