Swatch smartwatch will support mobile payments, multiple platforms and won't require charging

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Feb 5, 2015
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  1. Swiss watch maker Swatch is planning to launch a smartwatch within the next few months as it prepares to do battle with Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and a host of others in the emerging wearables industry.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I laughed my butticks out when I heard him calling smartwatch a fad, not because it is or isn't, but when quartz came into the clock industry, swiss watchmakers refused to accept it and almost went into oblivion.
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Smartwatches are about as much a fad as smartphones. They won't replace mechanical timepieces, but I don't see how, given the decreasing cost of the technology, any executive or analyst worth his salt can't see these replacing digital watches in the coming years.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If that's a pic of their upcoming smartwatch then it is by far the best looking device ever conceived. If all smartwatches start looking like that, offer more functionality and drop in price then even I'd start taking the fad seriously.
    I think that's just a normal watch though, it'll probably be a while before smartwatches look this good.
  5. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Not even close to my Titanium Omega Seamaster. Not even close.
  6. Jamesbrah

    Jamesbrah TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +12

    ugly watch is ugly
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  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Give the guy a break. Not everyone can afford a Yacht-Master.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people think the Motorola & the LG watches look nice. While they may look slightly better than most smartwatches they still have Mount Everest to climb in terms of looks and functionality.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015
  10. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    Maybe they wont need charging cause the battery is disposable and you just buy a new one when its flat :D
  11. Grabix

    Grabix TS Rookie

    There are a couple of watches I've heard of that had "smart" capabilities with the look of a regular watch, albeit just a notification and not full text and pictures like the ones from the big manufacturers. Here's one:

    I've also wondered if it would be possible to add a device like the self-winding mechanism my automatic watches have but instead of winding a spring maybe spinning like an alternator?
  12. ucould2

    ucould2 TS Guru Posts: 271

    Boy that IS an ugly timepiece, definitely no craftsmanship at the entry level.

    There are issues with the magnetic fields interfering with the movement as you would expect. Although this could be overcome in the future, as the amount of energy required to drive the functions decreases so in turn would the generation aspect and therefore the electromagnetic fields (which metal components conduct quite well).

    Here is another watch with smart capabilities AND has gorgeous craftsmanship too, related to the Kairos T-band which -click here- is a suitable replacement band for ANY current timepiece you may be wearing / own / have sitting around gathering dust. :p

    It is however in pre-order :'( here at


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