05 January 2018
MyKronoz, a watchmaker based in Geneva, Switzerland, is quite popular for an expansive collection of digital wearables rather than luxury timepieces. The company offers a wide variety of electronic wristbands, from fitness trackers and heart rate monitors to full-color smartwatches. They are now set to launch a hybrid smartwatch called the 'ZeTime' at the MWC 2017 which will consist of mechanical hands over a round screen.
A combination of analog and digital, the ZeTime sports a physical "smart crown" and 44mm waterproof (3ATM) stainless steel case which is "inspired by the finest Swiss design." The watch features mechanical hands mounted in a tiny hole on a 240 x 240 pixel circular TFT display. A single charge provides up to 30 days of battery backup and even continues to tick when the screen is switched off. Plus, the Smart Movement technology helps adjust the time on the smartwatch automatically based on the timezone the user is in.
Boris Brault, CEO, and founder of MyKronoz said in a press release,
My inspiration has been to combine the best of our Swiss heritage in traditional watchmaking with the key features of a smartwatch to persuade the majority of consumers to adopt our wearable technology. This has been accomplished with ZeTime, the perfect hybrid smartwatch. It combines the best of both worlds: watch hands of an elegant traditional timepiece with a full-color touchscreen.
The MyKronoz ZeTime sports a three-axis accelerometer and an optical heart rate sensor that helps track activity statistics like steps, distance, calories, and even minutes of active sleep. The device pairs up with smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1 and serves up as a music playback control and serves notifications of incoming calls, messages, weather forecasts, and calendar appointments.
The ZeTime starts from $200 and will ship from early September 2017 alongside silicon, genuine leather, carbon fiber, and other styles of interchangeable straps. An included dock can help charge the 200mAh battery wirelessly.