German Sinn is nothing if not practically minded. Best-known for their hearty, down-to-earth tool watches, fans of the brand may not have seen this coming, though. If it’s not immediately clear from the pictures and title, the Sinn Dual Strap System cheap fake watch is a pair of strap halves for your Sinn watch and a pair of strap halves for an Apple Watch, which together make a whole wrist experience. Or, perhaps the ability to enjoy both a mechanical watch and an Apple Watch together on one wrist is even greater than the sum of its parts. We got to see it hands-on at Baselworld 2016.
Adapting to a potential smartwatch world is the watch industry’s existential question of the moment, and the only answer for traditional watches is how to coexist in harmony. And we have written more than a little bit on the topic here on aBlogtoWatch. We are, in fact, quite fascinated to witness the multitude of ways brands react, innovate, or even try to redefine or reclaim the “smartwatch” term – some responses being more clever than others. Along with mechanical-smartwatch hybrid concepts like Kairos, or strap-attachment modules for notifications like the Montblanc e-Strap, we have also seen this concept of a mechanical watch on one side of the wrist and Apple Watch on the other in the rather overpriced solution, the Nico Gerard Pinnacle.
There is, however, yet to emerge a single definitive solution to enjoy the best of both worlds. For the most part, it still comes down to: double-wrist it, or choose. Sinn’s answer is simple and does not seem to be reaching too far from what they are good at – and at the same time, the brand can show they are at least aware of the looming smart Sinn black dial fake watches specter, and at least doing something in response. The Sinn Dual Strap System is a characteristically clever and sensible solution, and not a huge commitment either on the part of the brand or on the part of curious buyers.
The “system” involves not only the amusingly stubby half-straps, but also a plain “connecting strap” that allows the wearer to wear just one watch at a time. But there is only one connecting strap… forcing you, yet again, to choose! I think they should have included two connecting straps so that your wrists can match if you decide to instead wear one on each. I think it’s safe to say that people considering this Sinn Dual Strap System might also be open to the idea of double-wristing, and two connecting straps would offer the most possible versatility and options to wearers.