Inside The Horological Smartwatch

Frédérique Constant and Alpina have each launched an analog-dialed Horological Smartwatch that offers wearers the ability to monitor sleep and activity by connecting it to a mobile device.

As the watch is worn, the data accumulated in a specially developed module is synced to the owner’s app on a handheld device via Bluetooth technology. The watch will not require charging as its quartz movement operates via a two-year watch battery. The timepiece will operate independently from the handheld device and store data for approximately 30 days. The wearer activates the activity or sleep modes via the crown, and the function is then indicated in the subdial at 6 o’clock.

Through the app, the wearer can then set activity and sleep goals while following his or her progress through the day. On Apple or Android apps, simple and easy-to-understand graphics highlight how much one has moved and slept during the day, week or month. If, for example, the wearer is experiencing trouble getting up in the morning, the watch’s sleep-cycle alarm may help. It will monitor sleep patterns and can activate an alarm to waken the wearer in a light sleep pattern to make the morning less problematic.

Another feature is the Get-Active Alert, which sends a quick vibration to the wrist to remind the wearer to get up and move. The time is always correct as it adjusts through the synced handheld device, and thus if the wearer enters a new time zone the watch is automatically adjusted to the new zone.

The Frédérique Constant Group, which includes Alpina and Frédérique Constant, has entered into a 10-year joint venture with Fullpower Technologies Inc. to create MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies Sàrl), which is developing these products. The schematic design, firmware, smartphone applications and cloud infrastructure technology are licensed by Fullpower, while MMT manages the development, production and support of the Swiss Watch movements or modules that house the technology.

Sister brands Alpina and Frédérique Constant each offer a different version of the Horological Smartwatch.

Frédérique Constant is offering the new technology in a classical 42mm steel and rose-gold-plated model featuring a silver dial and applied indexes on a brown leather strap with a folding clasp. The watch is equipped with the MotionX-365 technology and a quartz caliber with a two-year battery life.

Alpina’s model is a 39mm steel-cased ladies' watch with a black dial featuring a guilloche triangle pattern set with 11 diamonds.

“Our Horological Smartwatch is no less than a revolution for the Swiss Watch industry by extending the concept of traditional craftsmanship and design to the actual improvement of personal lifestyle and fitness,” says Alpina CEO Guido Benedini.

Because the app allows the user to have more than one timepiece, wearers can own several Horological Smartwatches. Look for additional models, including several Frédérique Constant models for ladies, to debut this year. By year’s end, Frédérique Constant and Alpina expect to offer more than 10 different Horological Smartwatch models in styles for both ladies and gentlemen.
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