Limited edition Mondaine Helvetica 1 smartwatch now up for pre-order

03 August, 2015
Fans of Swiss watches may have been a bit apprehensive about smartwatches since they mostly focus on the digital side of things. The Withings Activite was a step in a more analog dimension (and with the coveted "Swiss Made" label), but now there are more options with the Mondaine Helvetica 1.

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  • heynekko

Eske Rahn, 04 Aug 2015So it basically offers functionality like a less than $20 xiaomi... moreYup. But it is a dress watch. You can't wear smartband for business or occasions. It is also a watch with a high quality quartz movement. And its battery can last 2 and a half years.

  • JM

Nice. Looks a lott like the Withing Activie take on smartwatches. More an activity tracker than full blown smart device, but I like it. Sure, it's expensive (more than a chinese rubber bracelet), but an Omega, Rolex are way beyond the 950$ of that one and have no smart functions.

  • Eske Rahn

heynekko, 04 Aug 2015It can display your progress for the day on the red subdialSo it basically offers functionality like a less than $20 xiaomi smartband in a watch body for $1000...

  • Anonymous

This is nice but can't really called it a smartwatch. Don't even have an interactive display. More like a medical watch with all that features. Just a normal high quality with premium material type of watch. $950 for a watch like this is reasonable but is it worth it?

Dodo, 03 Aug 2015Not much, apparently.... It's a quartz movement, most likely ... moreI've never seen "Most Likely Made in xyz" label on any product yet.
Regardless to my taste, the "classical" watch design is timeless, whether apple's watch looked outdated from the day 1.
BTW, I'm a Windows Phone user, so most (if not all) of the smartwatches are useless to me anyway.

  • heynekko

Eske Rahn, 03 Aug 2015Does this even have a display, or does it rely on the phone/phab... moreIt can display your progress for the day on the red subdial

  • Dodo

Bomj, 03 Aug 2015Well, one of the reasons is that this is a Swiss watch, and not ... moreNot much, apparently....

It's a quartz movement, most likely made in a "Chinese sweatshop," whatever this means.

It's overpriced for what it does, the design is "bleh," but your comment clearly shows that there is a market for it.

  • Hel

Anonymous, 03 Aug 2015$950?? I thought the Apple Watch was expensive, but this is craz... moreIf you think $950 is crazy, wait until you see those rolex or hublot's prices. I think $950 is pretty rational, since it's combining the smartwatch technology and the fine quality of an analog watch

Anonymous, 03 Aug 2015$950?? I thought the Apple Watch was expensive, but this is craz... moreWell, one of the reasons is that this is a Swiss watch, and not "Designed in California (made in Chinese sweatshop)" one. But what do I know.

  • Anonymous

$950?? I thought the Apple Watch was expensive, but this is crazy for an analog watch! A Moto 360 looks better, is just as functional, and is a fraction of the price.

  • Kress

Looks like railway station clock. Only with digits :)

  • Eske Rahn

Does this even have a display, or does it rely on the phone/phablet to display anything other than the basic watch functions with hands?