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Owner shipped back to England to meet new Apple Watch

Posted on by Mike Evans

This morning I had myself shipped back to England, courtesy of Aegean Airlines, in order to make the acquaintance of the new Apple Watch that had been waiting patiently on my desk for a week. Few Watch buyers will have been so patient.

I spent a pleasant afternoon in front of the iMac watching the election results and unpacking a new toy. So much has been written about the Watch that I don't need to do into too much detail. The set up was quick and easy, typical Apple, and I managed to sort out watch faces, glances and apps without once opening the instructions.

First impression is that the 42mm Apple Watch is a bit on the large size for my wrist and lacks the classic lines of a traditional mechanical watch, as with the IWC below

First impression is that the 42mm Apple Watch is a bit on the large size for my wrist and lacks the classic lines of a traditional mechanical watch, as with the IWC below

Apps appear by magic

Surprisingly, quite a number of my favourite iPhone apps, including 1Password, DayOne, Feed Wrangler, Instapaper and Squarespace Metrics were already showing up. The only missing link was OmniFocus but, after a patient Twitter chat with Ken Case at OmniGroup I discovered the reason. I had not upgraded to the OmniFocus 2 bundle which includes support for the Apple Watch. All is now working.

First impressions? I have a small wrist and the 42mm Watch is bordering on the large. Although my IWC is nominally the same size (and is much heavier) it looks more natural on the wrist. Perhaps this is because it is round. The Watch is also thicker than I imagined, or that I had noticed when trying it on at the Apple Store before leaving for Greece. The quality is excellent, in an Apple sort of way, but there would be no mistakig this watch for a product from Jeager LeCoultre, Rolex or IWC. It isn't meant to be. It is a functional, stylish timepiece that loves talking to other Apple devices. It is a logical enhancement to an already comprehensive eco-system.

The IWC Pilot's Watch is a classic design and, although nominally the same size as the Apple Watch, is slightly less bulky without compromising comfort. It is undoubtedly the more attractive piece of jewellery to wear on your wrist. But can I now live without the conveniences of the new Apple Watch?

The IWC Pilot's Watch is a classic design and, although nominally the same size as the Apple Watch, is slightly less bulky without compromising comfort. It is undoubtedly the more attractive piece of jewellery to wear on your wrist. But can I now live without the conveniences of the new Apple Watch?

Minor Triumph

Functionally, however, the Watch is a minor triumph. I was soon swapping watch faces, customising the information and reorganising my home screen with no help from the manual. As everyone has mentioned, the split second delay between lifting the arm and the screen springing into life is a little disconcerting. With a conventional watch it is instant gratification but, I suppose, I will soon get used to the very slight wait.

The ability to make and receive calls is going to be useful, as is the display of messages, reminders, appointments and emails. Now I have sorted OmniFocus I can also plan my schedule without getting the iPhone out of my pocket or bag. In fact, I believe the combination of Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Plus is going to be a marriage made in heaven. It will now make sense to keep the phone in a bag, ready for those opportunities when I am able to do some writing or serious browsing.

It is very early days, and I have been distracted by election news, so I need to give the Watch a couple of weeks of good in-depth testing. In the meantime, my IWC has been locked away and I am not sure when I will be motivated to bring it out of hibernation.

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