Pre-Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Frederique Constant and Alpina Swiss Horological Smartwatches. Finally Someone Had to Do It Right.

Finally, what everyone was expecting in the watch industry. The new Frederique Constant and Alpina Horological Smartwatches are 'wearable' smartwatches that you won't be ashamed of wearing and you will want to wear. There's no need to forfeit Swiss craftsmanship and a good decent looking timepiece, no more. Frederique Constant and Alpina are really setting the tune for what the future of Smartwatches should be like by launching two new timepieces that you really would care about wearing, instead of strapping the ridiculously looking Apple Watch. The two companies lead by Peter Stas are building the bridge between Silicon Valley and the Swiss Watch Industry by launching two Swiss Made timepieces powered by MotionX. These new watches are capable of bi-directional communication with iPhone and Android apps and are referred to as Horological Smartwatches.

The Swiss Horological Smartwatch is the synthesis of high-tech innovation and traditional Swiss watch craftsmanship; it is the link between modern and classic. There is no digital screen on the new Swiss Horological Smartwatch, instead, the beautiful laser cut hands on the watch subdial display information in an analog form. The Swiss Horological Smartwatches retain their natural classic beauty and can deliver the benefits of the quantified self, all without ever having to recharge a battery. These first horological smartwatches will provide time, date, MotionX activity tracking, sleeptracker, sleep cycle alarms and over 2 years of battery life. The data is fully accessible via the app installed in your smartphone just as if you were wearing a Nike Fuel Band or a FitBit.

The MotionX patented sensor-fusion engine tracks activity and sleep patterns with high accuracy. Activity and sleep information is presented in real-time on the Swiss Horological Smartwatch using beautiful traditional analog dials. The Swiss Horological Smartwatch synchronizes automatically with applications on Apple and Android smartphones. On the iOS and Android apps, simple and easy-to-understand graphics highlight how much one has moved and slept during the day, week, or month. This data will assist users to better understanding themselves, and along with appropriate goal setting and intelligent coaching, will improve their well being. Better sleep and a more active lifestyle are widely recognized as simple, but effective, positive behavioral changes. The Swiss Horological Smartwatch now combines the features and functionality of the MotionX technology platform with a luxury timepiece.

As part of this new innovative solution, a joint venture has been formed between Full Power Technologies, Inc. and the owners of the Frederique Constant Group, its name: MMT —Manufacture Modules Technologies— based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Its mission: to bring the MotionX-365 Horological Smartwatch Open Platform to the Swiss watch industry. While Full Power Technologies creates and licenses the schematic design, firmware, smartphone applications and cloud infrastructure to MMT, the latter manages the development and production of Swiss watch movements —also referred to as modules— incorporating Fullpower’s technology, and licenses, and provides support for, the MotionX-365® Horological Smartwatch Platform to the Swiss watch industry.

MMT’s initial partners are Frederique Constant —the Geneva based luxury watch manufacturer of classical watches— and Alpina —the Swiss sports watch manufacturer founded in 1883. These leading brands will offer 10+ different models in designer collections for both ladies and men, powered by MMT’s MotionX technology platform, delivering 24/7 MotionX activity tracking and sleep monitoring, with over two years battery life, and compatible with Apple and Android smartphones worldwide. Swiss Horological Smartwatch in styles for both ladies and gentlemen will be available in stores worldwide starting in June 2015.

Sticker Price $800-$1,000 USD. For more info on Frederique Constant click here and for Alpina here.

Technical Specifications of the Frederique Constant ref. FC-285V5B4 Horological Smartwatch
Case: Polished rose gold plated stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter.
Crystal: Convex sapphire crystal.
Water-resistant to 5 ATM
Movement: FC-285 quartz caliber with functions adjustable via the crown and 2+ years battery life.
Dial: Silver dial with hand applied indexes and hand polished rose gold plated steel hands.
Strap: Brown leather strap with folding buckle.

Technical Specifications of the Alpina ref. AL-285BTD3C6B Horological Smartwatch
Case: Polished and brushed stainless steel case measuring 39 mm in diameter.
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal.
Water-resistant to 10 ATM or 100 meters.
Movement: AL-285 quartz caliber with functions adjustable via the crown and 2+ years battery life.
Dial: Black dial with guilloché triangle pattern and 11 hand-set diamonds. Hand polished hands with white luminous treatment.
Strap: Stainless steel matching bracelet.