There's nothing quite as gloriously gadgety as a high-tech wristwatch. James Bond would fire manacle-cutting lasers from his; Dick Tracy would use his to breath life into a mundane task like calling the office. And what do we do? Well, tell the time, mainly. Save for a brief period in the 80s when we filed our nails to our point so we could do sums on our calculator watches.
Yet still they come, and evey time a new gadget watch arrive I feel a frisson of excitement. Fossil's Abacus range has already spawned one not-so-hot timepiece - the Palm-powered PDA watch. Just as with Samsung's wristphone, Microsoft's SPOT watch and NHJ's TV watch, the ergonomics of a wrist watch proved themselves unsuitable for hard word. Or even serious data retreival. The PDA watch quickly disappeared into obscurity.
But now we have a new addition to the Abacus range - the Bluetooth Watch, which hooks up to your mobile phone to display the name of the person who's trying to call you. You can mute your ringtone or decline the call without taking the phone out of your pocket.
Sadly, you can't speak into the phone, Dick Tracy, style - if you want to take the call, you have to fish around in your pocket for your handset, or plug a handsfree kit into your lughole. Worse, you can't read text messages on the watch's display.
But it's not all over for the Bluetooth Watch - the fact that it actually looks rather cool, with its Spider-Man-style writing and chunky aluminium bevel, could widen its appeal beyond hardcore gadgeteers. It's only compatible with Sony Ericcson phones right now, but a Symbian update is on the way. If you're interested, you can buy one from Widget for £150.