Watch fans have probably been waking up in a cold sweat for the last couple years, over the prospect of personality and craftsmanship free smartwatches that emphasize user interface and convenience over the more subtle pleasures of a traditional timepiece. But all that time they spent worrying turns out to have been wasted, with the unveiling of the Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch hybrid.
Billed as the world’s first blend of smartwatch tech and old school mechanical workings, the Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch lays a 21st century OLED display over an intricate mechanical movement – and the screen is transparent, so you can see all the parts at work. It’s got all the bells and whistles of both a smartwatch and a luxury traditional wristwatch, so it’s a savvy plea to consumers interested in one or both of those spheres.
You can get more information on the Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch hybrid at the product’s website here, where $550 pre-orders are currently being taken.