Nest Co-Founder's Smartwatch Concept

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Tony Fadell, co-founder of smart thermostat maker Nest, joins forces with luxury watchmaker Ressence to present the Type 2 e-Crown Concept-- a combination of mechanical watch and (some) connected smarts.

e-Crown watchPresented in prototype form at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the watch's main point of interest lies in the "e-Crown" portion of the name. The e-Crown is an electronic system set between the mechanical movement and the display disc. It pairs with an iPhone app, and allows users to switch between two time zones after the time is first conventionally set.

In addition, should the watch run out of power one simply needs to tap the watch face in order to set the right time. No fiddling with the setting mechanism required! Speaking of power, the watch runs on both kinetic and solar, with 10 little shutters opening automatically (or manually via app) to reveal solar cells when the battery gets below 50%.

Ressence says it will present a production version of the Type 2 e-Crown Concept watch later in 2018. Admittedly it is not so much of a smart watch, but it does represent an intriguing proposition from the staunchly traditional mechanical watch industry.

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