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Emporio Armani enters the wearables market with its new hybrid smartwatch

By midian182
Oct 27, 2016
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  1. Smartwatch shipments may have dropped 51.6 percent this year, but it hasn’t stopped big companies jumping on the wearables bandwagon. The latest luxury brand to expand into connected wristwatches is Emporio Armani, best known for its range of high-end clothing.

    Created in partnership with Fossil, the Emporio Armani Connected Watch is a hybrid device rather than a full-on smartwatch such as the Samsung Gear S3 or Apple Watch. It combines the analog display of a classic timepiece with smartphone connectivity features.

    The EA Watch links with phones using Bluetooth and the companion iOS/Android app. Like other similar smartwatches, it vibrates when the paired phone receives a notification, and it can be used to track and monitor sleep and activity. The wearable can also control music playback, remotely activate a paired smartphone’s camera, be used as an alarm, and help find a lost handset.

    While those functions don’t make Armani’s device unique among hybrid smartwatches, it does boast some other compelling features. The sub-dial can be customized to show any time zone – something Armani customers said they wanted in a device – and its power comes from a coin cell battery that lasts around six months, so no recharging required.

    The watch is available in rose-gold tone, black, gunmetal, and stainless steel with either a leather strap or three-piece link. Prices range from $250 to $400, which may seem a bit pricey, but it's definitely better than Breitling’s $8900 Exospace B55.

    Android Headlines notes that Armani will be releasing a full-on smartwatch with a digital display next year.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,559   +2,364

    Price range isn't bad. Was expecting considerably more.
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Classy looks meets cheesy gadgetry. Either wear a proper timepiece or a gimmick, unless it's an activity tracker which isn't stylish, but at least it is functional.
     
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  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Same here, just because it's Armani and specially considering it's partnership with Fossil, I was expecting on well over a grand.

    I would get one to satisfy my curiosity although it's more of a remote control than a smartwatch for what is described, looks quite cool though but I'm into mechanical watches.
     
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  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,559   +2,364

    Mechanical watches are where it's at. Always has been, always will be.
     
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  6. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 211   +121

    I've never seen the need for a smartwatch but this one looks very nice. I like the clean styling of that dial. I'll take the blue faced one on the right with the leather strap, I hate metal link watch bands they always rip the hair of my wrist.
     
  7. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 340   +133

    I have such a kneejerk reaction of 'dislike' to 'hatred' for brands like Armani - simply because I associate them with people who like to wear their salary, and those people have always had their heads up their a**es in my experience.

    And yet, I almost want this one. Almost. Simply because it is a smart watch that looks like a watch, and is actually very well priced.
     

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