Despite their skep­ti­cism about smart­watch­es, Swiss mechan­i­cal watch mak­ers are not sit­ting idly by. For exam­ple, Tag Heuer is merg­ing with Google, and IWC Schaffhausen cre­at­ed an addi­tion­al smart acces­so­ry for his mechan­i­cal watch­es, which is placed on their strap.

On aver­age, IWC Schaffhausen mechan­i­cal watch­es cost $7–150$ and for the most part they are clas­sic, but very reli­able and high-qual­i­ty mod­els with­out frills. Although, the range of the com­pa­ny is large. How­ev­er, she is not going to change tra­di­tions and embed elec­tron­ic com­po­nents into the mechan­ics or cre­ate pure­ly elec­tron­ic smart watch­es.

We do not intend to dam­age or alter our fine mechan­i­cal watch­es.
Georges Kern, head of IWC Schaffhausen

Instead, the com­pa­ny cre­at­ed an addi­tion­al acces­so­ry IWC Con­nectwhich is neat­ly placed on the bracelet of brand­ed watch­es, does not spoil their appear­ance and at the same time adds fash­ion­able smart func­tions.

There is no infor­ma­tion about the exact char­ac­ter­is­tics of the gad­get yet. It is only known that IWC Con­nect can be “con­nect­ed to oth­er devices”, that is, to smart­phones. In addi­tion, the nov­el­ty will mon­i­tor the user’s phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, that is, it is a kind of sports track­er. The man­u­fac­tur­er also does not cov­er the exact release date of the acces­so­ry and its price, promis­ing to release IWC Con­nect “soon”.

Many of our cus­tomers are already using var­i­ous kinds of wear­able devices at the same time as IWC watch­es. But with IWC Con­nect, they no longer have to car­ry extra acces­sories on their wrists.
Georges Kern, head of IWC Schaffhausen

[Bloomberg]