Six smartwatches to watch in the second half of 2015, from Samsung Gear S2 to Tag Heuer Carrera 01
Aug26

Six smartwatches to watch in the second half of 2015, from Samsung Gear S2 to Tag Heuer Carrera 01

With continuous improvements to sensory and PFOE technology (print, flexible, and organic electronics), the wearable tech market is expected to rise all the way through 2018. Now that the first half of 2015 has come and gone, we took a look at some of the most anticipated smartwatches being released before year’s end. From incredible second generation models to surprising first time players in the smartwatch game, we gathered six of the most discussed upcoming smartwatches on the web today. Some will be out by the end of summer, but all of them will be here by Christmas. Let’s hope you’ve been good this year. Samsung Gear S2 (Orbis) Samsung is expected to introduce a highly anticipated new edition to the Gear family. On August 12, the Samsung Gear S2 (code named Orbis) was announced as the first circular interfaced smartwatch that the company has created. It will feature 360×360 resolution, 4 GB of data storage, and use AMOLED technology. Rumors have suggested that the new watch will cost more than the Samsung Gear S, which would put it above $350. Asus ZenWatch 2 When the Asus ZenWatch was released last year, it seemed like another knock-off smartwatch at first glance but quickly became a top performing device. The second generation is expected to be released later in 2015 and focuses on customization. The Asus ZenWatch 2 will have two sizes, three colors, and 18 different straps to showcase your unique personality. It will maintain a digital crown, metal charger, and the standard water resistant feature. The watch will come equipped with curved Gorilla Glass and AMOLED technology. Moto 360 2 The Moto 360 may have been one of the most aesthetically desirable watches in 2014, but the hardware wasn’t. The Motorola second generation could move past that hiccup with the implementation of an upgraded Snapdragon Processor and a 360×360 resolution. The Moto 360 2 is expected to gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. The new watch is expected to work along with the first generation Moto 360, rather than replace it. Motorola said it will hold a press conference at IFA on September 2nd. Tag Heuer Carrera 01 Swiss watch designer Tag Heuer is jumping into the wearable tech arena with its first-ever luxury smartwatch. The information on this product is a closely kept secret, but we can report that Tag Heuer is working with Intel and Google on the watch. It will be built to last a lifetime, which would be the first for any smartwatch, and the first to have upgradable parts. The smartwatch is expected to be priced at $1,400 and available this October. Breitling B55 Connected Breitling is...

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Carrera-inspired Tag Heuer smartwatch to be released this fall
May08

Carrera-inspired Tag Heuer smartwatch to be released this fall

With the recently released Apple Watch hitting stores across the globe, the smartwatch has rapidly changed the function of your average timepiece. Highly-functional and highly-digital, the Apple Watch is landing on the wrists of millions — and this fact that has not gone unnoticed by the head of Tag Heuer’s parent company, LVMH, Jean-Claude Biver. However, instead of seeing competition, Biver saw an opportunity. As Wearables.com reported in March, Tag Heuer announced a new partnership with both Google and Intel to create the ultimate design in smartwatches. Biver announced the partnership as “Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous.” Now, the Tag Heuer smartwatch, said to be modeled after the Carrera, has received a release date of October or November of 2015. While the elite Tag watch will set you back about $1,400 according to Bloomberg compared to the Apple Watch’s range from $349-$12,000, it’s 40 hour battery life dominates Apple’s that sits at only about 18 hours for a single charge. Tag’s UK Communications Manager, Alexandra King, revealed that the watch will be forward-focused, adapting the technology to be upgradable as time goes on. With the hardware and software coming from Silicon Valley, the design and aesthetics will be entirely Swiss as a way to “appear as though you are wearing a regular watch” according to Biver. Biver hopes that Apple will “sell millions and millions of [their watches]. The more they sell, the more a few people will want something different and will come to Tag...

