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HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

HP's rushing to pre-empt the iWatch with a smartwatch partnership with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they're aiming to have it work with iOS and Android — nope, it's not Android Wear — and that there will be companion apps for both platforms that allow users to customize the watch's interface.

The partnership with Bastian is meant to make a smartwatch that looks as good as it's likely to cost, though HP's going to have a lot of competition in that space, including but not limited to the Pebble Steel, Withings Activité, Moto 360, and the long-rumored iWatch. What we know about this watch focuses more on that design, with a 44mm stainless steel case, multi-layered finish, "distinctive bezel bolts", a physical lighted chronograph, and three interchangeable bands. The design is said to be inspired by luxury automobiles.

Watch sketches

Is a collaboration between old-school Silicon Valley giant HP, lauded fashion designer Michael Bastian, and luxury goods flash sale site Gilt just what the smartwatch world needed? Or is it yet another attempt at building a smartwatch that will bring you bits of information like notifications, music control, and updates on stocks, sports, and weather but no real smart features?

Source: Gilt; Via: Engadget, Fashionista

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Like the look of it. Will be interesting to see when it is available to purchase how it performs Sent from the iMore App
  • I have figured out that so much of my reluctance with these is related to performance and features. I have a NIke Fuelband, but since they killed it, I am taking a solid "wait and see" stance. I want at least the features/functions I get from the Fuelband (limited, but I am already invested), and getting me to spend money is going to requires something new and useful. The style and looks are pretty good too.
  • I'm betting it's going to be rather expensive, modestly attractive, and mainly useless. The fact that it has an actual timepiece in it limits space inside dedicated to electronic hardware unless it's the size of a Russian Diver from Invicta. Also, the watch guy in me snickers at interchangeable bands on a so-called "luxury" watch. That's RICH!
  • From what I've seen, these smart watches are complete waste of money. Who wants notifications coming to their watch? Who wants to order a pizza from their watch? Basically, if it doesn't say Rolex on it, I don't want it. Oh, wait, my watch already says Rolex on it.
  • As my dad would say, do you want a medal, or a chest to pin it on? Posted via iMore App
  • Rolex? Oh gawd. Omega 4 lyfe! I used to say to save a fortune and go TAG, but even they've dropped their non-overpriced lines lately. I'll take an indestructible G-Shock any day and save my Seamaster for when I visit Ruth's Chris... ... Which is when someone else is buying.
  • Wondering if Android Wear will come to iOS? It pretty much functions as a Pebble. And this one as well, no word on the OS
  • Having seen it and it does what I'd want from a wearable.... IT IS 100% more stylish for my eyes than the iWatch. If I wanted functions I'd go Pebble, it beats iWatch there for me
    If I want form I'd go with this one, iWatch looks gawdy For me this is enough function and I like the this wins hands down Will be finally parting with some cash on a wearable now this is here