Why I’m Choosing to Wear my Apple Watch Less
Back in September, I did a review of my Apple Watch Series 2. I mentioned in that post that I always felt compelled to wear it, at the expense of aesthetics, due to functionality and the fitness data it collects, which has been amazing for my continued health and weight loss mission. Well recently, with me questioning how invested I am in the Apple ecosystem, I’ve begun to wear my Apple Watch a lot less.
As I said in my review, the Apple Watch is an amazing piece of tech, and I do love it. It’s also really helped to change my life and get me to a point where I’m relatively happy with my body image and my general state of health, so I’m still glad I own it.
In a similar way to how I approached fragrances a few years ago, I’ve always had one watch that I would wear daily until it broke, wore out, or was replaced with something else. This has been more and more a thing since investing in the Apple Watch. I’ve mentioned that my Series 2 has helped me lose weight, and it really has, and one of the by-products of that, has been that I’m paying far more attention to my own personal style.
In a similar mindset to how I now approach fragrances, I’ve found myself wanting to reach for alternative timepieces, because they’re more aesthetically pleasing. It’s very much a form vs function dilemma, because the Apple Watch clearly performs more functions than anything else I own. That’s not to say that it’s not an attractive thing to have on your wrist, but it doesn’t have that classic appeal of a traditional watch.
Shortly before I picked up my Apple Watch, I was actually sent a few different products for instagram purposes. The first was the Timex x Mr Porter collaboration, which was based on the Waterbury Collection. I was sent a really elegant black on black version with a black face and clear white numerals, with a leather strap.
This is actually the watch I reach for if I’m at an evening event, and wearing a suit. This is another thing that annoys me about the Apple Watch, it’s thickness. When I’m wearing certain things like a shirt, or even some jackets, the Series 2 is just too bulky and won’t fit under a cuff. I’m actually really happy to have the Timex x Mr Porter watch in my very small collection. It’s clean, simple and understated, which sometimes, is exactly what I’m looking for.
After that initial watch, I was subsequently sent another from Timex, this time in an olive green with a fabric wristband, as well as another timepiece from Circulr, that actually came with interchangeable straps, which was nice. About a month after I received the latter, I got my Apple Watch, and have pretty much only wore that ever since, to the point where I actually refused a couple of watches I was offered, as I felt it wouldn’t be honest to promote them.
Recently, that’s all changing, however, and I’m pushing the Apple Watch Series 2 to one side more and more. Partly due to not wanting to be tied to a device that is making me focus on arbitrary numbers and metrics, but mostly because I want more aesthetic variety on my wrist. Basically, I’m bored with it, and I’m looking to go back to something more traditional, that does little more than tell the time, but something that does it in a far more visually pleasing manner.
I’m not in any hurry to part ways with my smart watch. I’m still going to be wearing it at the gym, or from time to time when I feel like it, but for the most part, I’m going to try to look at it in the vain as any other watch, rather than the only thing I can possibly put on my wrist.
I’ve actually stopped wearing it on lazy Sundays at home completely. I mean why would I want to be tracking my fitness on lazy days? Why would I want to be nagged to get up and walk around in the middle of a movie? To be honest, on a lazy Sunday, why would I even want to be overly conscious of the time?
Do you guys have any wearable tech? What’s your relationship with it? Is it love/hate or love/love? What are the styles of watches I should be looking at for my collection? I was thinking I should probably invest in some sort of silver sports watch, as that’s something I don’t have. Leave your comments below!