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Something the smartwatch will never have: patina

Will there ever be vintage smartwatches?

Jan. 21, 2018 -

A good friend of mine had an issue with his Apple Watch, the digital crown lost a rubber ring causing the watch to lose its water resistance. Apple made no problem of it and offered to replace his "device". While it solved his problem, it felt painful to my watch lover's ears. It made me realise the one thing a smartwatch will never have: patina.

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Among the scuffs and scratches you can see at least three different colours of paint drops
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