Switzerland has dominated the watchmaking industry for more than a century. Until lately, that is! With smartwatches becoming increasingly practical, the lead has migrated to other countries, such as the United States, which is represented by Apple, South Korea, represented by Samsung, and China, which is represented by Amazfit. The Swiss are attempting to retake the lead. Many reputable Swiss watch brands, particularly in recent years, have shifted their focus to smartwatches.
While the majority of Swiss watchmakers continue to rely on classic automatic or quartz watches, some have made the “smart move.” These Swiss smartwatches are not only revolutionary in terms of aesthetics, but also in terms of innovation and features! Check them below…
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Alpina Alpiner X
Alpina is one of the most historically prominent Swiss watch companies, having been in the business since 1883. Designed for modern active men, the Alpiner X is the brand’s smartwatch series. It has an analog-digital display as well as cutting-edge health monitoring sensors. As wrist functions, you may monitor your heart rate, as well as your breathing, hydration, V02 Max, and cardio fitness index.
The second significant technical feat is the watch’s integrated GPS. The latter may record your walk or run and integrate it with heart rate feedback. It can provide valuable health data that can be evaluated using the Alpina Smartwatch app for iOS and Android. The Alpina Alpiner X, which costs slightly more than $650, lets you adorn your wrist with a luxury brand without breaking the bank or spending excessively.
Tag Heuer Connected
So far, Tag Heuer has carried the flag for Swiss smartwatches. Tag Heuer’s consistent efforts in entering the lucrative market of smartwatches, alongside Breitling, Alpina, Tissot, and Hublot, have begun to pay off. The Tag Heuer Connected is an excellent smartwatch that has witnessed rapid improvements since its first release in 2015.
The watch has a battery life of up to 24 hours in regular mode + one hour of training time. If you enjoy golf, you’ll enjoy the following feature. With Tag Heuer Connected, you can view over 40.000 golf courses in 2D and 3D maps. Textures and forests, as well as solitary trees, are considered.
To measure your wellbeing, download Tag Heuer’s Wellness App from the App Store or Google Play and keep track of your heart rate, burnt calories, and daily step targets.
All of the information is shown on a 1.39-inch OLED screen. Calendar alerts, phone calls, texts, emails, and NFC payments using Google Pay are all available. It, of course, has a built-in GPS, and additional features include Google Maps and weather forecasts.
Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch
The 1 Smartwatch, the flagship of Mondaine’s Helvetica series, is available with a 40mm or 44mm casing with a variety of various faces and straps to fit your taste.
The watch employs an accelerometer to measure your daily steps, other workout statistics, and sleep information and communicates through Bluetooth to an iOS and Android app. Data collected includes time spent active, distance walked, calories expended (both at rest and when active), and sleep is classified as light or deep.
The software, which is also utilized by Swiss watchmakers Frederique Constant, Ferragamo, and Movado, contains an artificial intelligence (A.I.) coach that provides recommendations based on the data collected by your watch, and this data can be shared with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone.
The Mondaine Helvetica 1 has a brushed stainless steel case and a leather strap. It has a crown at three o’clock for adjusting the time and a two-hand sub-dial for displaying your daily step count and date.
Hublot Big Bang e
The giant Swiss watchmaker of luxury watches made a huge turn in 2018 when they adapted their famous Big Bang series to a digital version. The brand refers to their smartwatch as a blend of tradition and modernity. Hublot Big Bang e, is indeed, a luxury Swiss made smartwatch that combines Hublot’s watchmaking skills with the most recent digital innovations.
So similar is the watch to the Big Bang, that you’ll forget it is a smartwatch. The 42mm casing of the Big Bang e is available in grade 5 titanium or micro-blasted and polished black ceramic. WearOS by Google powers the watch, which is available for both Android and iOS. The wearer has access to Google Play apps, as well as Google Assistant and Google Pay.
A perpetual calendar, GMT, and an assortment of digital Hublot watch faces are also included. Additional features include a 30 meters water resistance rating and a scratch proof sapphire crystal. While it is expensive for a smartwatch, it is a reasonably inexpensive wristwatch for a Hublot watch.
Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar
Finally, a Swiss-made smartwatch that delivers on its promises. Tissot’s first smartwatch, the T-Touch Connect Solar, is a hybrid with an integrated solar panel that provides six months of battery life. It is a large watch (47mm case), yet the curved lugs allow it to be worn comfortably. The features that are available perform as expected, and the watch is quick and reliable. The main disadvantage appears to be the absence of certain features, like a heart rate sensor, sleep monitoring, a weather app, and sunrise/sunset times, but other than that, nothing matches the new Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar.
Tissot’s tactile technology enables the wearer to access a variety of functionalities such as compass, altimeter, barometer, weather, alarm, and chronograph without the use of a lot of buttons or confusing sub-menus. Notifications, a perpetual calendar, a step counter, calories burned, temperature, and time zones are among the other features.
Frederique Constant Vitality
This Swiss smartwatch combines a classic self-winding movement with an accelerometer and Bluetooth connection. As a consequence, the watch functions as a regular wristwatch while simultaneously tracking your daily movement and sleep. This data is sent by the gadget to the same smartphone app that Mondaine uses. The Bluetooth Low Energy module is powered by a standard watch battery, which lasts two to four years before needing to be changed. The mechanical watch movement will retain its charge as long as the watch is worn or stored in a rotating watch box.
The case is 42mm in diameter and constructed of stainless steel, with a blue leather strap with white stitching. Straps come in various colors and buckle patterns, as well as a pair of rose gold-plated versions, are available separately. The face of this watch, like the Mondaine, contains two hands for the time, as well as a subdial for displaying the date and daily steps, which are displayed as a percentage of your personal objective, which can be altered via the app.
Breitling Exospace B55
Breitling’s smartwatch has a mechanical dial and two digital displays. The hands indicate the time normally, while the two LCD screens show the 24-hour time, battery level, multi-function stopwatch, lap timer, calendar, and countdown timer, among other features. You may also set up to seven daily alarms (one for each day of the week, if desired), as well as view the UTC global time. Breitling promotes the B55 as a watch with features “tailor-made for pilots and yachtsmen,” and it links through Bluetooth to a companion smartphone app for iOS and Android.
The former indicates that the watch can save aircraft departure and arrival data, while the latter indicates that there is a capability for entering yacht regatta timings. Even with a continual Bluetooth Low Energy connection to your phone, the face and twin screens are lighted simply by turning your wrist, and the battery life is touted to be 10 years. The face is covered by a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Montblanc Summit 2 Plus
The Summit 2 Plus is a high-end smartwatch that marries Montblanc’s watchmaking expertise with cutting-edge technology. The Summit 2 Plus is water resistant to five atmospheres (about 50 meters), includes GPS for monitoring runs, NFC for card-free purchases, a highly changeable digital watch face, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to one week, according to the manufacturer. Users on iOS and Android connect to the watch through Bluetooth, and the Google Assistant is built in to operate smart home devices and answer general knowledge queries.
The watch is designed for regular flyers and comes with an app called Timeshift that provides tips on how to avoid jet lag. To help you acclimatize to your new timezone more quickly, the app provides recommendations for coffee consumption, sleeping periods, and light exposure. There are four variants to choose from: black steel, stainless steel, rose gold steel, and bronze steel. All versions have industry-standard lugs bars that allow you to effortlessly swap out the straps when you want a different look.