Swiss made hybrid smartwatches are in a class of their own, offering the craftsmanship and detail of a luxury analog watch, but with the addition of connected features.
Swiss-based MyKronoz are no stranger to wearable technology, already offering a range of activity trackers, sports watches and more.
Their latest wearable prototype, which will be on show at next week’s MWC comes in the form of the MyKronoz ZeTime hybrid smartwatch. The ZeTime brings a whole new meaning to the term “hybrid smartwatch” because unlike the more well-known Swiss made numbers which have an analog display with connected subdials and maybe the odd LED here and there, The ZeTime combines mechanical watch hands with a full-color touchscreen. MyKronoz have achieved this by managing to cut a hole in the center of the TFT LCD display
MyKronoz wearables are designed in Switzerland, but whether they are made in Switzerland is information that’s eluding me. Actually, forget that, because looking at their range of products I am 99% sure they are not made in Switzerland. If I’m wrong please correct me.
Designed in Switzerland and made in Switzerland are two very different things..
Boris Brault, CEO and founder of MyKronoz said ““My inspiration has been to combine the best of our Swiss heritage in traditional watchmaking, with the key features of a smartwatch”. He’s obviously doing something right because his company has sold over 2 million wearables since it started in 2013.
Anyway, the ZeTime hybrid smartwatch has a water-resistance rating of 3 ATM (30 meters). It has a 44mm stainless steel case in silver, black or rose gold colors. It has chrome mechanical hands and a range of interchangeable straps including carbon fiber and leather.
It brings all the essential fitness tracking features: steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep quality/duration. It also features a built-in heart rate monitor.
The watch brings smart notifications to the wrist, such as incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and alerts from social media apps. You can also use the hybrid watch to ring your phone if you misplace it, and control your phone’s music and camera.
The ZeTime user interface has been designed in-house and it uses its own proprietary OS that plays nicely with devices running iOS 8.0 + and Android 4.3 +.
The circular TFT LCD touchscreen is 1.22-inch and has a resolution of 240 x 240 px. And there’s no flat tire at the bottom.
The battery powering the mechanical hands apparently lasts for up to 30 days before needing a recharge. We’re not sure how long the 200mAh battery that powers the rest of the watch lasts for. Probably a day a two.
The MyKronoz ZeTime hybrid smartwatch is due to be released in early September 2017 with a price tag of $199 USD.
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