Talked to 2 Garmin bigwigs at the LA Marathon expo this morning...
I told him I like the square face as it allows for a nice 4 quad layout and having the lap button on the face makes it easy to hit at intervals. He said their feedback is folks like the round face and more people like to wear the watch all day as a regular watch and somehow a square face detracts from that?
I think garmin is trying to play to both the casual sport data collection person and the hard core tri/ ultra runner and may miss the mark former.
This is what annoys me. I don't wear my 920 every day & I would not wear any Garmin as my daily watch. It serves a purpose & that is to track my workouts. At my peak, I will be putting in 100+ SBR miles a week. I don't need to wear an activity tracker to tell me if I walked 10,000 steps today. The Fenix Sapphire is the closest thing to a smartwatch that I would wear daily, but even that is more than I want or need.
The square face on the 910 & 920 has been a proven standard for years. Why they want to mess with that is beyond me. I get that they say that it makes ConnectIQ development easier when all faces are round, but when they are charging what they are charging for these devices, they should deliver on the core needs for the core purpose of the watch, not on ancillary BS like making the watch stylish for everyday use. Oh, and the #1 smartwatch on the market today has a square face
. Just saying.
JayPeeWhy wrote:Who buys a dress watch these days? Seriously.
I wear a Rolex GMT-II every day. I have a second Rolex that was passed down to me from my grandfather that he got in 1964 & I wear that for special occasions. I get that millenials have their phones to tell time & think mechanical watches are pointless, but Swiss watches are still a $6B+ a year industry. In the first year of the Apple Watch's explosive growth, they still fell short of one brand
. While they have since surpassed Rolex, no one will be passing a smart watch down to their grandchildren for the next 60-80-100 years. Smart watches are $600 disposable goods with a lifespan of 3-5 years. When I look at my wrist, I want something that will reliably tell me the time, and will also be (ironically) a timeless work of art.