3 Alternatives to Apple's Smartwatch
Activity trackers, flight measurements and sleep monitoring are among the features on these timepieces.
This story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
While everybody waits for a mashup between Tag Heuer, Intel and Google — announced at Baselworld and set to debut later this year — to compete with Apple’s smartwatch, three current contenders stand out.
Montblanc’s TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap: Decidedly not Dick Tracy, this more elegant timepiece comes with an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote controls and, in case you misplace this watch (from $3,750; available in June), a Find-Me function.
Breitling’s B55 Connected: Billed as a smartwatch for aviators, this black titanium case and blue-strap timekeeper — not yet available in stores — has the ability to upload flight measurements (say, the “Mission Elapsed Time” from a trip on your GVI) from the chronograph to your smartphone.
Horological Smartwatch: Frederique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine teamed up with Silicon Valley’s Fullpower Technologies using the MotionX Horological Smartwatch Open Platform by MMT (not yet available in stores). There’s no digital screen; your smartphone works with the watch’s dial for activity tracking, sleep monitoring and alarms.