Let's get the battery life question out of the way. How long does the battery last? About two years. That's right, the MMT movement is designed to be like traditional quartz battery-operated watches that require a new battery each few years. Frédérique Constant and MotionX determined that their target demographic doesn't want to charge things on a regular basis, and from the start, having a "reasonable amount of battery life" was a priority.
The data from the combined fitness tracking features of the watch are displayed graphically, and with customizable goals, in an attractive app that uses the now popular graphical styles many people are becoming used to. It isn't clear what people are doing with all this activity data, but people sure seem to be interested in it. I do however believe in the power of "suggestive alerts" that help people know they have been too sedentary or that they haven't completed their daily goals. The managements at Frédérique Constant and Alpina both expressed a lot of surprise at just how much this type of information has impacted their lives... More at A Blog To Watch.
Ever since its launch of the Mondaine/SBB Swiss Railways watch in 1986, Mondaine has been synonymous with Switzerland and, by extension, Swiss watchmaking. Its use of such iconic emblems, such as its SBB Swiss railway clock and the Helvetica® font, has meant it is inextricably linked to this Alpine country and that most Swiss of pursuits.
Now Mondaine has launched a watch that proudly references its past, while simultaneously taking a bold step into its future. The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart will be its first-ever smartwatch... More at Mondaine.
These watches may not offer all of the tech Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch do, but please don't tell me that the latter is a brilliant watch design. These two are stunning.