The number one complaint the Swiss watch industry has had toward the most current crop of smartwatches is that they aren’t attractive by European design standards – and that even applies to the Apple Watch. Jean-Claude Biver went so far as to suggest that, given his standards, the Apple Watch looks as though it was designed by a student. So if the best breed of smartwatch yet (even though it hasn’t even been released at this time) doesn’t pass Swiss watch industry muster, what would a smartwatch design by Switzerland’s old guard look like?
One thing we know all too well is that the Swiss watch industry is all about tradition. It can be safely assumed that a smart watch that looks into the future, may very well also look into the past. So for this edition of Watch What-If, we propose three possible Swiss smartwatches from popular taste-making brands. Here, we have conceptually connected digital timepieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, and Franck Muller Geneve Watches Prices Replica by our artist Niklas Bergenstjerna. He has designed mock-ups that we personally would want to wear, and he even proposed names for each.
Jaeger-LeCoutlre Reverso Red Pill Smartwatch
Keeping it simple and stylish is part of the Jaeger-LeCoultre personality. We think the Reverso design is very well suited for a transformation into a smart watch. Maybe a mechanical watch on the other side? The dial is digital so that the it will be completely blacked out when the watch is not in use. The red slider at the bottom can work as a switch for the dial, and at the same time light up and give alerts when you have new messages or calls. A rubber strap to match the smart watch image.
Panerai Luminor Venturo Smartwatch Concept
The idea was, with this Panerai, change the big “crown-chunk” on the right side into a mechanical slide function with a thumb grip where the OP-logo is located. It might even function as an on/off switch. There is a camera lens between “SWISS” and “MADE.” Oh, and we made the small icons above the camera from scratch. We wanted something in a Panerai minimalistic style, but in a matte black ceramic case. We gave the watch a thick rubber strap with a noticeable grain to give it kind of a rugged feel, but still keeping the “smart watch” look that we think rubber straps give. The social media icons are dimmed out, but will light up when new messages arrive.
Franck Muller is an independent watch brand based in 1991, meaning that the brand is 25 years old this year. Over time, they’ve have amazed fans and collectors with their bold and brash watches and ranges. Longtime watch enthusiasts will surely remember the launch of the bonkers Aeternitas Mega 4 in 2010, a super complex watch that has 36 complications along with above 1,400 components. Even today, the Franck Muller Ladies Diamond Watch Replica Giga Tourbillon watch nonetheless boasts the largest tourbillon mechanism in any wristwatch, so let’s have a better look at some of them here.Franck Muller released the first of its Giga Tourbillon watches in 2011, and it was developed to be a showcase of this brand’s experience in motion design and production. The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is so known because of its large tourbillon mechanism, of course. And in case you were wondering, the tourbillon cage measures a whopping 20mm in diameter. That’s almost twice the size of most tourbillons found in different watches, and almost half the diameter of many watches! Also impressive is how the tourbillon cage is marked with the brand’s robes, FM.It’s a stunning accomplishment, particularly once you consider the amount of energy that’s needed to animate a tourbillon of that size. To achieve this, Pierre-Michel Golay, the master watchmaker in Franck Muller, decided that he had to match no fewer than four barrels into the watch. Not just that, the barrels had to be larger than traditional ones, and ultimately they quantified over 16mm at a diameter, nearly rivaling the width of the tourbillon itself. Finally, the four barrels have been attached in series and it gave the movement a consequent power book of 240 hours, or 10 days, which I believe you will agree is remarkable thinking about the substantial size of this tourbillon.
Within the watch is your manually wound Franck Muller caliber 7002 using a power reserve of about 42 hours. If you buy this watch you receive a personalized strand made out of platinum. Though the watch face itself decentered, you get a clear looking face with a subsidiary seconds hand. The case of the watch is actually steel, which will continue to keep the price of the watch down a bit – although it will be high luxury in price. The obvious “instrument” appearance of the watch is something brand new, and is probably a subtle hint out of Franck Muller that watches are tools supposed to be used and do have a practical element that is more important that only the mere expression of the watch. Let’s hope the message get’s across.This needs to be one of the most cutesy luxury watches I’ve ever seen. Underneath the center shaped bridge lies the world’s smallest generation tourbillon at a watch. The small tourbillon escapement is just 11.6mm wide. Very little, indeed.
Franck Muller 3D Punk Smartwatch
Speaker in the upper side of the tonneau-shaped Franck Muller case in 18k rose gold. A thin led light with a “vintage light bulb look” at the botton of the case. Light flashing when receiving new calls or messages. A 3D dial with added depth to make the watch appear less flat than other smart watches/digital watches.Rubber strap with stripes to match the speaker design and the small stripes inside the led light.
Niklas Bergenstjerna is a freelance graphic designer and watch lover based in the south of Sweden. niklex.com