To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will soon be indicative of a heirloom description. Even luxury watch brands have embraced replica watches with some exciting announcements having already been made this year and more set to come.
In 2015, we saw Apple finally take the plunge into the replica watches market, Pebble hit us with not one but three new replica watches in one year alone, and LG dive even further into the pool with yet another smarter offering. So what else do we have to look forward to? Well, there are still a couple of weeks left of 2015, followed by all of 2016 and there are plenty of devices left to keep an eye out for.
It seems 2015 was the year of intelligent wrist adornment and chances are, 2016 will continue the trend, so here are all the best replica watches to look forward to before the end of 2015 and in 2016. We have included devices that have been announced but are not yet available to buy, as well as a few rumoured timepieces for good measure.
The Breitling B55 Connected is a replica watches of sorts that is targeted at pilots, some of the company’s main clientele, and it connects to an Android or iOS app on your device via Bluetooth.
The app will enable you to change time zones and therefore alter the digital display and analogue hands on the watch, as well as set alarms and sync to your phone. It won’t track your steps or display your messages, but flights can be timed using the buttons and the app will back up the data collected by the watch to allow for sharing and logging.
Pricing and availability for the Breitling B55 Connected have yet to be shared but we will keep you updated when we learn more.
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Gucci and will.i.am collaborated to announce a fashion smartband at Baselworld 2015, which has been in the making since 2011. The smartband is a standalone device, like will.i.am’s Puls that was announced a few months before and the Gucci offering appears to be a fashionable version of it.
It is 3G enabled, voice controlled and it will come with a front-facing camera, along with a heart rate monitor, temperature sensor and GPS. Battery life wasn’t mentioned but if it follows the same path as the Puls, it might be built into the strap.
The Gucci will.i.am smartband will be able to make and receive calls, texts and emails, as well as store music, maps, calendars and track your activity. No pricing or release date information has been provided yet but we will update this feature when we know more.
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The Bulgari Diagono Magnesium concept was revealed at Baselworld 2015 and it is claimed to be a luxury timepiece “completely opposite” from other “so-called” connected watches. The company says it is 100 per cent Swiss and NFC-enabled.
The Diagono Magnesium was described as a self-winding, mechanical replica watches that apparently works with a protected electronic passport called Luxury Wrist Vault. The passport app is said to have a range of possibilities including making payments, logging in securely to a digital community, opening doors and starting your car engine.
Pricing, specs and a release date have yet to be detailed so whether we will see it this year or not is still to be confirmed.