When What Watch released its Stop The Time watch in 2015, it introduced a simple but functional take on smartwatches. With its Stop The Time watch last year, What Watch intentionally minimized the features on its device, essentially sparing mobile users from having to go through all that data overload. What What Watch did was go for a more conceptual design instead of all out techie stuff -- for instance, with the help of a single button, users can set up up to five “moments” every month, which would light up certain elements on the Stop The Time watch’s e-ink display screen.
This year, What Watch is introducing another smartwatch offering called the Calendar Watch. Like last year’s Stop The Time watch, the new Calendar Watch employs a similar minimalistic approach to functionality, basically just allowing mobile users to check the time and also quickly view their schedule of appointments. So for those who want fitness tracking stuff on their wearable devices, the Calendar Watch may not be right up their alley.
As far as appearances go, the Calendar Watch looks like your typical wrist watch. The watch itself is secured between a couple of removable metal lugs, while the straps look pretty standard. But on closer examination, one will notice that analog clock hands and numerical indicators feature above an e-ink display screen, which shows the schedule blocks shaped as wedges. Also, the traditional looking straps actually hide foldable solid links that allow for fast release. Because all the settings are controlled by way of the user’s smartphone, the Calendar Watch does not come with any crown or controls on its 47 millimeter wide stainless steel exterior. The Calendar Watch is also water proof to five atmospheres (about 50 meters).
As for the device’s smart functionality, it is based around What Watch’s mobile app, extracting data from the user’s smartphone’s calendars and rendering them into wedges on the Calendar Watch’s display screen. As of this writing, the device supports Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo!, Yandex, and even Facebook events.
Because the Calendar Watch adapts the traditional 12 hour watch face, What Watch’s mobile app supplies users with a couple of modes in which they can see the full 24 hour day. With the fixed mode, users will see a static schedule of 12 hours ahead from the instant it is set. As for the flexible mode, its shows 12 hours ahead of the current time, deleting completed appointments as time passes by.
What Watch is looking to deliver the final retail edition of the Calendar Watch by September of this year. The baseline model will be priced at about $480. At its launch, the Calendar Watch will be made available in three styles -- Special Edition Black, Polar White, and Aqua Blue.
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