Quick Poll: Do You Think the Apple Watch is Attractive? Yes or No?

A lot has been written about how Apple is targeting the “fashion market” with the Apple Watch. There have been ads in fashion magazines, such as Vogue and others, and the gold version of the watch is targeting the monied. (Even though it’s exactly the same watch, just in a gold body.)

I find that a lot of luxury items are not very attractive: Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès scarves, Burberry raincoats, etc.; all these seem, to me, to be nothing more than logos. But I’m not the demographic who buys something for its logo; I usually buy clothes and shoes that don’t have logos on purpose.

If you buy an Apple Watch, it’s more for what it does, for its usefulness as a gadget. But if you wear one on your wrist, you still want something that doesn’t look bad. (And this is independent of the pricing, which is still unknown, though I’ve made some predictions.)

So, do you think the Apple Watch is attractive? Am I alone in thinking that it’s clunky, and doesn’t look at all like jewelry? Or am I missing the point?

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34 thoughts on “Quick Poll: Do You Think the Apple Watch is Attractive? Yes or No?

  1. I think that it looks clunky but it’s hard to tell without seeing it in person and sitting on my wrist. It’s far less clunky than my current Garmin Forerunner 610 though – which looks and feels like a tank. Looks won’t deter me from buying such a device as I don’t really care how it looks to other people.

    • But isn’t the Garmin designed to be worn when running, and not all day? That’s a big difference.

      • You can use the Garmin as a watch and I’ve seen people that do this but I personally wouldn’t. It’s a huge pain if you’re wearing long-sleeves. My office houses software engineers and jeans/t-shirt are common. Nobody cares what your watch looks like if you wear one.

  2. I think that it looks clunky but it’s hard to tell without seeing it in person and sitting on my wrist. It’s far less clunky than my current Garmin Forerunner 610 though – which looks and feels like a tank. Looks won’t deter me from buying such a device as I don’t really care how it looks to other people.

    • But isn’t the Garmin designed to be worn when running, and not all day? That’s a big difference.

      • You can use the Garmin as a watch and I’ve seen people that do this but I personally wouldn’t. It’s a huge pain if you’re wearing long-sleeves. My office houses software engineers and jeans/t-shirt are common. Nobody cares what your watch looks like if you wear one.

  3. I know that I will not be purchasing on of these. They are not attractive and I find them not appropriate for wear in a professional environment. In addition, I believe the price will rule it out completely for me. Sorry Apple, I’m just not interested in this.

    • You make an interesting point. At what stage would an Apple Watch be appropriate in, say, a law firm or brokerage? There’s certainly some aspect of herd mentality; if enough people wear it, then it will be appropriate, and perhaps the gold model will be acceptable right away. But in environments where a watch is a status symbol, I don’t think the Apple Watch will cut it.

  4. I know that I will not be purchasing on of these. They are not attractive and I find them not appropriate for wear in a professional environment. In addition, I believe the price will rule it out completely for me. Sorry Apple, I’m just not interested in this.

    • You make an interesting point. At what stage would an Apple Watch be appropriate in, say, a law firm or brokerage? There’s certainly some aspect of herd mentality; if enough people wear it, then it will be appropriate, and perhaps the gold model will be acceptable right away. But in environments where a watch is a status symbol, I don’t think the Apple Watch will cut it.

  5. John Paulson wore a Timex Ironman Flix ($39.99 at WalMart) to his Congressional Hearings and it’s probably his regular watch. I guess that he’s a runner or that he likes all of the features of a running watch. If you’re the top dog, then you can wear whatever watch you want to.

  6. John Paulson wore a Timex Ironman Flix ($39.99 at WalMart) to his Congressional Hearings and it’s probably his regular watch. I guess that he’s a runner or that he likes all of the features of a running watch. If you’re the top dog, then you can wear whatever watch you want to.

  7. Attractiveness is a matter of opinion. The Apple Watch maybe “clunky” but the “cool factor” could be so incredible to overwhelm any clunckiness factor. I am very anxious to see the Apple Watch at my local Apple Store.

  8. Attractiveness is a matter of opinion. The Apple Watch maybe “clunky” but the “cool factor” could be so incredible to overwhelm any clunckiness factor. I am very anxious to see the Apple Watch at my local Apple Store.

  9. The apple watch is surely just a gimic? Not serious. It’s major purpose is to test the multi-force touch surface they’ve been working on. That’s all.
    Apple formulate enough people will buy it to demo that aspect.
    They look gaudy, seem bulky, will be over priced (again formulated at a price just below extortionate, but just high enough to appear valuable) and will have a shelf life and popularity a little less than the ipad.
    Too cynical?

    • I started wearing a watch again yesterday and I’m charging my Garmin Forerunner because it’s warm enough outside to start running again. Maybe watches will make a comeback. I’m used to taking out my phone to get the time but looking on my watch isn’t a bad way to do it and the watch having a lot more functionality would be nice.

