Two-faced watch doubles as computer

Most watches have to choose between an analogue or digital life, but not this intriguing newbie; by day it masquerades as a normal timepiece, and by n

Most watches have to choose between an analogue or digital life, but not this intriguing newbie; by day it masquerades as a normal timepiece, and by night it dons a computer mask and becomes a camping superhero.

The Biformeter watch itself is an understated tough guy, with sapphire crystal making it waterproof for up to 300-metres and the features stopping at a date box.

It’s available in a number of ‘Elemental’ and ‘Two timer’ variations, with the latter group containing two painfully expensive 18ct gold models.

The really interesting part, though, is the optional ‘instrument’ computer module, which securely locks onto the face and ramps up its tech credentials considerably.

The 40g add-on has no less than eight outdoorsy functions, including a timer, barometer, altimeter and compass. Two external sensors also monitor your heart rate and the temperature, while a logbook stores all the day’s stats for you to analyse later.

Linde Werdelin is also planning to take things beyond its ‘land instrument’, with sea and air versions with different sensors in the pipeline.

As you’d expect, the Biformeter doesn’t come cheap – the watch itself starts at £2230, while the instrument will set you back an extra £1180. Recent lottery winners can also splurge £10,600 on the top-range model, which has an 18ct aluminium bezel and an alligator strap. Head over Linder Werdelin’s site for more info.