Luxury smartwatches: 6 multifaceted timepieces ahead of their time

In less than a decade, smartwatches have become an inevitable accessory. They track time, health, and monitor all kinds of activities. Here's a look at six multifaceted smartwatches

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The idea of a wearable tech has got people hooked. The 1990s saw the traces of smartwatches when they hit headlines for their smart tech. Timex’s Datalink, popularly known as a wristwatch computer, was much ahead of its time. And let's not forget Seiko's Ruputer which came with a monochrome LCD. These contributions to the revolution of connected watches should never be forgotten.

From wristwatch computers to wearable bands, to full-fledged smartwatches, the genre has come a long way and still has miles to cover and uncover. Connected watches today are slick, pragmatic, and efficient. These wearable pieces don't just tell you time, but one may feel like a secret agent speaking words into their watch, because now, you can even call and talk to people using a watch.

Let's dive into this matrix of connected watches and venture into the fascinating world of watch tech. From TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition to Frederique Constant Classic Hybrid Manufacture, here are some connected watches that can up your smartwatch game.

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tag heuer TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition; Price: Rs1.87 lakh approximately

TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

Golfers be advised that this sporty smartwatch is here to complement your club-and-ball sport. If you seek accuracy, then TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition's built-in GPS promises to deliver. The ultra-legible all-active and flush OLED touchscreen, and TAG Heuer's clever Golf app on the watch, will help you win terrains and weathers. The limited quantity connected watch is offered with white and green rubber strap to please golf and the golfer. Its ultra-lightweight titanium case with matte finish, and ceramic bezel with exclusive Golf Edition crown are enough to make it stand out, and it still packs more.

TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition, water resistant up to 50 metres, houses a 430-mAh battery which takes roughly 90 minutes to charge fully and provides juice worth a full day including a one-hour sport session. For navigation, you can either use the touchscreen, its crown, or the pushers.

Adding more to it are the things that come in the box. Apart from the watch and its charging dock are three TAG Heuer golf balls, four TAG Heuer tees, a divot tool, an additional black strap for your watch, and a wall-plug and Selvyt cleaning cloth.

hublot Hublot Big Bang e Black Ceramic; Price: 4.25 lakh approximately

Hublot Big Bang e Black Ceramic

If Hublot has paid great attention to tech, it has done nothing less to create the Big Bang e Black Ceramic with a build including a case cut from materials such as black ceramic or titanium in a 'sandwich' construction —  an approach envisioned by Hublot in 2005. It is modern yet sticks to its roots with a deployant buckle invented by Hublot in 1980. The design of the screws and pushers, the scratchproof sapphire crystal, and its rubber strap, give the connected watch a bold character.

Housing a 300-mAh battery which takes around 150 minutes to charge if empty, the Big Bang e Black Ceramic delivers a sufficient one-day performance. The smartwatch in black is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, the connected watch comes with an AMOLED screen for its enjoyable watch faces.

The beauty in ceramic, powered by Google Wear OS, is also very practical with sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, and Optical Tracking Sensor.

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frederique constant Frederique Constant Classic Hybrid Manufacture; Price: Rs2.68 lakh approximately

Frederique Constant Classic Hybrid Manufacture

The Classic Hybrid Manufacture comes across as a nonconformist timepiece, a  smart amalgamation of a mechanical movement and smartwatch technology. The hybrid engine FC-750 Manufacture, driving the watch, has been paired with smart functions that are powered by a battery. The FC-750 commands the principle timekeeping operations like the analogue display of hours, minutes, seconds, while an electronic arrangement inside the watch provides it smart features.

This electronic setup connects with a smartphone app via Bluetooth and there, there you can call it a connected watch. Now you have a device which tracks your fitness and monitors your sleep. The app can be installed on both iOS and Android platforms.

The dial in silver features black printed indexes, hand-polished black hands, a date counter at 6 o'clock and the connected counter at 12 o'clock. The watch is offered with a black alligator strap.

garmin Garmin MARQ Driver; Price: Rs1.83 lakh approximately

Garmin MARQ Driver

It has a driver in its name, and by now you must have guessed that MARQ Driver has a lot to do with racing. Wear it and take your ride to a racetrack — keep city roads safe please. Once on the track, let the MARQ Driver measure your steadiness throughout the race with your lap time repeatability score. With it, you can even hear audio reports of every lap, figure out your fastest lap times, total laps, and maximum speed.

This smart utility tool gives you access to more than 250 of the world's most famed tracks. And to make sure you race comfortably; the watch comes with a hybrid titanium bracelet with silicone links. To keep you going is its astounding battery capacity smashing charts with a 12-day smartwatch mode performance on a single charge.

From clock features to health monitoring to activity tracking, the smartwatch has a loaded list of features. Garmin uses its own software which can be used on both iOS and Android platforms, although you don't always need a phone to use the MARQ Driver.

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montblanc Montblanc Summit 2 Stainless Steel Black and Leather; Price: Rs73,000 approximately

Montblanc Summit 2 Stainless Steel Black and Leather

Powered by Google Wear OS, the Montblanc Summit 2 leaves no stone unturned when it comes to making this smartwatch feature-rich with apps like Timeshifter for creating personalised jet lag plans, fitness apps, and many other supported apps that can be downloaded from both app stores — Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store.

A durable sapphire glass protects the screen and a black stainless-steel case, coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC), gives it an alluring look. The Summit 2 has some great customisable watch faces and if the pre-installed ones aren't enough, you can surely visit an app store on your smartphone and download from there till you have gotten your perfect watch face.

Its AMOLED screen is sharp and vivid delivering a great screen experience. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor makes the smartwatch very fluid and is complemented by a 340-mAh battery which keeps the Summit 2 on the go. It is offered with a durable leather strap which sits comfortable on your wrist

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breitling Breitling Exospace B55; Price: Rs6.37 lakh approximately

Breitling Exospace B55

The name Exospace calls for a space and time imagination of the smart timepiece. Breitling's first connected chronograph Exospace B55 offers a plethora of features — housing a calibre rigged with a range of functions mindfully developed for pilots and yachtsmen. Its intelligent control mode and two ultra-legible LCD screens with backlighting system that can be activated by pressing the crown or tilting the wrist make the Exospace B55 a very coherent connected watch.

The watch, water resistant up to 100 metres, features a DLC-coated titanium black case with rider-tab bezel as well as a rugged, sporty strap. It goes charmingly in the direction of creating more analogue-digital watches and makes the three-hand setup meet two digital windows that display other information. It packs a digital flyback chronograph, tachymeter, and a 'Chrono Flight' function designed to record flight times.

The B55 app, which can be installed on smartphones based on iOS and Android operating systems, seamlessly integrates with the watch. The watch's battery has a 10-year life cycle and provides connectivity through wireless personal area network technology called Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE. 

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