Fossil Debuts Its Latest Smartwatches and Activity Tracker
The luxury smartwatch market continues to grow as more vendors join the fray. In December 2015, Breitling unveiled its $8,900 Breitling Exospace B55 chronograph-styled watch, which was the Swiss company's first connected timepiece, according to a eWEEK story at the time. Featuring a titanium body, the Exospace B55 connects via an app to a wearer's Android or Apple iOS smartphone to provide a wide range of notifications for incoming emails, Short Message Service (SMS) or WhatsApp messages, phone calls and reminders of upcoming appointments. Users can also upload data from the chronograph to their smartphones, including flight times, recorded times with split times and lap times for storage or sharing. In November 2015, TAG Heuer's luxury Connected smartwatch, designed and built in collaboration with Intel and Google, went on sale for $1,500, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The watch includes design and styling from TAG Heuer, a 1.6GHz Atom Z34XX dual-core processor from Intel and Google's Android Wear operating system. The timepiece is built inside a Grade 2 titanium case and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a 1.5-inch circular LTPS LCD touch-screen display with 360-by-360 (240-ppi) resolution, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The smartwatch is compatible with smartphones running at least Android 4.3 or Apple's iOS 8.2 or above. Also released in November was the MB Chronowing luxury connected watch from fashion designer Michael Bastian, in collaboration with technology from HP. The MB Chronowing timepiece is a stainless steel watch with a face that looks like a traditional round watch face, but is changeable electronically and includes calendar, email and text notification capabilities. It also features one-week battery life and the ability to adjust volume and control music tracks from the device.
The MB Chronowing timepiece comes in two versions—a standard version that includes three interchangeable wrist straps in perforated brown leather, olive green nylon and black rubber, as well as a special MB Chronowing limited-edition black version, which is limited to only 300 copies. The regular MB Chronowing retails for $349, while the limited-edition version sells for $649.