More watchmakers are reinventing their iconic designs with smart features and cutting-edge technology. Partnerships with the likes of Google and Samsung are resulting in a new blend of elegance and connectivity, and while some brands are diving in with completely customisable timepieces, others aren’t ready to pull their physical hands away from their dials just yet.

Here are five of the coolest luxury smartwatches on the market right now:

 

 Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon

A combination of style and practicality is the hallmark of Louis Vuitton’s latest timepiece, the Tambour Horizon. The iconic Tambour—the luxury brand’s first watch—now features input from Google and Qualcomm Technologies. Exclusive characteristics include My Flight for travel updates and City Guide for access to the information and services in guides edited by Louis Vuitton.

Specifications
Case: 42mm stainless steel case available in Graphite, Monogram or Black versions

Technology: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform; Google Android Wear 2.0 operating system

Functions: 24-city time zone option, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate barometer and ambient light sensor functions

Strap: Twin-pro strap

 Breitling Exospace B55

Breitling Exospace B55

Breitling’s first connected chronograph is changing the relationship between your smartphone and watch. In a reversal of roles, the Exospace B55 moves your focus from your pocket to your wrist. While settings can be easily accessed and adjusted via your smartphone, information can flow from your watch, including uploads of flight times, recorded split-times and lap times.

Specifications
Case: 46mm black titanium case; water resistant to 100m

Movement: Breitling Calibre B55; COSC-certified chronometer; flight time chronograph

Functions: Electronic tachymeter; seven daily alarms

Strap: Twin-pro strap

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

Tag Heuer’s connected watch wants to engage your creative side with 30 dials to choose from. With its GPS locator function, 50-metre water resistance and Android Pay app, the watch can accompany you on both your adventures and your ordinary day-to-day activities. Be sure to look for this piece in the Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie.

Specifications
Case: 45mm case that comes in carbon or titanium; water resistant to 50m

Dial: AMOLED screen

Technology: Google Android Wear 2.0 operating system

Functions: GPS locator function

de Grisogono Samsung Gear S2

de Grisogono Samsung Gear S2

Perhaps the most elegant smartwatch to be introduced recently is the result of a partnership between Samsung and de Grisogono. Its stunning interpretation of the Samsung Gear S2 features a blackened steel case, a diamond-studded gold bezel, and two digital watch dial options—black and white.

Specifications
Case: 45mm, blackened steel with a diamond-set bezel

Dial: Full circular Super AMOLED screen

Functions: Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate barometer and ambient light sensors

Strap: Black galuchat strap with blackened steel triple-folding clasp

Montblanc Summit

Montblanc Summit

Montblanc’s first smartwatch features Google technology in a vintage look inspired by the luxury watchmaker’s elegant 1858 line. A microphone allows the wearer to issue voice commands, including searching with the aid of Google Assistant, while a partnership with Runtastic brings the leading activity-tracking app to each user with free premium account access for three months loaded on each watch.

Specifications
Case: 46mm case that comes in stainless steel or titanium

Dial: AMOLED screen

Technology: Google Android Wear 2.0 operating system

Strap: A wide variety of watch faces and strap options

Source: hk.asiatatler.com

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