I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to the Hodinkee podcast twice in the past. We usually talk about my love of Grand Seiko’s mechanical watches, technology, and photography. They asked me back to the show to talk about the Apple Watch Series 6.  Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface Design Alan Dye and Apple writer John Gruber were other guests. Not to be self-serving, I think this is a great episode, and you should listen to us talk about the Apple Watch.

As I mention in the podcast, with Series 6, the watch feels complete and polished. As I have written before, Series 6 gives us a good view of the future of technology and how it coexists with us, humans. I like the new Series 6. I wear it often. It is now a useful health device. I love using voice to reply to text messages. I listen to podcasts and use the watch for contactless payments. However, for me, that is the extent of utility. I wish there were an app-ecosystem that made the watch more useful and fun.

A few years ago, when my friends from Hodinkee were launching a podcast, they invited me to the show and we talked about life, photography, and of course, watches. That was episode#4. It seemed a lot of their listeners liked what I had to say so they have brought me back for the Episode 66 of the Hodinkee podcast. I obviously enjoy talking to Stephen Pulvirent, and this episode wasn’t any different as well. If you are interested, here is a link to the podcast which is available on all sorts of podcast distribution networks. Apple & Spotify links are here.

Smartwatch Sales Are Booming

“U.S. sales of smartwatches are booming,” notes Hodinkee. “They rose 24% in value in the U.S. for the first half of 2019 versus the same period in 2018.” NPD estimated 2018 smartwatch sales at $5 billion.  Apple, Samsung and Fitbit are leading the charge, and now are on the top five best-selling watch brands in the US. The other two: Rolex and Patek Philippe. NPD estimates that Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung accounted for 88% of smartwatch unit sales in the U.S. in 2018. “The ability to be truly connected via built-in LTE without the need to have a smartphone nearby proved to be a tipping point for consumers,” NPD’s Weston Henderek said. IDC, another research firm predicts that global smartwatch shipments will tip 91.8 million in 2019.

Read article on Hodinkee