Touch screen technology has been around for quite some time now but it wasn’t until the arrival of the phenomenally successful iPhone that things really took off. Now Jorg Hysek, and his team of designers at HD3 Complication, have taken the underlying principle of the smartphone – the ability to change applications by merely sliding a finger over a tactile screen – and adapted it to the world of 21st century watchmaking.
The result? The all new HD3 Slyde.
It’s About Time
Although the look is modern, the underlying theme is resolutely traditional. It’s about time and the ability to display it in a myriad of different fashions. The tactile screen moves both vertically and horizontally and according to Hysek, this revolutionary display means that, by simply sliding across the watch screen, the user can generate an unlimited variety of timepieces on their wrist – corresponding to any event, desire, or particular moment.
Touch screen technology is not the only iPhone-esque idea incorporated into the Slyde though. Wearers are able create a range of ‘different’ watches within their single timepiece thanks to range of top-quality virtual modules (apps?) created by HD3 and designed by Swiss electronic engineers, that can be purchased and downloaded directly onto the watch from the internet. Incidentally the watch can also be plugged into the computer to charge.
The new Slyde will be available in black, grey titanium or pink gold cases complete with your choice of a leather, printed alligator or rubber (5 colors) strap.
What is perhaps most impressive, however, is the price. Starting at just €4000 (approximately US$5,300) not including the downloadable apps, this modern take on luxury time-telling is surprisingly affordable and sure to find favour with younger consumers looking to establish their own sense of high-end style.
The Final Word
Although we don’t think this latest creation from HD3 is going to revolutionise the luxury watch industry, we definitely believe it will turn a few heads next week at the GTE. Whilst it seems a logical progression now thanks to the benefit of hindsight, Hysek should be applauded for his forward-thinking design that incorporates cutting edge technology without losing sight of the traditional elements of a quality timepiece. Bells and whistles aside, the focus should always be first and foremost on telling the time, and it seems that Hysek understands and appreciates the significance of this completely.
I don’t know about you but my curiosity has certainly been piqued; I want to see more!
If you feel the same way check out the official website at: www.hd3complication.com
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