By Doug Goldring updated on 05/15/2009
I have always loved fancy watches like Rolex and Omega. I can remember days of walking through the mall just staring at the watch display in the jewelry store (back when I actually got to visit my own stores). The problem was, while it was always free to look, taking home one of those fancy watches always cost thousands of dollars. And I have never found myself at a point where that would make sense. Maybe someday. But in the meantime, my lust for watches can now be fed, through the magic of the iPhone and Emerald Chronometer.
The program features 11 unique watches. I have to admit, these are so uber-realistic, that it took me a while to determine whether these were based on real watches (they are not). The watches in this program feature just about every feature you could ask for in a watch:, including
- time (obviously)
- zodiac signs
- sun rise and sunset
- moon phases
- stopwatch (with split times)
- latitude and longitude
- and plenty more
These watches are so realistic that you can even count the stitches in the leather straps. But that is not the best part. The best part is the controls. Each watch is controlled by pressing knobs and turning dials, just like you would expect from a real watch. I thought some of the behaviors might have been updated in order to make use of the iPhone;s advanced features, but they really did me one better. They take advantage of the best features of the iPhone while remaining true to the natural controls on a watch.
In addition to just controlling the watches, you can also change the views, so you can examine the back (some watches have a display on the back) or even turn off the lights and see how they look in the dark (they all feature some pretty cool glow in the dark features).
Finally, if you do not feel like tinkering with the knobs and buttons, or you just don’t know what time it is. The program can be synced to the current time on your device, and to your current location (note to iPod Touch users: you will need a Wi-fi connection).
Throw into the mix that each watch also includes a detailed history and explanation of features, and this is really an extremely nice program. The only problem I had with this app was that there was no way to reach in and strap on one of these truly unique watches. If you like watches, or if you are just looking for a way to spend some time in a fantasy world in which you can enjoy a fairly large collection of feature-filled high end watches, then you will definitely want to stop here in the Emerald Sequoia labs and check out Chronometer.
You can find Emerald Chronometer on the Emerald Sequoia website or in the iTunes App Store for $4.99.