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ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. This is the ASUS VivoWatch, and it's bucking the trend set by its competitors by running its own unique operating system. Inside you'll find 10-day battery life and software that lends itself to health and fitness tracking for its wearer. This watch isn't headed to smartphone stores, like so many other wearable devices released recently. Instead, the ASUS VivoWatch is headed to Goldsmith stores, Watches of Switzerland, and WatchShop dot com.

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Why I’m Breaking Down and Buying an Apple Watch

Why I’m Breaking Down and Buying an Apple Watch

I’ve gone back and forth over the last several weeks trying to decide whether an Apple Watch was for me. After all, I’m not so sure that wearables really are the next big thing like so many others argue and I’m convinced that they need to change dramatically in order to provide a real competition to traditional watches.

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The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

Those smartwatch owners jealous of their yet-unworn opponent watches with emoji can rest easy. Emoji replies to messages are here for Android Wear devices. Thank goodness, you must be thinking. You've been seeing the emoji pop up on Twitter, you've seen them in Google Hangouts. You've seen them everywhere but the place where they'd be best utilized. Here they are, at last, on your wrist. This bit of functionality will work with a connected phone, be it direct or with Wi-fi.

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You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can't actually own an Apple Watch today. While you might see a line at your local Apple Store, it's not a line for purchase. The news sources suggesting otherwise are wrong - here's the simple truth: today isn't Apple Watch sale day. It's Apple Watch try-on day. That's all you're going to be able to do. Unless you're Katy Perry, of course. Or if you're one of the lucky few Apple employees who have the Apple Watch already - they can wear it out of the store - but not you.

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Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Luxury enhancement group Goldgenie have taken it upon themselves to stack even the most expensive models of the Apple Watch with platinum, crystals, and/or diamonds. Not only have they enhanced the Apple Watch Edition with enough ice to freeze your entire body, they've also taken the standard Stainless Steel Apple Watch to the gold drop shop, embellishing it with their own mixes of 24k Gold, Rose Gold, or Platinum. These models are not for the faint of heart. They're for those with very deep pockets, and an eye for the dazzling.

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HYT H3 watch uses new hydro-electrical movement

HYT H3 watch uses new hydro-electrical movement

Watches with a mechanical movement are very cool. The intricate little gears inside move under power that is usually created by winding and springs inside. Typically these mechanical movement watches have traditional hands that point to the time. The HYT H3 is a watch that has the latest iteration of a hydro-electrical movement that is something very different from what we are used to seeing on a watch.

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Conan previews Apple Pocketwatch for comedic effect

Conan previews Apple Pocketwatch for comedic effect

After introducing the Apple iPhone and the Apple Watch, Conan O'Brien's comedy staff suggests that the next big step is the Apple Pocketwatch. This fabulous piece of equipment will act as the pocket-bound time-keeper you need in all the right places. It's thin enough to fit in an envelope, too, as the video will show. The Apple Pocketwatch fits in an envelope with enough space left over for a giant wad of cash - all the money you saved by not buying an Apple Watch!

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Melchior mechanical time keeping robot is a table clock

Melchior mechanical time keeping robot is a table clock

I love the intricate pieces and workmanship that go into mechanical watches that don’t need batteries. It's very intriguing to think that someone somewhere designed all these gears and springs to make a watch keep accurate time without resorting to electrics. A mechanical watchmaker called MB&F has unveiled one of its tenth anniversary timepieces and it's not a wristwatch.

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Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

With Apple's entry into the smartwatch market, watch makers are finally taking note that the fledgling wearable isn't just a fad that's going away any time soon. At the same time, however, they have the unique problem of staying steadfast to their calling of making "true" watches. Some have dived head on with smartwatch models. Others are taking sort of middle road. And instead of doing things completely alone, some have grouped together to bring forth what will be collectively known as the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

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Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Over at BaselWorld this week, even brands like Mondaine aren't immune to the market wish for "smart" functionality in high-end watches. The last time we heard from Mondaine - in a smartwatch sense - was when they took part in a protest of pirated smartwatch faces back in November. Now they're back with their own smartwatch - one with fitness tracking abilities. That's about it. Two years of battery life is fairly standard when it comes to a smart fitness tracker like the one you're seeing here - even if it has a high-end body.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

Iconic Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, who was first speculated to enter the smartwatch scene last September, might finally be announcing just that tomorrow. But its foray into the technology space might come at a price, both literally and figuratively. Considering that Switzerland does not have the capacity to produce smartwatch components just yet, TAG Heuer has no choice but to "outsource" that part of the product and process to a Silicon Valley partner that it will reveal on Thursday, which could mean that its first smartwatch won't proudly wear the phrase "Swiss Made".

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Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling is keeping it simple with its first smartwatch, the B55 Connected. This smartwatch does without a tangled cluster of apps, like the Apple Watch. In fact, the B55 Connected doesn't even offer touch screen controls. The B55 Connected is more of an enhanced timepiece than a new wearable mobile device. It aims to be classy and sleek, although it still has the rubberized sports band that is so ubiquitous in wearables. Breitling has managed to keep it simple by relegating most of the controls its smartphone app. Using Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the watch can sync with its proprietary app for easy controlling.

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