It was not until I came to Japan eight years ago that I really understood the benefit of a pocket watch. At the time I was working in the biggest language school in the country and facing private student after mind numbing private student; teaching generic lessons with all the intellectual stimulation of eating a Quarter Pounder. It was an extremely boring job.
Watching the clock is an easy distraction, when there is one to be found, but you can’t very well go checking your wristwatch every ten seconds. A pocket watch, on the other hand, can be placed discreetly within a file and checked at one’s leisure. Throw in some emails and text messages and those fifty minute sessions would just fly by.
Pocket watches are great for people who have jobs that require close human interaction. It is a niche, but a sizeable one. To pull out a cell phone to check the time and you mail is just plain rude when someone is talking to you, but a watch can be checked a little more discreetly. The Cobalt is a concept that merits further examination. Sorry Adam Frucci, you are totally wrong on this one! [DVICE via Yanko Design]