Menswear designer Michael Bastian has teamed with Hewlett-Packard and online retailer Gilt to create a luxury watch with smart technology. The Michael Bastian Smartwatch has the style of a sleek, gentleman’s timepiece but it can also perform a wide range of functions. These include providing weather, stock updates and sports results; remote control of music; calendar and appointment reminders; e-mail and social media notifications, and texts. According to WWD, the watch features a 44mm stainless steel case, inlaid button controls and three interchangeable watchbands: black rubber, perforated brown leather and olive green nylon. It has crown bezel bolts and a lighted chronograph, and was inspired by the dashboards and trim details of luxury cars. The watch is water-resistant and has a power reserve of up to seven days, and it’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices and syncs with an app that allows users to interact with the watch and customize its features. Bastian has also designed a limited edition version of the watch, which features an all-black design. The watch has yet to be priced, but will be launched on Gilt exclusively this fall.
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