CZ SMART

The new CZ Smart smartwatch is designed for every moment. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. The sport edition features a color touchscreen dial and black anodized aluminum top ring, framed and finished with a silver-tone stainless steel case and comfortable black silicone strap. CZ Smart also features a 46mm three-piece case construction and a rugged red bezel design. Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone® and Android™ phones to fit your lifestyle. Plus, the versatile menu of dials, designed exclusively for CZ Smart, gives you all the information you need at your fingertips… More here.

I like Citizen as a watch brand and it is probably the most consistent of all, but two words put me off here. ‘Wear OS’.

The Ticwris Max 4G Smart Watch Phone

● 8.0MP HD video call, face ID unlock
● Large HD dial, 2.86 inch, 480 x 640 resolution
● Large battery 2880mAh, 5 – 7 days long standby time
● Large capacity 3 + 32G, support to download various APPs, run more smoothly
● Noise-free HD 4G call
● IP67 professional waterproof

Those are impressive specs for something you wear on your wrist, but this is most certainly not a watch. Truth be told it is silly. More here.

Leitners’ Hybrid Smartwatch

As a direct result, wearers get the best of both worlds. No longer do you have to choose between a mechanical watch and a smartwatch because now you can have an ideal symbiosis of the two. Thanks to MIYOTA 9039 self-winding movement, the piece delivers traditional functionality without the need for batteries, thereby retaining its analog soul. Discernibly stylish, the watch is also quite durable by design… More here.

Not sure I would say the best of both worlds because it is possibly the worst of all worlds.

The design is chunky and has the smartwatch vibe running all of the way through it, but with a slightly low rent feel in every other aspect. Also, there are many required fitness and smart features missing. Not the best of both worlds…

Leitners’ Hybrid Smartwatch

As a direct result, wearers get the best of both worlds. No longer do you have to choose between a mechanical watch and a smartwatch because now you can have an ideal symbiosis of the two. Thanks to MIYOTA 9039 self-winding movement, the piece delivers traditional functionality without the need for batteries, thereby retaining its analog soul. Discernibly stylish, the watch is also quite durable by design… More here.

Not sure I would say the best of both worlds because it is possibly the worst of all worlds.

The design is chunky and has the smartwatch vibe running all of the way through it, but with a slightly low rent feel in every other aspect. Also, there are many required fitness and smart features missing. Not the best of both worlds…

Honor Watch ES review

The Honor Watch ES is a great fitness tracker, with plenty of health metrics tracked, from heart rate and sleep to stress, while when you’re working out a huge number of factors are monitored, providing you with detailed feedback. The new Fitness course mode is also great for people wanting to improve their strength or fitness with guided exercises. The watch isn’t as great for non-exercise tasks like notification handling, and it’s not the best-looking wearable out there, but its low price might help you overlook those shortcomings… More here.

Very strange design, but at least Honor is trying something new.

Don’t doublewrist! You don’t need to.

Doublewristing is a dirty word in the watch world for a variety of reasons. Some simply hate smart watches in all of their guises and do not consider them to be watches at all. Others are uneasy about the smart wristed world that we are entering because of the threat to traditional watches, but there is one reason above all that makes doublewristing so reprehensible- it looks ridiculous.

It’s the most first world of first world problems and of little importance to the majority, but if you love mechanical watches and find yourself struggling to lose the benefits of a smartwatch what are you to do?

On the one hand (get it!) you want to enjoy your beautifully made watch because in your mind it says something about you. The fact that no one notices the watch on your wrist does not matter, it matters a lot to you and probably more than it should.

On the other hand an Apple Watch, for example, offers so much in terms of health and fitness tracking, little tricks that help you get through every day and a host of other features that soon become part of your routine. Again, no one will notice that you are wearing an Apple Watch because so many people are wearing them, but they will notice if you have a watch on each wrist…

There is just something about the visual dynamic of a watch on each wrist that looks bizarre and ironically unbalanced. We are so used to seeing one device on one wrist that to see another on the other wrist is hard to understand for most people. It looks busy, too complicated and simply odd. It’s more showy than a bright gold Rolex on one wrist and it intimates that the wearer needs both devices because he or she is just a little bit strange.

I have been wearing my Apple Watch every day for three months now to help me keep for while working from home and my Oris, Omega and other watches have just sat on the shelf waiting in vain for their turn on my wrist. I tried doublewristing, but hated the feel of another watch on my right wrist and couldn’t do it for more than a couple of hours. Also, it felt unnecessary because having a smartwatch that tells the time and does so much more alongside another watch that just tells the time, less accurately, makes no sense at all. Where do you look to check the time? Do you take turned between them or forget that one is one the other wrist? Yes, it’s a silly solution and it does not work.

And then an idea came to me. What if I put the Apple Watch further up my arm around the bicep area? Is that even sillier? Well, it turns out that it is a very good solution for those days when you want to enjoy your mechanical watch and you still get the majority of the benefits of an Apple Watch.

