The luxury smartwatch experience is about something which is actually smart, as well as luxurious. No smartwatch will ever be able to truly compete with the artistic majesty and visual fascination that a mechanical watch can deliver. With that said, the Urwerk UR-105 HIS timepiece is able to deliver a different type of luxurious experience, not one of art, but of opportunity. Time is the ultimate luxury, or in other words, freedom from having to worry about time. The ultimate goal of the HIS watch might be seen as giving its owners the ability to totally forget about time and what time it is. The Uwerk HIS takes care of time from a numerical standpoint, so that you don't have to. If you have no idea what time it is and are only aware of what you are doing now, doing next, and doing a bit later, then you're living the smartwatch dream.
Richard Mille designed the RM025 movement with a longer than 50 hour power reserve, but they don't recommend you wind for more than about 50 hours because you'll have too much torque coming from the movement. In terms of setting the time and winding the watch, that, of course, is all done from the crown. However, you never pull the crown out, but rather, press it in like a button. This acts to cycle through the crown's functions - which are visible on a "function selector" indicator that is also on the dial.
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All those features together are nice and good, and the experience is surprisingly refined given what you get with most of the watch-industry related apps out there. Govberg's Danny Govberg mentioned bringing aboard a new development team and finally subscribing to the business axiom I'd like to believe I helped set in motion - "when working on a project related to watches, it is best to have everyone involved actually love watches."
Attached to the Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat watch is a brown alligator strap for this 18k rose gold version and a blue alligator strap on the steel version. What continues to excite me is where I believe Frédérique Constant is going with their development in of in-house movements and some of the things they will reveal over the next couple of years. I look forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for them. Price for the Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-945 ref. FC-945MC4H6 watch in steel is 5,595 Swiss Francs and this ref. FC-945MC4H9 in 18k rose gold is priced at 11,890 Swiss Francs (under ,000). frederique-constant.com
Why is there a Snoopy on the dial?
On the surface of things, this watch looks like just another dressier piece that has had tritium tubes applied. A closer look shows us that things are a bit different, at least from other Ball watches I've seen.
Fashionability seems to be a major element of the 2015 Eterna Super KonTiki watch that is available both in a more classic style as well as a mostly black with gold-tone trim version (that, by the way, is a limited edition). Various dial and case colors are matched with various strap choices as well. Given the presentation box, it appears that with each Super KonTiki watch, Eterna will supply three straps which include the steel Milanese-style bracelet, a leather strap, as well as a NATO-style strap. This shows Eterna's understanding of modern wearing trends, combining both colorful elements with a classic sports watch style. That understanding alone is probably going to lead to some sales.
What fascinates me is that both aspirational and seasoned watch consumers ask this very reasonable question on a daily basis. Is a luxury watch worth the money? Is a Rolex watch worth the money? Is a Patek Philippe watch worth the money? Is a Greubel Forsey or Richard Mille watch worth the money? I don't know if I can truly answer, but I may be at a slight advantage compared to some in attempting to explain why they might be priced so highly.