Casio’s Surprising History of Smartwatches

When the Apple watch was released just two months ago, thousands lined up to obtain its futuristic functionalities, including music-playing and heart-rate-tracking. But what many don’t know is that lots of the buzzed-about features have been available for decades—most notably in the design-forward watches of Casio. As a nod to its rich and innovative design history, the Japanese electronics company is currently displaying its most …

Olio Model One Smartwatch

A true time-saver, this luxury accessory doesn't sacrifice design for tech

by Michael Frank The team behind the new Olio Model One—veterans of Apple, Google, Movado, Audi and Pixar—have acknowledged something that all smartwatch makers should too: the fact that, for 400 years, people have been choosing watches for style. And no matter how many tricks and tech features can be integrated into a watch, the factor will always be important. Olio’s creators say most of …

The Span Watch from Box Clever

A blend of analog and digital in the SF design studio's smartwatch concept

With their new proposed timepiece, design firm Box Clever offers up a refined amalgamation of what we love in analog watches and what we’ve come to expect from modern technology. A jump hour, quartz-driven timekeeping unit operates the hour hand at the top hemisphere of the watch, while the minute hand ticks away on the lower half. Stretched across the center; a digital OLED screen …