I purchased an Apple Watch armband from Amazon for £16 and strapped it to my upper arm. Honestly, you won’t even feel it. The first thing I did was check that my heart rate was being monitored. Check. I then went for a quick run to see how the workout stats compared to the stats provided on the wrist previously. Check, almost identical. It all worked. Every single piece of monitoring worked exactly the same as when on the wrist apart from one. I get stand hours sat down when the Apple Watch is on my upper arm which means I literally get every single hour no matter what I am doing. Personally, I don’t mind this because I always get 15-16 hours a day anyway (target is 12) and at times the Apple Watch misses hours when I should get them so this is a form of revenge for me.

Notifications still buzz my arm, but of course I cannot view them unless I pick up my phone and all other visual data is not available to me, but I can live with this because I now have a choice.

If I want to wear my Oris all day and still keep my fitness stats up (can always be viewed in real-time on the iPhone) I won’t look silly and I have the major benefits of both watches. If I am sat working from home I can just wear the Apple Watch on my wrist and it works as it should.

You don’t need to give up your favourite mechanical watch, you don’t need to give up your smartwatch and you don’t have to doublewrist. Just move your smartwatch up your arm when you want to and enjoy the best of all worlds.

Sony smartwatch wena 3

The module features a larger touch-enabled OLED display than its predecessor, allowing you to check your phone’s notifications and weather forecast. The module is curved to follow the shape of the arm, and the OLED panel and battery have curved components to match it.

In addition, there are seven different end pieces available in every 1mm from 18-24mm. Compared to its predecessor, it can now be fitted to watch heads of various sizes… More here.

It seems to be getting better, but still has some way to go I think. Good concept though.

All About The Apple Watch

After that, I sit down with two other HODINKEE Radio alums, John Gruber and Om Malik. In addition to being lovers of mechanical watches, these guys are two of the brightest minds on the planet when it comes to all things Apple. John covers the company extensively on both Daring Fireball and The Talk Show, and Om has been on the Apple beat for over two decades. That they’re both thoughtful guys with great senses of humor only makes conversations like this even more fun. Whenever I’m in Cupertino for one of Apple’s big events, I always make sure to get a coffee with John and Om before heading back to my hotel to get their takes on the latest announcements. I consider it my personal gut-check. Since we couldn’t do it a few weeks ago during the virtual event, I’m glad we could make it happen on air for all of you to hear… More here.

Interesting mix of horology and Apple tech commentary in one podcast.

Oura Ring Review

I was prepared to hate the Oura. But after wearing it for a month, I now acknowledge that things rich people like are very nice. It’s not exactly a fitness tracker, but rather a small, smart, and most of all convenient health tracker that monitors vital signs few others do… More here.

It appears to have some benefits, but I do wonder if a form like this can ever be more than an expensive novelty. I hope to be proved wrong.

AirPods Pro vs Jaybird Vista

I am on my second stint with the AirPods Pro and the experience is a little better this time. A little better…

I was advised by a friend recently that the issue with dizziness may have been reduced, presumably quietly, while I simultaneously read about the noise cancellation being reduced to the point that it no longer works as well as it used to. This noise reduction change has been written about on multiple forums etc and seems to have appeared in a recent update.

What I have noticed as I spent more time with the AirPods is that they have some distinct advantages over my Jaybird Vista earbuds and also two disadvantages which go some way to making me still feel uneasy about them, and especially because of the price.

I will now list some categories with my points out of 10 for each one.

Comfort: AirPods 9 Vista 7

Connectivity: AirPods 10 Vista 9

Battery: AirPods 8 Vista 9

Charging Case: AirPods 8 Vista 9

Size when worn: AirPods 9 Vista 7

Look when worn: AirPods 9 Vista 7

Noise Cancellation: AirPods 5 Vista 9

Sound Quality: AirPods 7 Vista 10

Value: AirPods 6 Vista 9

Total: AirPods 71 Vista 76

As you can see the Vistas win, but it isn’t so easy for a product that is very personal to each and everyone of us. There is no doubt that the AirPods are more comfortable, that they look better to others when you are wearing them outside and that they have that seamless quality that only Apple seems to be able to inject at times.

They are very capable earbuds, but the issue with dizziness remains for me, I simply cannot use the Noise Cancellation, and the overall sound quality just does not cut it. The quality is fine overall, but the moment I put the Vistas back in I realise that the difference is night and day. The Vistas sound natural, deep and all-encompassing. The AirPods sounds digital, shallow and a mere representation of what the Vistas are able to produce.

If sound quality is everything, and it certainly should be high up the priority order, the Vistas win by a mile. The truth, however, is that we see people wearing AirPods everywhere because the sound quality is ‘good enough’ and the practicality and fashion aspect of the AirPods means that they will sell in much bigger numbers.

The price aspect makes the Vistas appear to be an even clearer winner, but the AirPods exemplify Apple’s ability to leverage a higher price point than almost any other product it makes.