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Could Apple be creating something uncool?

Back in 1861 ships in the Firth of Forth needed the sound of a gun to tell the time. Today, largely as a tourist attraction, you can set your watch by the one o'clock gun . Then there was John Harrison , who created the clock that allowed the calculation of time on ships to great accuracy. This led to the correct calculation of longitude and, by extension, the ability of British ships to trade worldwide and create an empire. Harrison's invention was the GPS of the 18th century. By any standards it was a cool piece of engineering magic. The telling of time accurately was for centuries illusive and worthy of the greatest engineering minds. By the 20th century the watch became the latest level of this technology. Owning a watch was a status symbol, a fashion item and, for many, an item given to you as a mark of move into adult life. Expensive watches were bought and engraved for a lifetime's use. In the 1970s Sir Clive Sinclair was not known as a gadget man for his home