Smartwatch joined the Smart Gadget bandwagon early in 2014, originally invented as practical companion to our smartphones. Unlike watches we have known before, smartwatches can do things our smartphones do - and unfortunately, it also tends to look like one. But who would want to wear something smartphone-ish around our wrist?
There are probably two reasons why most Swiss horologers like Patek Philippe, Omega, and Rolex stay out of smartwatch movement. First of all, smartwatch holds the potential to annihilate Swiss' fine horology tradition. Secondly, it's because smartwatch simply looks awkward, if not inherently bland. When we have a good chance to wear conventional timepiece as beautiful as Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé, why go for a rectangle, boring shaped smartwatch that looks exactly just like our smartphone?
However, as time passes, a number of horologers and designers start to develop even more flexible designs for smartwatch. Some of them even come up with "hybrid smartphone" - simply a smartwatch that looks like classic watch but can do what our gadgets do. Timepiece makers not only compete to offer the best and personalized features and user experience, but for aesthetics too.
Hermès is among the luxury brands that lead this "fashionable smartwatch" trend, collaborating with Apple in producing Hermès Apple Watch - coming in haute colors and straps.
Tag Heuer also releases Connected Modular 45 for men, designed for luxury sports utility.
For a more luxurious look, we are really fond of Frederique Constant's Horological Smartwatch.
This Summer, Fossil came across with beautiful Q Wearable collections that are simply beautiful and useful.
From technology manufactures, Samsung, Asus, LG, and Moto break through the market with slimmer, more fashionable style. Our favorites among these are Samsung S2 Gold and Platinum, ASUS Zenwatch, LG Watch Urbane, and Moto 360 2nd Gen.
PHOTO: Apple, ASUS, Fossil, Frederique Constant, LG, Moto, Samsung, & Tag Heuer