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Breitling becomes the latest watchmaker to enter the smartwatch market with the $8,900 Exospace B55

By midian182
Dec 18, 2015
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  1. Luxury watchmaker Breitling, famed for its aviation-themed timepieces, has made its first foray into the smartwatch market with the $8900 Exospace B55, a “connected” device that combines the looks and style of classic watch with the some of the functions found in modern smartwatches.

    Unlike Tag Heuer’s similar-looking Connected Watch - a device so popular that the company was forced to increase its production – the Exospace doesn’t run Android Wear. The B55 is more of a traditional watch that can receive notifications, rather than an actual smartwatch.

    The timepiece features two LCD displays that are used to display information from the paired smartphone. Breitling describes its watch as a “multifunction electronic chronograph [that] also receives notifications of the smartphone’s incoming emails, messages (SMS, WhatsApp) or phone calls (with caller’s name or number) as well as reminders of upcoming appointments.”

    By using the accompanying Breitling iPhone app, users can, amongst other things, set the B55’s time and alarms, check the remaining battery life and choose a timezone. The watch has a large 46mm round face, Bluetooth connectivity, and a case made out of black titanium. It also features a hyper-accurate “SuperQuartz” movement, which is fine-tuned to compensate for things such as pressure and temperature to keep it accurate.

    Charging is done via a propriety USB cable that attaches to the side of the B55 with a magnet. A full charge should give the Exospace between one and two months of battery life, depending on how often the backlight is used.

    $8900 may seem like a lot of money for a smartwatch that doesn’t do much more than tell you when you’ve received texts and emails, especially when compare to the $1500 Tag Connected. But Breitling is pushing the B55 as a luxury watch with digital connectivity features, rather than an out and out smartwatch. Additionally, next to most of the other watches in Breitling's range, the B55’s price isn’t that high.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    Nice watch, but for 8,900 dollars I'm in for a Mont Blanc or a cheap Rolex. Needs to come down in price by about 8,200 bucks.
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    Still too pricey, I was thinking more along the lines of $8875. ;)
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    My first watch as a kid was a multifunction Casio w/ programmable television control. I'd rather not see them be put out of business by some random lux vendor.
     
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +791

    You know, my $19.95 Timex is still running great after 21 years of loyal service ...... Let's see, at todays prices I could buy 355 more watches, which would take me 7,476 years for them to wear out. If that would extend my life expectancy that long, I'M IN!
     
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  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    It's not that I refuse to believe smartwatches are a fad..It's just that they are; and here is just another example.
     
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 914   +391

    More stupidity, for those with more money than brains. It's a WATCH, not a fashion statement.
    I'll just stick to my tried and true casio wave-cepter
     
  8. nestorius

    nestorius TS Member Posts: 27

    I constantly marvel at the ability of companies to extract money from the pockets of the eternal stupid!
     

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