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Smartwatches are outselling Swiss watches

According to Morgan Stanley smartwatches are spanking Swiss watches. In 2019 the firm said that 67.3 million smartwatches were sold versus 20.6 million Swiss watches.

Apple sold 26.3 million alone, up from 23.4 in 2018.

Further, even smartwatch revenue is up. The Apple Watch sold $11.7 billion in revenue for Apple, while Rolex, the second largest watchmaker, sold $5.2 billion.

The next biggest smartwatch maker, Garmin, saw sales of $2 billion last year, beating both Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet in terms of revenue.

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

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TAG Heuer’s new Connected Modular Golf Edition focuses on the links

TAG Heuer has released a new smartwatch, the third generated in its Connected timepiece line. The watch, a 45mm Android Wear piece, features a heart-rate monitor, GPS, and sports sensors. Their latest model focuses on the back nine thanks to special apps and features for golfers.

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Review: The Moto360 is back and it’s quite good

The Moto360 was a beloved addition to Android’s original smartwatch lineup. One of the first with a truly round dial, the 360 was a direct assault on Apple Watch hegemony.

After Motorola began its slow sell-off of much of its mobile technology it looked bleak on the Moto360 front. Now, however, a relatively unknown company call eBuyNow has licensed the name and the design and is bring the 360 back.

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Prompt tells you the time without distractions

In the olden days, the a tact watch was all the rage. These watches told the time by buzzing or chiming silently in your pocket, allowing you to tell the time without looking away from your paramour or the King. The complex little timepieces were quite delicate and the complication barely made it past the 17th century.

Now, however, a new watch, the Prompt, replicates the a tact concept with some high tech trappings.

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Apple makes the ugliest watch faces on the planet

I’m late to the Apple Watch Series 5 game and I only bought mine last night. I’ve been putting off the purchase primarily because I’ve seen the 44mm on multiple wrists and the most common face, called Infograph, looked so odd. What was this abomination? Why were people using it? Why were there so many little circles?

I finally bit the bullet and ordered one and now I can unequivocally say that Apple’s watch face designs are awful.

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The Withings Scanwatch can detect sleep apnea

As a consummate snorer I’ve always wondered how much I’m killing myself/annoying my wife at night. I found out by going to a doctor but the folks at Withings might have a better way.

Their new Scanwatch can sense when you’re suffering from sleep apnea and watch for heart arrhythmia, two silent killers. From the release:

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Fossil releases newer, better Wear OS watches

Fossil has gone all-in when it comes to Android-compatible smart watches. Their latest release, the Gen 5, features a number of impressive upgrades including a superior Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor.

The watches include activity tracking and heart rate sensors as well as 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. The watches all include GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC. They also include a magnetic charger that can fill the battery in less than an hour.

The pieces come in multiple colors including black and steel.

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 
  • Case Size: 44mm 
  • Notifications: Text / Email / Social Media / App Alerts / Multiple Time Zones / Alarm Clock / Calendar Alerts 
  • Functions: Heart Rate Tracking / GPS / Google Pay™ / Swimproof / Notifications / Personalize Your Dial / Control Your Music / Interchangeable Watch Band 
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart Enabled / 4.2 Low Energy 
  • Compatibility: Android™ 4.4+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 9.3+

The watches are available now on Fossil’s website for a very reasonable $295. Given the cheapest Apple Watch Series 4 clocks in at $399 it might be a good choice for those not wed to the iOS ecosystem.

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The G-Shock Mudmaster goes lightweight

If you’re familiar with G-Shock’s you’ll know that the Mudmaster – or, per Casio, MUDMASTER – is the beefiest of the beef. Designed to survive, well, mud, they feature both shock resistance and water resistance with an eye to easy cleaning.

Now the brand has come out with a three new GGB100 pieces “with an updated Carbon Core Guard Structure and triple-layered carbon-insert bezel” which means you can probably hit these things with a truck.

The pieces come in black, green, and orange and cost $350. From the release:

The GGB100 is available in military themed colorways, black (GGB100-1A), green (GGB100-1A3), and orange (GGB100-1A9). The new GGB100 models feature the MUDMASTER traditional cylindrical button structure, which is made to prevent debris from entering the watch, as well as a textured band and large buttons to ensure ease of use and high visibility. The new timepieces also boast a dual layered case back of thin stainless steel and fine resin to keep it airtight, resistant to shocks and provide a comfortable feel to wear from day to night. 

The pieces also have Bluetooth connectivity and activity trackers built in alongside the traditional compass, thermometer, and altimeter/barometer.

You can pick one up on Casio’s site, just in time for Fall mud season.

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