Any new form of technology will naturally come in at a higher price tag. Often, with electronics, a higher price tag also indicates more features and state of the art construction. The 5 most expensive smartwatches of the market are no exception to that rule. They are the top of the heap.
Essentially, a smartwatch is an electronic watch which links into your smartphone, allowing you to receive and respond to messages and calls from your watch. They often also come with special features such as alarm clocks, apps, and fitness trackers for a holistic experience overall.
While you can find less expensive, cost effective smartwatches, they simply do not pack the punch of the higher end options available. The following list of the 5 most expensive smartwatches on the market are the best of the best. They will not fall short of your expectations.
The Kairos Hybrid Watch – $2,549
Source: Kairos Watches
The Kairos can also have apps downloaded to it which include push alerts from basically any social media platform you can imagine. When you are not getting a notification or message, though, the screen goes blank letting you see the intricate mechanical pieces of the watch inside.
One unique feature of this particular smartwatch is that it can be used as a remote control for your phone or tablet computer. This means you can control your camera remotely, allowing for group shots. You can also send preprogrammed text messages and control the music volume.
Like several other smartwatches on the market, the Kairos also tracks your exercise for you. Much like a regular fitness tracker, it will record vital information including how many calories you burn during the activity. All while looking like a regular high-end mechanical watch.
Another nice feature of this particular smartwatch is that it is water-resistant. It would be a major bummer if you were wearing a multi-thousand dollar watch that then got ruined in a rainstorm. This watch holds up to that. Granted, it still would not be wise to submerge the watch is water.
The battery life is also pretty impressive given the wide range of functionality. The smartwatch can go two to three days on a single charge depending on the frequency of use and charges with a simple USB cable. Additionally, it is compatible with IOS, Android, and Windows phones.
The glass of the watch is also made to last for a long time. It is sapphire crystal glass which is highly resistant to scratches and cracks. This way, you will not need to worry about dropping, bumping, or scratching the screen in your day-to-day activities. It can take the bumps easily.
As far as customization of the appearance of the watch, the metal housing comes in gold or silver. Additionally, the strap can be made from rubber, leather, or metal. The watch is truly customizable to your tastes. You will end up with the perfect smartwatch for your style.
The Montblanc Timewalker with e-Strap – $4,000
The main draw of this design is the look and style of the watch overall. Montblanc has been a premier Swiss watchmaker for a long time. Rather than changing their beautiful and carefully designed watches’ appearances, they modified the strap in a way most people would not see.
The watch itself has a polished steel casing and a layout in matching colors. If you want to, the watch also comes with various accent colors to throw in a bit of flair. The e-strap, from the front, looks virtually the same as their regular leather strap options. The difference is unnoticeable.
The back of the e-strap, however, (the part lying across your inner wrist) has a small 0.9-inch screen with 128 x 36-pixel resolution. The strap links to your smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies you of phone calls, emails, text messages, and social network notifications.
The calendar notifications are especially nice as the watch can remind you of things such as flight times with a simple, minimalistic message. The message will also only be seen by you likely as it is on the strap rather than flashing across the watch face. It is much more discreet.
Like the previous option, the Montblanc Timewalker with e-Strap also has fitness tracking abilities. If you are doing a step challenge or other fitness challenge, this watch will not disrupt your sophisticated style while still tracking your exercise and calories burned all day, every day.
The strap itself also has a luxurious feel and look. Like all Montblanc straps, it is constructed from high-quality leather with stainless steel buckles. There is no compromise in the luxurious feel of the regular Montblanc strap in order to incorporate the smart technology.
For people looking for smartwatch technology without the bright LED screen, the Montblanc Timewalker with e-Strap is an excellent solution. The look and feel are of a traditional, high-quality watch, while the functionality is of a smartwatch. It is the best of both worlds.
The Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 – $6,750
Source: Tag Heuer
While the watch itself is made and designed in Switzerland, the technology side is powered by Intel with Google Android OS. This means the technology is built by a reliable brand in Silicon Valley rather than by the Tag Heuer designers themselves.
The fact that the watch’s technological interface is designed by Google also means that you will get updates to the software as soon as their available. This ensures that your smartwatch stays current. With a timeless appearance, it is certainly valuable to have automatic updates.
