Top 3 new luxury smartwatches of 2020
2020 has seen new smartwatches being released by major luxury groups: Richemont, LVMH and the Swatch Group.
Here’s looking at them together so it is easy for you to compare and choose which one is the right one for you. They are listed here in order of the most recent.
Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar – Swatch Group
Released as part of their existing — since 1999 — tactile watches range, the new Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar is a large 47mm x 15.3mm titanium cased watch with a scratch-resistant & engraved ceramic bezel and water resistance of 100 metres.
It boasts of features already present in Tissot’s T-Touch Solar Expert range and a few new extras. Using a low consumption operating system — SwALPS — the watch features advancements such as app notifications and updates, activity tracker, perpetual calendar, countdown, various timekeeping functions and alarms, and altimeter functions.
Buying benefit: Its main stand out feature is the Quartz movement, that is solar recharging. It is more of a handy tool watch for outdoorsy people that is smart in the traditional sense rather than being a pure technological smartwatch.
TAG Heuer Connected Third Generation – LVMH
When it comes to luxury smartwatches, TAG Heuer has been at the forefront of innovation. Following up on their Connected Modular Golf Edition of 2019, the new TAG Heuer Connected is featuring a new Sports app, which can provide detailed tracking for activities such as golf, running, cycling and walking. Using the Wear OS by Google operating system, it also has a built-in GPS and heart-rate monitor.
It is 45mm x 13.5mm — smaller than the Tissot option — made in stainless-steel or titanium and design architecture wise includes the brand’s signature facetted lugs, polished and brushed details, a graduated ceramic bezel, a central rotating crown, two functional pushers, a screwed on caseback and elegant bracelet and strap choices. The dial features a legible OLED touchscreen protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and to extend the battery life, the screen alternates between active and ambient mode.
Buying benefits: Compared to Tissot, its more of a modern smartwatch and uses the Wear OS by Google. It is a unique combination of the refinement and elegance of a chronograph-inspired timepiece and is more for someone wishing to use a smartwatch with an attached luxury name-tag.
Montblanc Summit 2+ – Richemont
The new Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch features a refined 43.5mm x 13.72 case design and is the first luxury cellular watch that is powered with Wear OS by Google — H-MR1 — that enables making calls, answering messages and connecting to online services.
This means you can stay connected at all times, even when you are nowhere near your smartphone. Added features of a speedometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, heart rate monitor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and of-course a speaker & microphone make this watch the one to watch out for.
Buying benefits: The Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch impressively manages to make and receive calls independent of cellphones. And in terms of design, it is smaller than the above two and since it takes inspiration from the exisiting Montblanc 1858 collection — rotating crown and two additional programmable pushers —it is also a watch that traditionalists might be more accepting of.
There you have it, top 3 new luxury smartwatches of 2020 so far. Which one would you pick? Tell us your thoughts and opinions in our comments section below.
For more information on Tissot, TAG Heuer or Montblanc watches, head to their respective websites via the hyperlinks above.