Smartwatch to be Unveiled at Baselworld 2015

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Frederique Constant and Alpina to Release The Swiss Horological Smartwatch, Powered by MotionX®, at Baselworld 2015

2015 is still in it’s infancy, and it’s already proven to be a year of unprecedented progress in the Luxury Timepiece Industry. Technology giant Apple released information about their smartwatch to mixed reviews, but Swiss watch brands still felt an oncoming threat and struggled to stay relevant in today’s technology-fueled world.

Montblanc was the first brand to really commit to this new age- creating a watch strap which could instantly transform (almost) any watch into a smartwatch. The concept was great and gave consumers who loved their existing timepiece the option to simply give it an easily-removable facelift. Still, as first of it’s kind there were bound to be some setbacks. The position of the screen (underneath the wrist) makes it almost impossible to avoid banging it into your desk, counter, etc on a daily basis. There’s also the fact that it was made to fit a specific Montblanc model, not just any timepiece you have laying around, and it is only available in one size; your go-to watch just may not fit the bill. All in all, the concept was innovative and ultimately very impressive.

The real game-changer, however, is set to be released at Baselworld 2015 when Frederique Constant and Alpina plan on revealing The Swiss Horological Smartwatch. Two pieces are set to be equipped with the cutting-edge smart technology powered by MotionX®, and all without sacrificing the classic look of a Swiss timepiece. There are no digital screens to be found, only classic dials in analog form. The wearable technology syncs with either your iPhone or Android smartphone to track of your daily activity and sleep habits.

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The Frederique Constant smartwatch, shown above, is reference FC-285V5B4

Case
Polished rose gold plated stainless steel, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement
FC-285 quartz caliber, functions adjustable via the crown
2+ years battery life

Functions
Always-on time & date
MotionX® activity tracking
Sleeptracker® sleep monitoring
Sleep cycle alarms
Get-Active alerts
Adaptive coaching
MotionX® cloud backup and restore

Dial
Silver dial with hand-applied indexes
Hand polished rose gold plated steel hands
Brown leather strap with folding buckle

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The Alpina smartwatch, shown above, is reference AL-285BTD3C6B
Case
Polished and brushed stainless steel case, 39mm diameter
Dome shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 100m/330ft/10ATM

Movement
AL-285 quartz caliber
All functions adjustable via the crown
2+ years battery life

Functions
Always-on time & date
MotionX® activity tracking
Sleeptracker® sleep monitoring
Sleep cycle alarms
Get-Active alerts
Adaptive coaching
MotionX® cloud backup and restore

Dial
Black dial with guilloché triangle pattern and 11 hand-set diamonds
Hand polished hands with white luminous treatment
Steel bracelet with folding buckle
We’re so excited to see these smartwatches in action at Basel this March. What do you think? Do you prefer a smartwatch that looks more futuristic, or are you a fan of the more traditional style smartwatches like the ones shown here?

David King

Author: David King

David King is the Director of Business Development of King Jewelers. A Graduate Gemologist with specialties in luxury timepieces, diamonds, and marketing, his main responsibilities include advertising & marketing, events, watch buying, client relations, concierge services, website development, brand management, and business development.

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