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03-28-2014, 12:23 PM #1
Apple Courting Prospective Swiss Smartwatch Partners
According to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple is actively courting prospective partners among Swiss smartwatch makers as Apple purportedly inches closer to producing its inaugural smartwatch product.
Sources at Swatch, for example, say Apple is among the major tech names (including Google and Samsung) that are attempting to forge partnerships... but to no avail just yet.
Swatch, the world’s biggest watchmaker by sales, which owns luxury watch brands Harry Winston, Breguet and Blancpain, says it has little intention of working with technology groups.
So why exactly would Swatch want to avoid working with the world's top tech titans? Simply put, it wants to hold on to its market share by retaining the "intellectual property advantages" that enabled it to grow and thrive in the first place.
Jean-Claude Biver, the president of LVMH’s watches and jewellery division, is also quoted in the report, alleging that Apple is trying to recruit talent from his Hublot brand. “Apple has contacted some of my employees." he says. "I saw the emails personally."
Source: The Financial Times
03-28-2014, 12:40 PM #2
watches are uncommon on young people now. clearly these people can see that. These partnerships will be the only lifeboat these dying industries ever get and instead they'd rather drown.They can have my jailbreak when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
03-28-2014, 02:43 PM #3
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I would love to see an Apple Watch with some of the Hublot design features!
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03-29-2014, 06:27 AM #8
Moto 360 is the best looking one now.
03-29-2014, 12:05 PM #9
A smart wearable that looks like a traditional watch will be DOA. Make it a flexible LCD band.
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03-31-2014, 06:39 AM #12
No impressed by that motorola smart watch. Look just like another watch for me.