Today, wrist watches reflect your personality and status over and above displaying the time. It is normal for high fliers and socialites to own a couple of designer watches or those belonging to a limited edition. But ever wondered how watches evolved and got so very popular.
Known to be made during the 16th century, watches were worn around the neck as pendants by both men and women. However, in the 17th century watches were worn in pockets and had to be hand wound to set the time right. Patek Phillipe, renowned luxury watch maker was credited with making of the first wrist watch and was preferred by a few individuals. Louis Cartier, a French watchmaker designed the first watch for men in 1904, a glimpse of it can be had even today at the Paris Air Museum.
Over the period of time, watches got equipped with temperature compensation and chronometers helping the watch to display time even more accurately. It was during the First World War i.e. the early 1900s, watches were modified to be worn on wrists helping the soldiers to refer to them in a much better manner. They were no longer required to be held in order to see the time and hence made them attend to war related tasks in a better manner. Mind you, these wrist watches were quite heavy and bulky too!!
The mid 1900s witnessed rapid progression in watch manufacturing process with Hamilton Watch Company inventing the first watch powered by electricity in 1957 followed by the first quartz-crystal analog watch introduced by Seiko in 1969. Two years later, Hamilton and Electro/Data introduced a digital watch under the name Pulsar.
In fact, watches were given a cosmetic make over in the 1980s and 90s decade by most well established manufacturers including Jacob and Co, Tissot along with Casio and Seiko. Watched encrusted with diamonds and semi-precious stones were worn by celebrities and powerful personalities. For instance Seiko’s Spring Drive Watch is finished in Sapphire crystal and stainless steel while Tag Heur’s Diamond Fiction watch piece has Wesselton Diamonds coated on its top which change colour when time is displayed in a digital format on a press of button.
Keeping up with the dynamics of time, smart watches are about to be introduced which could multi task seamlessly. Samsung is one of leading gadget manufacturers planning to come up with an Android based smartwatch, but what needs to be ascertain will these watches be well received by the users or not.