The smartest thing about this watch is the way it looks

By Adam Zeis on 7 Mar 2014 09:39 am

On our last podcast we talked a bit about the direction watches are going. With the Gear 2 and Gear Fit due out soon, it will be interesting to see what style of watch people want going forward — the Gear style? The more curved display of the Fit? Something like the Pebble Steel? What about a classic watch design, much like the Cookoo and COGITO devices but with more functionality? One designer has a concept for such a watch that blends both classic style and futuristic smartwatch capabilities. 

Gábor Balogh, a freelance designer from Hungary, came up with this concept for a timepiece that not only looks amazing, but also offers the functionality of the top smartwatches on the market. Based on Swedish watchmaker Triwa's Havana, this design has a styled mechanical watch backed with notifications from your phone — all controls by buttons and the bezel. There is no touchscreen, yet the buttons on the watch let you navigate as needed and there is also the ability to scroll using the watch bezel. 

Icons appear for phone calls, email, SMS and the like and there are "apps" for monitoring your heart rate, navigation, stopwatch, weather, music and more. The watch would connect with your phone, but even without being connected still could be used as a normal watch.

It's doubtful that this concept will come to fruition anytime in the near future, but we can hope that big companies are taking notice and that somewhere down the road we'll see some gorgeous pieces like this one.

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The smartest thing about this watch is the way it looks


Thats exactly the sort of thing I would expect from the perfect every day smart watch. It looks like a watch but does a whole heap more.

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A really good design, I would imagine it selling like crazy! Not for me though, I don't do old people clocks.

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Better be very good quality and high resolution display to look good. I would be very tempted to buy this at any reasonable price. Probably worth around 400 today, but maybe only 300 in a year or two when it could come to market.

It kinda reminds me of the upcoming Martian Watches Notifier…? I really like the look, I'd totally rock one of those… It looks nicer than my Martian Watches Victory model… As I'm becoming a analog watch geek(and also a techie), the more analog looking the watch the better.

Awesomeness. Not sure how I feel about the buttons only thing though. Maybe instead of the dial in the middle a wheel would work. But that might also get twisted by your wrist....

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This is what I need in a smartwatch. Until something comparable comes out, I'm never owning one. I wear round watches, and never really liked square or rectangular designs. Is something like this really too much to ask for?

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I wear a "watch" watch everyday, I have since my first LED watch in junior high in the mid seventies.

This is what would put me in a smartwatch.

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