It’s official. The Hyetis Crossbow Smartwatch is available for sale in a pre-buy offer. The price is steep — $1,200. But, look at what you get. A smartwatch with built-in 41 megapixel “life camera” to record your moves and emotions. Billing itself as Swiss made and housing a mechanical movement, the watch offers a host of smart features, including Bluetooth, WiFi, GP, NFC, accelerometer and altimeter.
Soon you won’t need your phone, watch or camera – just a smart watch – claim doomsayers of traditional watches. Not so. In the 70’s when quartz reared its then-ugly head – the Swiss wrist watch world took a tumble, as it failed to embrace the new technology. Japan pursued and unveiled the world’s first quartz watches – at high prices, we might add – and it took a decade before the Swiss really caught on and moved forward. Doubt any of the world’s watchmaking countries will make that mistake again. Right now, some watch brands are investigating smart technology, while others are smartly continuing to excel in visionary watchmaking that makes timepieces for the wrist relevant in design and mechanics now and in the future.