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The thumbwheel was the signature feature of BlackBerry's original handsets, and while touchscreens have made them mostly obsolete, the Apple Watch proves there's still a place for physical dials. But is Apple finally planning to introduce that rotating crown to the iPhone or iPad? A recently published patent suggests that the company might be considering it.

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Despite the name, smartwatches can be kind of dumb. Sure, they can do cool things, like control your music and put notifications on your wrist. But battery life woes and underwhelming platforms leave you questioning the real IQ of these supposedly "smart" devices. However, there is a road less travelled: an area unexplored by big tech giants, where people can revel in functioning wristputers without being stuck in a technological mire.

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Video: A watch strap is just a strip of leather, right? Nope! Not when it's handcrafted like this. There are so many steps involved in the process of making a leather watch strap that it borders on ridiculous. From selecting the leather to stamping out the strap to shaving down the interior to dyeing the material to carving out the holes, the details are intense but a pleasure to watch.

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All you fancy people with your Pebbles, Apple Watches and Samsung Gears and what have you. There's still a heck of a lot of life left in the humble mechanical watch. In fact, so refined are our skills in making traditional timekeepers, we now have watches like Citizen's Eco-Drive One that are not only incredibly thin, but "light-powered" too.

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If for some reason you love the design of the Apple Watch but hate the fact that it's stuffed full of electronics, your prayers have been answered. The Alp Watch is a purely mechanical time piece cheekily designed to look just like the smartwatch — but it will cost you.