We’d been looking at different aspects of pMD together and his excitement about the mobile software kept growing. Meanwhile, we had also swapped stories about Seattle and New York and about the geographical challenges caused by pursuing a career in medicine. On a whim - not certain yet myself if I would get one - I asked him if he was thinking about getting an Apple Watch.
"Ah," he said regretfully, "I don't think I will get one."
I noticed that he was wearing a large, elegant, solid-looking steel watch and asked him about it. His face lit up with pride. "I will be buried wearing this watch," he smiled. "I won it in a race..." He began telling me about his hobby of street-racing BMWs and of his excitement at winning the rally. I could tell that the watch meant a lot more to him than timekeeping or as a fashion statement. It was something that he had earned - a badge of honor.
It made me think about the increasing overlap between the professional and the personal, and also between fashion and technology. We use our own devices to do our jobs better, and we've begun to wear and carry and accessorize these computing devices as they have become more mobile. A watch, more than a phone or a computer, has always meant something different to different people: time keeper, fashion statement, status symbol, memento.
I myself did eventually decide to spring for the Apple Watch - but I wasn't replacing anything. If I were in his shoes, I might also hold off, at least until I had a chance to win an Apple Watch Edition in a street rally!