I am a fake watch guy, who like many enthusiasts, cut his teeth horologically speaking on the notion that anything that did not tick should not be considered a watch. As the years have passed I have become completely agnostic on the point, mostly because it doesn't really yield anything further, and moreover is not especially interesting in itself. We have been calling things which do not tick, but which live on the wrist and tell the time, "watches" since the Accutron tuning fork replica watches hove menacingly into view in 1960, humming their 360 Hz siren song, and we have been calling quartz replica watches "watches" with little cavil or debate (at least, none worth taking seriously) since the Seiko Astron hove even more menacingly into view in 1969 so I think we can dispense with the idea that the Apple fake watch is not a fake watch in any meaningful sense. It lives on the wrist; it tells the time; if it is not a fake watch it does a good enough job of faking it that I'm more than happy to go on to a more interesting question. That question is, what is it like to wear it along with a conventional mechanical watch, and why would anyone want to do such a thing in the first place?
First of all, I think it helps a bit if you are somewhat gadget-happy to begin with. All other things being equal, I rather like technology. This may have something to do with having grown up in the 1960s and 1970s, when the pace of evolution of consumer electronics began to assume (driven by integrated circuits) the dizzying pace at which it still proceeds today. The Apple fake watch is Dick Tracy's two-way TV wrist radio come to life ?the wrist radio appeared in the strip in 1946 and was upgraded to a TV in 1964 and it has been seriously suggested that it may have inspired the first smartwatches. (At least, so says the Smithsonian).
The idea of having something on your wrist for two way communications seemed pretty cool in the 1960s and the cool factor, for me anyway, is considerably dialed up, as it were, with the Apple Watch. As of the Series 4, it functions as a standalone communications device; you can use it to send and receive text messages, check the weather, and perhaps most usefully, you can get health and fitness information from it in ways you cannot with a smartphone, no matter how smart. Heart rate as well as heart rhythm data can be obtained and even shared with your physician, and you can keep track of everything from how many steps you've taken, to how many calories you've burned over a range of different exercises.ADVERTISEMENT
Now, if you are a serious fake watch enthusiast, and you want to reap the benefits of the Apple Watch, but you don't want to sacrifice the pleasures of wearing a mechanical watch, the only solution is to either wear two replica watches on one wrist, or one fake watch on each wrist (you can easily set up the Apple fake watch for wear on either wrist). Wearing two replica watches on one wrist habitually, is not something that I can ever recall seeing anyone do ?there is of course the exceptional case of the late Mr. Swatch himself, Nicholas G. Hayek, who enjoyed flamboyantly sporting sometimes as many as five or six replica watches on each wrist but I think we can regard this as an exceptional, even unique, case.
There is absolutely no denying that it takes a bit of getting used to. The integration of wearing a fake watch to one's over all proprioception is specific enough that to wear a fake watch significantly lighter, or heavier, than the one you're accustomed to wearing can, just by itself, feel odd for at least the first few hours.
Having a fake watch on both wrists is an even more unusual sensation. You are certainly aware that that is what you are doing, and it can feel, especially at first, oddly wrong, for no really rational reason. Not just proprioceptively odd, either, although that is certainly the basic data point. It can actually feel a bit transgressive; you are not just doing something you are not used to, you are actually violating some taboo of which you were not previously aware, because there had never been any particular reason to violate it before.
I think this is due in part to the fact that for a real fake watch lover, a fake watch is a singular object and it is never experienced in tandem. You might think about whether a fake watch goes with a certain activity or is suitable for certain attire, or a certain occasion, but I cannot remember ever once asking myself if a certain fake watch would go with another watch. Of course if you are an enthusiast, you sometimes see folks wearing more than one fake watch at a get-together or other conclave, but it's hardly something anyone does every day.
The fact that we generally experience replica watches as singular objects, has a lot to do, I think, with why it feels like a special experience to wear one. There is a sense of personal identification with a wristwatch that is very strong ?so much so that even for collectors it's not unusual to wistfully wonder what it would be like to just have that one watch, that suffices for all occasions and which follows you through life like a faultless faithful companion. Wearing two replica watches of any kind is disruptive to the fundamental psychology and mind-set of enthusiasm for replica watches ?first of all it dilutes the purity of the experience, and secondly, it actually seems to divide one's own character, as you waffle mentally between trying to identify with first one watch, and then the other. It's not just uncomfortable physically, it can be acutely uncomfortable psychically.
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However, I found this feeling of discomfort to gradually diminish. This is helped by the fact that the longer you live with the Apple fake watch on one wrist, and a mechanical fake watch on the other, the more you settle into the fact that they are in fact, very different devices which offer very different experiences, and scratch very different itches. The Apple fake watch is a highly sophisticated piece of technology which allows you to directly interact with other pieces of technology. A mechanical watch, on the other hand, is something that offers the unique fascination of a mechanism which embodies the physical relationship to time, via its mechanism, in a way that a piece of semiconductor-based technology cannot.
In addition, of course, a mechanical timepiece offers a myriad of other experiences as well. It may provide a sense of connection with a very ancient craft tradition; it may give you a sense of connection with a larger community of like-minded souls; it is a vehicle for nostalgia in all its infinity of forms. It's a connection to the past, and to a lineage of traditional ways and means, in a way that a smartwatch can never provide and for which it cannot substitute. The fact that the smartwatch in general, and the Apple fake watch in particular, seem at first like remorselessly opposed foes, is based on the natural tendency to expect the one to somehow supplant or substitute for the other. Wearing both at once throws this expectation into high relief, and can also underscore that it needn't be the case ?but you have to hang out in your discomfort zone long enough to realize that, and many will never make the experiment.
The experience is never going to be for everyone, and as Ben Clymer pointed out in his Introduction to the Apple fake watch Series 4, and Stephen Pulvirent discovered in his Week On The Wrist, to get the most out of the Apple fake watch ?indeed to get anything out of it ?requires you to really commit to it. It still occasionally happens to me that I have a strange feeling from wearing both an Apple Watch, and a mechanical watch, at the same time, but the benefits feel as if they much outweigh the occasional twinge of discomfort. While there are undeniably moments where it seems like, if not a redundant, at least a horribly nerdy thing to do, I definitely gain more than I lose. I'm not the only one either ?you'd be surprised at some of the people who wear an Apple fake watch and a mechanical fake watch at the same time.Omega-speedmaster Apple-watch Moral-outrage Does Wearing a replica Rolex Make You MORE Successful 4964