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The Timeless Timepiece

Sporting a classy or a sexy watch is one of the biggest fashion statements you make in today’s day and age. Interestingly however, roughly around a 100 years ago, men would not be caught dead in a wristwatch, or “wristlets”, as they were called.

From being looked down upon by men as an effeminate accessory, to occupying a prime position in the world of fashion and utility, the humble wristwatch has come a long way indeed. Names such as Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Frank Müller, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Patek Phillipe are nothing less than a status symbol. But the upmarket journey of the watch actually began from battlefields at the end of the 19th century and early into the 20th century.

As soldiers realized that pocket watches are clumsy to use while in combat, the wristwatch began to gain credence as a more convenient device. Not only that, armies and navies were also using the watches for synchronizing naval attacks, and firing artillery. There is ample evidence that aviators and soldiers in trenches in World War I used the wristwatch en masse. From there on it was easy for watch makers to market these timepieces as more “masculine, martial and soldier-like”. So much for the perception that wristwatches were only meant for women!

Over the next hundred years, this timekeeping device underwent a sea change in terms of design and technology. From electric watches, to quartz to smart watches, now we have seen it all! Getting directions, connecting to your phone, using voice search, listening to music, shopping and booking a flight – your smartwatch almost behaves like a handyman when it comes to getting these done.

Moto 360 Watch 2nd gen

For example, the 2nd Gen Moto 360 makes life pretty convenient by showing you timely notifications based on where you are and what you’re doing. Weather, flight alerts, traffic – you can see all with a simple glance at your watch. If your hands are full, a simple voice command will do the trick. The heart activity tracker also helps you keep a check on your health. And of course, it tells time too!

So what is your preferred style of keeping time? Are you the kinds who go for luxury watches or take the “smart” walk down that road? Find a collection like none other on the Myntra app, including the newly launched Moto 360 (2015).


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