Rather than pollute their legacy with a goofy iWatch-esque entry into the smartwatch market, Montblanc developed the e-Strap, a smartwatch strap that can be attached to different watches. It’s an Italian-made piece of leather texturized to look like carbon fiber connected to a tiny OLED touchscreen that sits on the inside of the wearer’s wrist providing a variety of functions & notifications. Available in June 2015.
The epix from Garmin is a tough, color touchscreen GPS watch with a 1.4-inch color display. Its omnidirectional built-in antenna works with both GPS and GLONASS satellites & the epix also features a built-in altimeter and three-axis electronic compass.
Bamford is in the business of customizing and personalizing premium steel watches. Their latest collab is a re-imagining of the iconic Rolex Milgauss. For this limited edition piece, they gave the case a titanium coating and blackened the steel strap and its poppy hi-viz orange-on-black dial is highlighted by the classic lightning bolt second hand.
Breitling’s limited-edition Transocean Chronograph Edition was inspired by a 1956 model and reinterpreted into a new contemporary design. It features a two-tone dial with two counters, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a double caseback. It is available with a steel Air Racer bracelet or with a leather or crocodile strap. 2,000 pieces available.
TomTom’s Golfer watch tracks all your golf data while giving you graphics and precise yardages to greens and hazards. It comes pre-loaded with course data for over 34,000 courses and updates wirelessly through your smartphone.
The 920XT is Garmin’s new GPS triathlon watch. It features a color screen and using Garmin Vivosmart, it tracks all your workout data for a variety of sports, links with ANT+ devices and also provides notifications, email, and incoming calls from your phone via bluetooth.
Polar’s M400 is a GPS running watch that tracks and displays speed, pace, training targets, race time estimators, improvement tracking, and navigation. It’s also a 24/7 activity tracker that monitors your steps, calories burned, and sleep.
A smart watch without GPS would be pretty dumb, so of course the Ambit3 Peak from Suunto has one built-in. It also tracks speed, pace, & distance plus it has features like a compass, altimeter, weather info, & heart rate monitor—even while swimming. And linked to your iPhone with the Movescount App, you can share your watch data instantly.
The time has come for Apple Watch. Available in 2 sizes, 3 models and a choice of finishes, including aluminum, stainless, and 18-karat gold, some may think it looks a bit like a small iPhone you wear on your wrist. However, the list of features is extensive and some quite useful. And as you would expect from Apple, the polished design and use of premium materials is a step ahead of competing smart watches. The crown controls scrolling as you choose options for fitness tracking, messages & alerts, the built-in heart rate monitor, Apple Pay and more. A stack of dedicated watch apps are reportedly on the way.
Detroit Watch Company has created three limited-edition timepieces for their debut collection. The 1701, The Pride of Detroit Aviator, and the Woodward all celebrate the history of the city where they’re assembled and feature premium materials and Japanese and European movements.