Wall Street Journal: Joanna Stern had a chat with Lior Ron, VP of Product Management and Wearables Lead at Motorola about whether or not Moto 360 is real. Here’s Ron’s response:
It is a very real product. I am wearing it on my hand as we speak and have been using it for the last few weeks. Itâ€™s very, very real, I promise. I am touching it right now.
I guess it’s real. And about that circular display:
It was a challenge to design. All the components have to be put in a round form factor so we used very unique materials and internals.
We arenâ€™t sharing yet the screen size or resolution, but we thought through the size very carefully. We ended up with a size that is very comfortable. We took a hard look at materials that will convey the sense of quality. We have used metals and we are going to have metal and leather straps available.
Here’s a bit more about how Motorola came to decide Moto 360 should be circular. From The Verge‘s David Pierce and Motorola’s design chief Jim Wicks chat:
After two rounds of designs, prototypes, and tepid internal reactions, Motorola went back to the basics. Rather than reinvent wristwear or build a blocky rectangle like the Galaxy Gear or the Pebble Steel, Motorola decided to mimic what it hoped to replace: the elegant watches weâ€™ve had on our wrists for decades. â€œWe came to the realization that if weâ€™re going to do this, we need to really embrace what this space is all about,â€ he says. So Motorola turned the Moto 360 into a beautiful, circular stainless-steel wearable that looks more like a Timex than a Moto X. Wicks says it got the same reaction from all the industry experts he showed it to: â€œYep, thatâ€™s a watch.â€
The round face is definitely a classic design, though that doesn’t preclude the body from being a square. One of my favorite watch design is the Bell & Ross BR 01-92.