Once in a while it’s essential to descend from the elysian benchmarks set by Swiss made watches and check out what’s happening in the watch sector occupied by 98% of the watch buying public. These watches cost less than a blued screw on the bezel of a leading Swiss marque, but they are fun, practical and innovative. Moneysupermarket.com’s Rachael Miller reports on a clutch of innovative offerings:
All of these watches provide a stylish way to keep the time, and with technology growing and changing on what is a seemingly daily basis, they’re not just for being punctual and rounding off an outfit. Many of these watches include state of the art technology to rival some smart phones. Others don’t have as many features, but are still undeniably cool. Here are 6 of the best.
Design your own watch
Find it hard to find a watch design to suit your taste? This cheap and cheerful little trinket may be enough to give any self respecting watch snob recurring nightmares, but now you can design your own watch with this blank canvas of a time piece. You can write or draw on the strap with pens or pencils and completely personalise it to go with your style. This is a great gift for kids, for those with creative flair, or as a means for you to explore your inner graphic artist.
As a kid did you ever wish you were more like Inspector Gadget? Well here is your chance. With this spy watch you’ll be able to catch out all the bad guys. This high class surveillance DVR spy watch can record up to seven hours of footage and has a 4GB memory. The watch also comes with a USB port so you can hook it up to your computer to download your incriminating footage. The great thing about this spy watch is the design; with its polished stainless steel case, sub dials and black leather strap it looks like a humble chronograph watch – but it’s so much more.
Abyss LED touchscreen watch
While Swiss manufactures dream up ingenious mechanical means by which to tell the time, this futuristic, Japanese style watch has a touchscreen LED face which lets you tell the time with just lights alone – no numbers to be seen! The grey lights indicate the hour and the blue lights indicate the minutes. The dial is opaque black until you simply touch the screen once, then the lights adjust to tell you the time. Not only does this watch look cool, but the battery lasts for ages because you only use it on demand.
8GB LCD MP4 player watch
This watch borrows from the iPad philosophy that a gadget must multi task. It’s an 8GB MP4 player which holds up to 500 songs, so there is no need to carry a separate music device. The phone comes with headphones, USB port, power and a handy adapter, it also has a mini CD with accurate driver as well as exchange software. And of course it tells the time.
Blackberry InPulse Smart Watch
Blackberry owners are sure to love this watch as it’s such a good accessory to use with the Blackberry phone. This watch syncs your messages, emails and notifications together, so you can see them coming through in real time, on your watch. Powered by Bluetooth, this watch makes sure that you don’t need to have your phone out at all times to know when you’re being contacted. Not only is the watch extremely attractive, but it keeps you on top of your inbox. This is great for business people or those with busy email accounts.
W968 mobile phone watch
Want a phone that can do near enough everything? Well here it is. This W968 Mobile Phone Watch has so many features you’ll wonder how you functioned without it. It’s easier to list all of this watch’s features because there are just so many of them:
• Functioning mobile phone
• Touchscreen LCD display
• Bluetooth functionality
• Camera/video recorder
• MP3/MP4 player
• FM radio
• Calendar/to do list/alarm
This watch rivals some mobile phones as well as being compact and looking stylish. What’s more, it also comes with a rechargeable battery (just like your phone), so you don’t have to worry about buying more specialist batteries once you’ve used it up. This really is the cream of the crop in the gadget watch world.
If you, like many watch enthusiasts, have a large collection at home, make sure they are covered in your contents insurance policy. If you have a collection that is worth a lot of money this may mean that you need to insure them separately to your other possessions. Always read the small print when buying a policy so you know where you stand should you need to make a claim.