      One thing that I’m hoping for is that there will be a lot of third-party bands available for the Apple Watch. My favorite band is the Timex FastWrap band. It’s a very tough cloth and Velcro band that’s makes it easy to take off and put on and it’s a comfortable, soft material. I like the material for running though I guess a metal band would be better for dressier occasions.

    • I don’t think they look gaudy at all, and they sure don’t look like anything that has come before. I don’t see them as a gimmick either, I see them as starting a new product category that a lot of other companies will then copy. Pretty much history repeating itself, just like Windows appropriated Macintosh, and Android appropriated iPhone and iPad.

  10. The apple watch is surely just a gimic? Not serious. It’s major purpose is to test the multi-force touch surface they’ve been working on. That’s all.
    Apple formulate enough people will buy it to demo that aspect.
    They look gaudy, seem bulky, will be over priced (again formulated at a price just below extortionate, but just high enough to appear valuable) and will have a shelf life and popularity a little less than the ipad.
    Too cynical?

    • I started wearing a watch again yesterday and I’m charging my Garmin Forerunner because it’s warm enough outside to start running again. Maybe watches will make a comeback. I’m used to taking out my phone to get the time but looking on my watch isn’t a bad way to do it and the watch having a lot more functionality would be nice.

      One thing that I’m hoping for is that there will be a lot of third-party bands available for the Apple Watch. My favorite band is the Timex FastWrap band. It’s a very tough cloth and Velcro band that’s makes it easy to take off and put on and it’s a comfortable, soft material. I like the material for running though I guess a metal band would be better for dressier occasions.

    • I don’t think they look gaudy at all, and they sure don’t look like anything that has come before. I don’t see them as a gimmick either, I see them as starting a new product category that a lot of other companies will then copy. Pretty much history repeating itself, just like Windows appropriated Macintosh, and Android appropriated iPhone and iPad.

  11. “It’s major purpose is to test the multi-force touch surface they’ve been working on. That’s all.”

    Which does nothing to explain the research and implementation of smart replies, emoji, dictation, voice messaging, walkie-talkie, glances, digital touch, sketch and doodles, Siri, taptic engine, and heartbeat.

    • “Which does nothing to explain the research and implementation of smart replies, emoji, dictation, voice messaging, walkie-talkie, glances, digital touch, sketch and doodles, Siri, taptic engine, and heartbeat.”

      Haha. Maybe “That’s All” was a little OTT, but your list contains little innovation or persuasive alternatives.
      I don’t think it’s marketed at me.

      Now, let me get back to the Apple site, they’re explaining what time is…

  12. “It’s major purpose is to test the multi-force touch surface they’ve been working on. That’s all.”

    Which does nothing to explain the research and implementation of smart replies, emoji, dictation, voice messaging, walkie-talkie, glances, digital touch, sketch and doodles, Siri, taptic engine, and heartbeat.

    • “Which does nothing to explain the research and implementation of smart replies, emoji, dictation, voice messaging, walkie-talkie, glances, digital touch, sketch and doodles, Siri, taptic engine, and heartbeat.”

      Haha. Maybe “That’s All” was a little OTT, but your list contains little innovation or persuasive alternatives.
      I don’t think it’s marketed at me.

      Now, let me get back to the Apple site, they’re explaining what time is…

  13. It’s attractive enough. Squarish watches have a long history, and today we see ones with similar dimensions to the Apple watch ranging from $100 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/711ibhNLG3L._UY606_.jpg on up http://bit.ly/1F2OgSB

    There’s no need to reference round-face watches for a digital wrist device, and the rectangular shape makes complete sense. It’s got a classic, minimalist (a la iPhone) design to it (with bands baldly taken/licensed from new Apple employee Marc Newsom).

    I’ve never cottoned to the ‘big watch’ trend of recent years so unless the battery life on the 42mm model is 2 hours or more better than the 38mm one, I’ll get the smaller watch.

    • The bigger watch may be for older folks with fading vision that don’t always have their glasses or contacts on.

      • You don’t have to be that old to want fonts larger than the default twenty-something designer’s pet font size…

  14. It’s attractive enough. Squarish watches have a long history, and today we see ones with similar dimensions to the Apple watch ranging from $100 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/711ibhNLG3L._UY606_.jpg on up http://bit.ly/1F2OgSB

    There’s no need to reference round-face watches for a digital wrist device, and the rectangular shape makes complete sense. It’s got a classic, minimalist (a la iPhone) design to it (with bands baldly taken/licensed from new Apple employee Marc Newsom).

    I’ve never cottoned to the ‘big watch’ trend of recent years so unless the battery life on the 42mm model is 2 hours or more better than the 38mm one, I’ll get the smaller watch.

    • The bigger watch may be for older folks with fading vision that don’t always have their glasses or contacts on.

      • You don’t have to be that old to want fonts larger than the default twenty-something designer’s pet font size…

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