When you are rich, you are allowed the luxury of splurging on practically anything that catches your fancy. One such object of affluent splurging is, of course, high-tech gadgetry like, well, high-tech watches. Here is a list of high-tech watches that those living the 6-star life might consider squandering a part of their wealth on.
Another masterpiece from world-renowned Swiss designer Jorg Hysek, HD3 Slyde combines the hottest fashion trends and digital technology. It boasts of a patented virtual display technology backed by sleek design. The watch works like a projector, beaming streams of light from both sides to display a virtual screen. HD3 Slyde has no buttons, only a powerful touchscreen that allows you to launch different functions like a picture viewer and calendar. The case, made of sapphire and titanium glass, is waterproof and can withstand extreme water pressure. There is a charge indicator on both sides of the watch. HD3 Slyde was released in black and silver colors. This is definitely one of the best high-tech watches around.
Sony Ericsson LiveView
Designed to work on smarthphone platforms, this watch displays missed calls, incoming texts and social media updates. The watch communicates with smartphones via Bluetooth. Aside from displaying real-time updates, this watch also functions as a music player. Pretty cool, particularly for rich teens and yuppies.
TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph
This is the first mechanical wrist chronograph in the world that counts and displays 1/1,000th of a second. Tag is yet to announce the release date of the watch but a lot of people are already eagerly awaiting this.
With a 500hz frequency, the chronograph of Mikrotimer exceeds the precision of most mechanical chronographs by more than 100 times. The watch’s usual operations have 4 hertz frequency or 28,000 beats per hours. Tag Heuer CEO Jean Christophe Babin likened the groundbreaking discovery to “a man going to Mars”. Lapping 10 times every second, the central chrono hand records 1/1,000th of a second in utmost precision. There are 354 components, 53 jewels and dedicated power storages which supply 150 seconds of power for the chronograph and 43 hours for the watch.
Arceau Le Temps Suspendu Watch (Time Suspension Watch)
The recent innovation in the original time suspension complication allows you to stop the hands of the watch without manually readjusting them when you “unfreeze” time. The hands will readjust themselves to display the current time with a single push of a button. The time suspension feature was originally developed by Henri d’Origny in 1989. This new version has been designed by Hermes in collaboration with Agenhor.
Citizen Appleseed XIII Satellite Calibrated Watch
One of the most high-tech watches around, the newest solar-powered watch from Citizen gets time calibration from 24 navigational satellites stationed 20,000 kilometers above the earth. The signals reach every part of the world, making the Appleseed more precise than watches that receive signals from radio towers. Each of the satellites orbits Earth every 12 hours, thus the watch will always receive signals any time of the day, unlike conventional radio-controlled watches that rely on towers which have limited geographic reach. The model is expected to debut this fall.
Spy Camera Video Watch from ThinkGeek
This geeky watch has a built-in video camera with 8GB storage media for AVI files. The watch can double as a USB flash drive for recording music files. It is compatible with PCs (Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7) and MAC so you can transfer the multimedia files directly to your desktop. The metallic watch is elegantly designed and comes with a rechargeable battery that connects with a USB port. There’s a built-in microphone in there as well.
Rado True Thinline
The thinnest ceramic watch in the world is a perfect epitome of the adage “Simplicity is elegance.” The quartz movement is only 1mm thick, while the ultra-thin case measures 4.9 mm thick (the larger model measures 5.0 mm). The scratch-resistant ceramic is elegantly polished and extremely lightweight. Rado True Thinline features gold or diamond indexes with sapphire crystal dome.