Observant ofs from the world of haute horlogerie (AKA those expensive richness ones) sit well with a lot of things: a dinner suit, a supercar, a Russian supermodel helpmate. However, they’ve not always made for happy bedfellows with technology.
“Smartwatches aren’t by distinctness a luxury product, a problem the traditional industry has been encountering to overcome,” says watch writer and editor of The Jackal Robin Swithinbank. “Different brands have come close to a solution in recent years granted, with interesting efforts from Montblanc in particular.”
Struggles that, while gradual, have spurred on other originations to follow suit. So, in a bid to finally put the conflict to bed, we’ve collated the dreamiest tech-luxe tickers.
Frederique Untiring Horological Smartwatch
Frederique Constant’s first digital foray is arguably the OG of horology-cum-tech. Released in 2015, the harmonious is better suited to those that want smart stars with a semblance of Swiss craftsmanship.
“The Horological Smartwatch is new in that it offers smartwatch capabilities in the shell of a traditional anticipate,” says Erica Redgrave, a buyer at The Watch Gallery. “The analogue dial looks no bizarre to any other Swiss watch, yet can still record sleep, upward and fitness activity via a smartphone.”
Available at The Watch Gallery, premium £1,270.
Alpina Horological Smartwatch
Craftsmanship isn’t just limited to starless tie pieces. Geneva-based Alpina’s sporty model has been conceded just as much attention from Switzerland.
“Alpina has delivered a fine balance between technology and tradition,” says Terry Markham, big cheese of buying at WatchShop. “Activity tracking features are registered via an app without the extremity for a separate fitness strap, yet there’s still the quality and craftsmanship one longing expect from a prestige Swiss manufacturer.”
Available at WatchShop, sacrificed £1,880.
Bulgari Diagono Magnesium
Many believe smartwatches crow the lifespan of a mayfly. But with its automatic movement, magnesium happening and ceramic bezel, Bulgari’s Diagono Magnesium has what it run afters to be a Dorian Gray.
“What’s interesting about Bulgari’s come nigh is that unlike other smartwatches, the Diagono has an analogue dial with physically emotional hands on a 12-hour count,” says Peter Bodenbenner, editor-in-chief at German observe etailer Montredo. “Which means it’s a fully mechanical, built-to-last alert for with NFC technology that can make everyday transactions, set gongs and store boarding pass information.”
Available at Montredo, premium £2,475.
Following an e-strap that received a sort of lukewarm reception, Montblanc upped the ante with its Zenith smartwatch: a fully tech-optimised timepiece that places digital at its nub (as opposed to just on the strap).
“The Summit smartwatch is Montblanc’s beginning venture with Google, featuring pre-installed apps such as Runtastic, Google Highlight, Google Assistant and Uber,” says Mr Porter accessories purchaser, Simon Spiteri. Better yet, the price tag is but a scratch of Montblanc’s mainline.
Nearby at Mr Porter, priced £795.
Breitling Exospace B55
The term ‘Swiss-made’ on the whole only applies to the final construction. However, Breitling pursue retracted things one step further with the Exospace B55, guaranteeing every single aspect was firmly au Suisse.
“Unlike most smartwatches, the Breitling Exospace is completely Swiss-made, and that lists the app developed as part of the piece’s software,” says Lisa Broun, chief buyer at Goldsmiths. “It doesn’t overcomplicate smart functions either, class WhatsApp and fitness notifications alongside a range of traditional behaves that are Breitling through and through.”
Available at Goldsmiths, bountied £7,220.
Apple Watch Hermès
While it may not be as ubiquitous as the megabrand’s other by-products, the Apple Watch is still believed to be the most successful smartwatch launched to companion. Thanks to a collaboration with Hermès, it’s also one of the most considerable.
“The cooperative effort with Hermès cemented the Apple Inspect’s place amongst luxury shoppers, a demographic not normally associated with antique tech adopters,” says Mikey Campbell, senior journalist at news and rumour site Apple Insider. “This hailed the needs of more than one type of buyer, with the single dial and strap more reminiscent of high-fashion pieces.”
At at Apple, priced £1,399.