Luxury watches never fail to inspire as engineering masterpieces, but the fusion of smartwatch technology with high-end timekeeping takes this to a new level. True, the Apple Watch and Pebble may represent technology and fashion hybridization at its finest, but for many—nothing beats the time-honored traditions and craftsmanship of a classic watchmaker.
A number of high-end pieces have been released by watchmakers known for both classic and contemporary pieces, and the celebrity elites have taken notice. Feast your eyes on these seven luxury smartwatches for the rich and famous, and pick one up if you have a fortune to spare.
Tag Heuer—with 150 years of experience in the watchmaking industry—has ventured into the world of smartwatches with its “Tag Heuer Connected” line. Each piece is equipped with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel processor, 1-4 GB of storage, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal screen.
Other refinements include a titanium grade case that enables it to withstand water up to 1 meter and anti-fingerprint coating. And though “smart functions” are somewhat lacking, its exquisite look more than makes up for it.
If you’re both a tech enthusiast and analog watch lover, the Kairos T-bands smartwatches are sure to strike your fancy. Available in three colors, Kairos pieces are equipped with a cutting-edge PMOLED display that functions as a watch strap. Each houses an ARM® Cortex-M4 processor for powering features such as health monitoring, among others. Remarkably, it will last 2-3 days of normal usage on one full charge, and is capable of water immersion up to 1 meter per its IP67 rating.
The smartwatch lusted after by tech-savvy aviators, Breitling’s Exospace B55 is a next-gen chronograph that fully integrates with your smartphone. Rigged with two LCD screens, the Exospace B55 can display data on one and smartphone notifications on the other. A mostly titanium construction gives it a high-quality, luxurious feel.
At first glance, Frederique Constant looks like another Swiss classic—but don’t be deceived by its elegant, understated design. This watch connects to your smartphone and is equipped with numerous sensors to track your daily activities such as sleeping and exercise/running patterns. And due to its highly efficient power usage, the smartwatch outdoes many of its competitors in the battery department, lasting up to 25 months with just one battery.
If you’re looking for a Swiss smart watch that can monitor your health, the Helvetica 1 may be for you. This smartwatch—available in 5 different color schemes—monitors your sleeping patterns as well as walking patterns to assess your overall well-being. And like the Frederique Constant, it lacks an LCD display, enabling its battery to power up to 24 months of normal usage. A stainless steel case (water resistance up to 30 meters) gives the smartwatch an air of rugged quality.
If you love outdoor activities like mountain climbing, Tissot’s T-Touch Expert Solar is an ideal companion for your outdoor endeavors. The smartwatch is equipped with a solar-powered touch screen, altimeter, weather forecasting, and more. Additionally, a tactile sapphire crystal screen and titanium case—water resistant up to 100 meters—make it an ideal rugged travel partner.
Just like Kairos, Montblanc fuses high-concept watch design with a myriad of smart functions. Standout features of this luxury smartwatch include activity tracking, remote control of your smartphones, a find-me function, and much more. In terms of battery life, low-power Bluetooth connectivity give the e-Strap up to 5 days of juice. The case sports a black diamond-like coating that feels both elegant and sporty at the same time.
These 7 luxurious and high-tech timepieces may be coveted by the rich and famous, but you don’t have to belong to either camp to appreciate them. With enough cash or credit, any of them can be yours for the keeping.