HP is back with a second smartwatch, this time in partnership with Swiss watchmaker Movado. The Movado Bold Motion looks more like a traditional watch than the Chronowing, the only real giveaway of the internal smarts is the LED lights.
The Bold Motion has a 44mm stainless steel casing with a black PVD-finish. It connects to an iOS (8+) or Android (4.4+) device over Bluetooth. The watch is water proof up to 50m and comes either with a black silicone strap or a stainless steel buckle.
There's no screen though. Notifications happen in two ways: vibration and the LEDs. It works like this – an appointment at 10:30 would be shown with a light at 10 o'clock and at 6 o'clock. Something like an email is shown as a pattern of lights.
Obviously with no screen notifications are pretty limited, but at least you should get great battery life, right? Unfortunately it seems like it would only last a week, which isn’t that impressive (a Pebble could do that).
The Movado Bold Motion being a Swiss watch means it's not cheap either. It's listed on Movado's site at $785. That's close to the limited edition Mondaine Helvetica 1 ($950), which packs sapphire glass, genuine leather and 2+ years of battery life.
Because this is a Swiss made ACTUAL watch (quartz movement though, which isn't anything to brag about but explains the lower price). It's a hybrid, since a lot of people still want to wear an actual watch.
This effort isn't going to fly. Costs way too much and doesn't do much (compared with other leaders in the field). Ho hum... why bother?