Smartwatches - Best of both worldsStylish smartwatches are big business. These four watches prove that the combination of classic style with modern technology is second to none
Gisbert Brunner, born in 1947, has devoted himself to watches since the 60ies. He has already published 15 books on this topic and gives talks all over the world.
Casio Edifice EQB-510DC
Smartwatches are big business. In 2014, around 6.8 million of the tech-heavy timepieces were sold worldwide; by the end of 2015, that number is predicted to have more than doubled. But what if you want the modern features of a smartwatch without ditching the superior styling of a classic chronograph?
Look no further than the Edifice EQB-510DC from Casio – a hybrid wristwatch whose smart functions are hidden under its sleek, black exterior. The watch communicates with Android or iOS smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 and the Casio Watch+ app, and is aimed particularly at business travellers and globetrotters. By pairing devices, the clock will automatically align the dial to the local time in more than 300 cities around the world.
There are also advanced alarm and stopwatch functions, as well as a handy phone finder. If you’re not into the Dark Knight look, check out the stainless-steel version (EQB-510D) or the black-and-rose gold Infiniti Red Bull Racing Special Edition (EQB-510RBM).
Frédérique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Analogue elegance pairs with smart tech via a Bluetooth/smartphone connection. Features include activity and sleep tracking, and there’s a two-year battery life.
Apple Watch Hermès Edition
Apple has teamed up with Parisian fashion brand Hermès to offer a luxury version of its bestselling wearable – complete with a hand-stitched leather strap and a custom, Apple-designed digital face.
Bulgari Diagono Magnesium Concept
Bulgari and digital security specialists WISeKey have created the “first luxury wrist vault”. Utilising Near Field Connection (NFC) technology and a high-security smartphone app, it can pay for goods, start your car or open doors.