For adventurous people, the watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters. This means you will not ruin your watch when you get caught in a rainstorm or shower. Additionally, the screen keeps working underwater, so the functionality carries you through even extreme situations.
Tag Heuer also sought to speak to everyone’s desires by allowing watch face customization. Rather than buying the standard smartwatch off the line, buyers can customize nearly every piece of the watch appearance, all the way down to the actually display appearance.
Since it is serviced by Google, this smartwatch also comes with Google Maps built into the interface. This means you can have your GPS ready and with you at all times. Also, the GPS functionality can be linked to fitness tracking apps for runners, cyclists, and hikers alike.
This smartwatch also has built-in voice control powered by Google Assistant. This makes it even easier to take a note, respond to a text message, or make a call while you are driving or otherwise occupied. The voice control function definitely sets this smartwatch apart from most others.
You also get the benefit of all the Google Wear apps already available when you purchase this smartwatch. By simply selecting your chosen apps, they will magically appear on your smartwatch and have interfaces built specifically for your smartwatch experience and setting.
This watch itself also has several unique task keeping and time management tools built-in. These allow the busy business person to keep track of their to-do lists and calendar appointments without needing to even use their phone.
The Breitling Exospace B55 Connected – $8,900
As far as actual materials go, the Breitling Exospace B55 Connected embraces modernity there as well. The watch casing is made from titanium and the strap is made from high-quality rubber. Both of these materials are lightweight and extremely durable for long-lasting use for years.
Like most other smartwatches on the market, this one also sends notifications for calls, text messages, emails, and social media notifications. Additionally, you can make calendar appointments and get the notifications when they come due all directly on the watch itself.
One especially unique and helpful feature is the dual time zones on the watch. The analog hands work like a normal mechanical watch. The digital readout adapts to whatever the current time zone is. You can also sync them with the push of a button. This is very helpful for traveling.
This particular smartwatch also uses low energy Bluetooth technology for increased battery life. While it uses less energy, it does not compromise the performance noticeably at all. All it means is that you do not need to charge the watch as often and can stay connected more consistently.
One thing that makes this smartwatch truly unique on this list is that the design of all the features – including the smart functionality – was designed for Breitling in Switzerland. Most companies outsource the technology piece elsewhere (namely, Silicon Valley), but this watch is all Swiss.
For outdoor enthusiasts, this may well be the best smartwatch available as well. Not only is it lightweight thanks to the materials, but it is also completely waterproof up to 100 meters. This means a little rain or some light swimming will not damage your expensive new smartwatch.
Breitling has always been an aviation watch manufacturer as well, so this watch incorporates some of those features too. For one thing, the digital display on this watch is compatible with night vision goggles, preventing over-amplification of the illumination for nighttime use.
The Gold Apple Watch Edition – $10,000
As with all Apple Watches, this smartwatch connects directly to your iPhone and runs the standard IOS system of all Apple technology. The watch receives notifications for phone calls, text messages, and social media notifications, which all appear on the totally digital watch face.
Like the Tag Heuer smartwatch, Apple Watches also have voice activation through Siri. This voice activation functionality allows you to get direction, tell the weather, read incoming messages aloud while you are driving, and much more. Apple does voice activation well.
The Apple Watch incorporates a significantly higher-tech screen than the previous options as well. It is a touch screen, but it also recognizes the difference between a light tap and a press and hold, which means you have more precise control over the touch screen functionality.
This smartwatch also uses Apple Health, its standard fitness tracking app. Since it can connect to your phone and even your computer, you can easily sync all your fitness data between all your devices. It also records your heart rate since it is resting against your pulse in your wrist.
Like some other options, the watch face is also totally customizable for each individual user. This is completed not through manufactured customization, but rather through the digital interface. Users can change their display appearance every day if they choose to do so.
The Gold Apple Watch Edition also comes in various types of gold outside of simple yellow gold. The collection includes varying combinations of yellow and rose gold with different colored buckles. Additionally, the watch comes in either 38mm or 42mm size options.
Like other options, this smartwatch can also be used as a remote to control the function of your iPhone or computer. Although this is a nice feature, it is not unique to the Gold Apple Watch Edition. It seems the real status symbol and price comes from the exquisite materials directly.
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