“Foresight is the key to survival in a world of disruptive innovation,” explains Tim Mach from The World Future Society. There are many secrets to success, but one of the most critical skills in today’s fast-moving world is being able to predict what lies ahead, a skill that was previously the domain of Mystic Meg and her crystal ball, while today it is referred to as strategic foresight or future science. This new discipline is becoming increasingly popular as businesses study alternative futures so that companies can navigate change swiftly and efficiently, making the right decisions at the right time.
So what is the destiny of horology? Will we all be wearing wristwatches connected to the Internet, or will connected watches remain a niche in the market like fitness watches? Will we have both a fine timepiece and a connected watch, or will the master watchmakers of tomorrow find a way to offer us complications with applications? It is all largely guesswork right now, so we decided to ask a panel of designers to come up with some alternative future timepieces for what you may be wearing in the year 2050.