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iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out – Proves Watches Never Went Out

iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out - Proves Watches Never Went Out Watch Style

A friend of mine did a funny thing. He bought himself a new iPod Nano – the 6th generation one that everyone has been wearing like a watch – and started to bling it out. Kenneth Tong is the type of guy who does this sort of thing. A fan of diamonds and other shiny precious things, he would never have just worn the iPod Nano like a watch the “normal” way on a NATO strap on in one of those cheap silicone things you can buy. No, he needed it to have diamonds, which the bracelet he had custom made for it does.

But it got me thinking. Not about diamond decoration – people have been decorating things they like with diamonds for eons. More about the allure of the iPod Nano as a watch. People have been remarking on how “watches are dying.” Referring to the fact that some people are choosing their mobile phones over watches. I say that these people probably didn’t have very nice watches to begin with, but that is beside the point. The point is why is it that the iPod Nano comes out, has a time function that displays an analog clock, and the geek world that is so convinced they no longer need watches, clamor to get the thing on their wrist? Isn’t that just a bit ironic? iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out - Proves Watches Never Went Out Watch Style

iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out - Proves Watches Never Went Out Watch Style

No, I don’t think it really is ironic. I don’t think that people who wore a decent watch they felt an emotional connection to ever stopped wanting to wear a watch when they suddenly realized that something else could tell them the time. Kids that use their phones over a watch do so because no one in their lives ever got them a decent watch.

Kenneth, my friend, has had a lot of watches. He isn’t going “Nano” on us, but he is experimenting with it. Taking a break from traditional timepieces to see how this bit of bona fide modern technology serves as an alternative. Because he is into jewelery and alike items, he wanted to dress the Apple product up a bit. In this case it means diamonds of the white and black variety.

iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out - Proves Watches Never Went Out Watch Style

No one will suggest you ditch your timepiece for an iPod Nano – but the concept is interesting. The Nano has the ability to show images, play music, and of course, tell the time. The time telling function features the time with the date, but it rather basic with just one screen that can be viewed with either a black or white dial. I kept saying that Apple should have included more dials, and given people the ability to upload custom ones using the basic time program. Oh wait, Apple doesn’t do open source, open platform I forgot. If they had good optional dials, people would likely pay for them.

People rushing to stick the Nano on their wrist tells me that people are looking for technologically sophisticated watches to show their face in the mainstream. Yes we can get oddly made mobile phone watches and alike, but these aren’t ready for prime time – at all. Wait 5-10 years and we will have some much more legitimate wrist tech that will be more than useful.

iPod Nano Gets Blinged Out - Proves Watches Never Went Out Watch Style

For now Kenneth is acting as a bit of an early adopter. Showing us that technology can be sexy and even luxurious. Here he has done something relatively simple. Create a modified bracelet that functions as a strap for the iPod Nano clip. Whether you like it or not, you have to agree that the future will have people blinging out their iPod Nano watches. For Kenneth, this may just be the strap. The next step may include working on the iPod Nano itself. Adding diamonds in clever ways to make it more interesting. There are a ton of possibilities. I say – have at it. This is watch culture at its finest and most dedicated because it is taking something that is part of a family of products that people claim helped kill demand for watches, and shows how people couldn’t wait to put it back on their wrists.

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  • Duo

    It’s funny you should do an article on iPod nanos as watches because I just came across a strap and enclosure that truly transforms the iPod nano into a sports watch.

    Attached to either strap, the look is very reminiscent of digital Nike sport watches that came out a couple of years ago. When I first saw the new nano debut back in September I knew wearing it on one’s wrist was a possibility but I never would have imagined how popular it would be.

    If these ever do come to market I may just pick up a LunaTik and a new nano for those evening runs.

    • John

      Hi Duo,

      I just had a look at those bands and fixtures for the ipod nano, and it really does look pretty cool!

      Thanks for mentioning it. I have failing eyesight and a nano on my wrist, while a little large for my tastes, would remedy my difficulty in reading the time and date and many other details!


  • Kris. C.

    Pretty cool idea, although this one is a bit feminine for me. Why is he wearing it upsidedown?

  • Ivan Y

    Ha, I came here to post the link to the Kickstarter project, but I see Duo beat me to it. Those two models are actually first ones created by a bona fide design firm (and successful one) and not dreamed up by an Asian iPod accessory maker.

    As a techie, it was my duty to contribute to that project even though I don’t own a Nano. I don’t think it’s quite perfect as a watch (since you have to turn it on to see time), but if there’s a Bluetooth module for wireless headphones, it’d actually be a good substitute to clipping the Nano to an armband or clothes when working out/running/etc.

    • John

      Hi Yvan Y,

      Yes Yvan, you were just a little slow! LOL! You made some good points though. How many people put up with a silly holder for the nano when playing sport, running etc, when you could have what look like a pretty cool toy! Just better home the next nano is not half the size!


  • Your friend Kenneth is wayyyyy out of style. Doesn’t he know BIG watches are in? Tell him to strap an iPAD to his wrist to complete the look 😀

  • skate

    WOW um not quite my style but i have found one that is….… check it out

  • I think you nailed it with the statement “kids that use their phones over a watch do so because no one in their lives ever got them a decent watch.”

    Having said that though, this version of an ‘iPod Nano watch’ is utterly hideous and beyond disgusting – you wouldn’t catch me throwing this strap in the garbage, it really is that ugly.

    Having just taken delivery of my LunaTik I can honestly say there is nothing in the iPod ‘watch strap’ market that comes close to it.

  • PilesOfWatches