TAG Heuer has launched its own smartwatch, leading many luxury watch manufacturers to take a chance on the new wrist wearable category too. Swatch is now placing its bet in the race with the company announcing the Tissot Smart-Touch at Baselworld 2016 this week.
The Tissot Smart-Touch features the connectivity of what you'd expect in a smartwatch with a design that isn't too "smart-intrusive." When connected to your phone, you can use the watch hands as a navigation tool alongside of the Tissot's weather station. The Tissot Smart-Touch also runs for a year before running out of battery, but the device is solar-powered-- meaning that you can charge it up via room lights or the sun, should you need to. There is no Android Wear on the Tissot Smart-Touch, though, so prepare to have a rather quiet mobile experience.
An ambient light sensor powers the display that also houses a photovoltaic cell that makes solar energy possible. Buyers of the Tissot Smart-Touch will be relieved to have convenient charging on the go without the need to stop and plug their smartwatch into the wall. There is no OS at play here, explaining why the device can last so long on a single charge.
For those who want to know the time is always on their wrists, Swatch offers an automatic time update feature that puts your mind to rest to concerning "what time is it?" A key thing to keep in mind is that you're getting the watch now with smart capabilities that looks like one of the most unsuspecting watches we've seen.
There's very little to know about the watch, but we know that the Swatch Tissot-Smart costs $1100- $1200, which puts the watch just $300 cheaper than the TAG Heuer smartwatch at $1,500. The fact that you can use the Swatch Tissot-Smart Touch as a regular smartwatch once its smart capabilities are finished ups the stakes in the luxury smartwatch contest. For now, Swatch's Tissot Smart-Touch is a welcome member in a groundbreaking field.