The Sunnto Traverse is the Finish watch maker’s latest addition to their adventure chronographs line.
Equipped with both GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation to calculate your speed and direction, FusedAlti sensor to monitor your vertical speed and altitude, a barometer for weather trends and storm alarms, the Suunto Traverse is perfect for hiking, trekking and outdoors activities. It comes in five color models, it’s powered by a rechargeable battery which allows up to 100 hours of navigation battery life, sports a rugged build, it’s water resistant down to 330ft/100m and it is designed to help you find your way in the wilderness and get back home safely!
Following the smartwatch bandwagon, Breitling just unveiled their latest model which – the Breitling B55 Connected Chronograph.
Officially designed for the aviator and aspiring aviator market, the B55 Connected takes a different approach than most wristwatches out there – rather then transforming the watch into an addon for a smartphone, Breitling turns tables and uses the smartphone as an addon for the watch!
On the chronograph side, the B55 Connected is based on Breitling’s previous Caliber B50 and is based on thermocompensated “superquartz” movement – a Breitling in-house technology which supercharges previous quartz calibers by compensating for temperature changes and 10 times more accurate than standard quartz mechanisms. The B55 also features two large LED displays, WiFi inter-connectivity, electronic tachometer and an USB rechargeable battery to power them.
On the inter-connectivity side, the Breitling B55 Connected uses your smartphone more as a display unit than as a processing unit. Data from the phone such as flight times, departure and arrival times, etc … is uploaded to the app for storage and easy analyzing and some settings (time-setting, timezones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode) can be easier adjusted from the smartphone app and transferred to the watch. Watch the video to see it in action…
Breitling did not quote yet any price for the B55 Connected, but all missing details will be unveiled at the Baselworld 2015 show.
Either you need to always have a flashlight on you, you want to be ready for anything life throws at you or you simply love James Bond-like gadgetry, the rugged and lightweight Luminox Wristlight Watch should be very high on your accessories list!
The Luminox Watch is an US made fancy looking classic wristwatch made of lightweight aerospace aluminum and sports a high-quality Swiss quartz movement, self-illuminating tritium hands, a rotating bezel with timer markings and a built-in LED flashlight powered by an USB rechargeable Li-Io battery. The watch outputs a broad light beam with 3 power levels – 300, 60 and 15 lumens – and features a durable rubber wristband designed to allow easy interaction with the light adjustment buttons as well as automatic light alignment when used with a hand gun (two handed grip).
While most smartwatch manufacturers, including the big names like Motorola, Samsung, LG and even Apple, focus on using the smartphone’s processing power to do all the job and only allow basing interaction and info display on the wrist satellite, Montreal based start-up Neptune (the guys before the Neptune Pine we featured earlier) proposes a totally different approach – the smartwatch is the main gadget and the screen is secondary!
The Neptune Duo comes with two parts: The Hub wrist bracelet running on Android Lollipop and featuring a 2.4-in curved touchscreen, a quad-code processor, 64GB of storage, 1,000mAh rechargeable battery, a speaker and a microphone as well as 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Basically, the HUB is a fully functional Android device capable of placing and answering calls, writing emails, messages and SMS, surf the internet, GPS navigation and everything else a regular device can do!
The Neptune Duo‘s second part it’s a 5-in 720p Pocket Screen which features 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras, ads an extra 2,8000mAh internal battery which can also be used as an external power pack and serves as screen extension to the Hub. The Pocket Screen connects to the Hub automatically (check the video to see it in action) and can not be used on it’s own being a simple display accessory to the main smartwatch device.
The Neptune Duo smartwatch can be pre-ordered and will set you back between $498US and $798US (higher the cash-down, bigger the savings) with delivery by the end of 2015.
While everybody goes crazy with multi-purpose smartwatches that track calories, evaluate sleep and fitness and act as a handy interface for your smartphone, Leatherman decided to improve the classic good ol’ wristwatch in a different direction, by transforming it into a super-multi-tool ready to give you a hand when the situation requires it!
The Leatherman Thread QM1 Multi-Tool Watch is an interesting concept which combines a Swiss-made timepiece (quartz movement, rotating bezel, 200m water resistant, scratch resistant sapphire crystal) with Leatherman’s innovative Tread multi-tool bracelet. The wristwatch is TSA compliant (you can wear it in an airplane) and comes with an impressive warranty of 25 years. The Thread bracelet, the coolest part of the watch, it’s fully adjustable 9by adding or removing links), it’s made of 17-4 Stainless Steel and combines 7 unique pieces which contain not less than 20 individual tools – a cutting hook, a bottle opener, an oxygen tank wrench, a carbiade glass breaker, screwdrivers (1/4″, 5/16, 1/8, 3/32″ and #1 Philips), box wrenches (10mm, 3/8″, 5/16″), hex drive (1/4″, 3/16″, 5mm, 6mm), a #2 square drive, a 1/4″ socket drive and a pick/SIM card tool! Just imagine the possibilities!
The Leatherman Thread QM1 Multi-Tool Watch will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2015 and will set you back ~$500-$600 US.
Set to be be shown at the forthcoming SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) 2015, Montblanc’s TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is a cool smart strap designed to interact with your smartphone and provide you additional information, notifications and controls for your iPhone or Android device.
The Montblanc e-Strap is compatible with most smartphones running on Android 4.3 and higher as well as with all iPhone models starting with iPhone 4S and newer devices and features a dedicated camera shutter control, Find-Me smartphone location feature, music playing, pausing and skipping controls, a dedicated inbuilt touch screen display for notifications and an activity tracker to help you stay fit.
On the design side, the e-Strap is interchangeable so you can switch to a regular watch band if the situation requires and it is manufactured of high quality leather in the Montblanc Pelleteria (Leather Shop) in Florence. Due to its innovative manufacturing process, the e-Strap sports a cool carbon look on it’s upper and it is abrasion resistant, water repellant and heat wear-, water- and fire-resistant.
Based on some sources, the Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap will be priced at around $300US, it will be released in June 2015 and will be matched with the Swiss manufacturer’s TimeWalker timepiece series.
With so many smartphones and tablets in a modern family home (not even mentioning smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, etc…), finding a free charging spot for your device it’s not an easy job! Sometimes, I even feel charging a phone is like a contagious disease … as soon as you plug in your device, someone always appears from nowhere … “Can I plug mine for 5 min only, than it’s all yours? Please … Please…“!
Of course, you can use multiple chargers like everybody else does, but again … if your family is anything like mine, no one is ever unplugging the chargers and store them away of sight. And seeing every electrical plug around crowded with chargers it’s not a lot better, isn’t it?
This is where desk charging stations like the BlueLounge Sanctuary4 come into the game to fix the charging management issue! The Sanctuary4 is a cool Appleish style squared charging box that features 4 USB charging ports (total output of 4Amps), rubberized device tray and an adjustable tablet stand for charging and movie watching. The device can charge up to 4 smartphones or two tablets at the same time and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and any other USB powered gadget.