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The smartwatches that stole the show at Baselworld
Mar26

The smartwatches that stole the show at Baselworld

If Baselworld 2015 sent one message in particular, it’s that luxury watchmakers are deadly serious about the development of smartwatches. The annual Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland, is traditionally a gathering of high-end watch manufacturers to show off their latest timepieces, but this year, smartwatches stole the show. Here is a small smattering of the noteworthy wearables that Baselworld watchmakers had to offer in Switzerland. Famed Swiss manufacturing company Tag Heuer first announced plans for a smartwatch in September of last year. While they had no wearables product to unveil at Baselworld, they did announce a partnership with Google and Intel. Tag Heuer didn’t reveal many details about the Android Wear device, though there are rumors that the watch’s display will look exactly the same as their signature black Carrera (pictured above). One of the more surprising collaborations unveiled at Baselworld was one between Italian fashion brand Gucci and Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. The smartwatch doesn’t need a smartphone to support its functions; rather, it operates on 3G connectivity. What’s more, it has a camera, activity tracker, and other flashy features. Will.i.am was at Baselworld wearing a prototype of the watch, but the release date remains unannounced. Mondaine is known for its simple design, and the company’s Helvetica 1 Smartwatch stays true to its minimalist Swiss aesthetic. This video from CNET shows how the Helvetica 1 is not only a timepiece, but an activity tracker. You can set activity goals in an iOS or Android Mondain app, which then show up on the watch’s smaller dial. The Helvetica 1 will go on sale later this year. Vector wasn’t actually present at Baselworld this year, but the company used the event to promote its two new wearable productsL the Luna and the Meridian. Vector’s Luna (pictured above) has a round display, while the Meridian’s is square. Most impressive about Vector’s smartwatches is the battery power. Vector claimes the battery will last up to 30 days. Both watches can be pre-ordered now, though release dates have not been revealed. Other smartwatches seen at Baselworld 2015 Frederique Constant and Alpina’s Swiss Horological Smartwatches, which both use MotionX for activity tracking and cloud connectivity Swatch’s Touch Zero One, with a battery life that Swatch says will last for months Breitling’s B55 Connected, which tracks flight chronograph data for pilots and adjusts to timezones Bulgari’s Diagono Magnesium, a “concept smartwatch” that can unlock doors, start car engines, and make mobile payments Kairos’s Hybrid Watch, with a mechanical watch behind a 40% transparent screen Tissot’s prototype of a yet-to-be named smartwatch, which will be available at the end of this year Stay tuned to Wearables.com as we demo these impending releases.    ...

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Silicon Valley goes to Switzerland for Tag Heuer smartwatch
Mar19

Silicon Valley goes to Switzerland for Tag Heuer smartwatch

The wearables market moves closer to glamor yet, now due to the newly announced partnership between Google, Intel and Tag Heuer (LVMH) to develop a luxury smartwatch. Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver calls it his “biggest announcement ever.” “‘Swiss Avant garde’ means ‘a connection to tomorrow.’ And for this connection to tomorrow, we need other people to help us,” he energetically said to the crowd assembled at BaselWorld 2015, the world watch and jewellery show. “Together we are strong.” The collaboration between the software, hardware, and watchmaking giants marks an undeniable recognition of a growing audience within the luxury fashion market. It also appears as a response to the Apple Watch, to which the Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver replied at the press conference: “The difference between the Apple Watch and Tag Heuer is very important. One is called Apple and one is called Tag Heuer.” David Singleton of Android Wear said, “When I think about the watch, it’s always been a marriage of beauty and utility. We’re going to do that with our partnership.” Independent research outfit Smartwatch Group (fittingly, based in Switzerland) expects the smartwatch market to grow to $8.7 billion this year, with the average unit price increasing to $290 — largely due to the effect of the Apple Watch. Clunky design has always been a point of criticism for wearable products — smartwatches and beyond — but if anyone could hone in on an elegant aesthetic, it would be expected of Tag Heuer. “We believe wearable technology is going to take off,” said Intel VP Mike Bell. “But this is not something that can be driven by tech companies only. Wearable technology is something that is very personal. . .So we believe it requires a real partnership between established players in the space that understand customers, fashion and objects of desire — and we couldn’t think of a better company to be working with on a luxury swiss smartwatch than Tag...

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