Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Goes Global
If you’re considering the purchase of a smartwatch but have discriminating tastes, you may be looking forward to the release of the TAG Heuer wearable device coming out this fall carrying a price tag of about $1,500. But before you make a decision you should check out the competitor from Frederique Constant.
The maker of premium Swiss timepieces has beaten its rival to the punch by releasing the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch which will make its global debut next month. Billed as Switzerland’s first smartwatch, this device is a blend of traditional craftsmanship with cutting edge technology.
The Horological Smartwatch is powered by an MMT-285 connected movement with an impressive 25 months of battery life packed into a 42mm stainless steel case with convex sapphire that is water resistant to 5 ATM. For those watch fanciers who are put off by the digital screens of devices from tech firms like Apple and Samsung, the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch has a traditional black dial with applied silver Roman indexes.
The Horological Smartwatch is compatible with both iOS and Android apps. The device can connect to the user’s smartphone or use its sensors to operate autonomously. The Sleeptracker can track sleep patterns with 95% accuracy while the MotionX motion tracker engine tracks walking and running activity.
The Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch sounds like the best of both worlds for the fancier of fine Swiss timepieces who is interested in acquiring a wearable device but unwilling to be seen wearing a plastic fitness band. However, this combination of traditional looks and modern function comes with a price. Although the smartwatch is billed as “accessible luxury,” the price tag of $995 USD may not be “accessible” for a number of buyers. Still, it’s less expensive than the TAG Heuer model coming in the fall or the 18K gold Apple Watch Edition.