Amongst all of the ‘old school’ beauties at the recent SIHH event, one watch stood out for not only being – *gasp* – electronic, but for garnering probably some of the greatest press and public interest of every piece there.
The HD3 Slyde is really a fantastic piece – what an iPod Nano would have been were it really a watch, and not simply an MP3 player with a bolt on wrist strap.
Due in ‘a few months’ the Slyde is being marketed as a high-end Swiss watch with a digital LCD touch screen topped with a curved sapphire crystal.
Price estimates are around the $5000 mark at this stage.
There will be a version in titanium and one in black PVD, with gold options and various finishes – TBC.
Likely to be shod with double leather or rubber straps.
The cases are water resistant to 30 meters, with the final versions having “HD3″ on the front of the watch and “Slyde” on the back.
There are no buttons, just three battery indicator lights on the side and a light sensor to automatically adapt the brightness of the screen. Everything will be controlled with taps or slides on the touchscreen.
HD3 are suggesting that when using the watch 30 or so times a day, you should have about a week of battery life.
Also, you can send your watch back in to upgrade the hardware in the future.
To charge the watch, you’ll need to put it in a charging dock. The dock charges and also has a USB connection for hooking it up to your computer.
This will also allow you to purchase special watch dials and other goodies to add to the watch. HD3 are planning on releasing just a few a year, including (digital) limited editions.
Standard prices for dials will be $50-100+.
Hysek himself will design many as will guest designers from the watch industry.
Very interesting and exciting stuff - expect to see both super-modern and traditional dials I’d say.
The standard Slyde comes with a series of watch dial screens. There are also screens for other functions such as a chronograph, calendar, moon phase indicator, etc…
The system also lets you upload your own images and use them for watch dials too.
Can’t wait for this one. It might be pricey, and there are bound to be a raft of cheap Chinese knock-offs, but for now this is truly something unique and looks to be very well thought out at a high level of quality.
[credits to Ariel Adams and alogtoread.com for the photos, video and Slyde information]