The smartwatch craze has Swiss horologists upping the ante with tech and time-honored craftsmanship.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Breitling’s Exospace B55 ($8,900) is the brand’s first connective chronograph, performing watch adjustments (setting time, alarms, time zones) from the wearer’s smartphone; conversely, the watch reports incoming calls, texts, and calendar alerts, in addition to communicating chronograph info, including flight timing (true to Breitling’s aviation DNA) to the phone. The light titanium case houses an exclusive Caliber B55 movement with both analog and digital displays tailor-made for pilots. The Connected Watch with Intel Inside by TAG Heuer ($1,500) blends the brand’s 150-year heritage and the sporty style of its Carrera collection with technical knowhow. Three interactive chronograph counters, which display information via Intel and Google technologies, join a traditional watch face and hands, offering the best of both traditional and nouveau timepiece experiences. What’s more? The innovative watch’s 46mm case is created from grade-2 titanium for lightweight strength and shock resistance. From Frederique Constant, this Swiss Horological Smartwatch ($950) is capable of bio-directional communication with iPhone and Android apps via a MotionX engine. The watch’s connectivity allows the wearer to track activity and sleep patterns and links to the Cloud for backup and restoring ease. It’s all sealed in a classically designed case that keeps the technological power under elegant wraps. All these watches are available at Westime Beverly Hills, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8880
Smartwatches captured the imagination of global consumers in a big way in 2015, when Apple released its much-anticipated iWatch. Despite mixed reviews, the innovative timepiece earned its place in the zeitgeist as the most talked-about product of the year and spurred a demand for tech-driven watches across the marketplace. Some storied Swiss brands have responded by pairing their master watchmakers with leaders in technology to develop models that deliver the latest high-tech applications while staying true to traditional form. These luxury watches provide connectivity to phones, computers, and other devices, and offer myriad novel functions—the ability to record sleep cycles, monitor heart rates, display calendar reminders, even help a pilot navigate an airplane—all housed in elegant cases that keep your boardroom image intact.