Watchsmith

Enhance Apple Watch Complications with Watchsmith

Introducing Watchsmith – David Smith:

Watchsmith is an application that seeks to give you complete control over the appearance and utility of your Apple Watch.

First, it provides a wide array of complications. Each of these is completely customizable, with controls for things like font, color, hand type and location. The initial set is just over 50 unique complications, with dozens more planned down the road. My goal is to provide a complication for just about every use and let you make it look just how you want. In the absence of 3rd-party watch faces, this is the closest I can get to making my own watch faces.

Second, rather than simply providing a static display of the complication you configure, Watchsmith lets you dynamically schedule the complications to appear on your watch face. This is done using time based triggers (with plans for additional trigger types down the road).

In a world where Apple Watch third-party Watch Faces are non-existent, it is refreshing to see a Dev pushing the envelope of what is possible to modify existing functionalities available on the Watch Face in such an astounding way. Such capabilities give users some semblance of Watch Face customisation they so desire. For those that like to have more granular control over the customisation of their Apple Watch complications, Watchsmith is here to fulfil that desire with 96,605 permutations of complication styles and settings1.

My favourite feature in Watchsmith is the ability to schedule complications.

The Apple Watch is perhaps the mobile device I spend the least amount of time tweaking after the initial setup of Watch Faces and complications I needed. I use the Infograph Modular Watch Face — one of the faces that allow for more complications to be displayed — which shows my upcoming Reminder task in the middle to keep me on track when I have a lot of essential tasks to complete while I’m at work.

Outside of work, I have two California Watch Faces configured; one with a light background and one with a dark background with the date on the top sub-dial, and one of the weather complications on the bottom sub-dial. I have the same background setup for the Meridian Watch Face but with a few more complications — these are my two favourite Watch Faces. I use the Numerals Duo Watch Face with the cocoa colour palette for all occasions where I don’t need to see any info other than just the time.

The Apple Watch is great to have as part of my ecosystem of Apple devices, and I enjoy wearing it daily, but it doesn’t play a pivotal role in my setups like the iPhone and iPad at this point, which puts my need for such a tool at a low priority. I may take another look at Watchsmith at some point down the road, provided I have a severe need for such extended capabilities and Apple hasn’t added similar functionality on the Apple Watch. For now, I’m keeping it minimal and simple.


  1. Watchsmith is free to download. Some complications are locked with a Premium membership subscription of £1.99/month or £19.49/year.