Google introduced Android Wear “smart watches” this week, its first product in a future array of wearable computers. This new Android smart watch, made by Korea-based LG, uses software focused on personal health, but can also remotely control other devices.
Per the New York Times, “Google said it was also already working on watches with Asus, HTC, Motorola and Samsung.”
In response, I bought for myself a $30 Timex “weekender” watch with an analog face and lime-green canvas band. And two other brightly-hued, interchangeable bands, in lavender and white-with-red-stripe.
I’m not exactly sure why… but I think I bought my first Timex in, say, four decades, because it’s simple. Blessedly simple.
Because it’s fun and casual, not technologically serious or smugly fashion-forward or screaming of status-symbol-itis.
Because it would be enchanting relief to check the time without pulling out my Galaxy Note 3 smart phone. And inevitably checking two email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, text messages, Google News, and playing a quick round of Candy Crush or Solitaire.
Because Timex is famously reliable. If you drop it or drown it, a Timex often keeps on ticking. And if it doesn’t, well, it’s easily and inexpensively replaceable.
Because Timex is an American classic, and the first watch most of us received as children from our parents.
Funny, I used to think of a watch as a weighty tether to schedules and punctuality. I felt freer without a timepiece on my wrist.
Today, in this era of smart watches more powerful than 1990s super-computers, a simple watch ironically seems like a key to greater spontaneity, and not a stressful shackle to the information super-highway.
I’m suddenly aware of time ticking far too swiftly away. I want to use my allotment wisely. I want to wear a watch again.
And besides, I’ve always loved the Timex slogan “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” I hope to always say the same about my life.SHARE