I love traditional watchmaking. I don't think I really need to go through the reasons here. If you're reading this, I'm sure you understand and share similar sentiments.
But, the other day I preordered an Apple Watch 4. This will be my first smartwatch. I really did it for the gym and working out. I really hate having my phone on me or having to keep track of it somewhere around me when working out, so the fact that I can leave the phone behind is great. The music aspect of the phone alone makes it a necessity, and now the smartwatch will take its place. I also run occasionally and swim a fair amount. The fact that this device can digitally track these workouts and progress is pretty cool and may improve my workout quality in terms of setting goals or looking at trends in data and adjusting. It also senses heart rate and a bunch of other stuff I don't even know about yet.
I've started to think, though, what if I like this too much? Is there a chance of it replacing something about which I'm passionate and have spent countless hours learning about and enjoying? And that gets to the bigger question: What happens in the future when this type of device can give you even more health-related data and it would be foolish to omit wearing one? We will certainly reach that point. Perhaps it could be worn on some forearm band or something with a traditional watch.
For the traditionalists: What smartwatch feature would make you second-guess not owning one?