Do you actually feel that smart watches are a threat to mechanical watches?
I was talking to a friend of mine over the weekend and he was asking me why I was into mechanical watches when his quartz watch was more accurate and a fraction of the cost. I thought about it and explained to him that for me "telling time" was almost the least important factor in a watch. Accurate time with a mechanical watch was more a measurement of refinement and tuning than anything else.
History, craftsmanship, micro-mechanics. diversity, the magic of a handmade little machine thats accurate to 99.998% of a day even when running relatively poorly were all things I listed.
He seemed confused that I didn't rate telling time as the number one reason for owning a watch. He's a big Porsche guy, so I asked him if owning a Porsche was about transportation, about just getting from one place to another, running errands. Then he got it. It's not about telling time, it's about how the time is told.
This got me to thinking. Are people who appreciate mechanical watches really drawn away from making a purchase by smart watches? The watch industry seems to like to blame the new technology as a reason for falling sales, but for me it's not even a device competing in the same market.
If you're a watch enthusiast you're not swayed by an electronic device. Are you?