Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is creating a smartwatch in partnership with American technology firm Google. The watch is an attempt to compete with devices by consumer-electronics makers, particularly the much-hyped watch by Apple. While TAG is the first traditional watchmaker to pair with Google, the partnership could open the door to other collaborations with high-end brands owned by LVMH, including Hublot and Zenith. One of the questions raised by Apple’s $10,000 gold smartwatch is whether users will consider it a luxury item, and wear it for status as well as convenience.
TAG Heuer is a pretty big player in the classic, mechanical watch market, so this could be pretty big for both Google and classic watchmaking. Imagine a watch with a traditional, mechanical movement and a modern chip and display – stamped with that ever-important Swiss Made. A step closer to my ideal.
Unless it’s square, of course, because that would be tasteless.
Now, I hate watches. I do. But It might be an answer to the conundrum of a smart watch dying, if it just became a dumb watch after the battery was dead.
You just need a display that’s completely transparent when off. Maybe you could achieve that with mirrors and led projectors or something. So the traditional watch is always there, but only when a notification is received, or a button/gesture activated does the screen become present.
That would be cool. I wouldn’t buy it as watches are tools of the devil, but it would be cool.