We wrote a few days ago about Frederique Constant’s upcoming smartwatch. Right now this is one of only two devices that fuses electronic smarts with Swiss-made mechanical movement. The other one is called X-ONE and comes from Conex Watches, a collective of Swiss watchmakers.
Announced earlier this year at CES 2018, X-ONE pairs smartwatch technology with Swiss watchmaking tradition. The exquisite timepiece features caliber SW200 mechanical movement equipped with the world’s smallest dual micro-motors and counter on the linear indicator. The caliber powers the automatic movement for hours, minutes and seconds while ensuring minimal energy consumption.
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The water resistant (5 ATM) device comes with a smart module and accompanying smartphone app. There is a perpetual calendar, a GMT with automatic time-zones and an array of customizable features. You also get notifications for calls and messages and can assign your family or friend’s contact to a specific number on the watch counter for discretely knowing who is calling.
The built-in pedometer provides basic fitness functions and the watch will provide you with music control. Interestingly, it will also allow you to send and receive messages in Morse Code. The company says the library will be upgraded in the future with new features.
Handmade In Le Locle, Switzerland there are already working prototypes of the device. The company has now turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the watch to the masses. Less than a day into the campaign and with 45 days to go its already sailed past its goal.
Price: $750 and up
$42,423 raised out of $35,000 goal
45 days to go
Estimated delivery: October 2018
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