Upcoming Luxury Smartwatches
At the beginning of 2015 a number of luxury watch brands (most of them are Swiss) had some intriguing announcements about the future launches of their own smartwatches. They may become effective competitors to Apple Watch if they are able to fuse best traditions of Swiss watchmaking with modern smartwatch capabilities. Let’s stick around and see the list of the most interesting smartwatches coming soon.
Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01
TAG Heuer, a Swiss manufacturing company, have teamed up with Google and Intel to create the first luxury Android Wear smartwatch. Carrera Wearable 01 will share some features as the watch by Apple: geolocation, distance measurement and altitude. The device will run Android Wear with the Intel chips inside. That means connected watches will offer the same features now available from other Android Wear devices and will require pairing with an Android handset for most ‘smart’ features.
The timepiece has potential to become a long-lasting competitor to other high-end smartwatches as Tag Heuer’s executives mentioned the possibility of replacing electronic components while preserving the watch elements, keeping up with the market as it develops. Thus, this luxury smartwatch can outlast most competitors.
The release is set up by year’s end with the estimated $1,500 price tag.
The Breitling B55 Connected
While Breitling always positioned itself as a Swiss watchmaker caters to pilots, in reality its models are popular among other professions as well, the same goes for the new Breitling B55 Connected which will surely get attention from tech-savvy watch enthusiasts.
The watch itself connects to a phone via Bluetooth via the B55 Connected application that is available both on Android and iOS platforms. The Watch does not feature a fitness tracker or notifications and messaging functionality, instead, it lets you comfortably record duration of a flight, take-offs, landings and a date of a flight. It is possible to change time zones and update the watch’s calendar through the app. The appearance is highly technical: a titanium case with the original blue and black theme that continues on the strap. This is a completely different smartwatch concept from what we have seen so far. The battery is rechargeable through a USB port. In fact, you will not have to recharge the device for a month or even more. Breitling smartwatch is expected to be available in stores, by the end of 2015 the price is yet to be revealed.
The Gucci and i.am+ smartband
Gucci in a partnership with WIll.i.am announced the release of a fashion-focused wristband – a stand-alone device, which operates independently of a phone – called The Gucci and i.am+ smartband. The creators say no words of the release date, distribution or pricing, but the features of the band are imposing.
The device will have a front-facing camera that will allow video calling, 3G, GPS for fitness tracking. Moreover, The Gucci and i.am+ smartband will be provided with a voice assistant called AneedA, a heart-rate and temperature sensor, maps, music and calendar storage. The smartband will be a legitimate device for making phone calls, sending and receiving messages and emails, as well as checking on social media without being tethered to a phone. With Gucci on board it will be extremely fashion orientated.
The IWC Connect
A Swiss watch brand IWC introduced The IWC Connect – a smart watchband that will track fitness data only. Company’s top management point out that they want to add to the mechanical handcrafted watch a piece of the connected device inside the strap without compromising the traditions and the spirit of Swiss watchmaking.
The smartband from IWC will be introduced before the end of 2016. The price is going to be announced closer to the launch date.
The Bulgari Diagono Magnesium
Jewelry brand from Italy Bulgari reported that it will be joining the luxury smartwatches retail in 2016, when it releases the NFC-enabled smartwatch named Diagono Magnesium. This model will allow users to make non-contact payments, to have access to privy data, and also unlock doors of the owner’s house, office, starting the car engine or yacht.
WISeKey, a digital security firm, developed the application called “Bulgari Vault”. It keeps the user’s enciphered bank card information, passports information, medical documents and birth certificates safe, during the time the DM serves as a key to unlock them.
Date of launch is yet to be revealed. The price for the smartwatch starts from $4,200 to $5,500 to $6,500 with the NFS-chip made from luxury materials.