Here are five traditional watch brands who are combining their historical watch knowledge and aesthetics with advanced technology to create some of the leading (and most stylish) Smartwatches on the market today!
Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Frederique Constant was the pioneer of luxury Smartwatches and was the first brand to combine traditional Swiss watch design with Smartwatch technology in what they dubbed the Horological Smartwatch. By looking at it, you’d never guess this classic-looking watch houses Smartwatch technology. The Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch pairs with your Smartphone to track your activity and monitor your sleep cycles. Newer versions will also vibrate to alert you of incoming calls.
TAG Heuer Connected
TAG Heuer has long been recognized as a “gearhead’s watch,” first appealing to automotive enthusiasts and now gadget lovers in general with their TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch, designed in collaboration with Google/Android. While the dial looks like a traditional TAG Heuer dial—modeled after the TAG Heuer Carrera, subdials and all—it’s actually a screen that can display Google Maps, music, Google Translate, and Google Fit. The TAG Heuer Connected even offers voice command. The TAG Heuer Connected includes an incredible range of customizable features; you can select and swap virtually every part of the watch from the color of the second hands to the watch lugs and strap material.
Movado’s aesthetic and signature “high noon dot” were inspired by the minimalist Bauhaus movement of the 1920s and 1930s, giving Movado’s collection a very sleek and futuristic appeal that extends to both their traditional and Smartwatch designs. The Movado Connect dial features Movado’s iconic dot and can display text messages, caller ID, appointment times, emails, music playlists, social media push notifications, and Google Fit activity levels.
Breitling Exospace B55 Connected
Since its inception in 1884, Breitling has prided itself in developing precision watches, particularly for pilots and divers. So, when this historic brand tackled Smartwatches, it aimed at enhancing its premium, core chronograph technology with… Well, modern technology. With the Breitling Exospace B55, Breitling effectively created electronic tachymeters and digital flyback chronograph. Breitling cleverly preserved its signature sporty design by converting the crown and pushers into toggles to scroll through menus.
Montblanc Summit 2
As the name implies, the Montblanc Summit 2 is a follow up to the Montblanc Summit, the brand’s first Smartwatch, with some key updates to improve its overall functionality. The Montblanc Summit 2 is particularly distinguished for its large screen size (42mm) and attractive no-frills design. Technology wise, the Summit 2 includes Google Assist; Travel Info which is packed with international travel tips, tailored to your location; and Google Fit with a Workout Coach app that can measure your fitness level and track athletic progress over time.