I usually have my phone on silent/vibrate due to my work; however, I oftentimes don't feel the vibration when the phone is in my pocket. Similarly, when I'm out and about, I often don't hear my phone ring (and I do not want to be THAT person that turns heads because his phone's ringer is set to max volume).
A few years back, I used a Pebble, but found it gave me too much information. Because of that experience, I have not had any interest in a smartwatch such as an Apple Watch. Instead, I picked up a $20 Xiaomi Mi Band 2 (basically the same as a Fitbit Alta HR), as it did what I needed: it told me the date and time, woke me up in the mornings, and buzzed my wrist when I received a call, text, or e-mail. Plus, it could go 30 days between charges. Although the Xiaomi can do more fitness-oriented tasks, I hardly ever use them.
After using the Xiaomi for the past year, I find myself wanting to wear my traditional watches more often (or at least a smartwatch that looked and felt more like a traditional watch. I tried wearing both the band and a watch (whether on the same, or on opposite, arms), but thought it looked goofy on me. I recently tried two different Skagen Hybrid Smartwatches (the Jorn and the Hagen), but found the vibration motors to be so weak that, unless I was expecting a notification, I would miss it completely. Also, for some reason, the Jorn was much less functional than the Hagen, e.g., you could not set an alarm. Also checked out the Garmin Vivomove HR, but didn't like the way it felt or looked. Last, I checked out Fossil's hybrid smartwatch offerings, but didn't like any of their styles.
So with that long background out of the way, I wanted to know if there were any products, whether currently available, or which are on the horizon, that would address my desire to wear traditional watches while still receiving the limited notifications noted above. I had previously eyed either Chronos or Trivoly (discs that attached to traditional watches), but the reviews were off-putting, to say the least. Not sure if these companies have improved their products, or if they have been displaced by other companies making better products.
I know some people just wear their smartwatch, or their traditional watch, on an as-needed basis, and that may work for them. However, I am hoping there's a product out there that will fit my unique need, desire, and/or hope.