Letter from the Editor – What We Think of Smart Watches & Why MONOCHROME Will Remain About Fine Watchmaking

By rolex
April 7, 2021
3 min read

Smart watches… even the name irritates me. There are in any case, an alliance of (more significant) reasons why we don’t cover such wrist adornments on Monochrome. Obviously we get inquiries from our perusers inquiring as to why we have not audited the ref. 5396 Patek Annual Calendar , and which is all well and good. We ought to have audited that watch, and when we figure out how to do as such, together with the 178 year old family-claimed brand from Geneva, we will. I’m really amazed however, that we barely get inquiries concerning savvy watches, wonderfully astonished indeed! So let my tirade about these little electronic wrist gadgets begin.

I began Monochrome 11 years prior to share my energy for wonderfully made mechanical watches. The historical backdrop of watchmaking all in all, the historical backdrop of specific brands, the excellence of completing, and explicit complications were everything that I needed to impart to our readers. Furthermore, that is the thing that we are as yet doing today, after 11 years, though with a greater group and a lot greater crowd. As far as I might be concerned, energy for watchmaking has nothing to do with a quartz/battery fueled wrist trimming. Enthusiasm for watchmaking has an inseparable tie to the magnificence of a fine component playing out a practically perpetual dance of cog wheels, switches, cams, and springs, to tell the time as absolutely as possible.

Over the previous 16 years I have invested a ton of energy studying this intriguing universe of watchmaking. Furthermore, on the whole those years I have never under any circumstance, worn, or even attempted, a supposed savvy. I have no information about the Android Wear 2 that is in the most recent Montblanc Summit savvy, and in the most recent TAG Heuer Connected Watch, and likely in some more. I wouldn’t know. I additionally have no information on Android Wear 1, or the OS that Apple introduces on the Apple Watch.

I can’t feel a similar energy for a working framework, as I feel for a greatly completed slanted edge of a chronograph connect, a staggeringly wonderful cleaned point on the extensions of Gronefeld’s watch or the madly lovely engineering of the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph.

Furthermore, that space on my wrist is saved for something that mixes my enthusiasm. Not for something that blares, hums and flickers to stand out for messages, instant messages, Whatsapp, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, my schedule, etc. My telephone does every one of these things and I can decide to turn it off, to keep it in my pocket or to put it on the work area. My choice.

Smart watches are definitely not shrewd, yet hello, I trust that is clear enough as of now from my tirade. I trust this individual view on “smart watches” won’t have put you off, and you will continue to make the most of our accounts. We’ll continue giving a valiant effort to get you stories our special, ‘Monochrome’ way (which means long, top to bottom, authentic and fringe instructive) about lovely mechanical time-telling gadgets that can be worn on the wrist.


Enjoy understanding Monochrome! Frank Geelen, Founder and Editor-in-chief