Smartwatches are the new thing in technology, but the technology is still suffering from growing pains. Companies are still uncertain as to which features they should include or exclude from their products.
Buyers are uncertain as to which software they should support (Apple or Android,) or whether they should buy a smartwatch at all.
Finally, the people who are most ambivalent about buying a smartwatch are the people who like traditional wristwatches. Winning them over is going to be quite difficult.
That’s why a Swiss company called Geminii is trying to enter the smartwatch market by introducing a smartwatch whose design has been influenced by Swiss luxury watches.
The Geminii is being introduced as the world’s first Swiss hybrid mechanical smart watch.
That means going with a tonneau shape, rather than round or square, as we’ve seen from most watches. That means cleaning up the design so that the watch is something that you’ll want to be seen wearing, and not something that will look like you’re wearing some kind of odd box on your wrist.
Geminii is adding a few other interesting features, too. They’re particularly proud of their charging technology, which they say will not require wires and will be ultra-fast, so you won’t have to spend much time with an expensive watch that isn’t actually working at the moment.
The Geminii smartwatch will be introduced with three editions – stainless steel, titanium, and black. If their Indiegogo campaign reaches its funding targets, they’ll add a carbon fiber version, too.
For those who like specs on such things, here are the particulars of the not-yet-on-the-market smartwatch:
Model: Geminii GLV-01
Shell Material: Aluminium
Screen size: 1.54 inch
Screen Type: IPS HD
Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
Support language: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portugese,
Russian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay and Thai
Compatibility: Android 4.3 & iOS 8.0 above
Battery capacity: 380mAh
Watch dimension: 50x43x16mm
Watch weight: about 70g
Activity tracking: Fitness, Running, Steps, Calories
Health tracking: Sleep monitoring, Sedentarity, Heart rate
Notifications: Emails, Messages, Apps, Phone calls
Watch faces: Customizable
3-axis: Pedometer, Accelerometer, Altimeter
Extras: Anti-lost, Music Control, Alarm, Calendar, Chronometer
Warranty: Two years
You’ll be able to buy several different models at the Indiegogo site, and each of them includes a carbon fiber storage box. Funding level to start production is $100,000; they’re not quite there yet.
It remains to be seen if this will work out. Many watch collectors are understandably wary of smartwatches, just as watch collectors were wary of quartz watches back in the 1970s. This may or may not change, but manufacturers of luxury watches learned their lesson decades ago, so entry into the smartwatch market by big-name mechanical watch companies, such as Rolex, Omega, or Tag Heuer may yet be a ways off.
It’s going to be companies like Geminii that try to fill in the gaps and try to reach people on both sides of the aisle – people who want a smartwatch with good styling and people who want to buy luxury watches in a traditional style but might like some extra features.
We wish them well.