It seems that Apple and Google may have a bit of a fight on their hands for smartwatch supremacy.
MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies), creator of the MotionX Horological Smartwatch Open Platform, has announced it’s signed three new Swiss watchmaking partners.
The brands: Mondaine, Frederique Constant and Alpina, will offer ten different models, for both men and women. They’ll all use the MotionX platform, which records activity and monitors sleep 24/7. Recorded activity information is displayed on the watch face via dials, rather than digital screens on Google’s Android Wear watches or the Apple Watch, placing them firmly in the same camp as the Withings Activité Pop.
Users of the Swiss watches will be able to sync information with an iOS or Android app, which shows off how much they’ve moved or slept during the day, week or month.
So the question you'll now need to ask yourself, is whether you go with classic, more simplistic horological watches like these, or side with Apple and Google and strap on what is essentially a shrunken smartphone to your wrist.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a Swiss watch manufacturer enter the smartwatch market. The Montblanc e-Strap has a module that attaches to your current watch, and displays notifications, as well as activity information, on an OLED display.
As for us? We're sticking to our plain old non-smart ₹1crore Patek Philippe timepieces, thank you very much.