Will 2011 Babies Care About the Orient CFT00005M?

February 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment

We live in a world characterized by change and technological advancement. Consequently, babies born in 2011 probably won’t even know about some of the trends that have defined our lives.

They probably won’t listen to a cassette tape or watch a VHS, and they’ll never experience the woes and frustration that come with a dial-up Internet connection.

A journalist for Money Talks News recently speculated that wristwatches may be among the things that future generations will have no use for, writing that “the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand.”

What effect does this view have on the watch industry?

They’re advancing too. The Orient CFT00005M, for example, has a lot to offer. It’s modern and sporty in design, has a durable sapphire crystal, and comes equipped with a slide rule calculator bezel. The semi-skeleton feature and bright orange dial create a bold presence on the wrist that’s sure to catch everyone’s attention.

Your smartphone can’t do all of that, no matter how smart it is.

This topic is often discussed by watch lovers, like on the popular watch forum WatchUSeek. Here are 3 reasons why we think that 2011 babies will still love watches just as much as we do, despite the development of more advanced technology:

  • We like to keep it old school.
  • Times are changing, but so are watches.
  • Watches are relentless.

We like to keep it old school.

We learn from the past, and often try to emulate it when we can. That’s why fashion trends are usually cyclical. We’ve seen flare jeans in the 1970’s and, after a brief hiatus, they’ve re-emerged as a trend again.

For the same reason, we can still appreciate the craftsmanship behind a watch, whether it’s a modern model like the Orient CFT00001B, or a more classic design like the Orient CEV0M001B. Watches have a time-tested ability to deliver style and functionality, and we don’t think any new technology will be able to trump our appreciation for things from the past.

What Others Think
“I think as long as humans value antiques, historic items, or anything that links them to the past there will be a market for watches. Technology may change, but mechanical watch popularity is on the rise now. It may not interest younger people, but I’ve noticed that as we get older many of us develop an appreciation for fine luxury items and the artisanship behind them.”
-ulackfocus, WatchUSeek.com

Times are changing, but so are watches.

The watch industry has all its bases covered. Sure, there’s an appreciation for vintage timepieces, whether they’re actually vintage or made to look like the timepieces of yesteryear, but that’s not the only style that people love.

To appeal to a younger, more tech-y group of people, watchmakers have developed new technology to make some watches more modern and technologically advanced. Some diver watches can do just as many things as a computer.

While it’s not essential to wear a watch to know the time, they’re still a contemporary and trendy fashion accessory, with new styles being developed just as often as new computers and cell phones.

What Others Think
“Fashion watches have been a booming and huge industry as of late. You have the tech guys wearing digitals, surfer dudes wearing Nixons and Vestals, business men wearing dress watches, girls wearing Michael Kors…”
-RTea, WatchUSeek.com

Watches are relentless.

One of the reasons we think watches will be able to hold their own against new technology with the potential to render them obsolete is because they’ve already been doing it. We’ve already experienced so much technological advancement in the past few decades, and the watch industry has shown no sign of slowing down; so there’s no reason to think it will any time soon.

Even when cell phones transitioned from a convenient device to use for emergencies to something that needs to be in your pocket at all times, watches remained an appreciated and popular accessory. When it became the norm to carry your laptop in your bag, watches maintained their appeal.

What Others Think
“With regard to watches, I seriously doubt the multi-billion-dollar global watch industry is going to fold up their tents and disappear anytime soon…they adapted to the digital watch revolution of the 70′s and 80′s, and can surely hold their own in the smartphone era of today.”
-mjbernier, WatchUSeek.com

Times are changing, and we can’t stop it. Old technologies that were once innovative and profound will lose their popularity as newer things come along, but we don’t think watches will fall into that category.

Do you think that future generations will still value the wristwatch as much as we do? Leave your comments below.

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  2. By Russell on Feb 9, 2011

    The question also becomes interesting because it reveals we don’t just care about the time.

    For example, one might say, “Sure, watches will survive, if only because it’s convenient to wear the time on your wrist.” Sure enough, a laptop in your bag or a phone in your pocket are not great sources of telling time. But there’s something more in a watch.

    To get at the answer, we can also ask, “Why do mechanical watches still enjoy popularity, when quartz is more accurate?” For accuracy alone, quartz movements allow watches to be very affordable, yet some people still have an interest in mechanical watches. Why?

    I think all this has to do with the idea that a watch is a part of daily life. It’s functional, but it also makes a statement, and even more importantly, we live with our watches. If you’ve ever thought a hat or a pair of shoes looked cool on someone else but wouldn’t work for you, you know what I’m talking about. Most people, especially working people, wear a watch all the time. If you’re like me and you wear a particular watch most of the time, you’ll want to care about your watch more than your favorite shirt. And then if you, like me, tend to wear one watch for several years, you’ll care about it more than pretty much anything else you wear, especially since you’ll look at your watch every day.

    In 2030 when those 2011 babies are adults, they won’t be asking their high-tech pocket gadgets the time. They’ll look at their wrists.

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