Tag Heuer specifically targets Apple with new luxury smart watch
At the international Baselworld watch and jewelry show in Switzerland, Tag Heuer’s CEO announced it would be releasing a smart watch with partners Google and Intel.
At the international Baselworld watch and jewelry show in Switzerland, Tag Heuer chief executive officer Jean-Claude Biver revealed that the company plans on releasing its version of a wearable device by "end of the year," but gave few additional details about the high-tech timepiece.
According to Bloomberg, Mr. Biver calls the new venture the "biggest announcement ever" of his 40-year career in the industry and predicts it will be the "greatest connected watch."
"When I think about the watch, it's always been a marriage of beauty and utility," said David Singleton, head of Android Wear development for Google. "We're going to do that with our partnership."
Each company says it will stick with what it does best: Tag Heuer will lead the design and manufacturing, Intel will provide the computer chips, and Google will help develop software with its Android Wear Platform.
"The difference between the Apple Watch and the Tag Heuer watch is very important,” Biver said at a press conference. “One is called Apple and one is called Tag Heuer."
Details of the smart watch, including price and functions, will not be revealed until its release, but consumers should expect to see a lot more wearable tech coming out of Switzerland.
"Tag Heuer’s decision to partner with technology companies to deliver a smartwatch ... will likely be the first of many similar deals," Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, said to Reuters. "With Apple Watch hitting the market it's no longer viable for Swiss watchmakers to bury their heads in the sand. Now Tag Heuer has signaled its intention to enter the smart watch market we are certain others will follow."