A few months ago, this meeting would’ve taken place at a sprawling campus of anonymous office buildings in Libertyville, Illinois, about an hour’s drive north of Chicago.

But I’m in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, an imposing stone structure two city blocks long that has rested on the banks of the Chicago River for the better part of a century. Once owned by the Kennedy family, this architectural landmark is best known as the mecca of interior design: much of the building is occupied by cabinet makers, marble vendors, and flooring companies. It’s said the Sultan of Brunei furnished his entire palace here, because it was the only place where he could tick every box on this shopping list at once.

Motorola lives here now. The 40-mile move — an eternity in merciless Chicagoland traffic — poses both a logistical challenge and perhaps a bit of a culture shock for some of Motorola’s suburbanite staff. But it also represents just a sliver of the upheaval the company is going through this year.

Whether newly appointed president Rick Osterloh’s team can navigate the shifting targets that now lie before it is anyone’s guess: it’s no secret that companies not named Apple or Samsung have a hell of a time squeezing money from the brutal and fickle smartphone market. That dynamic alone precipitates enough stress, but Motorola is also in the midst of being traded from a comfortable home with Google to Chinese giant Lenovo, the biggest maker of PCs on the planet. And through all of this, it needs to keep delivering world-beating smartphones at a backbreaking pace without skipping a beat.

And then there’s the Moto 360.