A Watch Guy’s Impressions of the Apple Watch


It was a huge week for Apple: it announced two new iPhone models and the eagerly anticipated Apple Watch, alongside other major announcements such as Apple Pay. While the first hands-on opinions of tech reporters were positive, we are wondering how many of those actually wear a watch. So, this leads us to the next question: How does the Apple Watch look from the perspective of a watch guy? Hodinkee has all the details.

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Hodinkee’s Benjamin Clymer had the opportunity to attend the Apple event, and he was able to inspect the anticipated device close up. He published his thoughts about the device in a lengthy article detailing all that Apple got right and what it didn’t, from the perspective of the device as a watch, not a digital peripheral.

Overall, his first impression was positive about the Apple Watch, which also echoes an earlier report from Reuters saying that Swiss manufacturers have nothing to fear about the device. But there are a few things Apple has done better. For example, it got more details right on the watch than the vast majority of Swiss and Asian brands do with similarly priced watches.

The good:

Overall design of the object – most obviously, the way that curved screen flows perfectly into the case – is just gorgeous. As Tim Cook said during the keynote address, you can barely tell where the software stops and the hardware begins. The rounded edges are very Apple, even very Marc Newson, who, based on absolutely nothing but a gut feeling, I’m sure had something to do with the design of the Apple Watch. Why? Just look at it.

The bad:

If I had to criticize the actual form of the Apple Watch, it would be a complaint you’ve heard from me before (most recently with the Habring2 in our latest Three on Three); the Apple Watch doesn’t fit under my shirt cuff without serious effort, if at all. I believe that great design should not disrupt daily life, and a watch that doesn’t fit under a shirt sleeve is missing something. Apple is amazing and building thin, elegant machines, and I was surprised by how bulky this is, especially when the 45 minutes prior to the introduction of the Apple Watch were spent discussing how svelte the new iPhone 6 is. I understand the physical limitations and the required dock on the rear of the watch, but the Apple Watch is bulkier than I would’ve liked.

You can read the full review here.


  • Adrian

    Lol it pretty much goes without saying that if you’re in the market for a Rolex or omega or Patek Phillipe, you’re probably not going to change your mind and grab an apple watch

  • Yeah, hard to compare a gadget watch to a timeless luxury watch.

  • As noted in our tidbits post, it is not waterproof, but it is weather resistant

  • leafstom

    Correct, that’s the thing, it’s just slightly thick.

    But history have seen thinner devices with longer lasting battery. Just a matter of time u til we see a smart watch we can all agree on.

  • Yeah. Just need battery technology to get better, or have someone add on other ways to charge throughout the day, such as through kinetic energy or even solar.

  • BrodieTheDog

    Glorified Casio calculator watch. Remember those?

  • Chrome262

    He is right, it is bulky. Not saying that the next versions will be not be thinner, because its what apple does. but then again some of the watches I have seen of late are pretty chunky as well. I don’t think any of the recent watches I have owned fit nicely under my shirt cuff. I would really like to get the watch as it might add pay functionality to a 5s (NFC part) but at the same time might pass because it is so think.