Hybrid watch is the future

The Hybrid watch will became the future for watch industry, or what do you think? 

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I don't see it, but consumers tend to support lots of things that I find to be absolutely ridiculous en masse.

To me, these are chimeras and last gasp attempts at relevancy for stuff that's already been obsolete for several decades. Are automakers still pretending that people care about manually shiftable automatic transmissions? Because this is how these things strike me. One either wants to stick with the charming old way or go all in on the modern disposable convenience. Attempts to straddle end up being combinations of unsatisfying compromises. These things are transitory stepping stones at best.

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I cannot comment on the trend (I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened). As far as my preferences are concerned,  I will stick with the mechanical machines. 

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OscarKlosoff

I don't see it, but consumers tend to support lots of things that I find to be absolutely ridiculous en masse.

To me, these are chimeras and last gasp attempts at relevancy for stuff that's already been obsolete for several decades. Are automakers still pretending that people care about manually shiftable automatic transmissions? Because this is how these things strike me. One either wants to stick with the charming old way or go all in on the modern disposable convenience. Attempts to straddle end up being combinations of unsatisfying compromises. These things are transitory stepping stones at best.

Totally agree Oscar 

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OscarKlosoff

I don't see it, but consumers tend to support lots of things that I find to be absolutely ridiculous en masse.

To me, these are chimeras and last gasp attempts at relevancy for stuff that's already been obsolete for several decades. Are automakers still pretending that people care about manually shiftable automatic transmissions? Because this is how these things strike me. One either wants to stick with the charming old way or go all in on the modern disposable convenience. Attempts to straddle end up being combinations of unsatisfying compromises. These things are transitory stepping stones at best.

I only disagree in regards to automatics with manual shift... They can be quite handy for driving in some conditions when you want the car/truck to hold a gear, which likely has more to do with their continued existence than the ability to pretend you're in a manual. 

Hybrid watches seem like the calculator watch of today, an attempt to make two things that don't belong together fit together. You were better off with a pocket calculator and a watch, than with a calculator watch. 

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The Prius of tomorrow

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Seiko kinetic was always interesting, albeit never really supplanted neither quartz nor automatic. I love a spring drive though, maybe its all about execution. I don‘t really think it will take over the broader industry. 

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I don't think so. The watch industry of the future is a smartwatch.

The luxury watch will probably always remain mechanical. Why?

Because if there was a way to kill it quartz would have done so already. The most beautiful and expensive watches will always be mechanical because they can be nicely decorated. And when you make a product that has the same mechanism, never mind it is nothing like one of those artisanally crafted watches, people think it is more luxurious. 

A cheap mechanical movement isn't much more expensive to make than a cheap quartz but people shit all over quartz because the most expensive quartz is not even close to being as expensive as the most expensive mechanical... it is madness but that's just how the masses seem to feel.

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The Seiko Prius? I don't know...

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I’d like an Apple compatible doohickey that I can add to my watch strap the does Apple Pay and Mac unlock and that’s it, that’s all I miss from my Apple Watch. That’s about as hybrid as I want my watch. Actual hybrid watches, meh. 😂

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No thanks.

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OscarKlosoff

I don't see it, but consumers tend to support lots of things that I find to be absolutely ridiculous en masse.

To me, these are chimeras and last gasp attempts at relevancy for stuff that's already been obsolete for several decades. Are automakers still pretending that people care about manually shiftable automatic transmissions? Because this is how these things strike me. One either wants to stick with the charming old way or go all in on the modern disposable convenience. Attempts to straddle end up being combinations of unsatisfying compromises. These things are transitory stepping stones at best.

My opinion is different from yours. We live in 2022 and today's society is moving forward and not backward. There are people who like classic watches and then there are people who love technology and use "apple watches" then there are people (me) who love both classic and modern functions. that there is a watch that looks like a classic watch but has smart functions is something that I strongly believe will grow more and more.

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KristianG

I only disagree in regards to automatics with manual shift... They can be quite handy for driving in some conditions when you want the car/truck to hold a gear, which likely has more to do with their continued existence than the ability to pretend you're in a manual. 

Hybrid watches seem like the calculator watch of today, an attempt to make two things that don't belong together fit together. You were better off with a pocket calculator and a watch, than with a calculator watch. 

Hybrid watches is more than a calculator, there are more functions that people can use than just looking at the time. 

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Hamid11

Hybrid watches is more than a calculator, there are more functions that people can use than just looking at the time. 

There are, but they are better done on the phone that everybody is carrying around anyway. 

My S20 is bigger than my S5 was, despite technology improving and getting smaller. It's bigger because people wanted bigger screens to watch things, and interact with. A hybrid watch is the opposite of that trend, so unlikely to become much more than a fad in my opinion. 

I expect that as the options for smaller, more discreet health trackers come out, the current trend of smartwatches will die out. 

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JapanExclusive

Seiko kinetic was always interesting, albeit never really supplanted neither quartz nor automatic. I love a spring drive though, maybe its all about execution. I don‘t really think it will take over the broader industry. 

I also don't really believe that hybrid watches will take over the watch industry, but I strongly believe that the number of hybrid watch users will increase. I also think the reason hybrid watches aren't that popular is because not many people know about it. But time will tell and people will become more comfortable with it.

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MegaBob

I don't think so. The watch industry of the future is a smartwatch.

The luxury watch will probably always remain mechanical. Why?

Because if there was a way to kill it quartz would have done so already. The most beautiful and expensive watches will always be mechanical because they can be nicely decorated. And when you make a product that has the same mechanism, never mind it is nothing like one of those artisanally crafted watches, people think it is more luxurious. 

A cheap mechanical movement isn't much more expensive to make than a cheap quartz but people shit all over quartz because the most expensive quartz is not even close to being as expensive as the most expensive mechanical... it is madness but that's just how the masses seem to feel.

I agree with you on some things you said, but today's society demands more than timepieces, I see a great opportunity for hybrid watches that both tell us the time and have smart functions that facilitate our daily work as well as our health.