Oaxis Timepiece: A luxury Swiss analog watch with heart rate monitor

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Oaxis has brought a stylish, minimalist hybrid called Timepiece to Kickstarter. Founded in 2010, the company is famous for its E-ink display phone cases.

For those not in the know, a hybrid watch represents a fusion of a modern fitness tracker and a classic looking timepiece. While such devices look like your run-of-the-mill traditional watches, discreetly housed in their casing is technology that keeps tabs on your daily activity and sleep metrics. Some even dish out smartphone notifications.

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Oaxis is now joining an increasing group of wearable tech manufacturers that are dipping their toes in this market. The Oaxis Timepiece’s main rivals are Garmin Vivomove HR, Withings Steel HR Sport and watches from the Fossil Group range. Featuring largely the same technology, there is little to distinguish the Oaxis hybrid from others on the market so its mostly about design here.

The minimal face design comes in 38mm and 41mm options, and keeps accurate time due to Ronda 2-pin hybrid quartz movement. Housed in the stainless steel case is a double domed anti-glare glass with LCD Screen. At the bottom of the face is a tiny 0.42in OLED that displays basic fitness stats, including heart rate. The Timepiece also looks at sleep quality and notifies the wearer about incoming calls and texts.

The watch is waterproof down to 30m and features a quick release strap so you can customise it to your liking or swap between exercises. Thankfully, this is is not something you’ll be charging often. The device is powered by an ultra-low energy module with a battery that will keep going for a full month.

If you are not a fan of overly complicated smartwatches but like to track your fitness, Timepiece might pique your interest. The gizmo is available in four different colour and strap combinations and will set you back around $120. Delivery to backers expected in February.

Price: $123 and up

Funding open:

$6,889 raised out of $3,635 goal
39 days to go

Estimated delivery: February 2019

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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