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Smartwatches: The Good, The Bad, & The Stylish? | Can A Smartwatch Have Style?

SmartwatchesImagine dressing up for a professional event.

Charcoal suit? Check

Double Windsor knot? Check

Pocket square? Check

Now it’s time to add the icing.

The watch. 

You want to wear your smartwatch because, well you paid a lot of money for it…

But it just doesn’t go with your suit.

Whenever someone asks you the time, it feels a little weird.

It stands out…and not in the subtle & stylish way. 

In the way that throws off your whole attire….

Now let’s face it.

It’s 2016 and technology is here to stay.

We’re inundated with it at every turn.

Honestly, I do enjoy it.

Whether it’s using SnapChat (follow me @UnkeptGentleman) or creating and editing blog posts.

We need technological advancements to push the limits of innovation and creativity.

It increases efficiency at work, allows us many different ways to have fun, and even helps us as students.

But how can we cohesively integrate it with effortless style at the same time?

Keep reading….

This Post was brought to you in collaboration with Movado.

Style And Function Collide (1)

 

Movado is iconic and world renowned for minimalist classic watches, so when I saw that they came out with a smartwatch, I was instantly intrigued to see their take on it. To my pleasant surprise they have created a watch that brings a happy balance approach to style, innovation, and connectivity. It’s engineered by HP and designed by Movado. The perfect clash of style and function

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The Good (Innovation)

Smartwatches are incredible forms of modernization of the traditional wristwatch. It’s wearable technology that allows you to:

• Access the things you need at the flick of the wrist.

• Have Bluetooth capabilities to connect to your music from your phone and control it.

• Helps you monitor your health – Smartwatches track sleep, have a pedometer that counts your steps, and monitor your heart rates

• Some have fitness trackers – This is not available in all smartwatches but is important if you are someone who tracks calories. This feature can track data such as calories burned and distance traveled.

Simply put, smartwatches are awesome! The functionality cannot be denied. With that being said, smartwatches have a downside as well.

The Bad (The Disconnect of Connectivity)

Smartwatches inadvertently support a trend that is a bit troubling. As our internet connectivity increases, smartwatches enhance how easy it is for us to disconnect from each other.

I realize this message sounds paradoxical coming from a website but stick with me. It’s ironically the smartest platform to get it across on.

The convenience of all the apps that are provided on smartwatches, such as reading texts and emails from our wrists takes us even further away from each other.

As a blogger, I love to meet and connect with people. I am constantly learning from others and although I do love technology (as it helps pay the bills), I am concerned with how impersonal it can make us at times (including myself!).

The amazing practicality of the smartwatch slightly encourages this.

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There’s one more trend of smartwatches that may or may not bother you. This one is for the style conscious people…

The Smartwatch Style Dilemma

There are quite a few smartwatches that are not too stylish. As a man of style, it’s important to me that my watch, regardless if it’s traditional or smart, matches my outfit. It has to look nice.

Now I know what you may be thinking. “Who cares?”  And to some people, it doesn’t.  Maybe you’re a guy who never wears suits, or doesn’t care to wear wrist attire. Perfectly fine.

I would even argue that some smartwatches might look great with for the fitness tech or street style attire. (I love to dress lifestyle too – FYI) Also, If you work in the tech industry, it has a techie chic aesthetic to it that may place you higher on the cool meter, but I feel that is the extent of it.

For a guy who’s personal style is the timeless wardrobe,  he might feel out of place with a futuristic watch.  At the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference.

For me, unless I am wearing a Star Trek uniform, having a tiny computer on my wrist makes me feel sort of like a robot.

Maybe I just haven’t adjusted yet, but a smartwatch can take away from a timeless and classic look.

I’m curious what you guys think? Can you let me know in the comments?

Even Men In Black and James Bond had smartwatches that matched their suit while also maintaining functionality.

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The Alternatives?

Find A Smartwatch That Caters to Both Style & Function

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Smartwatch by Movado

There are several companies out there who have heard our cry. They designed smartwatches that serve a function and still keep a timeless aesthetic.

Preferably a design that you can wear with a suit, business casual, or casual outfit. It needs to have the feel of a dress watch.

The aesthetics of a timeless design need to be present. In other words, a smartwatch that doesn’t look like a mini computer.

Does this effect function? Well maybe slightly, but I would argue that it’s easier to stay connected to people in real life when access to email isn’t available to read on your wrist.

Instead, a subtle vibration lets you know if you have a notification, which you can check after you finish in a social or professional setting. It’s much less intrusive in a social setting to have a slight buzz notify you rather than being able to read and respond from your wrist.

Maybe I am old school, but I try to keep technology to a minimum when out to eat with friends and family.

At the end of the day, as long as you keep it in moderation (as with all things in life) it’ll work out.

This Post was brought to you in collaboration with Movado.

Style And Function Collide (1)

Movado is iconic and world renowned for minimalist classic watches, so when I saw that they came out with a smartwatch, I was instantly intrigued to see their take on it. To my pleasant surprise, they have created a watch that brings a happy balance approach to style, innovation, and connectivity. It’s engineered by HP and designed by Movado. The perfect clash of style and function

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